Four thousand libraries received the “Picturing America” Bookshelf—a collection of seventeen classic hardcover books for young readers, all on the “Picturing America” theme. In addition, libraries received three of these books in Spanish translation and two “Books for Readers of All Ages.”
Kindergarten to Grade 3
Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
A biography of the American poet whose compassion led him to nurse soldiers during the Civil War, to give voice to the nation’s grief at Lincoln’s assassination, and to capture the true American spirit in verse.
*Harvesting Hope: the Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sweet Music in Harlem by Debbie Taylor
*Cosechando esperanza: La historia de César Chávez by Kathleen Krull SPANISH VERSION
Grades 4 to 6
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. The satisfying rhythms of their lives are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.
American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Robinet
The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
Grades 7 to 8
The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman
A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man’s attempt to take over Indian lands.
*The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*La leyenda de Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving SPANISH VERSION
Grades 9 to 12
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
Having considered Thomas Jefferson in his National Book Award winner, American Sphinx, Ellis expands his horizons to include Jefferson’s “brothers,” e.g., Washington, Madison, and Burr.
Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge
*Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
*Viajes con Charley – en busca de América by John Steinbeck SPANISH VERSION
Books for Readers of All Ages
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
More than one hundred leading authors and illustrators donate their talents to a collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry which looks at America’s history through the prism of the White House.
1776: The Illustrated Edition by David McCullough
Learn more about the We the People Bookshelf project.