Picture Books ~ Realistic Historical Fiction
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath
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George Washington crossed the Delaware in the dead of night. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union. And President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature - well, he got stuck in a bathtub. Now how did he get unstuck? Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Chris Van Dusen bring their full comedic weight to this legendary story, imagining a parade of clueless cabinet members advising the exasperated president, leading up to a hugely satisfying, hilarious finale. 2014.
The Hallelujah Flight
In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their "flying jalopy" going. 2010.
Willie and the All-Stars
In 1934 Chicago, Willie sees a game between the Negro League All-Star team and the Major League All-Stars, and realizes that his dream of becoming a professional baseball player could come true. 2008.
Players in Pigtails
Katie Casey, a fictional character, helps start the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which gave women the opportunity to play professional baseball while America was involved in World War II. 2003.
Tricking the Tallyman
In 1790, the suspicious residents of a small Vermont town try to trick the man who has been sent to count their population for the first United States Census. 2009.
Greene, Jacqueline Dembar
The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
In the late 1500s, while Don Fernando, the conductor of the Royal Orchestra of Barcelona prepares for a concert to celebrate Spain's colonies in the New World, his son Rafael secretly practices playing the Shofar to help Jews, who must hide their faith from the Inquisition, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Includes historical facts and glossary. 2009.
Dadblamed Union Army Cow
During the Civil War, a devoted cow follows her owner when he joins the Union Army and, despite all his efforts to send her home, stays with him and his regiment until the end of the war. Based on a true story. She just won't git! A Union army soldier can't shake his dadblamed cow in this uplifting tale based on a true story. 2007.
Ride Like the Wind: A Tale of the Pony Express
In Nevada in 1861, a young Pony Express rider races for his life, pursued by seven Paiute warriors who are determined to drive white settlers out of their territory. 2004.
The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy
Recounts the legend of North Carolina teenager Betsy Dowdy, whose courageous ride on a cold December night in 1775 may have played a crucial role in the American Revolution. 2010.
Hegamin, Tonya Cherie
Most Loved in All the World
Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice. 2009.
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story
When his father leaves to fight in World War I, Mikey joins the Central Park Knitting Bee to help knit clothing for soldiers overseas. 2013.
A boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt roads of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe. Introduces young readers to the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. 2007.
A Small Dog's Big Life: Around the World with Owney
Letters tell the story of Owney, a dog who became mascot of the Albany, New York, post office in 1888 and traveled around the world. Includes historical notes. 2005.
Hanukkah at Valley Forge
During the Revolutionary War, a Jewish soldier from Poland lights the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah and tells General George Washington the story of the Maccabees and the miracle that Hanukkah celebrates. Based on factual events. 2006.
Sisters of Scituate Light
In 1814, when their father leaves them in charge of the Scituate lighthouse outside of Boston, two teenaged sisters devise a clever way to avert an attack by a British warship patrolling the Massachusetts coast. 2008.
Running with the Horses
Inspired by the rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the Second World War. 2011.
Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story
In Belgium during World War II, Willy becomes friends with Max and his Jewish family, and although they become separated, they remain related by a bond of friendship and a special painting. 2006.
Lyons, Kelly Starling
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Ellen has always known that the broom hanging on her family's cabin wall is a special symbol of her parents' wedding during slave days, so she proudly carries it to the courthouse when the marriage becomes legal. 2012.
Mason, Margaret H.
An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note. 2010.
McCully, Emily Arnold
The Escape of Oney Judge
Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman. 2007.
Noble, Trinka Hakes
The Scarlet Stockings Spy
In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother. 2004.
The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story
On August 10, 1813, with the British Navy advancing up the Chesapeake Bay to destroy the shipyards in St. Michaels, Maryland, young Henry Middle thinks of a way to save his home town from British cannons. 2011.
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
A grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of the charm bracelet that represents her own childhood experiences while she and her family tried to evade the Nazis in Italy during World War II. 2011.
I Want to be Free
Based on a sacred Buddhist tale as related in Rudyard Kipling's novel "Kim," tells of an escaped slave who rescues an abandoned baby from slave hunters. 2009.
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom. 2006.
Van Leeuwen, Jean
Papa and the Pioneer Quilt
As her family travels by wagon train to Oregon, a young girl gathers scraps of cloth so that she can make a quilt. Includes historical note. 2007.
Walker, Sally M.
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
Henry Brown copes with slavery by singing, but after his wife and children are sold away he is left with only his freedom song, which gives him strength when friends put him in a box and mail him to a free state. 2012.
The Yankee at the Seder
As a Confederate family prepares for Passover the day after the Civil War has ended, a Yankee arrives on their Virginia doorstep and is invited to share their meal, to the dismay of ten-year-old Jacob. Includes historical notes about Corporal Myer Levy, on whom the story is based, and his prominent Philadelphia family. 2009.
Winnick, Karen B.
Lucy's Cave: A Story of Vicksburg, 1863
During the attack on Vicksburg in 1863, Lucy and her family are forced to leave their home and live in a cave with other townspeople, and while she is there she learns to overcome her fears, discomfort, and makes new friends. 2008.