Picture Books ~ Realistic Historical Fiction


Barnett, Mac
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath
JUV ME COLL 398.8.B2647p

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.


Bildner, Phil
The Hallelujah Flight
JUV 398.8.B4917h

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.


Cooper, Floyd
Willie and the All-Stars
JUV 398.8.C7844w

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.


Corey, Shana
Players in Pigtails
JUV 398.8.C8128p

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.


Davies, Jacqueline
Tricking the Tallyman
JUV 398.8.D2875t

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
JUV 398.8.G8332s

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.


Fletcher, Susan
Dadblamed Union Army Cow
JUV 398.8.F6377d

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.


Fuchs, Bernie
Ride Like the Wind: A Tale of the Pony Express
JUV 398.8.F9513r

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.


Griffin, Kitty
The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy
JUV 398.8.G8753r

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
JUV 398.8.H3614m

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.


Hopkinson, Deborah
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story
JUV 398.8.H7773k

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.


Johnson, Angela
Wind Flyers
JUV 398.8.J6302wf

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.


Kelly, Irene
A Small Dog's Big Life: Around the World with Owney
JUV 398.8.K296s

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.


Krensky, Stephen
Hanukkah at Valley Forge
JUV 398.8.K882ha

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.


Krensky, Stephen
Sisters of Scituate Light
JUV 398.8.K882s

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.


Lester, Alison
Running with the Horses
JUV 398.8.L567r

Inspired by the rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the Second World War. 2011.


Littlesugar, Amy
Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story
JUV 398.8.L733w

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
Ellen's Broom
JUV ME COLL 398.8.L99573e

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.
These Hands
JUV 398.8.M3818t

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
JUV 398.8.M139e

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
JUV 398.8.N668s

In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother. 2004.


Papp, Lisa
The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story
JUV 398.8.P1987t

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.


Russo, Marisabina
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
JUV 398.8.R921iw

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.


Slate, Joseph
I Want to be Free
JUV 398.8.S6315i

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.


Tingle, Tim
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom
JUV 398.8.T4934c

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
JUV 398.8.V324p

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
JUV 398.8.W1542f

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.


Weber, Elka
The Yankee at the Seder
JUV 398.8.W3884y

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
JUV398.8.W7302l

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.