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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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The White House, An Illustrated History

Author: Catherin O'Neill Grace
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A beautiful book filled with fascinating details and illustrations about our nation's most important residence. The book artfully...


There Once Was A Sky Full of Stars

Author: Bob Crelin
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A lyrical reminiscence for the time before electrical illumination made the natural beauty of the night sky so hard to see.


This Land is Your Land

Author: Woody Guthrie
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

An illustrated children's version of the Woody Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land" in its entirety.


Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges

Author: Ruby Bridges
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A photographical memoir or Ruby Bridges' integration experience.


Thunder Bear and Ko

Author: Susan Hazen-Hammond
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

A modern Native American perspective of the importance of buffalo and the traditions of the Pueblo.


Thurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Champion

Author: D. J. Herda
Reading Level: High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

Biography of civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall.


Trouble Don't Last

Author: Shelley Pearsall
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

A powerful historical novel that is harsh and realistic, not only about the brutal effects of slavery that the runaways carry...


Two Suns in the Sky

Author: Miriam Bat-Ami
Reading Level: High School, Adult
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

A historical fiction story of love between two teenagers in an Emergency Refugee Shelter during World War II.


Under the Blood Red Sun

Author: Graham Salisbury
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Torn between his love of all things American and the traditional ways of his parents and grandparents, a young Japanese American...


Underground Train

Author: Mary Quattlebaum
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

This poetic children's book explores the Washington D.C. subway and familiar sights and sounds of the city.

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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.