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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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Driving Around the U.S.A.: Automobiles in American Life

Author: Martin W. Sandler
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

A historical account of the impact of the automobile on society.


Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Biography
Awards: Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Award

A brief picture book on the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was...


El Yunque: Exploring the Rain Forest of Puerto Rico

Author: Lisa Johnson Vargas
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

Exploring the rain forest of Puerto Rico.


Eleanor

Author: Barbara Cooney
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Biography, Non Fiction

A poignant story of the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt)


Eleanor, Quiet No More

Author: Doreen Rappaport
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Biography, Non Fiction

A children's biography of Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady to President Franklin D. Roosevelt), brought to life through soft...


Elijah of Buxton

Author: Christopher Curtis
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Elijah has the distinction of being the first child born in the Buxton Settlement, which was founded in Ontario in 1849 as a...


Elizabeth Leads the Way

Author: Tanya lee Stone
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Non Fiction

The inspiring story of an Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an extraordinary woman who changed American forever because she wouldn't take...


Esperanza Rising

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A little girl experiences the hardship of immigrating to a new country where she no longer has the status of a Mexican princess,...


Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

Author: Jane O'Connor
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

Nancy is at it again! Her new boutique is a great success, but when her little sister’s birthday
party is threatened...


Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Famer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction, Biography

Considered the pioneer of the modern recipe, Fannie Farmer transformed countless kitchens into oases of exact measurements and...

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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.