Young Reader Award (Ages 6-11)

Planting the Trees of Kenya

Written by Claire A. Nivola

Tales of the Wild West don't get any better than the life and times of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. marshal and the most successful in American history. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrator R. Gregory Christie bring this fascinating historical figure to life in Bad News for Outlaws, The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves; Deputy U. S. Marshal.

This is the true story of Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Prize Winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement. Upon returning to her home in Kenya after attending college in the United States, Wangari discovers that people do not have enough food because the trees she loved as a child have been chopped down. Wangari uses what she has learned in her biology classes to teach the people how to save their part of the Earth through planting trees, thus, giving them the food, nutrition and supplies they need to survive.

Older Reader Award (Ages 11+)


Written by Alma Fullerton

The story of a boy, Libertad, and his younger brother, Julio and their journey from the garbage dumps of Guatemala City to the United States to find their father and a better life. Based on actual events, their travels take them through Central America and Mexico where they meet a wide variety of people that influence their lives and well being forever.

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