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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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. . . If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln

Author: Ann McGovern
Reading Level: Pre-School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

The author shows what it would be like to live in the same places that Lincoln lived - Kentucky and Indiana, a prairie town, and...


...If You Traveled On The Underground Railroad

Author: Ellen Levine
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction
Bilingual Yes

Informative children's book about the underground railroad.


A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

Author: Harry Mazer
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A 14 year old boy witnesses the attack on Pearl Harbor and helps with the resuce efforts while searching for his father, who...


A Boy No More

Author: Harry Mazer
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A 14 year old boy moves with his family to California after his father is killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor


A Bus of Our Own

Author: Freddi Williams Evans
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A story based on real events of a community that works together to gain civil rights.


A Carp for Kimiko

Author: Virginia Kroll
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

In this story about Japan, tradition prohibits Kimiko from flying a carp flag on Children's Day like her brother, but her parents...


A Christmas Tree in the White House

Author: Gary Hines
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Loosely based on real events, the story of Teddy Roosevelt's son's efforts to have a Christmas tree in the White House.


A Fence Away From Freedom: Japanese Americans and World War II

Author: Ellen Levine
Reading Level: Middle School, High School, Adult
Genre: Non Fiction
Awards: Caldecott

Japanese Americans reflect on their years spent in internment camps as children or young adults. They discuss the process of...

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A Multicultural Portrait of Immigration

Author: Petra Press
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

An account of immigration from the 1600s to present.


A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt

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

A brief account of the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt.

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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.