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A listing of books that can be used to teach American history. The selected books represent a variety of historical eras, types of books, and reading levels and the list will grow over time.

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An American Plague The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Author: Jim Murphy
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction

History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that...


An American Safari

Author: Jim Brandenburg
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

A photographical look at wildlife on the prairie.


And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

Author: Jean Fritz
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

The harrowing details and narrow escapes of Paul Revere's ride to Lexington are included together with little-known facts about...


Angelina's Island

Author: Jeanette Winter
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Pre-School
Genre: Fiction

Every day, Angelina dreams of her home in Jamaica and imagines she is there, until her mother finds a wonderful way to convince...


Annie and the Old One

Author: Miska Miles
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newbery

A little Navajo girl learns about her family culture as her elderly grandmother teaches her about their beliefs.


Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Golden Kite

Description of a family's journey from Iowa to Oregon in the 1800s and their transport of plants and seedlings and the requisite...


Atariba and Niguayona: A Story from the Taino People of Puerto Rico (Tales of the Americas)

Author: Harriet Rohmer
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

A legend about a young Taino Indian and his search for the Caimoni Tree.


A-tisket, a-tasket

Author: Ella Fitzgerald & Van Alexander
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

An illustrated picture book of Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of the nursery rhyme. Cut paper, mixed media and computer...


Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

Author: Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

Take a peek behind the scenes of one of America's modern masterpieces: Appalachian Spring. This book tells the story of the three...


Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad

Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

The story of a slave's escape on the underground railroad.

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Award Key

Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.