1999 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master Lists


Master List

1999

K-3

ALICE AND GRETA / Steven J. Simmons.
Talewinds, 1997. $15.95 Grades K-3.
Two young witches use their powers in opposite ways, one helping people and the other making mischief.
BEAR'S HICCUPS / Marion Dane Bauer.
Holiday House, NY, 1998. $14.95 Grades K-3.
On a hot summer day, while Bear and Frog are arguing about who owns the cool, wet pond, Frog disappears and Bear develops a sudden case of hiccups.
BEAUTIFUL WARRIOR: THE LEGEND OF THE NUN'S KUNG FU / Emily Arnold McCully.
Scholastic Press, 1998. $16.95 Grades K-3.
Tells the story of two unlikely kung fu masters and how their skill in martial arts saves them both.
THE BIG SKY / Pat Mora.
Scholastic Press, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades K-3.
Poems that describe the landscape, people, and animals of the American Southwest.
COUNTING CROCODILES / Judy Sierra; Will Hillenband, ill.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997. $15.00 Grades K-3.
By using her ability to count, a clever monkey outwits ten hungry crocodiles that between her and a banana tree on another island across the sea. Counting story in rhyme.
THE GARDENER / Sarah Stewart.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, NY, 1997. $15.00 Grades K-3.
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her fathaer loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.
THE GIANT CARROT / Jan Peck.
Dial, NY, 1998. $15.99 Grades K-3.
Little Isabelle surprises her family with her unique way of helping a carot seed grow and of getting the huge vegetable from the ground.
LEMONADE SUN AND OTHER SUMMER POEMS / Rebecca Kai Dotlich.
Wordsong Boyds Mills Press, 1998. $15.95 Grades K-3.
A collection of poems celebrating summer sights and sounds.
MEASURING PENNY / Loreen Leedy.
Henry Holt and Company, 1997. $16.95 Grades K-3.
Lisa learns about the mathematics of measuring her dog Penny with all sorts of units, including pounds, inches, dog biscuits, and cotton swabs.
MOSES GOES TO A CONCERT / Isaac Millman.
Frances Foster Books, 1998. $16.00 Grades K-3.
Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing manual alphabet.
NAMING THE CAT / Lawrence Pringle.
Walker and Company, NY, 1997. $15.95 Grades K-3.
A family considers many possibilities before coming up with a name that is just right for the cat that has come to live with them.
OUT OF THE OCEAN / Debra Frasier.
Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998. $16.00 Grades K-3.
A young girl and her mother walk along the beach and marvel at the treasure cast up by the sea and the wonders of the world around them.
A PERFECT PORK STEW / Paul Brett Johnson, ill.
Orchard Books, NY, 1995. $15.95 Grades K-3.
When Ivan the Fool meets Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folklore fame, on a day that has begun badly for her, he outwits her by making dirt soup, getting a fine, fat pig in the bargain.
THE PIANO MAN / Debbi Chocolate.
Walker and Company, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades K-3.
A young Afro-American girl recalls the life story of her grandfather who performed in vaudeville and played piano for the silent movies.
THE PUDDLE / David McPhail.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, NY, 1998. $15.00 Grades K-3.
A boy sets out to sail his boat in a puddle and is joined by a frog, a turtle, an alligator, a pig, and an elephant.
RAISING DRAGONS / Jerdine Nolen.
Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998. $16.00 Grades K-3.
A farmer's young daughter shares numerous adventures with the dragon that she raised from infancy.
A SIGN / George Ella Lyon.
Orchard Books, NY, 1995. $15.95 Grades K-3.
The author simply describes how she considered various careers as she grew and how she combined them all into her work as a writer.
WE PLAYED MARBLES / Tres Seymour.
Orchard Books, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades K-3.
When friends playing on a Civil War battlefield begin to imitate what happened there, Pawpa asks them to quit because he knows a better game.
WILLY THE DREAMER / Anthony Browne.
Candlewick Press, 1997. $16.99 Grades K-3.
Willy dreams of being a movie star, a singer, a sumo wrestler, an artist, a giant, and other vivid and exciting figures.

4-8

THE ARROW OVER THE DOOR / Joseph Bruchac.
Dial Books, NY, 1998. $15.99 Grades 4-8.
In the year 1777 a group of Quakers and a party of Indians have a memorable meeting.
THE BROKEN BLADE / William Durbin.
Delacorte Press, NY, 1997. $14.95 Grades 4-8.
When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with fur traders, thirteen-year-old Pierre decides to take his father's place as a voyageur.
CEASAR'S ANTLERS / Brooks Hansen.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, NY, 1997. $16.00 Grades 4-8.
Bette, a mother sparrow separated by accident from her mate, takes her chicks on along search when a faithful reindeer permits her to make a nest in his antlers.
CHRISHOPHER CHANGES HIS NAME / Itah Sadu; Roy Condy
Firefly Books, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
Christopher is tired of his boring name, so he decides to change it again and again until he discovers that only one name is right for him.
DEAR MRS. PARKS: A DIALOGUE WITH TODAY'S YOUTH / Rosa Parks.
Lee & Low Books, NY, 1996. $16.95 Grades 4-8.
Presents correspondence between Rosa Parks and various children in which the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement" answers questions and encourages young people to reach their highest potential.
DEVIL'S DEN / Susan Beth Pfeffer.
Walker and Company, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
Joey has often thought about the biological father who left before he was born, but when, during a trip to a Civil War battlefield, his stepfather announces his plan to legally adopt Joey, Joey decides he must find out why his father has never contacted him.
DOWN TO EARTH / Michael J. Rosen.
Harcourt Brace & Company, NY, 1998. $18.00 Grades 4-8.
Forty-one authors and illustrators of books for children share their gardening experiences.
THE EAGLE'S SHADOW / Nora Martin.
Scholastic; Press, 1997. $ 15.95 Grades 4-8.
In 1946, while her emotionally distant father is in occupied Japan, a twelve-year-old girl spends a year with her mother's relatives in a Tlingit Indian village in Alaska and begins to love and respect the heritage as she confronts the secret of her mother's disappearance.
ERIE CANAL: CANOEING AMERICA'S GREAT WATERWAY / Peter Lourie.
Boyds Mills Press, 1997. $17.95 Grades 4-8.
Full-color and archival photographs document the trip and vividly illustrate the historic Erie Canal as it is today and as it was in its glorious past.
FARAWAY SUMMER / Johanna Hurwitz.
Morrow Junior Books, NY, 1998. $15.00 Grades 4-8.
In the summer of 1910, Dossi, a poor Russian immigrant from the tenements of New York, spends two weeks with Meade family on their Vermont farm, and all their lives are enriched by the experience.
52 DAYS BY CAMEL / Lawrie Raskin; Debora Pearson.
Annick Press, 1998. $24.95 Grades 4-8.
An informational book describing travel through the Sahara.
A GIRL NAMED DISASTER / Nancy Farmer.
Orchard Books, NY, 1996. $19.95 Grades 4-8.
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
GOOD-BYE, CHARLES LINDBERGH / Louise Borden.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1998. $16.00 Grades 4-8.
A farm boy meets his hero, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, when he lands his biplane in a field near Canton, Mississippi, in 1929.
THE HEART OF FRIENDSHIP / H.J. Arrington.
Pelican Publishing, NY, 1997. Grades 4-8.
In the east African folktale, the friendship between a mango-eating monkey and a crocodile is tested when the leader of all crocodiles falls ill and needs to eat a monkey's heart to be cured.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION / Lisa O'Brien.
Owl Books, 1998. $19.95 Grades 4-8.
An informational book about acting, motion pictures and production.
LILY'S CROSSING / Patricia Reilly Giff.
Delacorte, 1997. $14.95 Grades 4-8.
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.
MISSISSIPPI MUD / Ann Turner.
Harper Collins, 1997. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
Poems reflecting the points of view of three pioneer children describe their family's journey from Kentucky to Oregon.
THE MOLE'S DAUGHTER / Julia Gukova.
Annick Press, NY, 1998. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
This Korean folktale is the story of an ambitious, foolish mole and his wiser daughter.
OUT OF THE DUST / Karen Hesse.
Scholastic Press, 1997. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
PARZIVAL: THE QUEST OF THE GRAIL KNIGHT / Katherine Paterson.
Lodestar Books, 1998. $15.99 Grades 4-8.
A retelling of the Arthurian legend in which Parzival, unaware of his noble birth, comes of age through his quest for the Holy Grail.
POPCORN / James Stevenson.
Greenwillow Books, NY, 1998. $15.00 Grades 4-8.
A collection of short poems with such titles as "Popcorn", "Driftwood", and "My new bird book."
RADIANCE DESCENDING / Paula Fox.
DK Publishing, NY, 1997. $14.95 Grades 4-8.
Paul resents the fact the Jacob, his younger brother with Downs Syndrome, gets all the attention. He tries to deal with the situation by not thinking about Jacob, as if magically, Jacob and his problems might go away.
READ FOR ME, MAMA / Vashanti Rahaman.
Boyds Mills Press, 1997. $14.95 Grades 4-8.
A young boy who loves to read helps his mother on the road to literacy.
THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF GROWN-UPS / David Wisniewski.
Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, NY, 1998. $16.00 Grades 4-8.
A humorous revaluation of the real reasons why adults tell children to do things, such as, "Eat your vegetables," "Comb your hair," and "Don't blow bubbles in your milk."
SUN & SPOON / Ken Henkes.
Greenwillow Books, NY, 1997. $15.00 Grades 4-8.
After the death of his grandmother, ten-year-old Spoon observes the changes in his grandfather and tries to find the perfect artifact to preserve his memories of her.
WHITE SOCKS ONLY / Evelyn Coleman.
Albert Whitman & Company, 1996. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
Grandma tells the story about her first trip alone into town during the days when segregation still existed in Mississippi.
WHITE WASH / Ntozake Shange.
Walker and Company, NY, 1997. $15.95 Grades 4-8.
A young African-American girl is traumatized when a gang attacks her and her brother on their way home from school and spray paints her face white.
WILLIE AND THE RATTLESNAKE KING / Clara Gillow Clark.
Boyds Mills Press, 1997. $14.95 Grades 4-8.
A thirteen-year-old boy learns life's lesson when he runs away from the farm to join a traveling medicine show.
WILLOW KING / Chris Platt.
Random House, NY, 1998. $15.00 Grades 4-8.
Thirteen-year-old Katie, who is herself physically challenged, saves a crippled foal from euthanasia and nurses him back to health and eventual championships.

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