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Picture Book Historical Fiction

Picture Book Historical Fiction

 

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride A fictionalized account of the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.
As Fast As Words Could Fly A thirteen-year-old African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement.
Ballywhinney Girl Young Maeve feels a strong connection to the mysterious, mummified body of a young girl that her grandfather uncovers while cutting turf in an Irish bog. Includes facts about bogs and the mummies that have been found in them.
The Bicycle Man The amazing tricks two American soldiers do on a borrowed bicycle are a fitting finale for the school sports day festivities in a small village in occupied Japan.
The Blessing Cup A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.
Bobbin Girl A ten-year-old bobbin girl working in a textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1830s, must make a difficult decision–will she participate in the first workers’ strike in Lowell?
Desmond and the Very Mean Word While riding his new bicycle Desmond is hurt by the mean word yelled at him by a group of boys, but he soon learns that hurting back will not make him feel any better.
Fish for Jimmy When brothers Taro and Jimmy and their mother are forced to move from their home in California to a Japanese internment camp in the wake of the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing, Taro daringly escapes the camp to find fresh fish for his grieving brother.
Follow the Drinking Gourd By following the directions in a song, “The Drinking Gourd,” taught them by an old sailor named Peg Leg Joe, runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
In Andal’s House Kumar, a young boy living in present-day India, faces bigotry when he goes to visit a classmate from a higher caste family.
Keep the lights burning Abbey Relates the real-life saga of Abbie Burgess, who single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a four-week winter storm that lashed the coast of Maine in 1856.
The Kite That Bridged Two Nations Presents a fictionalized version of the story of a young man who won a contest by flying his kite across Niagara Falls and inspired the construction of the first bridge across the span, connecting Canada and the United States.
Knit Your Bit When his father leaves to fight in World War I, Mikey joins the Central Park Knitting Bee to help knit clothing for soldiers overseas.
Matchbox Diary Follow a girl’s perusal of her great-grandfather’s collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.
Max Goes to the Moon Max the dog and his friend Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo missions, inspiring the nations of the world to build a Moon colony. Scientific principles that support the story are clearly explained in “Big Kid Boxes” appearing on each page.
Miss Rumphius As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
Nasreddine As Nasreddine and his father take dates, wool, chickens, or watermelon to market, people tease them no matter who is riding their donkey, and this causes Nasreddine embarrassment until his father helps him to understand.
Red Kite, Blue Kite When Tai Shan and his father, Baba, are separated during China’s Cultural Revolution, they are able to stay close by greeting one another every day with flying kites until Baba, like the kites, is free. Includes historical note.
Welcome to America Champ! In 1945, when young Thomas, his mother, and his new baby brother leave war-torn England to join his stepfather, an American soldier named Jack, in Chicago, Thomas finds a way to give courage to a fellow traveler on the Queen Mary. Includes historical note about war brides.

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Trivia Facts and Records

Trivia Facts and Records
  • The solar system is in orbit around the center of the Milky Way.
  • We’re mov¬ing at about 483,000 miles an hour.
  • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter in the alphabet.
  • A ladybug in flight beats its wings up to 85 times per second.

Find facts and trivia about nature, sports, human oddities and more in these books that will make you believe it…or not!

AnimalRecord 101Animal 5000Awesome DinosaurRecord
Outrageous HumanFootprint KidsAlmanac Ripleys
ScholasticKids ExtremeEarth Incredible Strange
QuizWhiz ProBaseball ProBasketball ProFootball
UltimateWeird WeirdTrue2 WeirdTrue3 WeirdTrue4
Guinness TimeKidsAlmanac Awesome

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Countries of the World

Countries of the World

Children Around the World

If you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world or just want to learn about what life is like somewhere else, the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more. To find library books, use the online catalog for kids.

To find a book about a particular country just type the name of the country in the search box and click “search.”

There are also country books about themes like  “games” or “festivals” that will have information about individual countries. In books like these, individual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book, to find out which page to go to.


Websites:


Databases:

CultureGramsKids

CultureGrams Kids Edition Choose a country to find up-to-date information for reports including:

  • languageIndyPL Library Card 150
  • climate
  • geography
  • economy
  • history
  • population
  • government
  • holidays
  • religion
  • recipes

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Books:

You and Me TogetherThe Real Wonders of the WorldThe Illustrated Timeline of the History of the WorldSchool Days Around the WorldSacred StoriesNational Geographic Kids World AtlasHomes Around the WorldFamilies Around the WorldEyewitness Wonders of the WorldEveryone PraysCool World CookingClothesCity AtlasChildren Just Like MeBuild It World LandmarksBirthdays Around the WorldThe World's Greatest Paintings and SculpturesWhat's for Lunch?A Ticket Around the WorldFlags of the WorldTalking to GodWhat We WearLittle TreasuresChildren of the World
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