|A Big Cheese for the White House
||A fact-based story about a 1,235 lb. cheese presented
to Thomas Jefferson at the White House
||Relates the story of Parson John Leland, an avid
supporter of Thomas Jefferson, who organized the dairy farmers
of Cheshire, Massachusetts to make a giant wheel of cheese to
honor the President.
|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 Long Way to Go: A Story of Women's Right to Vote
||Women's right to vote
||Young female character must struggle with the restrictions
that her parents and brothers think women are incapable of accomplishing.
Also learns of her grandmother's efforts to win woman the right
|Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham
|| Tom L. Mathews
||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".
|Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride
||Pam M. Ryan
||Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt
||Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt share a night
flight over Washington D.C., the reader gains valuable insight
into the characters of these two highly respected and courageous
women. Delightful drawings.
||Rituals and practices of the Plains Indians associated
with the Buffalo Hunt
||Vivid portrayal of the rituals and practices of the
Plains Indians as they prepare for the Buffalo Hunt, participated
in the hunt, prepared the animal for its many uses, and generally
centered their lives around the buffalo. Accompanying artwork
|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.
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in
Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L.
|Slave and owners in the South before the Civil War,
and northern abolitionists
This book describes the Christmas activities
of both slaves and their owners on a Virginia plantation in
1859. The two groups enjoyed the celebrations, but they were
also distracted by the recent actions of northern abolitionists.
||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.
Dinner at Aunt Connie's House*
|African American history
Young Melody visits her aunt's house to
meet her new cousin Lonnie. While playing together, the two
children discover several portraits of well-known African-American
women. The story takes a magical twist as the portraits begin
to teach the two cousins about their experiences and life works.
Doesn't Fall Off His Horse*
Virginia A. Stroud
|Native American heritage
The author, a Kiowa, explains the process
of counting coup. As a young boy her grandfather took part in
a raid against the Comanche. While trying to steal the Comanche
ponies a fight broke out and her grandfather was injured. He
was able to stay on his horse and later received his warrior
name Doesn't Fall Off His Horse.
Family Pictures/ Cuadros de familia
Carmen Lomas Garza
|Multiculturalism in Texas
This book set in Kingsville, Texas includes
tales from the author's youth. The book, which is written in
both English and Spanish, demonstrates the influences the southwest
had on her family's activities.
From Miss Ida's Porch
|An older woman's recollection of the past
In this story neighbors gather on Miss
Ida's porch to share tales of the past with one another. One
night the older residents recall a visit by Duke Ellington's
orchestra and famous concerts at the Lincoln Memorial. The young
listeners are inspired by the stories they hear.
|Native Americans and the first settlers
Blessed by an abundant harvest, the Native
Americans invite nearby colonists to a feast. A young boy named
Moss is angry that the new settlers have been invited to the
celebration, and he runs away into the forest. Alone in the
woods, Moss is able to contemplate his behavior and think about
||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.
|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 coal mines, cotton mills, and the garment
industry show courageous individuals who helped change child labor
laws in America. More than one hundred vivid photographs
illustrate the working conditions.
|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.
Li'l Sis and Uncle Willie*
|African American heritage
Uncle Willie (artist William Johnson) visits
his family in South Carolina, and shares his stories and paintings
of life in New York and Europe. The war (WWII) prevents Li'l
Sis from visiting her uncle, but his letters and photographs
inspire her to have pride in her African-American heritage.
|My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Diary*
||Mary Pope Osborne
||The Civil War in Gettysburg
||Virginia is a nine-year-old living with her father
and brother in Gettysburg during 1863. Through her journal
entries we learn about the Civil War, and particularly the events
around the Battle of Gettysburg.
|Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Diary*
||Settlement in Jamestown
||Elizabeth is an English nine-year-old who takes the
voyage with her family in 1609 to Settle in Jamestown. Through
Elizabeth's diary entries we learn about some historical events
and characters, plus the hardships of settlement.
|Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis
||Gail Langer Karwoski
||Lewis and Clark exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
||Seaman was 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.
|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.
|Tales from Gold Mountain*
||Stories of Chinese in the New World
||A Series of eight stories about Chinese immigrants
that combine frontier life with Chinese legend and folk traditions.
Backgrounds include the Gold Rush, the transcontinental rail road,
and the settling of the west coast in the nineteenth century.
|Tales from the Underground Railroad*
||Experiences of passengers and conductors on the Underground
||A compilation of true stories about the Underground
Railroad. This book is based on the data from a freed slave
who lived in Philadelphia, and kept records of the people who
came through his 'station'.
|Black Americans and sports during the 1940s
This book compares the Negro Baseball Leagues
with the teams of Major League Baseball during the 1940s. It
then examines Jackie Robinson, the league's first African-American
baseball player, and his teammate Pee Wee Reese. Although Jackie
suffered many injustices at the hands of fans and other ball
players, he received support from others around him.
|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 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 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 Memory Coat
||Cousins Rachel and Grisha leave Russia because of
the pogroms only to face the possibility of being sent back when
they reach Ellis Island. Grisha's mother had made him a
coat of scraps of material from various memorable garments.
The coat is instrumental in solving his dilemma.
|The Silk Route
||This is a story about the silk route during the Tang
Dynasty in approximately 700 A.D. The book contains a map of the
silk route and descriptions of the major places through which
|The Tenement Writer: An Immigrant's Story*
||Immigrant life in New York City 1890-1920
||A Young Polish Jew, Anzia Yezierska, 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
|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.
|Trouble at the Mines*
||Strikes at the Arnot, Pennsylvania mine during
the beginning of the 1900s, and Mother Jones.
||This story is based on real events taken from the
Blossburg Advertiser and Mother Jones's autobiography.
The book recount the events surrounding the strike, how families
went hungry and were evicted from their homes. As well as
how Mother Jones rallied the miners and their families together
for a successful seven month strike.
|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.
|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*
||Robert J. Norrell
||The Great Depression; community activism
||The steel factories of Pittsburgh close and thousands
of people 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 Jessie Came Across the
||Thirteen year old Jessie travels from a tiny village
in Eastern Europe to NYC and,with patience and determination,
finds success and happiness in her new country. Earns sufficient
money to bring her beloved grandmother to America. Exquisite
illustrations by P.J. Lynch.