ALSC - Great Early Elementary Reads

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2011-2012 School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The books included were published between 2009 and 2011. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.
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This particular collection only includes some of the notable books of ALSC’s Great Elementary Reads list.


Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (2009)

Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless.

When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didn’t like the notion of a black lawman.

Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to the lawless Indian Territories, he chose Bass to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice. For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty.

The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West. This book is recommended for children ages 8 and up. (Copyright © Carolrhoda Books/Lerner. All rights reserved.)

Souce:  Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

R. Gregory Christie has been working as a commercial artist for over 20 years. This renowned illustrator has done artwork for over fifty children’s books and has designed numerous album covers.

Christie is a two-time recipient of theNew York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award and a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration. He’s a recipient of the the NAACP’s Image Award, The Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, American Library Associations’ Theodore Seuss Geisel Award in Illustration, the 2013 Ashley Bryan Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature Award and a 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read Award in both 2014 and 2015. His illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS’ Between the Lions, New York City’s subway cars, the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster and on the 2013 “Kwanzaa Forever” stamp.

Christie is an Atlanta-based artist, currently working as a freelance illustrator. He operates his independent autographed children’s bookstore named GAS-ART Gifts in Decatur, Georgia. He is a lecturer in schools and libraries throughout the Atlanta area, teaches in after school programs and is a skilled



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