Green, Michelle Y. (2002). A strong right arm : the story of Mamie "Peanut Johnson. New York : Dial Books/Walden Media. 921 J687g
Passion for baseball gave Mamie Johnson the determination to be a professional baseball player. Inspired by Jackie Robinson, she tried out for the all-male, all-white teams with courage that led to becoming one of only thre women to play in the Netro Leagues.
Krull, Kathleen. (2004). A woman for president : the story of Victoria Woodhull. New York : Walker & Co. 921 W8917k
Do you know the first woman to run for president? The first woman to have a seat on the Stock Exchange? The first woman to own a newspaper? To speak before Congress? They were all Victoria Woodhull; this is her story.
Collins, Mary. (2003). Airborne : a photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 921 W947a
Examines the lives of the Wright brothers and discusses their experiments and triumphs in the field of flight.
Chin-Lee, Cynthia. (2005). Amelia to Zora : twenty-six women who changed the world. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge.920.72 C539a
Adler, David A. (2000). America's champion swimmer : Gertrude Ederle. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 921 E22a
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women’s rights movement.
Greenberg, Jan. (2004). Andy Warhol : prince of pop. New York : Delacorte Press. 921 W2755g
Andy Warhol, Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, is well known for his Pop Art masterpieces. But there is more to Warhol than that: he also made films, launched ’Interview’ magazine, and forsaw the convergence of art, Hollywood fashion and business as the trend of the future. "In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes." The Campbell’s Soup Cans. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else.
Poole, Josephine. (2005). Anne Frank. New York : Alfred A. Knopf. 921 F8285p
The life of Anne Frank, from birth until being taken from the hidden attic by the Nazis, is presented in this haunting, meticulously researched picture book. It is a compelling yet easy-to-understand "first" introduction to the Holocaust as witnessed by Anne and her family. The stunningly evocative illustrations by Angela Barrett are worth a thousand words in capturing for young Americans what it must have felt like to be Anne Frank, a spirited child caught in the maelstrom of World War II atrocities. A detailed timeline of important events in Europe and in the Frank family is included.
Gherman, Beverly. (2002). Ansel Adams : America's photographer ; a biography for young people. S.I. : Little, Brown, & Co. 921 A2117g
Ansel Adams led a rich life inspired by the miracles of nature. This biography takes us from the earthquake that broke his nose to the valley that shaped his world, revealing the humorous, artistic, and thoughtful personality behind his legendary work.
Myers, Walter Dean. (1999). At her majesty's request : an African princess in Victorian England. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 B721m
Biography of the African princess saved from execution and taken to England where Queen Victoria oversaw her upbringing and where she lived for a time before marrying an African missionary.
Adler, David A. (2001). B. Franklin, printer. New York : Holiday House. 921 F8313a
Freedman, Russell. (1999). Babe Didrikson Zaharias : the making of a champion. New York : Clarion Books. 921 Z193f
A biography of Babe Didrikson, who broke records in golf, track and field, and other sports, at a time when there were few opportunities for female athletes.
Celenza, Anna Harwell. (2005). Bach's Goldberg Variations. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 786 B118g
Seventeenth-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach helps young organist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg by giving him lessons and by presenting him with a composition which came to be called the Goldberg Variations. Includes historical notes.
Fleming, Candace. (2003). Ben Franklin's almanac : being a true account of the good gentlemen's life. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 F8313fl
Brings together eighteenth century etchings, artifacts, and quotations to create the effect of a scrapbook of the life of Benjamin Franklin.
Burleigh, Robert. (1998). Black whiteness : Admiral Byrd alone in the Atlantic. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 B995b
An account of Admiral Richard Byrd’s stay alone in a small shack during an Antarctic winter.
Carlson, Laurie M. (1998). Boss of the plains : the hat that won the West. New York : DK Publishing. 338.7 C2847B
The story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.
Nelson, Marilyn. (2001). Carver, a life in poems. Asheville, NC : Front Street. 811.54 N428c
Reich, Susanna. (1999). Clara Schumann : piano virtuoso. New York : Clarion Books. 921 S3925r
Describes the life of the German pianist and composer who made her professional debut at age nine and who devoted her life to music and to her family.
Freedman, Russell. (2002). Confucius : the golden rule. New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. 181.112 F853c
Presents the few facts we know about the man we call Confucius. Kong Qiu (or Kongfuzi, Master Kong) taught the Golden Rule and laid out the ideals on which democratic government is based more than 2500 years ago.
Bober, Natalie. (2001). Countdown to independence : a revolution of ideas in England and her American colonies : 1760-1776. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 973.3 B663c
Examines the people and events both in the American colonies and in Great Britain between 1760 and 1776 that led to the American Revolution.
Medicine Crow, Joseph. (2006). Counting coup : becoming a Crow chief on the Reservation and beyond. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 921 C9533c
Meet Joseph Medicine Crow, a man raised in two worlds: according to the Crow Indian traditions and according to White man’s rules.
Haskins, James. (2005). Delivering justice : W.W. Law and the fight for civil rights. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. 921 L4168h
Law was encouraged to grow up and "be someboby," and he did by leading the struggle for civil rights.
Markel, Michelle. (2005). Dreamer from the village : the story of Marc Chagall. New York : Henry Holt. 921 C4334m
Chronicles the life of Marc Chagall, a celebrated twentieth-century artist who was born in Russia.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (1998). Duke Ellington : the piano prince and his orchestra. New York : Hyperion Books for Young Children. 921 E46p
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
Horowitz, Joseph. (2003). Dvorák in America : in search of the New World. Chicago : Cricket Books. 921 D9883h
An account of Antonin Dvorak’s 1890s stay in America, where he took the essences of Indian drums, slave spirituals, and other musical forms and created from them a distinctly new music.
Sigerman, Harriet. (2001). Elizabeth Cady Stanton : the right is ours. New York : Oxford University Press. 921 S792s
A biography of one of the first leaders of the women’s rights movement, whose work led to women’s right to vote.
Warren, Andrea. (2004). Escape from Saigon : a Vietnam War orphan becomes an American boy. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 959.70 W286e
Chronicles the experiences of an orphaned Amerasian boy from his birth and early childhood in Saigon through his departure from Vietnam in the 1975 Operation Babylift and his subsequent life as the adopted son of an American family in Ohio.
Lekuton, Joseph. (2003). Facing the lion : growing up Maasai on the African savanna. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 967.62 L5366f
A member of the Masai people describes his life as he grew up in a northern Kenya village, travelled to America to attend college, and became an elementary school teacher in Virginia. In his struggle to balance two cultures, he learns to apply lessons learned in each of his worlds to the problems of the other.
Pastan, Amy. (2001). First ladies. London ; New York : DK Publishing. 973.09 P291f
A look at the forty-four First Ladies of the United States and their extraordinary lives.
Zaunders, Bo. (2004). Gargoyles, girders, & glass houses ; magnificient master builders. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 720 Z11g
Adler, David A. (2004). George Washington : an illustrated biography. New York : Holiday House. 921 W138a
Our first president has become an icon, but Washington the man has always remained a mystery, even today. Already a national hero in his early twenties-well before his presidency-George Washington revealed himself not only as a strong leader, but also as a pragmatic, skilled, and modest politician. Here is the full story of the life of George Washington, told with the help of quotes from his voluminous correspondence and accounts from his peers. Adler brings to life the man behind the great soldier and statesman and unveils the dignity and humility that were the backbone of a person whose life has been called "an indispensable study for American youth." Historical illustrations, along with an index, chronology, bibliography, and sources notes are included.
Giblin, James. (2005). Good brother, bad brother : the story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. New York : Clarion Books. 792.02 G446g
The Booth brothers were two of America’s finest actors, but in other respects they were very different. Edwin was an introspective man who supported the Union and Lincoln. John, dashing and intense, was an ardent Confederate supporter.
Wallner, Alexandra. (2004). Grandma Moses. New York : Holiday House. 921 M911wa
A brief biography of Anna Mary Robertson, the artist who was known as Grandma Moses, describing the inspiration behind and development of her paintings.
Turner, Pamela S. (2004). Hachiko : the true story of a loyal dog. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 636.7 T951h
Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years.
Levine, Karen. (2003). Hana's suitcase : a true story. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. 940.3 L665h
A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana’s suitcase was sent to her.
Anderson, M.T. (2001). Handel, who knew what he liked. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. 921 H236a
In this biography, the man who would later compose some of the world’s most beautiful music is shown to have once been a stubborn little boy with a mind of his own.
Krull, Kathleen. (2003). Harvesting hope : the story of Cesar Chavez. San Diego : Harcourt. 921 C5123k
A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers’ miserable working conditions.
Landau, Elaine. (2001). Heroine of the Titanic : the real unsinkable Molly Brown. New York : Clarion Books. 921 B8795L
Biography of the indomitable Margaret Brown (the Unsinkable Molly Brown), best known for her bravery and compassion during the sinking of the Titanic. She was an outspoken suffragist, champion of miners’ rights, supporter of charitable causes, and one of the first women to run for the U.S. Congress. Grades 5-8.
Schanzer, Rosalyn. (2003). How Ben Franklin stole the lightning. New York : HarperCollins. 921 F831s
Focuses on Benjamin Franklin’s role as an inventor of whimsical gadgets and practical contraptions, with an emphasis on his experiment of flying a kite during a rainstorm.
Gündisch, Karin. (2001). How I became an American. Chicago : Cricket Books. INTR-FIC G9753HO
In 1902, ten-year-old Johann and his family, Germans who had been living in Austria-Hungary, board a ship to immigrate to Youngstown, Ohio, where they make a new life as Americans.
White, Linda Arms. (2005). I could do that! : Esther Morris gets women the vote. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 921 M8755w
In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.
Fradin, Dennis B. (2000). Ida B. Wells : mother of the civil rights movement. New York : Clarion Books. 921 W4549f
Recounts the story of the woman who helped found the NAACP and fought for civil rights for African Americans as well as a woman’s right to vote.
Isadora, Rachel. (1998). Isadora dances. New York : Viking. 792.8 I74i
A brief biography of the woman whose unique style of dance was not readily accepted by audiences at the turn of the twentieth century.
Cooper, Ilene. (2003). Jack : the early years of John F. Kennedy. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 921 K357f
A description of the childhood and youth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.
Marsalis, Wynton. (2005). Jazz A-B-Z : an A to Z collection of jazz portraits. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. 811 M363j
Poetry and portraits are used to make an alphabetical listing of the jazz greats.
Bruchac, Joseph. (2006). Jim Thorpe : original All-American. New York : Dial Books/Walden Media. 921 T519b
A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, focusing on his early athletic career.
Stanley, Diane. (1998). Joan of Arc. New York : Morrow Junior Books. 921 J433s
A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English and was burned at the stake for witchcraft.
Nobisso, Josephine. (2000). John Blair and the great Hinckley fire. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 977.6 N745j
Tells how a brave African American porter helped save many lives when the train on which he was working was caught up in the horrendous firestorm near Hinckley, Minnesota, in 1894.
Partridge, Elizabeth. (2005). John Lennon : all I want is the truth : a photographic biography. New York : Viking. 921 L5677p
Lasky, Kathryn. (2006). John Muir : America's first environmentalist. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. 921 M9534L
The founder of the Sierra Club, whose efforts led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, was born in Scotland where he roamed the moors, studying wildlife there. The family moved to Wisconsin and Muir extended his study there. An accident caused temporary blindness. Sight restored, he began studying nature while walking from Indianapolis to Florida.
Byrd, Robert. (2003). Leonardo, beautiful dreamer. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 709.2 B995L
Illustrations and text portray the life of Leonardo da Vinci, who gained fame as an artist through such works as the Mona Lisa, and as a scientist by studying various subjects including human anatomy and flight.
Yu, Chun. (2005). Little green : growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 951.05 Y944L
Chun Yu was born in a small city in China during the Cultural Revolution, when the streets were filled with Red Guards, the walls covered with slogans, and when every family, down to the youngest children, faced danger and humiliation.
Myers, Walter Dean. (2000). Malcolm X : a fire burning brightly. Newe York : HarperCollins Publishers. 320.5 M996m
Tells the story of who Malcolm X was and what he fought so hard for, equality for African Americans.
Rappaport, Doreen. (2001). Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. 921 K535r
McCully, Emily Arnold. (2006). Marvelous Mattie : how Margaret E Knight became an inventor. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 921 K743m
Mattie invented things all her life, from toys for her brothers to a metal guard that kept shuttles from shooting off looms and hitting weavers. At a time when people believed women couldn’t understand machines, Mattie invented the machine that still is used to cut and glue square bottomed paper bags. Then she had to go to court to defend the patent for her own machine.
Stanley, Diane. (2000). Michelangelo. New York : HarperCollins. 921 M6235s
A biography of the Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, well known for his work on the Sistine Chapel in Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Farris, Christine King. (2003). My brother Martin : a sister remembers growing up with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 921 K535f
Looks at the early life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as seen through the eyes of his older sister.
Gherman, Beverly. (2000). Norman Rockwell : storyteller with a brush. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 R6846g
Describes the life and work of the popular American artist who depicted both traditional and contemporary subjects, including children, family scenes, astronauts, and the poor.
Brown, Dan. (2004). Odd boy out : young Albert Einstein. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 E35b
An introduction to the work and early life of the twentieth-century physicist whose theory of relativity revolutionized scientific thinking.
Fleming, Candace. (2005). Our Eleanor : a scrapbook look at Eleanor Roosevelt's remarkable life. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 R781f
There has hardly been a life in the last century that Eleanor Roosevelt has not affected, in one way or another. From securing safe, low-cost housing for Kentucky’s poor, to helping her grandchildren hang a tire swing on the White House’s south lawn, to representing America as the first female delegate to the United Nations, Eleanor rarely kept a second of her life for herself -- and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Warren, Andrea. (2000). Pioneer girl : growing up on the prairie. New York : Harper Trophy. 921 S6755w
Tells about the daily life and activities of a pioneer girl growing up on the prairies of Nebraska.
Ransome, Lesa. (2000). Satchel Paige. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 921 P1425r
Examines the life of the legendary baseball player, who was the first African-American to pitch in a Major League World Series.
Winter, Jeanette. (1999). Sebastian : a book about Bach. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 921 B118w
Describes how Johann Sebastian Bach survived the sorrows of his childhood and composed the music the world has come to love.
Marrin, Albert. (2002). Secrets from the rocks : dinosaur hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 921 A5693m
A biography of the scientist-adventurer, Roy Chapman Andrews, focusing on the expeditions he led for New York’s American Museum of Natural History to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia in an effort to uncover dinosaur fossils.
Rumford, James. (2004). Sequoyah : the Cherokee man who gave his people writing. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 S4799r
While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree’s namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokee people finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read.
Blumberg, Rhoda. (2003). Shipwrecked! : the true adventures of a Japanese boy. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 952.02 B658s
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.
Marrin, Albert. (2000). Sitting Bull and his world. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 978 M359s
Discusses the life of the Hunkpapa chief who is remembered for his defeat of General Custer at Little Big Horn.
Yoo, Paula. (2005). Sixteen years in sixteen seconds : the Sammy Lee story. New York : Lee & Low Books. 921 L4813y
A biography of Korean American diving champion Sammy Lee, focusing on how his childhood determination and his father’s dreams set the stage for a medical career as well as his athletic achievements which earned him Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952
McClafferty, Carla Killough. (2006). Something out of nothing : Marie Curie and radium. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 921 C9754m
Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known today as Marie Curie, the co-discoverer of radium, and who became the first woman awarded the Nobel prize for her work on the discovery. Learn what life was like for Marie, and the effect her discovery had on the world.
McCully, Emily Arnold. (2004). Squirrel and John Muir. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. PRIM-FIC M1333sq
In the early 1900s, a wild little girl nicknamed Squirrel meets John Muir, later to become a famous naturalist, when he arrives at her parents’ hotel in Yosemite Valley seeking work and knowledge about the natural world.
Grimes, Nikki. (2002). Talkin' about Bessie : the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman. New York : Orchard Books. 921 C962g
A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.
Tallchief, Maria.(1999). Tallchief : America's prima ballerina. New York : Viking. 921 T1474t
Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, the development of her love of dance, and her rise to success in that field.
Giblin, James. (2000). The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 F8313g
A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.
Ashby, Ruth. (2004). The amazing Mr. Franklin, or, the boy who read everything. Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers. 921 F8313as
Introduces the life of inventor, statesman, and founding father Benjamin Franklin, whose love of books led him to establish the first public library in the American colonies.
Krull, Kathleen. (2004). The boy on Fairfield Street : how Ted Geisel grew up to become Dr. Seuss. New York : Random House. 921 S496k
Introduces the life of renowned children’s author and illustrator Ted Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, focusing on his childhood and youth in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Christensen, Bonnie. (2003). The daring Nellie Bly : America's star reporter. New York : Knopf. 921 B6615c
Introduces the life of Nellie Bly who, as a "stunt reporter" for the New York World newspaper in the late 1800s, championed women’s rights and traveled around the world faster than anyone ever had.
Kerley, Barbara. (2001). The dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins : an illuminating history of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, artist and lecturer. New York : Scholastic. 567.9 K39d
The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about what these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.
Jurmain, Suzanne. (2005). The forbidden schoolhouse : the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 C8912j
Prudence Crandall opened successful private girls’ school in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1831. A year later, a young African American, Sarah Harris, asked permission to attend. Accepting the new student would sink the new school, but for a conscientious Quaker, it was the right thing to do.
Borden, Louise. (2005). The journey that saved Curious George : the true wartime escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 813 B728j
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey had to leave France because the German army was advancing into the country. The Reys, who were Jewish, left Paris on bicycles, carrying little more than a change of clothes and their unpublished manuscript about a curious little monkey.
Giblin, James. (2002). The life and deathof Adolf Hitler. New York : Clarion Books. 921 H6755g
Dash, Joan. (2000). The longitude prize. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 681.1 D229L
The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.
Lasky, Kathryn. (2003). The man who made time travel. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 526.6 L345m
Describes the need for sailors to be able to determine their position at sea and the efforts of John Harrison, an eighteenth century man who spent his life refining instruments to enable them to do this.
Fradin, Judith Bloom. (2004). The power of one : Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. New York : Clarion Books. 921 B3297f
Born in a small town in rural Arkansas, Daisy Bates was a journalist and activist who became one of the foremost civil rights leaders in America. In 1957 she mentored the nine black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Fradin, Dennis B. (2002). The signers : the fifty-six stories behind the Declaration of Independence. New York : Walker. 973.3 F799s
Profiles each of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, giving historical information about the colonies they represented. Includes the text of the Declaration and its history.
Durrant, Lynda. (2003). The sun, the rain, and the apple seed : a novel of Johnny Appleseed's life. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC D9653su
In 1783, when John Chapman was nine, his father planted some apple seeds around their one-room cabin. A few years later, the fruit of those trees was feeding the whole family. And miraculously all it had taken was the sun, the rain, and the apple seed! Believing that it was his divine calling, Johnny set out to spread the miracle of the apple tree by planting orchards in the wilderness. With his long hair and beard, sacks of seeds slung over his shoulders, and a Bible tied around his middle with a rope, John Chapman was a picturesque, selfless figure who soon became known across the country as Johnny Appleseed.
Shulevitz, Uri. (2005). The travels of Benjamin of Tudela : through three continents in the twelfth century. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. PRIM-FIC S5625tra
A fictionalized account of the travels of Benjamin, a Jewish man from Tudela, Spain, who, in 1159, set out on a fourteen-year-long journey that took him to Italy, Greece, Palestine, Persia, China, Egypt, and Sicily.
Freedman, Russell. (2004). The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights. New York : Clarion Books. 921 A548f
Already acclaimed in the United States and abroad, in 1939, Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall solely because of her race. Her response catapulted her into the center of the civil rights movement of her time and hastened the end of segregation and racial barriers in the arts.
Maurer, Richard. (2003). The Wright sister : Katharine Wright and her famous brothers. Brookfield, CT : Roaring Book Press. 921 W9513m
Presents a brief biography of the sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
Hesse, Karen. (2005). The young Hans Christian Andersen. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 A5442h
Hans Christian Andersen’s early life inspired many of his most famous tales. The author relates Andersen’s own youthful experiences to "The Ugly Duckling," "The Ice Maiden," and other stories he later created.
Partridge, Elizabeth. (2002). This land was made for you and me : the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. New York : Viking. 921 G984p
A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh."
Old, Wendie C. (2002). To fly : The story of the Wright brothers. New York : Clarion Books. 629.13 P44t
Traces the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.
Brown, Don. (2000). Uncommon traveler : Mary Kingsley in Africa. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 K55b
A brief biography of the self-educated nineteenth-century Englishwoman who, after a secluded childhood and youth, traveled alone through unexplored West Africa in 1893 and 1894 and learned much about the area and its inhabitants.
Greenberg, Jan. (2001). Vincent Van Gogh. New York : Dell Yearling. 921 G613g
Traces the life of 19-century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, with excerpts from correspondence with his brother Theo and full-color reproductions from his work.
Kerley, Barbara. (2004). Walt Whitman : words for America. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 W6155k
A biography of the American poet whose compassion led him to nurse soldiers during the Civil War, to give voice to the nation’s grief at Lincoln’s assassination, and to capture the true American spirit in verse.
Fritz, Jean. (2004). Why not, Lafayette? New York : G.P. Putnam's. 921 L1614f
Traces the life of the French nobleman who fought for democracy in revolutions in both the United States and France.
Christensen, Bonnie. (2001). Woody Guthrie : poet of the people. New York : Knopf. 921 G9846c
An introductory biography of famous folk singer Woody Guthrie presented as a picture book with a brief lyrical text and woodcut-like illustrations. Includes the complete lyrics to his "This Land is Your Land."
Martin, Ann M. (2002). A corner of the universe. New York : Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC M379co
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie’s small town.
UNICEF. (2002). A life like mine : how children live around the world. New York : DK Publishing. 305.23 L722
Looks at what life is like for children of different countries and how each child can fulfill his or her hopes and ambitions no matter how little or much their human rights are infringed.
Johnston, Tony. (2001). Any small goodness : a novel of the barrio. New York : Blue Sky Press. INTR-FIC J737an
Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian, and even starting their own gang.
Wiles, Deborah. (2001). Freedom summer. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC W6767fr
In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
Roth, Susan L. (2004). Hard hat area. New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books. PRIM-FIC R8455ha
Construction workers ask Kristen, a young apprentice, to bring them snacks and supplies. Provides information on the workers’ jobs and equipment.
Lewis, J. Patrick. (2005). Heroes and she-roes : poems of amazing and everyday heroes. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 811 L6755h
Twenty-one poems celebrate and chronicle the actions of real-life persons (and one dog) who have performed heroic acts in service of others.
Nelson, Peter. (2002). Left for dead : a young man's search for justice for the USS Indianapolis. New York : Delacorte Press. 940.54 N428L
Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship’s captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.
Peacock, Carol Antoinette. (2000). Mommy far, Mommy near : an adoption story. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC P3564MO
Elizabeth, who was born in China, describes the family who has adopted her and tries to sort out her feelings for her unknown mother.
Naidoo, Beverley. (2003). Out of bounds : seven stories of conflict and hope. New York : HarperCollins. INTR-FIC N1554ou
Seven stories, spanning the time period from 1948 to 2000, chronicle the experiences of young people from different races and ethnic groups as they try to cope with the restrictions placed on their lives by South Africa’s apartheid laws.
Gilley, Jeremy. (2005). Peace one day : the making of World Peace Day. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. 303.6 G477p
After meeting with world leaders to discuss the UN International Day of Peace and campaigning to make it a day with a real purpose, young Jeremy Gilley succeeds in establishing a globally recognized date with a very unified message across nations for peace amongst people--even if it is just for one single day.
Carlson, Lori Marie. (2005). Red hot salsa : bilingual poems on being young and Latino in the United States. New York : Henry Holt. 811 R3123
Hampton, Wilborn. (2003). September 11, 2001 : attack on New York City. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. 974.7 H232s
Describes the September 11 attacks in the United States and presents several personal stories of tragedy told by New Yorkers who lived through the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Armstrong, Jennifer. (2002). Shattered : stories of children and war. New York : Knopf. INTR-FIC A7362sh
Winter, Jeanette. (2005). The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq. Orlando : Harcourt, Inc. 020 W785L
True story of a librarian’s struggle to save her community’s collection of books in war-stricken Iraq.
Kurtz, Jane. (1998). The storyteller's beads. San Diego : Harcourt Brace. INTR-FIC K967st
During the political strife and famine of the 1980’s, two Ethiopian girls, one Christian and the other Jewish and blind, struggle to overcome many difficulties, including their prejudices about each other, as they make the dangerous journey out of Ethiopia.
Young, Marilyn Blatt. (2002). The Vietnam War : a history in documents. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press. DS557.7 .Y677 2002
Meltzer, Milton. (2001). Theres comes a time : the struggle for Civil Rights. New York : Random House. 973 M528t
Presents an overview of the events in African American history that culminated in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s and represented a striving for equal rights.
Al-Windawi, Thura. (2004). Thura's diary : my life in wartime Iraq. New York : Viking. 956.7 A477t
Shihab Nye, Naomi. (1999). What have you lost? New York : Greenwillow Books. PN109.97 .W47 1999
Ecology, Energy, & The Environment
Kerley, Barbara. (2002). A cool drink of water. Washington, DC : National Geographic Society. 363.6 K939c
Depicts people around the world collecting, chilling, and drinking water.
Murphy, Jim. (2000). Blizzard! The storm that changed America. New York : Scholastic Press. 974.7 M978b
Presents a history, based on personal accounts and newspaper articles, of the massive snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, focusing on the events in New York City.
Levey, Richard H. (2005). Dust bowl! : the 1930s black blizzards. New York : Bearport Publishing. 363.34 L663d
Describes the events of the devastating dust storms of the 1930s.
Beil, Karen Magunson. (1999). Fire in their eyes : wildfires and the people who fight them. San Deigo : Harcourt Brace. 363.3 B422f
Depicts in text and photographs the training, equipment, and real-life experiences of people who risk their lives to battle wildfires, as well as people who use fire for ecological reasons.
Johnson, D.B. (2000). Henry hikes to Fitchburg. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC J665he
While his friend works hard to earn the train fare to Fitchburg, young Henry Thoreau walks the thirty miles through woods and fields, enjoying nature and the time to think great thoughts. Includes biographical information about Thoreau.
Goodall, Jane. (2001). The chimpanzees I love : saving their world and ours. New York : Scholastic Press. 599.88 G646c
In a compelling, personal narrative, Dr. Goodall recounts the exciting adventure of her work with chimpanzees, now an endangered species.
Washington, Donna L. (2004). A pride of African tales. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 398.2 W3173p
A collection of African folktales originating in the storytelling tradition.
De Paola, Tomie. (2002). Adelita : a Mexican Cinderella story. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. 398.2 D419ad
After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.
Bryan, Ashley. (2003). Beautiful blackbird. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 398.2 B9153be
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
Sierra, Judy. (2002). Can you guess my name? : traditional tales from around the world. New York : Clarion Books. 398.2 S572c
A collection of fifteen folktales from all over the world, including stories that resemble "The Three Pigs," "The Bremen Town Musicians," and "Rumpelstiltskin."
Kimmel, Eric A. (2004). Don Quixote and the windmills. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. PRIM-FIC K493.5do
Immersed in tales of knights and dragons and sorcerers and damsels in distress, Senor Quexada proclaims himself a knight and sets out on his first adventure against some nearby windmills that he thinks are giants.
Gerson, Mary-Joan. (2001). Fiesta femenina : celebrating women in Mexican folktales. New York : Barefoot Books. 398.2 G382f
A collection of folktales from various cultures in Mexico, all focusing on the important roles of women, such as Rosha, a young girl who rescues the sun; the goddess Tangu Yuh; Kesne, a Zapotec princess; and the Virgin Mary.
Philip, Neil. (2003). Horse hooves and chicken feet : Mexican folktales. New York : Clarion Books. 398.2 P549h
Mexican folktales invite us into a magical world of enchantment and transformation, populated by cats and kings, priests and tricksters, ordinary people and supernatural beings. A witch turns seven brothers into seven little blue oxen; the Virgin Mary rewards a good girl with a gold star on her forehead but adorns her wicked stepsister with a pair of horns; a young man, thrown overboard to drown, is rescued by a mysterious shadow. Drawing from authentic sources, folklorist Neil Philip has created a rich and varied collection, representing the unique blend of classic folkloric elements and Catholic imagery characteristic of the Mexican and Mexican American storytelling tradition. The retellings capture the wit, spirituality, and wonder of the originals and are perfectly complemented by Jacqueline Mair’s colorful illustrations, which are based on Mexican folk art.
Bruchac, Joseph. (2001). How chipmunk got his stripes : a tale of bragging and teasing. New York : Puffin Books. 398.2 B887h
When Bear and Brown Squirrel have a disagreement about whether Bear can stop the sun from rising, Brown Squirrel ends up with claw marks on his back and becomes Chipmunk, the striped one.
Chen, Kerstin. (2000). Lord of the cranes : a Chinese tale. New York : North-South Books. 398.2 C5184L
To test the compassion of the people in the city, the lord of the cranes leaves his home high in the mountains and travels there disguised as a beggar, but only one man, the innkeeper, passes the test.
Pitcher, Caroline. (2000). Mariana and the merchild : a folk tale from Chile. Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdman's Books for Young Readers. 398.2 P6823m
A childless old woman is given a merbaby to raise until the child can safely return to the sea.
Paye, Won-Ldy. (2003). Mrs. Chicken and the hungry crocodile. New York : Henry Holt. 398.2 P3437m
When a crocodile captures Mrs. Chicken and takes her to an island to fatten her up, clever Mrs. Chicken claims that she can prove they are sisters and that, therefore, the crocodile shouldn’t eat her.
Gershator, Phillis. (2000). Only one cowry : a Dahomean tale. New York : Orchard Books. 398.2 G3814on
A clever young fellow persuades an equally clever chief’s daughter to marry the king of Dahomey, and both the young man and future queen prosper in the bargain.
Artell, Mike. (2001). Petite Rouge : a Cajun Red Riding Hood. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 398.2 A7865p
In this Cajun version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the big bad gator is no match for a sharp young duck and her quick-thinking cat.
Tchana, Katrin. (2002). Sense Pass King : a story from Cameroon. New York : Holiday House. 398.2 T249sen
Despite a jealous king’s repeated attempts to get rid of her, Ma’antah continually manages to outwit him and proves herself worthy of the name Sense Pass King.
Goble, Paul. (2001). Storm Maker's tipi. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 398.2 G5757s
Tells of how tipis were first granted to the Blackfoot people and then, in a dramatic rendering of an old myth, tells of why the painted designs on tipis have come to possess their meaning and power. Gives step-by-step instructions on how to pitch a tipi.
Huck, Charlotte S. (2001). The Black Bull of Norroway : a Scottish tale. New York : Greenwillow Books. 398.2 H8823b
A traditional Scottish tale set in Norway in which a courageous girl sets out to seek her fortune and ultimately finds true love.
Lunge-Larson, Lise. (1999). The legend of the lady slipper : an Ojibwe tale. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 398.2 L963L
In this retelling of an Ojibwe tale, a girl’s act of bravery to save her family leads to the appearance in the world of the delicate and tender flower called the lady’s slipper.
Lester, Julius. (2005). The Old African. New York : Dial Books. INTR-FIC L6425ol
An elderly slave uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. Based on an actual incident from black history.
Hamilton, Virginia. (2004). The people could fly : the picture book. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House. 398.2 H2215peo
In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.
Brumbeau, Jeff. (2000). The quiltmaker's gift. Duluth, MN : Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers. INTR-FIC B8933QU
When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart.
Han, Suzanne Crowder. (1999). The rabbit's tail : a story from Korea. New York : Henry Holt. 398.2 H2337r
Tiger is afraid of being eaten by a fearsome dried persimmon, but when Rabbit tries to convince him he is wrong, Rabbit loses his long tail.
San Souci, Robert D. (2000). The secret of the stones : a folktale. New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books. PRIM-FIC S229SE
When they try to find out who is doing their chores while they are working in the field, a childless couple discovers that the two stones they have brought home are actually two bewitched orphans.
Crossley-Holland, Kevin. (2001). The seeing stone. New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. INTR-FIC C95145se
In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
Lunge-Larsen, Lise. (1999). The troll with no heart in his body : and other tales of trolls from Norway. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 398.2 A799tr
A collection of Norwegian folktales all featuring trolls: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Boy Who Became a Lion, a Falcon, and an Ant, Butterball, The Boy and the North Wind, The White Cat in the Dovre Mountain, The Sailors and the Troll, The Eating Competition, and The Troll with No Heart in His Body.
San Souci, Robert D. (1999). The twins and the Bird of Darkness : a hero tale from the Caribbean. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 398.2 S2295tw
When the Bird of Darkness takes Princess Marie, twin brothers Soliday, who is brave and kind, and Salacota, who is cowardly, set off to fight the beast and rescue the princess.
Young, Ed. (2002). What about me? New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71v
A young boy determinedly follows the instructions of the Grand Master in the hope of gaining knowledge, only to be surprised as how he acquires it. Based on a Sufi tale.
Bushyhead, Robert H. (2002). Yonder Mountain : a Cherokee legend. New York : Marshall Cavendish. 398.2 B9794y
A Cherokee chief chooses his successor by asking three candidates to climb a mountain, thus testing their character and strength.
Muth, Jon J. (2005). Zen shorts. New York : Scholastic Press. PRIM-FIC M9924ze
When Stillwater the bear moves into the neighborhood, he tells short Zen and Taoist stories to three siblings to teach them to look at the world in new ways.
Geography, People, & Places
Knight, Margy Burns. (2000). Africa is not a country. Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press. 960 K71a
Demonstrates the diversity of the African continent by describing daily life in some of its fifty-three nations.
Haskins, James. (1998). African beginnings. New York : Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books. 960 H351a
African Beginnings, is the first book in a seven-part series that focuses on the impact people of African descent have made on world history, and on the American experience.
Simon, Norma. (1999). All kinds of children. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. 305.23 S594a
Presents the things that all children over the world have in common, including their need for food, clothes, people to love them, and the opportunity to play.
McCully, Emily Arnold. (1998). An outlaw Thanksgiving. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M133OU
While travelling with her mother cross-country by train in 1896, a young girl unexpectedly shares Thanksgiving dinner with the notorious outlaw, Butch Cassidy.
Myers, Walter Dean. (2004). Antarctica : journeys to the South Pole. New York : Scholastic Press. 919.8 M996a
Stories of the expedition parties that explored the Antarctica including James Cook, the first explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle, the Amundsen expedition to the South Pole, Admiral Byrd’s air flight explorations of the continent.
Rylant, Cynthia. (1991). Appalachia : the voices of sleeping birds. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 974 R994a
Text and illustrations explore the countryside and people of Appalachia.
Ajmera, Maya. (2004). Be my neighbor. Washington, DC : Shakti for Children ; Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 307.3 A312b
An simple introduction to the characteristics of a neighborhood.
Macaulay, David. (1999). Building the book Cathedral. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 726.6 M117b
Contains the content of the book Cathedral and explains structure, sequence, perspective, scale, contrast, placement and all the other concepts that govern how a good book is constructed.
Staub, Frank J. (1999). Children of the Tlingit. Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda. NetLibrary
Introduces the history, geography, and culture of the Tlingit people in Southeast Alaska through the daily lives of children who live there.
Geisert, Bonnie. (2001). Desert town. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 307.76 G313d
Simple text and expressive pictures convey life in a small desert town.
Arnold, Caroline. (2000). Easter Island : giant stone statues tell of a rich and tragic past. New York : Clarion Books. 996.1 A752e
Describes the formation, geography, ecology, and inhabitants of the isolated Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean.
Lester, Julius. (1998). From slave ship to freedom road. New York : Dial Books. 759.13 L642f
What would it have been like to be taken from your home and everything you know and be pushed into a new life where someone else makes all you life’s decisions for you? Explains what that life was like for slaves brought to the Americas from Africa.
Smith, David J. (2002). If the world were a village : a book about the world's people. Toronto : Kids Can Press. 304.6 S645i
Tells us who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak, what religions we practice and more by imagining the whole world is a village of 100 people.
Hesse, Karen. (1998). Just Juice. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC H587JU
Realizing that her father’s lack of work has endangered her family, nine-year-old Juice decides that she must return to school and learn to read in order to help their chances of surviving and keeping their house.
Naidoo, Beverley. (2005). Making it home : real-life stories from children forced to flee. New York : Dial Books. 305.23 M235
Foreman, Micahel. (2006). Mia's story : a sketchbook of hopes and dreams. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC F715mi
While looking for her beloved puppy, Poco, one winter day, young Mia discovers how beautiful the world can be, as well as a way to make her own village of Campamento San Francisco more lovely and her family’s life easier.
Mak, Kam. (2002). My Chinatown : one year in poems. New York : HarperCollins. PRIM-FIC M2355my
A boy adjusts to life away from his home in Hong Kong, in the Chinatown of his new American city.
Scott, Elaine. (2004). Poles apart : why penguins and polar bears will never be neighbors. New York : Viking. 909 S425p
Using a wide range of disciplines from physics to geography to biology, Elaine Scott explores some of the unique properties shared by the two ends of the Earth’s axis, and other ways in which they are poles apart.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. (2002). Revenge of the whale : the true story of the whaleship Essex. New York : G.P. Putnam. 910 P545r
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author’s adult book "In the Heart of the Sea."
Kurtz, Jane. (2003). Saba : under the hyena's foot. Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co. INTR-FIC K967sa
After being kidnapped and brought to the emperor’s palace in Gondar, Ethiopia, twelve-year-old Saba discovers that she and her brother are part of the emperor’s desperate attempt to consolidate political power in the mid-1840’s.
Bial, Raymond. (2002). Tenement : immigrant life on the Lower East Side. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 307.76 B576t
Presents a view of New York City’s tenements during the peak years of foreign immigration, discussing living conditions, laws pertaining to tenements, and the occupations of their residents.
Polacco, Patricia. (1998). Thank you, Mr. Falker. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC P762TH
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
Morrison, Taylor. (2004). The coast mappers. New York : Houghton Mifflin. 623.89 M882c
Chronicles the difficulties encountered by George Davidson and others as they attempted to create nautical charts to complete the U.S. Coast Survey of the West Coast in the mid-nineteenth century.
Chocolate, Deborah M. Newton. (1998). The piano man. New York : Walker & Co. PRIM_FIC C545PI
A young Afro-American girl recalls the life story of her grandfather who performed in vaudeville and played piano for the silent movies.
Matze, Claire Sidhom. (1999). The stars in my Geddoh's sky. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC M4465ST
Alex’s Arabic-speaking grandfather comes to visit the United States, and Alex learns about his grandfather’s Middle Eastern homeland.
Ferrie, Richard. (1999). The world turned upside down : George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown. New York : Holiday House. 973.3 F391w
This examination of the events surrounding the pivotal Revolutionary War battle that led to the defeat of the British forces at Yorktown, Virginia, focuses on the central role of General George Washington.
Mora, Pat. (1998). This big sky. New York : Scholastic. 811 M8275th
Poems that describe the landscape, people, and animals of the American Southwest.
Siebert, Diane. (2006). Tour America : a journey through poems and art. San Francisco : Chronicle Books. 811.54 S5712t
A collection of poems inspired by the places the author stopped as she and her husband traveled around the United States.
Kerley, Barbara. (2005). You and me together : moms, dads, and kids around the world. Washington DC : National Geographic. 306.87 K39y
From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.
History, Culture, & Life In The Americas
Evans, Freddi Williams. (2001). A bus of our own. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC E923BU
Although she really wants to go to school, walking the five miles is very difficult for Mabel Jean and the other black children, so she tries to find a way to get a bus for them the same as the white children have. Based on real events in Mississippi.
McWhorter, Diane. (2004). A dream of freedom : the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968. New York : Scholastic. 323.1 M479d
In this history of the modern Civil Rights movement, the author focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year of Brown v. the Board of Education) and 1968 (the year that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Beginning with an overview of the movement since the end of the Civil War, McWhorter also discusses such events as the 1956 MTGS bus boycott, the 1961 Freedom Rides, and the 1963 demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, among others. The author uses interviews she conducted personally.
Nelson, Marilyn. (2005). A wreath for Emmett Till. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 811.54 N428w
A memorial wreath of poems, created in a series of fifteen interlinked sonnets, challenges readers to "speak what they see." Emmett Louis Till’s murder in 1955 was a significant impetus that led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Borden, Luoise. (2006). Across the blue Pacific : a World War II story. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC B728ac
A woman reminisces about her neighbor’s son who was the object of a letter writing campaign by some fourth-graders when he went away to war in 1943.
Murray, Stuart. (2005). American Revolution. London ; New York : DK Publishing. 973.3 M984a
Presents a visual guide to the people, battles, and events of America’s war for independence, and includes explanatory text.
Murphy, Jim. (2003). An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. New York : Clarion Books. 614.5 M978a
It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation’s birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.
Lester, Julius. (1998). Black cowboy, wild horses : true story. New York : Dial Books. PRIM-FIC L642BL
A black cowboy is so in tune with wild mustangs that they accept him into the herd, thus enabling him singlehandedly to take them to the corral.
Katz, William Loren. (1999). Black pioneers : an untold story. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 977 K19b
A biographical history of influential African American pioneers and freedom fighters in the Midwest, including Sara Jane Woodson, Peter Clark, and Dred Scott.
Myers, Walter Dean. (2003). Blues journey. New York : Holiday House. 811.54 M9966bl
The poetry of the blues, America’s music, outlines a history of the black experience sung by the people who lived it. The book is cast in classic blues structure of "call and response", the writer exploring the poetry of the blues and the artist responding with his own pictoral riffs.
Fradin, Dennis B. (2000). Bound for the North Star : true stories of fugitive slaves. New York : Clarion Books. 973.7 F799b
Twelve stories of slaves who made desperate journeys to find freedom and new lives.
Paterson, Katherine. (2006). Bread and roses, too. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC P296bre
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Hansen, Joyce. (1998). Breaking ground, breaking silence : the story of New York's African burial ground. New York : Henry Holt. 305.5 H249b
Describes the discovery and study of the African burial site found in Manhattan in 1991, while excavating for a new building, and what it reveals about the lives of black people in Colonial times.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC C978BU
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Sullivan, George. (2005). Built to last : building America's amazing bridges, dams, tunnels, and skyscrapers. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 624.09 S949b
Tells the fascinating story of the design and contruction of seventeen architectural and engineering marvels.
Curlee, Lynn. (2003). Capital. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 975.3 C978c
Provides a history of Washington, D.C., focusing on the National Mall, its monuments and surrounding buildings.
Raven, Margot Theis. (2004). Circle unbroken : the story of a basket and its people. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. PRIM-FIC R2533ci
A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweetgrass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.
Stanchak, John E. (2000). Civil War. New York : DK Publishing. 973.7 S784c
Examines many aspects of the Civil War, including the issue of slavery, secession, the raising of armies, individual battles, the commanders, Northern life, Confederate culture, the surrender of the South, and the aftermath.
Bruchac, Joseph. (2005). Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. New York : Dial Books. PS3552.R794 C64 2005
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Cox, Clinton. (1999). Come all you brave soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War. New York : Scholastic Press. 973.3 C877c
Tells the story of the thousands of black men who served as soldiers fighting for independence from England during the American Revolutionary War.
Draper, Sharon M. (2006). Copper sun. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC D7665co
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Stanley, Jerry. (2003). Cowboys and longhorns : a portrait of the long drive. New York : Crown Publishers. 636.2 S788p
Uhlberg, Myron. (2005). Dad, Jackie, and me. Atlanta, GA : Peachtree Publishers. PRIM-FIC U31da
In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers’ first baseman, Jackie Robinson.
Medearis, Michael. (2000). Daisy and the doll. Middlebury, VT : Vermont Folklife Center ; Hanover, NH : Distributed by University Press of New England. PRIM-FIC M4887da
Daisy, an eight-year-old black girl living in rural Vermont in the 1890s, is given a black doll by her teacher and becomes uncomfortable that her skin is a different color from that of her classmates, until she finds the courage to speak from her heart.
Lester, Julius. (2005). Day of tears : a novel in dialogue. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC L6425da
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances’s mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. (2000). Esperanza rising. Scholastic Press. INTR-FIC R9893es
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Rappaport, Doreen. (2000). Freedom river. New York : Jump at the Sun. 973.7 R221f
Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman in Ripley, Ohio, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape to freedom.
Freedman, Russell. (2006). Freedom walkers : the true story of the Montgomery bus boycott. New York : Holiday House. 323.1196 F853f
Looks at the key personalities and events of the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle in the civil rights movement.
Allen, Thomas B. (2004). George Washington, spymaster : how America outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 921 W318al
A biography of Revolutionary War general and first President of the United States, George Washington, focusing on his use of spies to gather intelligence that helped the colonies win the war.
Bruchac, Joseph. (2006). Geronimo. New York : Scholastic Press. E99.A6 G3226 2006
Hopkinson, Deborah. (2003). Girl wonder : a baseball story in nine innings. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC H7973gi
In the early 1900s, Alta Weiss, a young woman who knows from an early age that she loves baseball, finds a way to show that she can play, even though she is a girl.
Freedman, Russell. (2000). Give me liberty! : the story of the Declaration of Independence. New York : Holiday House. 973.3 F853g
Describes the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence as well as the personalities and politics behind its framing.
Diouf, Sylviane A. (2001). Growing up in slavery. Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press. 306.3 D595g
Examines what life was like for children who grew up as slaves in the United States, describing the conditions in which they lived, the work they did, how they were educated, and their efforts to obtain freedom.
Larson, Kirby. (2006). Hattie Big Sky. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC L3355ha
After inheriting her uncle’s homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle’s homesteading claim. For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie’s been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle’s homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper. Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie’s determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.
Meltzer, Milton. (2004). Hear that train whistle blow! : how the railroad changed the world. New York : Random House. 385.0973 M528h
Takes a look at the history of rail transportation, focussing on how it transformed societies from isolated communities which rarely communicated or traded into unified nations.
Stanley, Jerry. (2000). Hurry Freedom : African Americans in Gold Rush California. New York : Crown Publishers. 979.4 S788h
Recounts the history of African Americans in California during the Gold Rush while focusing on the life and work of Mifflin Gibbs.
Thomas, Joyce Carol. (1998). I have heard of a land New York : HarperCollins Publishers. PRIM-FIC T4585IA
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
Freedman, Russell. (2003). In defense of liberty : the story of America's Bill of Rights. New York : Holiday House. 342.73 F853i
Describes the origins, applications of, and challenges to the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that comprise the Bill of Rights.
Freedman, Russell. (2003). In the days of the vaqueros : America's first true cowboysNew York : Clarion Books. 636.2 F853i
The cowboys of the American West, learned their trade from the vaqueros of Mexico, the first frue cowboys.
Siegelson, Kim L. (1999). In the time of the drums. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books. PRIM-FIC S5715in
Mentu, an American-born slave boy living at Teakettle Creek, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
Cooper, Michael L. (1999). Indian school : teaching the white man's way. New York : Clarion Books. E97.5 .C66 1999
Murphy, Jim. (2003). Inside the Alamo. New York : Delacorte Press. 976.4 M978i
An overview of the struggle between the Texan settlers and Mexico’s General Santa Anna for control of Texas, with a detailed description of the 1836 siege of the Alamo. Includes biographical sketches and quotations of some of those involved.
Lanier, Shannon. (2000). Jefferson's children : the story of one American family. New York : Random House. 973.4 L287j
Depicts the descendents of Thomas Jefferson and wife Martha, and also those of his relationship with slave Sally Hemings, with whom he had seven children. Ages 11 and older.
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. (2000). Jingle dancer. New York : Morrow Junior Books. PRIM-FIC S6442ji
Depicts the descendents of Thomas Jefferson and wife Martha, and also those of his relationship with slave Sally Hemings, with whom he had seven children. Ages 11 and older.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (1999). Kids on strike!. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 331.8 B292k
Describes the conditions and treatment that drove workers, including many children, to various strikes, from the mill workers strikes in 1828 and 1836 and the coal strikes at the turn of the century to the work of Mother Jones on behalf of child workers.
Fradin, Dennis B. (2005). Let it begin here! : Lexington & Concord : first battles of the American Revolution. New York : Walker & Co. 973.3 F799L
Explains the events that led to the first battles of the Revolution and how they happened.
Blumenthal, Karen. (2005). Let me play : story of Title IX : the law that changed the future of girls in America. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 796.08 B658L
Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you shouldn’t play team sports, or go to college. But, in 1972, Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports and classes. But that change did not come without a fight.
Wells, Rosemary. (1998). Mary on horseback : three mountain stories. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 610.73 W455m
Tells the stories of three families who were helped by the work of Mary Breckinridge, the first nurse to go into the Appalachian Mountains and give medical care to the isolated inhabitants. Includes an afterword with facts about Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service she founded.
Geisert, Bonnie. (2000). Mounatin town. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 307.72 G313m
Describes a year in the present-day life of a mountain town that was founded when prospectors searching for gold arrived in the Rocky Mountains in the mid-nineteenth century.
Houston, Julian. (2005). New boy. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC H8435ne
As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student with bad acne.
Mays, Osceola. (2000). Osceola : memories of a sharecropper's daughter. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. 976.4 M474o
A sharecropper’s daughter describes her childhood in Texas in the early years of the twentieth century.
Leacock, Elspeth. (2001). Place in time : a new atlas of American history. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 911.73 L464p
Shows maps of specific places as they looked at specific times, including floorplans of houses, layouts of streets, people dressed in the clothing of the time period, etc.
Hudson, Wade. (2004). Powerful words : more than 200 years of extraordinary writing by African Americans. New York : Scholastic. 081 H886p
A collection of exerpts from speeches and writings by African Americans, with commentary about the time period in which each person lived, information about the speaker/writer, and public response to the words.
Morrison, Toni. (2004). Remember : the journey to school integration. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 379.2 M882r
A collection of photographs depicting the events that surrounded the Supreme Court decision to declare segregated schools unconstitutional are accompanied by a fictional narrative reflecting the emotional turmoil of the time.
Allen, Thomas B. (2001). Remember Pearl Harbor : American and Japanese survivors tell the stories. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 940.54 A431r
Gives accounts by American and Japanese survivors of The Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2002). Remember the bridge : poems of a people. New York : Philomel Books. 811 W3624re
Archival engravings and photographs accompany these twenty-nine original poems, taking the reader on a journey of over 400 years on the African American road to freedom. Weatherford’s poems create portraits of captured Africans, slaves on the auction block, heroes of freedom, craftsmen and storytellers.
Littlesugar, Amy. (1998). Shake Rag : from the life of Elvis Presley. New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC L779SH
A story about a period in the childhood of Elvis Presley when his family was dirt poor and he was introduced to the soulful music of the Sanctified Church that travelled to his town.
Woodson, Jacqueline. (2005). Show way. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. PRIM-FIC W8985sh
The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author’s family.
Hopkinson, Deborah. (2003). Shutting out the sky : life in the tenements of New York, 1880-1924. New York : Orchard Books. 307.76 H797s
Photographs and text document the experiences of five individuals who came to live in the Lower East Side of New York City as children or young adults from Belarus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania at the turn of the twentieth century.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (1999). Silent Thunder : a civil story. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC P6558s
In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.
Blumenthal, Karen. (2002). Six days in October : the stock market crash of 1929. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 332.64 B658s
A comprehensive review of the events, personalities, and mistakes behind the Stock Market Crash of 1929, featuring photographs, newspaper articles, and cartoons of the day.
Bunting, Eve. (1998). So far from the sea. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC B942SO
When seven-year-old Laura and her family visit Grandfather’s grave at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, the Japanese American child leaves behind a special symbol.
Osborne, Mary Pope. (1998). Standing in the light : the captive diary of Catherine Carey Logan. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC O8125st
A Quaker girl’s diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.
Erdich, Louise. (1999). The birchbark house. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC E666BI
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
Curlee, Lynn. (2001). The Brooklyn Bridge. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 624.5 C975b
Describes the planning, construction, and history of the Brooklyn Bridge, celebrated as one of the greatest landmarks and grandest sights of New York City.
Chanin, Michael. (1997). The chief's blanket. Tiburon, CA : H.J. Kramer Starseed Press. PRIM-FIC C4564ch
In the process of weaving her first Chief’s Blanket, Flower After the Rain discovers the meaning of giving and receiving.
Kurlansky, Mark. (2001). The cod's tale. New York : Putnam's. 639.2 K96c
Murphy, Jim. (1995). The great fire. New York : Scholastic. 977.3 M978g
Miller, Debbie S. (2002). The great serum race : blazing the Iditarod Trail. New York : Walker & Co. 798.8 M647g
The story of the heroic role played by sled dogs, including the Siberian husky Togo, in the delivery of antitoxin serum to those stricken with diphtheria in 1925 Nome. Includes historical notes about the event as well as about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race which commemorates it.
Klages, Ellen. (2006). The green glass sea. New York : Viking. INTR-FIC K632gr
It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father--but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he’s working on a top secret government program.
Wells, Rosemary. (1999). The house in the mail. New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC W4558HO
In 1927, Emily describes the ordering, arrival, and assembly of a mail-order house for her growing family.
St. George, Judith. (2005). The journey of the one and only Declaration of Independence. New York : Philomel Books. 973.3 S139j
The Declaration of Independence has had a history full of ups and downs and this witty story tells about it.
Taylor, Mildred D. (2001). The land. New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books. INTR-FIC T2445LA
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.
Johnson, Angela. (1998). The other side : Shorter poems. New York : Orchard Books. 811.54 J663
A collection of poems reminiscent of growing up as an African-American girl in Shorter, Alabama.
Sewall, Marcia. (1986). The pilgrims of Plimoth. New York : Atheneum. 974.4 S512p
Chronicles, in text and illustrations, the day-to-day life of the early Pilgrims in the Plimouth Colony.
Aronson, Marc. (2005). The real revolution : the global story of American independence. New York : Clarion Books. 973.3 A769r
Why did the American Revolution take place? It was about more than the dates and details we all know: war elephants charging a fort in India and high-stakes gambles of bankers in Scotland, among other events, also played a part in the "real revolution" in the minds of the entire population of what would become the United States.
Jacobs, Francine. (1992). The Tainos : the people who welcomed Columbus. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. 972.9 J17t
Describes the history, culture, and mysterious fate of the first native Americans to welcome Columbus in 1492.
Guthrie, Woody. (1998). This land is your land. Boston : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC G984TH
This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folksinger Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.
Bridges, Ruby. (1999). Through my eyes. New York : Scholastic Press. 379.2 B851t
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
Al-Windawi, Thura. (2004). Thura's diary : my life in wartime Iraq. New York : Viking. 956.7 A477t
Yezerski, Thomas. (1998). Together in Pinecone Patch. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. PRIM-FIC Y494TO
A girl from Ireland and a boy from Poland overcome the prejudices held by the residents of the small American town to which they have emigrated.
Prince, April Jones. (2005). Twenty-one elephants and still standing. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC P9543t
Upon completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, P.T. Barnum and his twenty-one elephants parade across to prove to everyone that the bridge is safe.
Collier, Bryan. (2000). Uptown. New York : Henry Holt. PRIM-FIC C6988UP
A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy’s Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River.
Cooper, Susan. (2006). Victory. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC C7785vi
Alternating chapters follow the mysterious connection between a homesick English girl living in present-day America and an eleven-year-old boy serving in the British Royal Navy in 1803, aboard the H.M.S. Victory, commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. (1999). Virgie goes to school with us boys. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC H8486VI
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.
Garland, Sherry. (2000). Voices of the Alamo. Gretna, LA : Pelican. 9976.4 G233v
From the 1500s to the present, different voices and perspectives of men and women--Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Texan, and American--recount the history of the Alamo and its region.
Hoose, Phillip M. (2001). We were there, too! : young people in US history. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 973 H789w
Biographies of dozens of young people who made a mark in American history, including explorers, planters, spies, cowpunchers, sweatshop workers, and civil rights workers.
Liburam Krystyna. (1997). What the Aztecs told me. Toronto : Groundwork Books. 972 L697w
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. (2002). When Marian sang : the true recital of Marian Anderson. New York : Scholastic Press. 921 A5485r
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.
National Museum of the American India, Smithsonian Institution. (1999). When the rain sings : poems by young Native Americans. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Youn Readers. PS591.I55 W48 1999
A collection of poems written by young Native Americans, inspired by or matched with photographs of artifacts and people from the National Museum of the American Indian.
Aronson, Marc. (2003). Witch-hunt : mysteries of the Salem witch trials. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 133.4 A769w
What happened in Salem? Sifting through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations and theories the book presents a vivid narrative of one of the mysteries of American history.
Bausam, Ann. (2004). With courage and cloth : winning the fight for a woman's right to vote. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 324.6 B351w
This photo-illustrated history tells how women fought for and won the right to vote in the United States. The book starts with basic history on the struggle for women’s rights, other groups’ battles for the vote, and background on the 19th-century women’s suffrage movement before focusing on the ultimately successful 20th-century efforts to enfranchise women. It details and illustrates the political lobbying and public protests as well as the backlash against these efforts, including intimidation, imprisonment, hunger strikes, and forced feeding of prisoners. Carrying cloth banners and with determined spirits, suffragists marched, picketed, and paraded tirelessly until they were heard and their rights were inscribed into the Constitution.
Couper, Heather. (1999). DK space encyclopedia. New York : DK Publishing. 520 C856s
A comprehensive guide to astronomy and space travel, arranged by such topics as "Observing the Universe," "Exploring Space," "Planets & Moons," "Stars & Beyond," and "Practical Stargazing."
Brooks, Philip. (1998). Extraordinary Jewish Americans. New York : Children's Press. 920 B873e
Presents short biographies of more than sixty Jewish Americans who have flourished in careers including law, finance, entertainment, writing, politics, and science.
Hardy, P. Stephen. (2000). Extraordinary people of the Harlem Renaissance. New York : Children's Press. 700.92 H271e
Looks at the many artists, photographers, choreographers, musicians, composers, poets, writers, and other creative people who made Harlem such an amazing place in the 1920s and 1930s.
Buckley, James, Jr. (1999). Football. New York : DK Publishing. 796.332 B924f
Provides an illustrated look at many varied aspects of the popular sport of professional football, including the history of the game, evolution of equipment, the playing field and modern stadiums, players, fans, and more.
National Geographic Society (US). (2001). National Geographic stduent atlas of the world. Washington, DC : National Geographic Society. 912 N277n
Kingfisher Books. (1999). The Kingfisher history encyolopedia. New York : Kingfisher. 909 K545
A reference guide to world history, featuring a timeline, key date boxes, and biographies of historical figures.
Koscielniak, Bruce. (2000). The story of the incredible orchestra. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 784.2 K86s
Describes the orchestra, the families of instruments of which it is made, and the individual instruments in each family.
Relationships & Social Interactions
Choldenko, Gennifer. (2004). Al Capone does my shirts. G.P. Putnam's Sons. INTR-FIC C5474al
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Hurwitz, Johanna. (1998). Faraway summer. New York : Morrow Junior Books. INTR-FIC H9675FA
In the summer of 1910, Dossi, a poor Russian immigrant from the tenements of New York, spends two weeks with the Meade family on their Vermont farm, and all their lives are enriched by the experience.
Pressler, Mirjam. (1998). Halinka. New York : Henry Holt. INTR-FIC P935HA
While living in a home for emotionally disturbed girls in Germany just after World War II, twelve-year-old Halinka carefully hides her thoughts, feelings, and even her hopes.
Carling, Amelia. (1998). Mama and Papa have a store. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC C282MA
A little girl describes what a day is like in her parents’ Chinese store in Guatemala City.
Tsubakiyama, Margaret. (1998). Mei-Mei loves the morning. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman & Co. PRIM-FIC T8827ME
A young Chinese girl and her grandfather enjoy a typical morning riding on grandpa’s bicycle to do errands and meet friends in the park.
Holm, Jennifer L. (1999). Our only May Amelia. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC H7474OU
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.
Jones, Traci L. (2006). Standing against the wind. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. INTR-FIC J812st
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.
Bateman, Teresa. (2004). The Bully Blockers Club Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman & Co. PRIM-FIC B3288bu
Lotty Raccoon is excited. This year she has a new teacher, new backpack, and new shoes. But her enthusiasm quickly wanes when Grant Grizzly begins bullying her. Lotty comes up with an idea. She gathers her friends together and they form a club-The Bully Blockers Club. Now when Grant tries to bully someone, the other kids speak up. That gets an adult’s attention, and Grant stops his bullying!
Johnson, Angela. (2003). The first part last. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC J6633fi
Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant. Parties and friends are replaced by trips to the doctor and a social worker who wants them to put the baby up for adoption. Then the unimaginable happens and it all changes again.
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. (2006). The killer's tears. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC B7117La
A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. (2005). Under the persimmon tree. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. INTR-FIC S7944un
During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and Nusrat, an American-Muslim teacher who is awaiting her huband’s return from Mazar-i-Sharif, intersect at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Ketchum, Liza. (2005). Where the great hawk flies. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC K433wh
Years after a violent New England raid by the Redcoats and their Revolutionary War Indian allies, two families, one that suffered during that raid and one with an Indian mother and Patriot father, become neighbors and must deal with past trauma and prejudices before they can help each other in the present. Based on the author’s family history. Includes historical notes and notes on the Pequot Indians.
World History & Culture
Galloway, Priscilla. (2003). Archers, alchemists, and 98 other medieval jobs you might have loved or loathed. Toronto ; New York : Annick Press ; Buffalo, NY : Distributed in the USA by Firefly Books. 909.07 G174a
Describes 100 jobs people worked at in Medieval Europeand gives some details about them and how they fit into society.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2001). Black Potatoes : the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 941.5 B292b
Deem, James M. (2005). Bodies from the ash : life and death in ancient Pompeii. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 937.7 D311b
Wilkinson, Philip. (2003). Buddhism. London ; New York : DK Publishing. 294.3 W687b
Guide to Buddhist beliefs, practices and culture.
Gollub, Matthew. (1998). Cool melons--turn to frogs! : the life and poems of Issa. New York : Lee & Low Books. 895.6 G626c
A biography and introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet whose love for nature finds expression in the more than thirty poems included in this book.
McDermott, Gerald. (2003). Creation. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 231.7 M1345c
The story of the Creation, based on the Hebrew Bible and other works. A meditation in words and art on the story of creation from Genesis becomes a celebration of the creative spirit and a celebration of life.
Avi. (2002). Crispin : the cross of lead. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC A957cr
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Levine, Ellen. (2000). Darkness over Denmark : the Danish resistance and rescue of the Jews. New York : Holiday House. 940.53 L665d
An account of people in Denmark who risked their lives to protect and rescue their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II.
Lyons, Mary E. (2002). Feed the children first : Irish memories of the Great Hunger. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 941.5 F295f
Recounts through quotations from Irish citizens the devastating effects of the great Irish potato famine (the Great Hunger) of 1845-52, the worst disaster of the 19th century. More than a quarter of the country’s 8 million people had either starved to death, died of disease, or immigrated to other lands. For ages 9-12.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. (2000). Fireflies in the dark : the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the children of Terezin. New York : Holiday House. 921 D5495r
Covers the years during which Friedl Dicker, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia, taught art to children at the Terezin Concentration Camp. Includes art created by teacher and students, excerpts from diaries, and interviews with camp survivors.
Talbott, Hudson. (2000). Forging freedom : a true story of heroism during the Holocaust. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. 940.53 T142f
Chronicles the brave exploits of Jaap Penraat, a young Dutch man, who risked his life during World War II to save the lives of over 400 Jews.
Ash, Russell. (2000). Great wonders of the world. London ; New York : DK Publishing. 031.02 A819g
Describes the Seven Wonders of the World, providing background and related information, and surveying such modern wonders as the Channel Tunnel, Hoover Dam, Versailles, and the bullet train. Bowker Authored Title code. The seven wonders of the ancient world are presented with material comparing them to other ancient & modern technological marvels. Annotation. From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, recent and beautiful illustrations illuminate the wonder of these marvelous achievements of the ancient world. Compare with those wonders of both the modern and the natural world. Divided into distinct categories for ease of reference, this visually exciting book explores ancient sites, views the modern worldOtilde;s tallest building, and makes you marvel at natureOtilde;s most miraculous creations - all with more than 50 specially commissioned illustrations including reconstructions, cross sections, maps, city plans, and useful timelines. With a clear, concise text, this invaluable reference is a wonder in itself.
Millman, Isaac. (2005). Hidden child. New York : Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 921 M6454h
The author details his difficult experiences as a young Jewish child living in Nazi-occupied France during the 1940s.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. (2005). Hitler youth : growing up in Hitler's shadow. New York : Scholastic Nonfiction. 943.086 B292h
The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that brought Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement. "I begin with the young. We older ones are used up. But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world."-Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg,1933. By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.
Hillman, Laura. (2005). I will plant you a lilac tree : a memoir of a Schindler's list survivor. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 940.53 H654i
In 1942 Hannelore Wolff made a difficult decision, one that changed her life forever. She left the comfort and safety of her boarding school in Berlin, Germany, and volunteered to be sent to a Polish ghetto. The Gestapo had already killed her father and were deporting her mother and brothers. Hannelore could not bear to be separated from what was left of her family so she chose to go with them. It was the beginning of her long journey through what turned out to be eight concentration camps, including Auschwitz. In one of the camps, Hannelore fell in love with a young man named Dick Hillman. After a few months they were separated, but Dick told Hannelore, "I will find you, wherever you are." He kept his promise. They were both put on Oskar Schindler’s famous list and married when they were reunited. I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree is one woman’s incredible story of finding courage, strength, and love during one of the most horrific times of the modern era.
Aronson, Marc. (2004). John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell, and the Land of Promise. New York : Clarion Books. 921 W7925a
Looks at how the lives of John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts, and Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Puritan Commonwealth in England, were intertwined at a time of conflict between church and state and between Native and European Americans.
Fritz, Jean. (2001). Leonardo's horse. New York : Putnam's. 730.92 F919L
When the French invaded Milan in 1498, they destroyed Leonardo’s 24-foot clay horse, to be made into a bronze statute. Five hundred years later, Charles Dent decided to complete the casting of the statue.
Macaulay, David. (2003). Mosque. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 726.2 M117m
David Macaulay reveals the methods and materials used to design and construct a mosque in late-sixteenth-century Turkey. Through the fictional story and Macaulay’s distinctive full-color illustrations, readers will learn not only how such monumental structures were built but also how they functioned in relation to the society they served.
Park, Frances. (1998). My freedom trip. Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mill Press. 951.93 P235m
The story of a young girl’s escape from North Korea, based on the life of the authors’ mother.
Gottfried, Ted. (2000). Nazi Germany : the face of tyranny. Brookfield, CT : Twenty-First Century Books. 940.53 G685n
Describes the Nazis’ rise to power in Germany and their efforts to conquer Europe, as well as their full-scale war against Jews and others.
McKissack, Pat. (2000). Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC M1587NZ
Presents the diary of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to lead her kingdom one day against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.
Stalcup, Ann. (2002). On the home front : growing up in wartime England. Lincoln, NE : Author's Choice Press. 921 S7825s
An account of a young child living in Lydney, England, during World War II including memories of air raids, gas masks, rationing, and war news as well as routines of family, friends, and school.
Nicholson, Dorinda Makanaonalani Stagner. (2005). Remember World War II : kids who suvived tell their stories. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 940.53 N625r
People who were children or teens during World War II tell about their experiences.
Medearis, Angela Shelf. (2000). Seven spools of thread : a Kwanzaa story. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC M4885SE
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.
Curlee, Lynn. (2002). Seven wonders of the ancient world. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 722 C975s
Tells the story of the seven wonders of the ancient world, i.e., the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Pharos at Alexandria. Explores the timeless desire of cultures to leave a permanent mark on Earth.
Watkins, Richard Ross. (2001). Slavery : bondage throughout history (NetLibrary). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. NetLibrary
Warren, Andrea. (2001). Surviving Hitler : a boy in the Nazi death camps. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 921 M271w
Fifteen-year-old Jack is torn from his family and thrown into a concentration camp where he must play a life-and-death game in order to outlast the Nazis.
Meltzer, Milton. (1998). Ten queens : portraits of women of power. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 920.72 M528t
Rabinovits, Shoshanah. (1998). Thanks to my mother. New York : Dial Books. 940.53 R116t
Susie Weksler was only eight in 1941 when Hitler’s forces invaded her Lithuanian city of Vilnius, a great center for Jewish learning and culture. Soon her family would face hunger and fear in the Jewish ghetto - but worse was to come. When the ghetto was liquidated, some Jews were selected for forced labor camps; the rest were killed. Susie would live - because of the courage and ingenuity of her mother. It was her mother who carried Susie, hidden in a backpack, to the group destined for the labor camps; who disguised her as an adult in makeup and turban to fool the camp guards; who fed her body and soul through gruesome conditions in three concentration camps and a winter "death march"; who showed her the power of the human spirit to endure.
Pomeranc, Marion Hess. (1998). The American Wei. Morton Grove, IL : Albert Whitman. PRIM-FIC P785AM
When Wei Fong loses his first tooth while going to his family’s naturalization ceremony many soon-to-be Americans join in the search.
Zusak, Markus. (2006). The book thief. New York : Alfred A. Knopf. INTR-FIC Z963bo
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
O'Connor, Jane. (2002). The emperor's silent army : terracotta warriors of Ancient China. New York : Viking. 931 O18e
Describes the archaeological discovery of thousands of life-sized terracotta warrior statues in northern China in 1974, and discusses the emperor who had them created and placed near his tomb.
Kherdian, David. (1998). The golden bracelet. New York : Holiday House. 398.2 K45g
In order to win the hand of his love, indolent Prince Haig learns to weave beautiful golden cloth, a craft that later saves his life.
Hickox, Rebecca. (1998). The golden sandal : a Middle Eastern Cinderella story. New York : Holiday House. 398.2 H629g
An Iraqi version of the Cinderella story in which a kind and beautiful girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister finds a husband with the help of a magic fish.
Trumble, Kelly. (2003). The Library of Alexandria. New York : Clarion Books. 027.03 T867L
An introduction to the largest and most famous library in the ancient world, discussing its construction in Alexandria, Egypt, its vast collections, rivalry with the Pergamum Library, famous scholars, and destruction by fire.
Amis, Nancy. (2003). The orphans of Normandy : a true story of World War II told through drawings by children. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 940.53 A517o
Relates how 100 young schoolgirls, many of them orphans, and their teachers managed to escape the chaos of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, by taking shelter in an iron mine for thirty-eight days and, after being forced out by the Germans, walking for twenty-nine days to reach safety behind Allied lines.
Lewin, Ted. (1998). The storytellers. New York : Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard. PRIM-FIC L672S
Abdul and Grandfather pass through the streets of Fez, Morocco, and stop at an old gate, where Grandfather performs as a storyteller.
Frank, Mitch. (2005). Understanding the Holy Land : answering questions about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. New York : Viking. 956.94 F828u
Winters, Kay. (2003). Voices of ancient Egypt. Washington, DC : National Geographic. 932 W788v
Individual craftsmen, artists, and laborers describe the work that they do in Egypt during the time of the Old Kingdom, and the historical note places them in context.
Leapman, Michael. (1998). Witnesses to war : eight true-life stories of Nazi persecution. New York : Scholastic. 940.53 L436w
Roy, Jennifer Rozines. (2006). Yellow star. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish. INTR-FIC R8885ye
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland’s Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
Notable Social Studies Books for Young People
"The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated
and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council
for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's
Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography
since 1972. Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily
for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that
emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive
to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or
a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high
literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations
that enrich the text. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books
are included on the list by committee assent; annotations do not necessarily
reflect the judgment of the entire committee."
Studies Trade Books for Young People