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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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Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

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

A brief biography of Patrick Henry tracing his progress from planter to statesman.


Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Author: Gare Thompson
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

A biography of a woman who served as First Lady for the longest time, and who was the first President's wife to speak out about...


Wilma Rudolph

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

A picture book that tells the story of athlete Wilma Rudolph, her struggle against polio, and her encounters growing up with...

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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

Author: Kathleen Krull
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Biography

After contracting polio at the age of 4, Wilma Rudolph was told she would never walk again. This book tells the inspiring tale of...

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Winners Never Quit

Author: Mia Hamm
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Pre-School
Genre: Biography, Fiction

Triple Olympic medal winning Mia Hamm tells a story inspired by her own experience as a very young athlete in this story for the...


With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for A Woman's Right to Vote

Author: Ann Bausum
Reading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction

Author Ann Bausum peels back the layers of the story of the women's suffrage movement, exposing grit, fiery determination, and...


Working Cotton

Author: Sherley Anne Williams
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Award

A poetic look at life as a young cotton field laborer.


Worth

Author: A. Lafaye
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Dynamic portrayal of two boys longing for something they no longer have and finding the resources to face the future. This story...


Yankee Doodle America

Author: Wendell Minor
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Beginning with the Stamp Act that angered the patriots, readers meet George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other historical...


You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?

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

Fritz maintains her reputation for fresh and lively historical writing with this biography of the 19th-century American feminist...

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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.