Historical Fiction: Early 20th Century

Recommended books for children on early 20th century life.

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All-of-a-Kind Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Taylor, Sydney; John, Helen (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Taylor
Description:

Five little Jewish girls, all dressed alike, live in New York at the turn of the century.

The Babe & I
Artist/Author/Cast:
Adler, David A.; Widener, Terry (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Adler
Description:

While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.

Borrowed Children
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lyon, George Ella
Call Number:
JF Lyon
Description:

Twelve-year-old Amanda must cook and keep house for her family of eight after her mother is taken ill.

Bread and Roses, Too
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paterson, Katherine
Call Number:
JF Paterson
Description:

Two children try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Dust for Dinner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Turner, Ann Warren; Barrett, Robert (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Turner
Description:

Jake describes his family's life in the Oklahoma dust bowl and the journey from their ravaged farm to California.

The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yep, Laurence
Call Number:
JF Yep
Description:

Henry and Chin love to read about heroes, until they both witness real courage during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Earthquake!: A Story of Old San Francisco
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kudlinski, Kathleen V.; Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Kudlinski
Description:

Phillip wakes with an uneasy sense that something isn't right and within minutes his world turns topsy-turvy.

Emily
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bedard, Michael; Cooney, Barbara (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bedard
Description:
Emily's Runaway Imagination
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Krush, Joe (Illustrator); Krush, Beth (Illustrator); Dockray, Tracy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Emily's little Oregon town needs a library, and Emily decides to help create one.

Esperanza Rising
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ryan, Pam Muñoz
Call Number:
JF/YP F Ryan
Description:

Privileged, wealthy Esperanza must leave Mexico to work in a labor camp on the eve of the Great Depression.

Homesick: My Own Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fritz, Jean; Tomes, Margot (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Fritz
Description:

The beloved children's author tells the story of her childhood in China in the 1920's.

Ida Early Comes over the Mountain
Artist/Author/Cast:
Burch, Robert
Call Number:
JF Burch
Description:

Tough times in Georgia during the Depression take a lively turn when Ida arrives to keep house for the Suttons.

Land of Dreams
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nixon, Joan Lowery
Call Number:
JF Nixon
Description:

In 1902, Kristin travels with her family from Sweden to a new life in Minnesota, where she finds life restrictive.

The Language of Doves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wells, Rosemary; Shed, Greg (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Wells
Description:

Julietta's grandfather gives her a pigeon and tells her of his experience raising doves in Italy during World War I.

The Leanin' Dog
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nuzum, K. A.
Call Number:
JF Nuzum
Description:

In wintry 1930s Colorado, Dessa Dean mourns her mother's death, but the arrival of an injured dog changes her life.

A Long Way from Chicago
Artist/Author/Cast:
Peck, Richard
Call Number:
JF Peck
Description:

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to Illinois with his sister to visit their grandmother during the Great Depression.

Meet Kit: An American Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tripp, Valerie; Rane, Walter (Illustrator); McAliley, Susan (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Tripp
Description:

When her father's business closes because of the Depression, nine-year-old Kit responds with resourcefulness.

Moonshiner's Son
Artist/Author/Cast:
O'Brien, Tim (Illustrator); Reeder, Carolyn
Call Number:
JF/YP F Reeder
Description:

Tom is proud to work at the family still during Prohibition, until a preacher's daughter challenges his way of life.

The Night the Bells Rang
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie; Bowman, Leslie W. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Kinsey-Warnock
Description:

While adults talk endlessly of the war overseas, Mason fights his own battles at home with a bully named Aden.

No Moon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Watts, Irene N.
Call Number:
JF Watts
Description:

Louisa, a nursemaid, overcomes her fear of the ocean and sails with her charges to New York aboard the Titanic.

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