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Born and Bred in the Great Depression


Jonah Winter - 2011
    Award-winning author Jonah Winter's father grew up with seven siblings in a tiny house on the edge of town. In this picture book, Winter shares his family history in a lyrical text that is clear, honest, and utterly accessible to young readers, accompanied by Kimberly Bulcken Root's rich, gorgeous illustrations. Here is a celebration of family and of making do with what you have—a wonderful classroom book that's also perfect for children and parents to share.

Watch the Stars Come Out


Riki Levinson - 1980
    In this warm, poignant story, a little girl hears how, long ago, another little red-haired girl - her great-grandmother - sailed across the sea with her older brother to join their immigrant parents in a strange new land called America.

Pig on the Titanic: A True Story!


Gary Crew - 2005
    But few know the story of Maxixe, one of the unsung heroes of that night, and how this small musical pig soothed the fears of a lifeboat full of children. Based on true events, this dramatic story by author Gary Crew is told through the charming and compassionate voice of Maxixe, and is brought to life by the stunning artwork of illustrator Bruce Whatley.

The First Thanksgiving


Jean Craighead George - 2001
    The Pawtuxet Indians thought of it as the Green Corn Dance. But the first Thanksgiving was much more than that.Join Newbery Medalist Jean Craighead George and beloved illustrator Thomas Locker as they trace the passage of time from the melting of the glaciers that created Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock, to the moment the Pawtuxet Indians and the Pilgrims met and feasted on the bounty of the New World.From the simple text to the lush illustrations, the story of a harvest feast turned beloved tradition will captivate readers young and old."Correcting misconceptions and clarifying contemporary attitudes, this beautiful book brings fresh insight and a fairer balance to the traditional story."--Kirkus Reviews

You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist!: A Settlement You'd Rather Not Start


Jacqueline Morley - 2004
    history curricula.- Draws in even the most reluctant reader with a lighthearted tone and hilarious illustrations.- Includes glossary and index.National Social Studies Education Standards: Grades K-4II. Time, Continuity, and Change- Accounts of past events, people, places, and situations contribute to our understanding of the pastVI. Power, Authority, and Governance- Identify factors that contribute to cooperation or cause disputesI. Culture- People, societies, and cultures address needs and concerns in ways that are both similar and different

I am Helen Keller


Brad Meltzer - 2015
    That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad MeltzerWhen Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn't see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan's help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to be come a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom


Emily Arnold McCully - 2007
    When the capital is moved to Philadelphia, the Washingtons and Oney move, too, and there Oney meets free blacks for the first time. At first Oney can’t imagine being free – she depends on the Washingtons for food, warmth, and clothing. But then Mrs. Washington tells Oney that after her death she will be sent to live with Mrs. Washington’s granddaughter. Oney is horrified because she knows it is likely that she will then be sold to a stranger – the worst fate she can imagine. Oney realizes she must run. One day she sees an opportunity and takes it, ending up in New Hampshire, where she lives the rest of her life, poor but free.Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations bring to life this picture book biography of Oney Judge, a young woman who, in the end, has no mistress but herself. The Escape of Oney Judge is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.


David A. Adler - 1989
    The story of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Value of Helping: The Story of Harriet Tubman


Ann Donegan Johnson - 1985
    Describes the helpful work of Harriet Tubman in aiding slaves to flee the South, in assisting the Union army during the Civil War, and in establishing homes for the old and needy after the war.

Naming Liberty


Jane Yolen - 2008
    It is an arduous journey for Gitl as she and her family travel across land and sea to arrive on this shore, but when she sees the magnificent Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, she knows her name in this great new country must be ?Liberty.?Just in time for Independence Day, Jim Burke?s magnificent paintings capture Yolen?s inspired tale of a girl and an artist and their passionate belief in freedom.

The Value of Kindness: The Story of Elizabeth Fry


Spencer Johnson - 1975
    Discusses the work of the English woman whose pioneering efforts in improving the lot of prisoners were based on the premise that prisoners' behavior would improve if they were treated more kindly.

Somewhere in the World Right Now


Stacey Schuett - 1995
    School Library Journal called Stacey Schuett's stunning authorial debut "a book that is perfect for sparking an interest in geography, emphasizing the amazing concept that at the same moment we are getting ready to sleep, other people are starting a new day." And in a starred review, Publishers Weekly added, "Schuett proves as nimble with words as with a paintbrush."  It's a good-night wish that circles the globe.

Seven Brave Women


Betsy Hearne - 2006
    Beginning with the great-great-great-grandmother who came to America on a wooden sailboat, these women were devout and determined and tireless and beloved.

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet


Kathryn Lasky - 2003
    Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she’d had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.

Star of Fear, Star of Hope


Jo Hoestlandt - 1993
    She wonders why does her best friend, Lydia, have to wear a yellow star? Why are people in hiding and using strange names? What is Lydia afraid of? Touching upon the Holocaust with sensitivity and poignancy, Star of Fear, Star of Hope will help readers understand this difficult event in history.