1997 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master Lists


Master List

1997

K-3

ACROSS THE WIDE DARK SEA: THE MAYFLOWER JOURNEY / Jean Van Leeuwen; Thomas B. Allen, ill.
Dial, 1995. $15.99. Grades K-3.
A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.
BUZ / Richard Egielski.
HarperCollins, 1995. $14.89. Grades K-3.
When a little boy swallows a bug along with his cereal, pandemonium breaks out as the bug searches for an escape, the boy searches for an antidote, and keystone Cops-like pills search for the bug.
COLOR / Ruth Heller
Putnam & Grosset, 1995. $18.95. Grades K-3.
Book of illustrations showing how primary colors mix.
CROSSING THE NEW BRIDGE / Emily Arnold McCully
G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1994. $15.95. Grades K-3.
When a new bridge is built over the river, the happiest person in town must be the first to cross it.
THE FLUTE PLAYER / Robyn Eversole; G. Brian Karas, ill.
Orchard Books, NY, 1995. $15.95. Grades K-3.
When a flute's owner believes it to be in need of repair, a little girl blows out butterflies, an owl, two fish, a nightingale, green leaves, and a great bunch of goose feathers.
GIVING THANKS: A NATIVE AMERICAN GOOD MORNING MESSAGE / Chief Jake Swamp; Erwin Printup, ill.
Lee & Low Books, 1995. $14.95. Grades K-3.
Based on the Thanksgiving Address from the people of the Six Nations.
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU / Sam McBratney; Anita Jeram, ill.
Candlewick press, 1994. $14.95. Grades K-3.
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
HAYSTACK / Bonnie & Arthur Geisert.
Houghton, 1995. $15.95. Grades K-3.
A year in the of a huge haystack on a midwest farm--how it is grown, constructed, eaten and recycled.
HOG-EYE / Susan Meddaugh.
Houghton Mifflin co., Boston, 1995. $14.95. Grades K-3.
A young pig uses her ability to read to outwit a wolf that intends to eat her.
THE LIBRARY / Sarah Stewart; David Small, ill.
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 1995. $15.00.
This story describes and explains the solution to her problem.
THE LONG, LONG LETTER / Elizabeth Spurr; David Catrow, ill.
Hyperion Books, NY, 1996. $15.95. Grades K-3.
Mother's long, long letter brings Aunt Hetta surprise and adventure, as the loose pages bury her house and keep her warm during the winter.
THE MAGPIES' NEST / Joanna foster; Julie Downing, ill.
Clarion Books, 1995. $14.95. Grades K-3.
An English folktale explaining why different birds make their nest the way they do.
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE / Marie Bradby; Chris K. Soentpiet, ill.
Orchard Books, 1995. $14.95. Grades l-4.
A story about Booker T. Washington who wanted to learn to read more than anything else.
MY BROTHER, ANT / Betsy Byars; Marc Simont, ill.
Viking, 1996. 411.99. Grades K-3.
4 separate stories--Ant's older brother gets rid of the monster under Ant's bed, forgives Ant for drawing on his homework, tries to read a story, and helps Ant write a letter to Santa.
MY NAME HAD A DANCING HEART / Libba Moore Gray; Raul colon, ill.
Orchard Books, NY, 1995. $15.95. Grades K-3.
A ballet dancer recalls how she and her mother would welcome each season with a dance outdoors.
MY OL'MAN / Patricia Polacco
Philomel Books, 1995. $15.95. Grades K-3.
A girls recalls the special summer spent in Michigan with her yarn-spinning father and a magic rock.
OFFICER BUCKLE AND GLORIA / Peggy Rathmann.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 1995. $15.95. Grades K-3.
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
A REGULAR FLOOD OF MISHAP / Tom Birdseye; Megan Lloyd, ill.
Holiday House, NY, 1994. $15.95. Grades K-3.
Ima Bean is having one of those "flood of mishap" days. Meet the Bean family: Brother-Chili Bean, Sister-Pinto Bean, and Father-Garbanzo Bean as Ima learns a lesson about families.
RIDDLE-ICIOUS / Patrick Lewis; Debbie Tilley, ill.
Knofp, NY, 1996. $15.00. Grades K-3.
Juvenile riddles, jokes, and poems.
A SIP OF AESOP / Jane Yolen; Karen Barbour, ill.
Scholastic, NY, 1995. $14.95. Grades K-3.
Retells, in verse, thirteen fables from the Greek slave, Aesop, including "The Hare and the Tortoise," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Stork."
TOPS AND BOTTOMS / Janet Stevens.
Harcourt Brace, 1995. $15.00. Grades K-3.
Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.
WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? / Eileen Christelow.
Clarion Books, NY, 1995. $14.95. Grades K-3.
Where authors get their ideas, how they pre-write, get information, edit, rewrite, and publish books.

4-8

ARTHUR AND THE SWORD / Robert Sabuda.
Atheneum Books, NY, 1995. $16.00. Grades 4-8.
In this retelling which features stained glass illustrations, young Arthur proves himself to be the rightful heir to the throne by being the only one able to pull the sword from the steel anvil.
ARTIST IN OVERALLS: THE LIFE OF GRANT WOOD / John Duggleby.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1995. $15.95. Grades 4-8.
Follows the life of the Iowa farm boy who struggled to realize his talents and who painted in Paris but returned home to focus on the land and people he knew best.
BLACK-EYED SUSAN / Jennifer Armstrong; Emily Martindale, ill.
Crown Publishers, NY, 1995. $15.00. Grades 4-8.
Ten-year-old Susie and her father love living on the South Dakota prairie with its vast, uninterrupted views of land and sky, but Susie's mother greatly misses their old life in Ohio.
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE / Maria Ousseimi.
Walker, 1995. $19.95. Grades 4-8.
The memorable stories of children caught up in the trauma of war. These children are from Lebanon, Bosnia, Mozambique, El Salvador, and Washington D.C.
CHEYENNE AGAIN / Eve Bunting; Irving Toddy, ill.
Clarion Books, NY, 1995. $14.95. grades 4-8.
In the late 1880's a Cheyenne boy named Young Bull is taken to boarding schools to learn the white man's ways.
THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY / Susan Wojciechowski; P.J. Lynch, ill.
Candlewick Press, 1995. $15.95. Grades 4-8.
Jonathan Toomey, the best wood carver in the village, learns a special message as he meets widow McDowell and her son who he carves a Christmas crèche for.
CRASH / Jerry Spinelli.
Knofp, NY, 1996. $16.00. Grades 4-8.
Seventh grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with and unusual Quaker by and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.
HAUNTED SUMMER / Betty Ren Wright.
Scholastic, NY, 1996. $13.95. Grades 4-8.
Shy, nine-year-old Abby surprises herself, her equally timid baby-sitter, and her older brother when they are haunted by a ghost that is trying to reclaim a stolen music box.
IF YOU PLEASE, PRESIDENT LINCOLN / Harriette Gillem Robinet.
Atheneum Books, NY, 1995. $15.00. Grades 4-8.
Shortly after the Christmas of 1863, fourteen-year-old Moses thinks he is beginning a new life when he becomes part of a group of other former slaves headed for a small island off the coast of Haiti.
A JAR OF TINY STARS / Bernice Cullinan, ed.
Boyds Mills Press, 1996. Grades 4-8.
Representative poetry and biographical information about the NICE EXCELLENCE IN POETRY AWARD winners.
MICK HARTE WAS HERE / Barbara Park.
Knofp, NY, 1995. $15.00. Grades 4-8.
After a bicycle accident, which killed Phoebe Harte's brother Mick, life is difficult as she comes to terms with his death and the memories of her brother.
THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE / Karen Cushman.
Clarion Books, NY, 1995. $10.95. Grades 4-8.
In medieval England, a nameless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and, in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a fully belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
OH, GROW UP! / Florence Parry Heide & Roxanne Heide Pierce; Nadine Bernard Westcott, ill.
Orchard Books, NY, 1996. $15.95. Grades 4-8.
A collection of poems about surviving daily life presented from a child's point of view.
PAPERBOY / Mary Kay Kroger & Louise Borden; Ted Lewin, ill.
Clarion Books, NY, 1996. $16.95. Grades 4-8.
In Cincinnati in 1927, paperboy Willie Brinkman tries to sell extras on the Dempsey-Tunney boxing match in his workingman's neighborhood.
PIGGIE PIE / Margie Palatini; Howard Fine, ill.
Clarion Books, NY, 1995. $13.95. Grades 4-8.
Wicked witch wakes up hungry for piggy pie. She has all the ingredients except the pigs. She goes to Old MacDonald's farm to find them and meets the Big Bad Wolf from the 3 Little Pigs story.
PROTECTING MARIE / Kevin Henkes.
Greenwillow Books, NY, 1995. $15.00. Grades 4-8.
Relates twelve-year-old Fanny's love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog.
RED-TAIL ANGELS / Patricia & Frederick McKissack.
Walker, 1995. $19.95. Grades 4-8.
This is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only African-American pilots to fight in WWII.
THE SECRET OF SARAH REVERE / Ann Rinaldi.
Harcourt Brace, NY, 1995. $11.00. Grades 4-8.
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.
THE SWAN GIFT / Brenda Seabrooke; Wenhai Ma, ill.
Candlewick Press, Mass., 1995. $15.95. Grades 4-8.
A farmer whose crops have failed because of drought cannot bear to shoot a beautiful magic swan, even to feed his starving family.
THE TIE MAN'S MIRACLE: A CHANUKAH TALE / Steven Schnur; Stephen T. Johnson, ill.
Morrow Junior Books, NY, 1995. $16.00. grades 4-8.
On the last night of Chanukah, after hearing how an old man lost his family in the Holocaust, a young boy makes a wish that is carried to God as the menorah candles burn down.
WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE / Amy Ehrlich, ed.
Candlewick Press, Mass., 1996. $15.99. Grades 4-8.
Ten award-winning authors reveal their powerful childhood memories in this extraordinary compilation.
YOLONDA'S GENIUS / Carol Fenner.
Margaret K. McElderry Books/ Simon & Schuster, 1995. $17.00. Grades 4-8.
Yolonda wants to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but rather a musical genius.

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