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
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
JUV 398.8.H7773b
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

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 
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".

Wiles, Debbie
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