Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newAmerica: My Land, Your Land, Our Land
by W. Nikola-Lisa
(Multicultural)
Lee & Low 1996 (32p)
Fourteen artists of diverse backgrounds illustrate Nikola-Lisa's poem that reflects the beauty and contrasts of America.
Lucky's 24-Hour Garage
by Daniel Kirk
Hyperion 1996 (32p)
In this tribute to America's love of cars, the reader experiences a typical day in a typical service station in 1939.
Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea
by Vera B. Williams
Greenwillow 1988 (48p) Scholastic 1990 paper
This perennial favorite is a collection of postcards that young Stringbean Coe sends to his family during a cross-country trip with his older brother Fred.
A Is for Aloha
by Stephanie Feeney
(Multicultural)
University of Hawaii 1985 (64p)
This photo essay uses the ABC format to show Hawaii and the everday experiences of Hawaiian children.
Carolina Shout
by Alan Schroeder
(Multicultural)
Dial 1995 (32p)
In the Charleston, South Carolina, of an earlier era, Delia hears the songs, or “shouts,” of the Waffle Man, the Pepper-Sauce Man, and other vendors selling their wares.

EASY

newOn Call Back Mountain
by Eve Bunting
Scholastic Blue Sky 1997 (32p)
Two boys on Call Back Mountain become friends with an old man who returns each summer to work as lookout in the mountain's fire tower and await the return of the wolves driven away by fires years earlier.
newFair!
by Ted Lewin
Lothrop 1997 (40p)
The author captures the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a typical American county fair.
newThe Milkman's Boy
by Donald Hall
Walker 1997 (32p)
Based on family history, Hall tells the story of a dairy farmer who thought the new invention of pasteurization was just a fad--until his daughter fell ill.
American Too
Elisa Bartone
(Social Studies)
Lothrop 1996 (32p)
After Rosina and her family arrive in New York just after World War I, she is eager to become Americanized and gets her wish in an unexpected way.
Shaker Hearts
by Ann Turner
(Social Studies)
Harper 1997 (40p)
The author celebrates the way of life of the Shakers, who arrived in America in 1774, led by an Englishwoman named Ann Lee, and established communities in several states.
Barn
by Debby Atwell
Houghton 1996 (32p)
A country barn is witness to changing American events and people, from the late eighteenth century through the present day.
Spring Across America
by Seymour Simon
Hyperion 1996 (32p)
The author continues his pictorial series on the seasons across America with a colorful look at spring.
A New England Scrapbook: A Journey Through Poems, Prose, and Pictures
by Loretta Krupinski
Harper 1994 (40p)
Through her decriptions, the verse of several poets, and her colorful art, Krupinski provides a memorable glimpse of New England's quaint villages and rocky coasts.
Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl
by Tricia Brown
(Multicultural)
Holt 1995 (48p)
Lauren Kamiya, from San Francisco's Japantown, explains how she and her family embrace both Japanese and American cultures.
Along the California Trail
by Pat Muñoz Ryan
(Multicultural)
Charlesbridge 1996 (32p) also paper
The narrator, Carmen, takes the reader on a tour of California, pointing out information about its history and geography. Also available in Spanish asEn el camino de California.

AVERAGE

newAllison
by Allen Say
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1997 (32p)
A young adopted Korean girl is dismayed when she discovers she looks more like her favorite doll than either of her parents and becomes confused about her identity.
newArctic Son
by Jean Craighead George
(Multicultural)
Hyperion 1997 (32p)
The author's grandson is given the Eskimo name Kupaaq by an Inupiat village leader.
newBuffalo Days
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1997 (32p)
In this photo essay, ten-year-old Clarence Tree Irons and his family take part in the annual Crow Fair and Rodeo to celebrate their cultural history.
newPrincess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett
by Angela Shelf Medearis
(Multicultural)
Lodestar 1997 (48p)
Wells-Barnett overcame adversity to become a teacher, journalist, lecturer, and civil-rights leader.
Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Children
by Mary Ellen Ellsworth
Whitman 1997 (65p)
This biography of the woman who introduced millions of readers to Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Berany Alden -- the Boxcar Children -- focuses on Warner's early life when she lived across the street from the railroad tracks and on how she came to write the series.
Old Ironsides
by David Weitzman
(Social Studies)
Houghton 1997
A young boy whose father is one of the ship's carpenters offers an account of the design and construction of the U. S. S. Constitution.
Mist Over the Mountains: Appalachia and Its People
by Raymond Bial
Social Studies
Houghton 1997 (48p)
The customs and traditions of the mountain people from the region known as Appalachia have been handed down through generations.
The Apaches
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1997 (32p)
The author discusses the lives, traditions, and ceremonies of the six Apache tribes: the Chiricahua, Jicarilla, Mescalero, Kiowa-Apache, Lipan and Western Apache.
One Nation, Many Tribes: How Kids Live in Milwaukee's Indian Community
by Kathleen Krull
(Multicultural)
Lodestar 1995 (48p)
In her latest latest book about children in ethnic neighborhoods, the author focuses on Indian children in Milwaukee.
Cowgirl Dreams: A Western Childhood
by Jennifer Dewey
Boyds Mills 1995 (114p)
The author relates experiences from her own youth, growing up on a ranch in northern New Mexico.
Apache Rodeo
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1995 (32p)
Felecita, a White Mountain Apache living in Arizona, loves to collect basketball cards and watch television, but she also loves to participate in traditional Apache customs and participate in the summer rodeo.
The Cherokees
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
(Multicultural)
Holiday 1996 (32p)
In another of her First Americans series, the author relates the history of the Cherokee nation, from their creation myths through their lives in contemporary society.
Cowboys: Roundup on an American Ranch
by Joan Anderson
Scholastic 1996 (48p)
This photo essay offers a realistic at contemporary ranch life in New Mexico by focusing on the participants n a grueling two-weel cattle roundup.

CHALLENGING

Famous Hispanic Americans
by Janet Nomura Morey and Wendy Dunn
Cobblehill 1996 (208p)
The accomplishments of fourteen well-known Hispanic Americans, including Gloria Estefan, Felipe Alou, Gigi Fernandez, Paul Rodriguez, and Carolina Herrera, are recounted.

Now Out of Print

Mowing
by Jessie Haas
From the Hills of Georgia:An Autobiography in Paintings
by Mattie Lou O'Kelley
Spanish Pioneers of the Southwest
by Joan Anderson

Now Available in Paperback

Sugaring Time
by Kathryn Lasky
Aladdin
Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience
by Dorothy S. Strickland and Michael R. Strickland
Boyds Mills
The Great Migration: An American Story
by Jacob Lawrence
Harper
Amelia's Road
by Linda Altman
Lee & Low
Amish Home
by Raymond Bial
Houghton
Fly Away Home
by Eve Bunting
Clarion
The Pool Party
by Gary Soto
Dell

Now Available in Spanish

Skylark (Como una alondra)
by Patricia MacLachlan
Blue Willow (Sauce azul)
by Doris Gates
Amelia's Road (Camino de Amelia)
by Linda Altman
Lee & Low