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.

Dembar, Jacqueline
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. 

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 sacrfice. 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.J6302.wf
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. 

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
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.