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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 Little Chapel That Stood

Author: A.B. Curtiss
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

Explore the story of September 11, 2001 through the windows of St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. St. Paul's Chapel served as a...


The Look-It-Up Book of First Ladies

Author: S. A. Kramer
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

This book features brief, lively biographies of the women who have helped to shape the face of our nation--from Martha Dandridge...


The Magic of Spider Woman

Author: Lois Duncan
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Navajo folktale of the Spider Woman.


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Author: Mordicai Gerstein
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction
Awards: Caldecott

A lyrical story of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers


The Matchlock Gun

Author: Walter Dean Edmonds
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newbery

In 1756 New York state was still a British colony and the French and Indians were still a threat to those living there. This...


The Other Side

Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

Two young girls form a friendship despite racial barriers.


The Pueblos

Author: Suzanne Powell
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

Learn about the modern way of Pueblo life.


The River Between Us

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

Peck masterfully describes the female Civil War experience, the subtle and not-too-subtle ways the country was changing, and the...


The Road to Seneca Falls

Author: Gwenyth Swain
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the organizers of the country's fist women's rights convention, which took place in...


The Sign of the Beaver

Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newbery, Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Story of a 12 year old boy who is left to survive in the wilderness on his own.

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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.