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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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Abraham Lincoln—The Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters

Author: Harold Holzer
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A collection of writings beginning with rhymes in the margins of young Abe's arithmetic book and ending with official and...


African-American Folktales

Author: Richard Young & Judy Dockrey Young
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

Collection of African-American folktales from Africa, the Caribbean, and South America.


Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure

Author: Don Brown
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction
Awards: Caldecott, Golden Kite, Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

A traveling book about an adventurous young woman, Alice Ramsay, who drives across the country in 1909. Despite facing natural...


Along Came the Model T! How Henry Ford Put the World on Wheels

Author: Robert Quackenbush
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A biography of the inventor Henry Ford.


Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

The true story of the night when good friends Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt shared a daring moonlit flight in Amelia's...


Amelia Bedelia Means Business

Author: Herman Parish
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Amelia Bedelia wants a wonderful new bike, but her Mom says it’s too expensive. This
means Amelia Bedelia must find...


American Dragons

Author: Laurence Yep
Reading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Fiction

Yep brings together 25 talented writers, each with a different story about the Asian American experience.


American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy

Author: Lewis L. Gould
Reading Level: High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography

A detailed biographical resource that presents personality traits, health issues, friends, habits, and quotations about the First...


American Folk

Author: Charles Sullivan
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

Collection of American folk stories.


America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

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

Ederle, known as Trudy, became an international superstar in 1926 when she was the first woman to swim across the English...

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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.