Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library
Youth Services Department

Historical Fiction Picture Books 

Adler, David A.  The Babe & I.  [OLDER] E Adler
While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.

Adler, David A.  Mama Played Baseball.  [OLDER] E Adler
Young Amy helps her mother to get a job as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while Amy's father is serving in the army during World War II.

Altman, Linda Jacobs.  Amelia's Road.  [OLDER] E Altman
Tired of moving around so much, Amelia, the daughter of migrant farm workers, dreams of a stable home.

Atkins, Jeannine.  Anne Hutchinson's Way.  [OLDER]  E Atkins
A fictionalized episode from the life of Anne Hutchinson, who arrived with her family in Massachusetts in 1634, but was soon banished for holding religious meetings and teaching ideas with which Puritan ministers disagreed.

Avi.  Silent Movie.  [OLDER] E Avi
In the early years of the twentieth century, a Swedish family encounters separation and other hardships upon immigrating to New York City until the son is cast in a silent movie, in a picture book that evokes an actual silent movie

Bartone, Elisa.   American Too.[OLDER] E Bartone
Story of how one young girl's imagination made her American dream come true.

Bildner, Phil.  The Hallelujah Flight. [OLDER] E Bildner
In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their "flying jalopy" going.

Birtha, Becky.  Lucky Beans.  [OLDER] E Birtha
During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

Blaisdell, Molly.  Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs : A Story About Rembrandt van Rijn.  [OLDER] E Blaisdell
This picture book accurately portrays the story of Titus, Rembrandt van RijnÆs son who longed to paint like his father, and the struggle he had to get his father to notice his work when he was a young boy

Borden, Louise. Across the blue Pacific : a World War II story.  [OLDER] E Borden
A woman reminisces about her neighbor's son who was the object of a letter writing campaign by some fourth-graders when he went away to war in 1943.

Castrovilla, Selene.  By the Sword.  J 973.332 C (Non fiction picture book)
Follows Benjamin Tallmadge's participation in the U.S. revolutionary war.

Deedy, Carmen Agra.   The Yellow Star : The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark.[OLDER] E Deedy
Retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II

Edwards, Pamela Duncan.  Barefoot : Escape on the Underground Railroad.[OLDER] E Edwards
In the forest, a group of animals help a runaway slave escape his pursuers.

Fletcher, Susan. Dadblamed Union Army cow. [OLDER] E Fletcher
During the Civil War, a devoted cow follows her owner when he joins the Union Army and, despite all his efforts to send her home, stays with him and his regiment until the end of the war. Based on a true story.

Glaser, Linda.  Hannah's Way.  [Older] E Glaser
In rural Minnesota in 1938, Hannah, a young orthodox Jewish girl, deals with being the new girl in class.

Hazen, Barbara Shook.   Katie's Wish.[OLDER] E Hazen
Soon after Katie wishes for her potatoes to disappear during dinner, a potato famine ravages her native Ireland, forcing her to leave for America.

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.  Virgie Goes to School With us Boys.  [OLDER] E Howard
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.

Johnson, Angela.  Just like Josh Gibson.  [SPORTS] E Johnson
A young girl's grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl.

Joosse,  Barbara.  Lewis and Papa : Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail. [OLDER] E Joosse
While accompanying his father on the wagon train along the Santa Fe Trail, Lewis discovers what it is to be a man.

Judge, Lita.  One thousand tracings : healing the wounds of World War II. [OLDER] E Judge
The author describes her family's efforts to help their friends and others who were left homeless and hungry in the aftermath of World War II.

Lowell, Susan. Elephant Quilt. [OLDER] E Lowell
Lily Rose and Grandma stitch a quilt that tells the story of their family's journey from Missouri to California by covered wagon in 1859.

Lubner, Susan.  A Horse's Tale.  [STORIES] E Lubner
In Williamsburg, Virginia, in colonial days, Lancer the horse runs loose and behaves oddly while his owner and owner's friends try everything they can think of to help him feel better, until Margaret the Milliner realizes that Lancer needs a friend, too.

McCully, Emily Arnold.  The escape of Oney Judge [OLDER] E McCully
Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.

McGugan, Jim . Josepha : A Prairie Boy's Story.[OLDER] E McGugan
Josepha, an immigrant boy, leaves school to begin working and says good-bye to his best friend.

Mackall, Dandi Daley.  Rudy rides the rails : a Depression era story  [OLDER] E Mackall
In 1932, during the Depression in Ohio, thirteen-year-old Rudy, determined to help his family weather the hard times, hops a train going west to California and experiences the hobo life.

Noble, Trinka Hakes.  The Last Brother : a Civil War tale. [OLDER] E Noble
Eleven-year-old Gabe enlists in the Union Army in Pennsylvania along with his older brother Davy and, as bugler, does his best to protect Davy during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Peterson.  Dont Forget Winona  [OLDER] E Peterson
A young girl describes her family's experiences--and her younger sister's antics--when a drought forces them to make their way on Route 66 from Oklahoma to California.

Sherman, Patrice.  Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation.  [OLDER] E Sherman
Young Benjamin Holmes, a slave in Charleston who has taught himself to read, reads Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to his fellow slaves in prison.

Smith, Icy.  Half spoon of rice : a survival story of the Cambodian genocide [OLDER] E Smith
Nine-year-old Nat and his family are forced from their home on April 17, 1975, marched for many days, separated from each other, and forced to work in the rice fields, where Nat concentrates on survival. Includes historical notes and photographs documenting the Cambodian genocide.

Spiotta-DiMare, Loren.  Rockwell : A Boy and His Dog.  [OLDER] E Spiotta-DiMare
This biographical fiction recounts Norman Rockwell's painting his Stockbridge neighbor, Scotty Ingram, in Rockwell's Four Seasons series.

Stanley, Diane.  Joining the Boston Tea Party.[OLDER] E Stanley
With the help of their grandmother's hat, the twins journey back in time to the Boston Tea Party.

Tarbescu, Edith.   Annushka's Voyage.[OLDER] E Tarbescu
The Sabbath candlesticks given to them by their grandmother when they leave Russia help two sisters make it safely to join their father in New York.

Wiviott, Meg.  Benno and the Night of Broken Glass.  [OLDER] E Wiviott
In 1938 Berlin, Germany, a cat sees Rosenstrasse change from a peaceful neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles to an unfriendly place where, one November night, men in brown shirts destroy Jewish-owned businesses and arrest or kill Jewish people. Includes facts about Kristallnacht and a list of related books and web resources.


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