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Independent Reading

EASY
Abraham Lincoln: President of a Divided Country
by Carol Greene. Childrens Press, 1989.
A very accessible look at Lincoln's life with excellent photographs and illustrations.
Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad
by Marlene Targ Brill. Carolrhoda Books, 1993.
As a young boy, Allen Jay, who later became a well-known Quaker minister and teacher, has his introduction to helping slaves on the Underground Railroad.
A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman
by David A. Adler. Holiday House, 1992.
The fascinating story of the African American woman who helped so many slaves escape.
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth
by David A. Adler. Holiday House, 1994.
The inspiring story of the African American woman who escaped slavery and then became a powerful speaker and an integral part of the abolitionist and women's rights movements.
Indiana in Words and Pictures
by Dennis B. Fradin. Childrens Press, 1980.
An impersonal but friendly narrative voice discusses the history and some landmarks of Indiana.
AVERAGE
The Gettysburg Address
The Second Inaugural
introduced by Carl Sandburg. Franklin Watts, 1963.
The text of Lincoln's two famous speeches is put into perspective by Sandburg and illustrated beautifully by Leonard Everett Fisher.
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine. Scholastic, 1993.
A question and answer format, accompanied by lovely illustrations, gives students much information about how the Underground Railroad worked.
Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth
by Jeri Ferris. Carolrhoda Books, 1988.
Engrossing biography, told as a story, of the formerly enslaved woman who became a powerful speaker for abolition and women's rights.
Indianapolis: A Downtown America Book
by S.L. Berry. Dillon Press, Inc., 1990
A thorough overview of the history of Indianapolis, including a tour -- with good maps and excellent color photographs -- of some of the present-day sights.
CHALLENGING
Waterway West
by Mary Kay Phelan. Crowell, 1977
The engineering feat of the Erie Canal makes for dramatic reading.
Harriet and the Runaway Book
by Johanna Johnston. Harper & Row, 1977
The story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Two Tickets to Freedom
by Florence B. Freedman. Peter Bedrick Books, 1971
Ellen Craft and her husband William escape slavery and go to the North, to Canada, and then to England in the 1850s.
Marian Wright Edelman: Defender of Children's Rights
by Steven Otfinoski. Blackbirch Press, 1991
A biography of the African American lawyer and social reformer who is known for her work on behalf of children's rights.
Across Five Aprils
by Irene Hunt. Berkeley/Tracer, 1964
Jethro Creighton comes to take on more responsibility as his brothers fight in the Civil War.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Joyful Poems for Children
by James Whitcomb Riley. Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1960
The delightful poems of Indiana's well-known poet in all their dialect and early Indiana flavor.
Indiana
by Thomas and Virginia Aylesworth. Bison Books, 1985.
Beautiful pictures allow children to explore Indiana as the fairly challenging text is read to them.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Lincoln: A Photobiography
by Russell Freedman. Clarion Books, 1987.
A very readable source of information about Lincoln's life that includes enough interesting detail that is new to most readers but not so much that even a young reader would be overwhelmed.
Indiana
by Gwenyth Swain. Lerner Publications, 1992.
Clear and short descriptions, accompanied by numerous color illustrations and photographs, outline the history, geography, and famous people of Indiana.