Picture Books ~ For Older Readers


Bruchac, Joseph
Crazy Horse's Vision
JUV 398.8.B8305c

A story on the life of the dedicated young Lakota boy who grew up to be one of the bravest defenders of his people. 2000.


Deedy, Carmen
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
JUV 398.8.D3607y

Retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II. 2000.


Hopkinson, Deborah
A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers
JUV 398.8.H7773ba

The daughter of a slave forms a gospel singing group and goes on tour to raise money to save Fisk University. 1999.


Hopkinson, Deborah
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
JUV 398.8.H7773sk

In 1931, a boy and his father watch as the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building, is constructed, step-by-step, near their Manhattan home. 2006.


Kirkpatrick, Katherine
Redcoats and Petticoats 
JUV 398.8.K636r

Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island are displaced by the Redcoats and serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington. 1999.


Littlesugar, Amy
Freedom School, Yes! 
JUV 398.8.L733f

When their house is attacked because her mother volunteered to take in the young white woman who has come to teach black children at the Freedom School, Jolie is afraid, but she overcomes her fear after learning the value of education. 2001.


Jacques, Brian
The Tale of Urso Brunov: Little Father of All Bears 
JUV J164.tu

A bear the size of a thumb, saves a group of animals from a misguided baggy-trousered cry baby known as the Lord of all Sands. 2003.


O'Brien, Patrick
Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia 
JUV 973.75.O136d

A description of the construction, battles, and historical impact known to Union forces as the Monitor and the Merrimack, which focuses on the Battle of the Hampton Roads. 2003.


Polacco, Patricia
The Butterfly
JUV P757.b

During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique's mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom. 2000.


Polacco, Patricia
Pink and Say 
JUV P757.p

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. 1994.


Say, Allen
Tea with Milk 
JUV S274.t

After growing up near San Francisco, a young Japanese woman returns with her parents to their native Japan, but she feels foreign and out of place. 1999.


Sis, Peter
Tibet: Through the Red Box
JUV AWARDS 951.5.S622t

The author recreates a journey his father took through Tibet in the 1950's, describing the colorful people and places he saw. 1998.


St. George, Judith
So You Want to be President 
JUV AWARDS 973.099.S139s

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton. 2000.


Halfmann, Janet
Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story
JUV 973.7.H1383s

A biography of Robert Smalls who, during the Civil War, commandeered the Confederate ship Planter to carry his family and twelve other slaves to freedom, and went on to become a United States Congressman working toward African American advancement". 2008.


Wiles, Deborah
Freedom Summer 
JUV W6408.f

In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists. 2001.


Winters, Kay
Voices of Ancient Egypt
JUV 932.W736v

Individual craftsmen, artists, and laborers describe the work that they do in Egypt during the time of the Old Kingdom, and the historical note places them in context. 2003.


Vander Zee, Ruth
Erika's Story 
JUV 940.5318.V2867e

A woman recalls how she was thrown from a train headed for a Nazi death camp in 1944, raised by someone who risked her own life to save the baby's, and finally found some peace through her own family. 2003.