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Independent Reading

EASY
Iktomi and the Berries
by Paul Goble. Orchard, 1989
Iktomi, the trickster of Plains Indians legends, tries to pick some berries in this humorous tale.
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
by Mildred Pitts Walter. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1986
Through reading his great great grandfather's journal, Justin learns to take pride in his African American heritage.
Owl in the Cedar Tree
by Natachee Momaday. University of Nebraska, 1965
Haske is torn between his traditional Navajo culture and a more “modern” one.
Paul Bunyan
by Steven Kellogg. Morrow, 1984
A lighthearted look at one of the legendary characters of pioneer days.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan. Harper Collins, 1985
Both Caleb and Anna yearned for a mother, but are worried that Sarah will not stay.
AVERAGE
Alexander Graham Bell
by Patricia Ryan Quiri. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1991
The life and work of Bell, whose accomplishments include inventing the telephone.
Buffalo Bill
by Nancy Robinson. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1991
The life and times of the frontiersman who became famous through his Wild West show.
Jack Creek Cowboy
by Neil Johnson. Dial, 1993
A young cowboy helps with the roundup on his family ranch.
The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawaii
by Fay Stanley. Four Winds Press, 1991
The story of Hawaii's last Princess who was denied the right to rule when the U.S. took over the islands.
Thomas Alva Edison
by Vincent Buranelli. Silver Burdett Press, 1989
Thomas Edison changed the world in which he lived through his inventions.
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
by Scott O'Dell & Elizabeth Hall. Houghton Mifflin, 1992
A young Nez Perce girl relates how her people are driven off their land.
CHALLENGING
A Brown Bird Singing
by Frances Wosmek. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1986
Anego, the only Native American girl in a small town populated by Scandinavians, feels out of place.
Flying Free: America's First Black Aviators
by Philip Hart. Lerner Publications, 1992
The history of African American aviators, from the early 20th century to the present.
Save Queen of Sheba
by Louise Moeri. Dutton, 1981
After they survive a Sioux raid on their wagon train, a boy and his younger sister set out to find the rest of the settlers.
Young Pioneers
by Rose Wilder Lane. McGraw-Hill, 1933
A young pioneer couple hang on to their land and each other through the ravages of frontier life.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Eagle Boy
by Gerald Hawsman. Harper Collins, 1996
Father and Mother Eagle teach a Navajo boy the healing ways.
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
by Paul Goble. Bradbury Press, 1978
A Native American girl remains loyal to her people, though she chooses to live among the wild horses.
I Was Dreaming to Come to America
by Veronica Lawlor. Viking, 1995
Selections from the Ellis Island Oral History Project.
Little House on a Rocky Ridge
by Roger Lea MacBride. Harper Collins, 1993
After their South Dakota farm fails, Rose and her parents travel to Missouri in search of a new beginning.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Buffalo Hunt
by Russell Freedman. Holiday House, 1988
The importance of buffalo in the lives of the Native Americans on the Great Plains is described.
Children of the Wild West
by Russell Freedman. Clarion Books, 1983
Photographs and text make the lives of children in the Old West come alive.
Cowboys of the Wild West
by Russell Freedman. Clarion Books, 1985
A look into the life and work of the people who became one of the symbols of the American West.
Electricity
Steve Parker. Dorling Kindersly, 1992
The properties of electricity and how it is made and used.