|A Braid of Lives: Native American Childhood*
||Stories of Native-American childhood
||This is a compilation of stories told by Native Americans
recalling experiences from their childhood, and what life was
like. Wonderful photographs.
A Break with Charity: A Story About the
Salem Witch Trials
|Salem Witch Trials
In this story about the Salem Witch Trials
a young girl is caught between fear and truth. She knows that
a group of young girls have accused innocent people of witchcraft
in order to hide their own experiments with the occult. However,
she is afraid of what might happen if she tells the truth.
|A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia
||Fifteen-year-old Amelia works in her father's lighthouse
on an island off Delaware's coast in 1860-1861. She records
in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided
|Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham
||Tom L. Matthews
||Biography in photos of Alexander Graham Bell and
||Photographs by National Geographic. Compelling
text of Bell's amazing life and inventions combines with authentic
photographs to make this magnificent book a "must have".
|Angels of Mercy: The Army Nurses of World War II
||World War II
||Together with photographs, this narrative describes
the work of army nurses and their important contributions during
World War II. Their smiling faces belied the horrors and
|Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America
||The Great Blizzard of 1888
||The Great Blizzard was a disaster that devastated
lives and brought everyday activities from Virginia to Main to
a standstill. Historical illustrations and photographs complement
||Rituals and practices of Plains Indians associated
with the Buffalo Hunt.
||Vivid portrayal of the rituals and practices of Plains
Indians as they prepare for the Buffalo Hunt, participate in the
hunt, prepare the animal for its many uses, and generally centered
their lives around the buffalo. Accompanying artwork is
|Casimir Pulaski: Soldier on Horseback*
||The life story of a revolutionary war hero
||The fist part of the story narrates Casimir Pulaski's
involvement in the fighting between Poland and Russia. The second
part involves Pulaski's involvement in the Revolutionary War.
||Candy Dawson Boyd
||A child learning about the Vietnam War and nuclear
war during the mid nineteen eighties
||Carlie is assigned to be on the war and peace committee
at school and give a report about the Vietnam War. Through
her report she finds out about the events surrounding the War
and how it forever effected her father and uncle.
|Children of the Fire
||Harriette Gillem Robinet
||The Great Chicago Fire
||This is a story about a young girl, Hallelujah,
who lives with a foster family after her mother died escaping
to Chicago from a plantation in the South. Through the events
surrounding the three day fire, Hallelujah learns about people
of all colors and classes. She learns to value herself, and that
all people are equal.
|Children of the Wild West**
||Westward migration and life in the old West.
||Rare photographs and text document westward migration and life
in the old west, especially through the lives of children.
Both pioneer and native American lives are depicted.
||Importance of the Conestoga wagon in American history
||Explains how the wagons were built, what they carried,
and who drove them. Paintings by Bill Fransworth contribute to
the reader's comprehension.
|Daniel Boone and the Exploration of the Frontier
||Biography of Daniel Boone
||A fine chronological rendering of Daniel Boone's
life and explorations. The glossary and bold-type words are useful
for reading instructions.
|Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and
the Rescue of the Jews
||Danish rescue of Jews during World War II
||Story of the courageous men and women of Denmark
who rescued nearly all of Denmark's Jews.
Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail*
Written as a series of letters from a 12-year-old
boy to his younger brother Levi, this book describes the adventures
and hardships encountered by those people who traveled the Overland
trail. After the death of their parents, Austin, the older boy,
travels west to check on their father's land claim, and to secure
his family's future.
As a young boy, Otter immigrated to the
United States from China with his father and uncle. In China
they were part of the upper class, but in America they are forced
to work on the transcontinental railroad in order to make a
living. Otter struggles to hold onto his dream of returning
to China where he can use his knowledge of new technologies
to free China from the Manchus.
||Laurie Halse Andreson
||The Yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia
|Vivid descriptions of the life and people of Philadelphia
in the 1790's, as well as the Yellow Fever epidemic that killed
thousands of people and terrorized the community. Superior
geography connections to the area within a hundred mile radius
|Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans and World
||Japanese internment and the 442nd Regimental Combat
||An easy to understand, captive history of the long-standing
prewar prejudice against the Japanese Americans, the Japanese
internment during World War II, and the experiences of the Japanese
American infantry battalion, the most highly decorated unit in
U.S. Military history. Also explores the problems the Japanese
Americans faced after the war. Excellent photographs.
||Saving Jews in Holland during World War II
||Jaap Penrat saved over four hundred Jews during the
Nazi occupation of Holland. Penrat forged documents and led sham
constructions crews to France, where the Underground helped the
refugees get to Spain.
||World War II on the home front.
|Takes place from 1941-1943 in San Diego, California.
Foster and his family participate in all the wartime activities
of a typical family. His bestfriend is sent to a Japanese
Internment camp. His brother is killed in the Pacific.
||Taking property away from people to make the Shenandoah
National Park. The Great Depression
||Carrie spends her summers with her grandparents in
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This particular summer they
must all grapple with the decision of the government to clear
all homesteads out of the area that is designated to become the
Shenandoah National Park. Grandpa uses every legal means to try
to stop the movement. Others are happy with the offer of a home
and land near schools and hospitals to replace their poorer accommodations
in the mountains. Economic themes as well.
||Ten-year-old Hannah and her fourteen-year-old cousin
travel from Lithuania to America. The story deals primarily
with the pogroms that drove Jews out of Russia, the miserable
conditions in steerage on board the immigrant ships, the problems
at Ellis Island, but, ultimately, the joy of a free country.
|Hannah's Winter of Hope
||Jean Van Leeuwen
||1970, Revolutionary War
||Hannah and her family face many hardships during
the winter of 1780 as the British capture her brother, a colonial
soldier, and the family home is burned down.
|Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of the Quilts
and the Underground Railroad
||Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard
The Underground Railroad
|The story is about the secret quilt system used by
the Underground Railroad. Messages were hidden in quilt patterns
that only other Underground Railroad workers were able to decipher.
|Hostage to War: A True Story
||Tatjana Wassiljewa, translation by Anna Trenter
||German labor camps and Russia during WWII
||Tatjana is a young Russian girl, ten-years-old, when
the Germans invade her town. After suffering through near starvation,
she is taken by the Germans and placed in a labor camp. This story
is a recollection of her stolen childhood and will to live written
in journal format.
|Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against
||Child Labor in the early 1900s
||This book contains amazing photographs, taken by
Lewis Hine, of child labor in the United States before World War
I. During this time, Hine was working as an investigative photographer
for the National Child Labor Committee.
|Kids on Strike
||Susan Campbell Bartoletti
||Child Labor in the late 1800s and early 1900s
||Strikes in the coal mines, cotton mills, and the
garment industry show courageous individuals who helped change
child labor laws in America. More than one-hundred vivd
photographs illustrate the working conditions.
|Land of the Iron Dragon*
||Alida E. Young
||Construction of the transcontinental railroad, aided
by Chinese immigrants
||Moving story of a fourteen-year-old Chinese boy who
toiled on the transcontinental railroad from 1865-1869.
Paints vivid pictures of Chinese values and beliefs, the wild
nature of the old west, and the maturing of a boy into a self-assured
|Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters*
||Andrea Davis Pinkney
||Black Freedom fighters and civil rights.
||This book is a compilation of short biographies about
black women who fought for their rights and the rights of other
people. The women covered in this book are; Sojourner Truth, Biddy
Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune,
Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Heights, Rosa Parks, Fannie
Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
|Pioneering life in Nebraska
An 80-year-old grandmother named Ellie
visits the east coast for the first time in her life. She takes
her grandchildren to the Natural History Museum to see the dinosaur
remains that her brother found on their family's property years
ago. She recalls his discovery of the dinosaur and the events
that led to his death.
|My Secret War: The Diary of Madeline Beck*
||Mary Pope Osborne
||World War II on the home front
||Madeline is in eighth grade when WWII starts.
She lives on Long Island with her mother. Her father is
a navy officer serving in the Pacific. Many issues about
living on the home front are covered through the journal entries.
Madeline and her friend Johnny start a war activism club for kids
in their school.
|No Promises in the Wind
||The Great Depression
||Two brothers, Josh (15) and Joey (10) leave their
home in Chicago in 1932 searching for survival. Their travels
on the road lead them to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, carnival life,
and back into a Nebraska Winter. They encounter harsh realities,
as well as kindness.
|One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping*
||Nazi annexation of Vienna, and immigration
||This is a story of a twelve-year-old Jewish girl,
the disintegration of her life and family after the annexation
of Vienna in 1938, and her experiences after she immigrates to
New York City to live with her Aunt.
|Path of the Pale Horse
||Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia, in 1793
||Fourteen-year-old Lep is training to be a doctor
under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Peale. Filled with suspense,
this story tells how the yellow fever epidemic impacted people
and the city of Philadelphia. It also sheds light on medical practices
of the time.
|Return to the Island
||In 1818, Mary lives on an island in the Great Lakes
that has been settled by French, British, and Native Americans.
This book tells you about the many different aspects of settlement
during this time period including a Native American perspective,
all rapped up in a love story.
||Latin American culture and traditions found in oral
||Latin American family and friends tell some of their
favorite stories that took place in a variety of Latin American
countries. Fine examples of oral history.
|Samurai of Gold Hill*
||Japanese immigration to the West coast of the
US in the 19th c.
||Based upon a true event, a small band of Japanese
journeyed to Gold Hill, California to establish a tea and silk
worm farm. This is a story of their struggles in an alien
|Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis
||Gail Langer Karwoski
||Lewis and Clark exploration of the Louisiana Purchase.
||Seaman was a 150-pound Newfoundland dog purchased
by Meriwether Lewis in the Summer of 1803. This well-researched
and finely-written book chronicles the exploration of Lewis and
Clark, focusing on the endearing and brave dog, Seaman.
|Shades of Gray*
||Civil War and Reconstruction
||Twelve-year-old Will Page loses his entire family
in the Civil War at the hands of the Yankees. He is sent
to live with relatives he has never met in the war-ravaged Virginia
Piedmont. He is bitter about having to live with an Uncle
who refuses to fight in the war. Eventually, Will grows
to understand that people have to stand up for what they believe.
|Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American
||This is a folk story of four school children who
want to go sledding on the Boston commons in 1774 where British
troops are located, and how they deal with their predicament.
||World War II in Norway, 1939-1940.
||True story. After the nazi occupation of their
country, Norwegian children were able to sled past nazi soldiers,
carrying the country's cache of $9 million worth of gold bullion.
Mishaps add to the tension and excitement of this dangerous venture.
|So Far From the Sea
||A Japanese-American family returns to Manzanar to
visit the grave of the grandfather the children never knew. Their
father was eight years old when he was interned there. The books
gives insight into why the internment occurred, as well as an
understanding of the injustices of the internment.
Steal Away Home**
In this book a modern-day girl helps readers
to understand the events affecting the nation prior to the Civil
War. After uncovering a boarded-up alcove Dana finds an old
diary and skeleton in her family's new house. Through Dana's
readings students learn about the Quaker family who once lived
in the house and their involvement with the Underground Railroad.
||Slavery and Freedom1
||Two elderly women recount the story of their escape
from the South and slavery during their adolescence in 1855.
One a Caucasian orphan and the other a slave; they learn
to understand each other, become friends, and share an everlasting
bond on their trek North to freedom.
|Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars
||Struggle between European nations for control of
||Informative and detailed account of the struggle
between European nations for control of North America. Excellent
maps and illustrations by Giulio Maestro.
|Tales from Gold Mountain*
||Stories of the Chinese in the New World
||Series of eight stories of Chinese immigrants that
combine frontier life with Chinese legend and folk traditions.
Backgrounds include the Gold Rush, the transcontinental railroad,
and the settling of the West Coast in the nineteenth century.
|The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal*
||The Erie Canal
||Descriptions are given and multiple colorful pictures
and maps are displayed to explain how the Erie Canal was built
and how the locks function. Illustrations and maps are outstanding
and easy to understand.
|The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin
||James Cross Giblin
||Biography of Benjamin Franklin
||This biography tells of Franklin's inventions,
wisdom, public service while, at the same time, chronicling important
events of the time in which he lived. Brilliant illustrations
by Michael Dooling. Appendices of inventions, important dates,
sayings from Poor Richard's Almanack, historic sites associated
with Franklin's life, and biography source notes are especially
|The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present*
||The history of black soldiers, as related to American
||This is a succinct history of the contributions
and hardships of black soldiers in their struggle for equality
in the military, beginning with blacks who accompanied early explorers
of the New World and concluding with those who served in the Gulf
War in 1991-1992.
|The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk
About the Civil War*
The Civil War, and the efforts of boys under eight-teen
on both sides.
|This book discusses what is was like for soldiers
fighting during the Civil War. There are many narratives, details,
and photographs making the story personal.
|The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito
||Japanese-American Internment during World War II
||Sara, a World War II British evacuee in Vancouver,
is powerless to stop the detention of her friend Mr. Ito, along
with other Japanese Canadians.
|The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends*
||The Cold War
||This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted,
and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
|The Great Fire*
||The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
||This is a vivid account of the Great Chicago Fire taken from
the diaries, letters, and firsthand accounts of those who survived.
Startling illustrations, photographs, and maps. One fully grasps
the horror, panic, and helplessness of those who experienced the
conflagration. Causes, results and myths are indicated. Well-researched.
|The Ingenious Mr. Peale
||A biography of Charles Wilson Peale
||This biography of Peale reveals a man with a multitude
of talents and interests. Intertwined throughout the story are
events in early American history and the famous people of the
time in which he lived, 1741-1827.
|The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism, and Renewal
||Bill of Rights
||Using details from a five-panel mural, the author
depicts the plight of Japanese Americans in World War II.
|The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror
Lake Internment Camp*
||Japanese-American Internment during World War II
||The main character, Ben, describes the feelings toward Japanese-Americans
in San Francisco just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the government
taking his father away, and how the rest of his family had to
move to Mirror Lake internment camp. The majority of the
book is about what life was like living in the internment camps.
|The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finish Immigrant*
||Immigration, working as a miner at the turn of the
century, and unionization activities
||Otto is a fifteen-year-old boy who moves from Finland
to Minnesota with his family. His father works as a miner
and lumberjack, and his family lives in a shack next to the mine.
The story deals with many issues related to the unionization of
mine workers at the turn of the century, plus the hardships of
an immigrant mining family.
|The Memory Coat
||Cousins Rachel and Grisha leave Russia because of
the pogroms only to face the possibility of being sent back to
Ellis Island. Grisha's had made him a coat of scraps from
material from various memorable garments. The coat is instrumental
in solving his dilemma.
|The Orphan Train*
||Joan Lowery Nixon
||The six children of the Kelly family are sent out
West when their mother can no longer care for them to be adopted
by other families.
||After Mr. Kelly dies, Mrs. Kelly finds herself unable to adequately
take care for her children. When her oldest boy is caught
steeling and will be sent to jail, she sends her children from
their home in New York, to the Western Frontier to be adopted
by different families. This story is one in a series of
four, and focuses on the experience of the oldest sibling Frances.
|The Printer's Apprentice
Bill of Rights
|This story presents the trial of John Peter Zenger,
a 1700s New York newspaper publisher, whose landmark case significantly
affected American journalism.
|The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life
in Medieval Africa*
||Patricia and Frederick McKissack
||Royal Kingdoms of medieval Africa
||This book accurately describes what life was like
in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view.
In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process
of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced
|The Saga of Lewis and Clark into the Uncharted West
||Thomas Schmidt and Jermy Schmidt
||Lewis and Clark expedition
||Detailed narrative of the remarkable journey of Lewis
and Clark and Corp of Discovery. Eye-catching photographs
and illustrations, maps, plant and animal listings, index, glossary,
and expedition roster and substance.
|The Tenement Writer: An Immigrant's Story*
||Immigrant life in New York City, 1890-1920
||A young Polish Jew, Anzia Yexierska, settles with
her family in the Lower East Side of New York City. The
grim life immigrants lived is vividly portrayed. Anzia ultimately
becomes a noted writer despite extraordinary obstacles she must
overcome. True story.
|Theodore Roosevelt, Letters from a Young Coal Miner
(Dear Mr. President Series)
||Pennsylvania coal miner's strike in 1902 and President
||This story is composed of a series of letters that
might have flowed between a thirteen-year-old Pennsylvania coal
miner and President Teddy Roosevelt. They paint a vivid picture
of life in the anthracite coal-minning region and of the strike
that occured in 1902. They also reveal something of the life and
beliefs of Teddy Roosevelt and his family.
|Through My Eyes
||School integration in the 1960's
||This is Ruby Bridge's personal account of when, as
a six-year-old African American, she integrated the New Orleans
public schools in 1960.
|Uncle Sam and Old Glory: Symbols of America
||Delno C. West and Jean M. West
||The meanings of symbols of America
||From the bald eagle and the buffalo to the Minuteman
and the cowboy, the illustrations (by Christopher Manson) and
text convey the history and meaning of fifteen traditional symbols
of American identity.
|Under the Blood-Red Sun**
Life in Hawaii immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
|Two boys are friends in Hawaii. One has Japanese
parents; one has Caucasian, United States parents. Pearl
Harbor is bombed, and their friendship is challenged. The
Japanese grandfather and father are arrested and sent to the mainland
for the duration of the war. Despite difficulties, the boys
manage to maintain their friendship.
|Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
||A biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker
||Sarah Breedlove was born in 1867 to former slaves,
and even in childhood, searched for beauty. Despite prejudice
and hardship, she created beauty products for black women. This
is a story of an extraordinary entrepreneur.
|We Want Jobs! A Story of the Great Depression*
||Rovert J. Norrell
||The Great Depression; Community activism
||The steel factories of Pittsburgh close and thousands
of people lose their jobs. Other businesses close from lack
of customers, and more lose their jobs. This true story
is about one man who becomes a community activist and makes a
difference in the lives of the people of his community.
|When Justice Failed: The Fred Korematsu Story*
||Steven A. Chin
||Japanese Internment during World War II; the Supreme
Court trial of Fred Korematsu who challenged the internment as
a violation of Constitutional rights.
|When the Soldiers Were Gone
||Vera W. Propp
||Return of a Jewish boy to his natural parents after
World War II
||Benjamin, a young Jewish boy, was hidden with a Dutch
family during World War II. After the war he is returned
to his parents, but he has little or no memory of them.
He is devastated to leave the Dutch family he considers his real
family, and, only after a long adjustment period, does he accept
his natural parents.
Rosa Lee is a young black girl who works
as a serving girl for a white family in her Texas community.
One day she overhears her employers discussing a plan to take
black families' land to use as a city park. Rosa Lee tells her
family what she heard and they react in a variety of ways. This
story is based on a true event.