Historical Picture Books

Recommended picture books portraying historical events.

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A Big Cheese for the White House : The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleming, Candace; Schindler, S. D. (Illustrator); Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
Call Number:
JP Fleming
Description:

In 1801, villagers in Massachusetts create a gigantic cheddar cheese for President Jefferson.

A Place Called Freedom
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sanders, Russell
Call Number:
JP Sanders
Description:

After being freed from slavery in 1832, James Starman and his family journey to Indiana to start a new life.

Apples to Oregon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hopkinson, Deborah; Carpenter, Nancy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Hopkinson
Description:

A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century.

Back of the Bus
Artist/Author/Cast:
Reynolds, Aaron; Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Reynolds
Description:

From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.

Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad
Artist/Author/Cast:
Edwards, Pamela Duncan; Cole, Henry (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Edwards
Description:

In the forest, a group of animals helps a runaway slave escape his pursuers.

Baseball Saved Us
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mochizuki, Ken; Lee, Dom (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Mochizuki
Description:

Shorty, a young boy living in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, helps form a baseball league.

Dandelions
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunting, Eve; Shed, Greg (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bunting
Description:

Zoe and her family find strength in each other as they make a new home in the Nebraska territory.

Death of the Iron Horse
Artist/Author/Cast:
Goble, Paul (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Goble
Description:

A group of young Cheyenne bravely raid a freight train in 1867, defying the white men taking over their territory.

Gold Fever
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kay, Verla; Schindler, S. D. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Kay
Description:

Jasper leaves his family and farm to pursue his dream of finding gold.

Henry's Freedom Box
Artist/Author/Cast:
Levine, Ellen; Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Levine
Description:

The story of Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who achieves freedom in an unusual but effective way.

Katie's Trunk
Artist/Author/Cast:
Turner, Ann Warren; Himler, Ronald (Illustrator); Turner, Ann
Call Number:
JP Turner
Description:

Katie, a child of Loyalists, finds that her survival rests in the hands of her Patriot enemies.

Mailing May
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tunnell, Michael O.; Rand, Ted (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Tunnell
Description:

May wants to visit her grandmother, but her family can't afford the train ticket.

Peppe the Lamplighter
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bartone, Elisa; Lewin, Ted (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bartone
Description:

In turn-of-the-century New York, Peppe takes a job lighting street lamps to help his poverty-stricken family.

Pink and Say
Artist/Author/Cast:
Polacco, Patricia (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Polacco
Description:

A powerful Civil War story about interracial friendship.

Redcoats and Petticoats
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kirkpatrick, Katherine; Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Kirkpatrick
Description:

Young Thomas and his mother are members of the Setauket Spy Ring in New York during the Revolutionary War.

Sleds on Boston Common
Artist/Author/Cast:
Borden, Louise; Parker, Robert A. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Borden
Description:

Henry complains to the governor when his sledding down the hill is thwarted by the British troops at Boston Common.

Star of Fear, Star of Hope
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoestlandt, Jo; Kang, Johanna (Illustrator); Polizzotti, Mark (Translator)
Call Number:
JP Hoestlandt
Description:
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hopkinson, Deborah; Ransome, James E. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Hopkinson
Description:

Clara, a young slave, stitches a quilt with a map pattern showing the way to freedom in the North.

The Greatest Skating Race
Artist/Author/Cast:
Borden, Louise; Daly, Niki (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Borden
Description:

During World War II in the Netherlands, a boy helps two children escape to Belgium by skating past German soldiers.

The Klondike Cat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lawson, Julie; Mombourquette, Paul (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Lawson
Description:

When he and Pa move to the Klondike, Noah smuggles along his cat, whose mice-catching skills come in handy.

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