Historical Picture Books

Recommended picture books portraying historical events.

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:

Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewish friend during the German occupation of Paris.

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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