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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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A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale

Author: David Adler
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction, Biography

A picture book about the life of Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was dedicated to making hospitals clean and efficient. Through...


A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass

Author: David Adler
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

A biography of the man who, after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer, and leader in the abolitionist movement in the...


A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth

Author: David Adler
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

A chronological telling of Sojourner Truth's life.


A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of Pioneer Family in 1840

Author: Barbara Greenwood
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

An informational guide about the daily life of pioneers


A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

Author: Amy Lee-Tai
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
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A child searches for hope and kindness to draw for her art class in the Topaz Internment Camp


A Time of Troubles

Author: Pieter Van Raven
Reading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

The novel is appropriately grim and conveys the hopes and disillusionments of families migrating to California during the...


A Voice from the Wilderness: The Story of Anna Howard Shaw

Author: Don Brown
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Anna Howard Shaw was a pioneer in the fight for woman suffrage. Her childhood on the frontier influenced her belief in woman's...


A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver

Author: Aliki
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

Brief text and pictures present the life of the man, born a slave, who became a scientist and devoted his entire life to helping...


Aaron Copland (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)

Author: Mike Venezia
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Biography, Non Fiction

Get to know Aaron Copland, great American composer of the 20th-century in this richly illustrated biography.


Abbie Against the Storm

Author: Marcia Vaughan
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

A fictionalized account of an incident in the life of a seventeen-year-old girl who tends her family's lighthouse during a fierce...

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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.