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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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Dandelions

Author: Eve Bunting
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

The story of the hardships a family endures when they move to the prairie.


Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad

Author: Elvira Woodruff
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

The story of two boys growing up in Pennsylvania during 1853, where they encounter slave traders, Harriet Tubman, and the...


Dear Benjamin Banneker

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

Banneker, an 18th-century astronomer and mathematician, was a free African American who corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about...


Dear Chelsea Letters from Kids

Author: Judy Goldberg (editor)
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

Culled from over 20,000 letters addressed to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton. Questions are asked and...


Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference

Author: Joanne Oppenheim, Joanne
Reading Level: Adult, High School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

A chronicle of the correspondence between California librarian Clara Breed and young Japanese American internees during World War...


Dear Mr. President: Thomas Jefferson: Letters from a Philadelphia Bookworm

Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A fictionalized exchange of letters between a little girl and Thomas Jefferson accounts events of the 1800s.


Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House

Author: Faith Ringgold
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Children encounter the portraits of 12 famous African American women during a summer visit to Aunt Connie's house.


Dizzy Gillespie

Author: Tony Gentry
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Genre: Non Fiction

A biography of Dizzy Gillespie, as an ambassador of jazz who introduced the world to bebop.


Dragon Road

Author: Laurence Yep
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

Inspired by the pioneering professional Chinese American basketball team the Hong Wah kues, Yep recreates a colorful era of...


Dragonwings

Author: Laurence Yep
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newbery

Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Yep's historical novel portrays the rich...

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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.