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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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Circling the Globe: A Young People’s Guide to Countries and Cultures of the World


Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

Basic guide to countries around the world.


Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak

Author: Kay Winters
Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

Different colonial Bostonians introduce themselves through Kay Winter's poems or free-verse vignettes that describe their work...


Colors of the Navajo

Author: Emily Abbink
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

A look at Navajo life through colors.


Coming to America: The Story of Immigration

Author: Betsy Maestro
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

An illustrated chronology of immigration over the course of American history.


Country Crossing

Author: Jim Aylesworth
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

A children's book that contrasts the serenity of the country with the hustle of automobiles.


Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine

Author: Eileen Lucas
Reading Level: High School
Genre: Non Fiction

An illustrated account of the "Little Rock Nine."


Crow Chief

Author: Paul Goble
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

The Native American folktale of the hunt for buffalo.


Cuentitos de Mami Amor

Author: Rebecca Padilla
Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Middle School
Genre: Fiction

A story of a woman's experience immigrating to Chicago from Puerto Rico.


Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village: 1868

Author: Michael Bad Hand Terry
Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction

A photographic look at life in a Plains Indian Village during the 19th century.


Dakota Dugout

Author: Ann Turner
Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction

A story of life on the prairie.

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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.