Turning Pages: My Life Story

By Sonia Sotomayor, Illustrated by Lulu Delacre (Philomel – 2018)

As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends and her teachers. Her autobiography demonstrates the power of the books in her life.


ヒスパニック系米国人として初の米国最高裁判事となったSonia Sotomayor が、世界中の子ども達に夢の実現を奨励している。では、彼女自身はいかにして夢に立ち向かったのだろう?それは本の助けがあったからだ。彼女にとって本は鏡であり、地図であり、友達であり、教師であった。彼女の人生における本の価値を、この自伝を通して語っている。

On our way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and her march for children’s rights

By Monica Kulling, Illustrated by Felicita Sala (Kids can Press – 2016) Based on the real event in 1903. Though eight-year-old Aidan and his friend Gussie want to go to school, like many other children, they work twelve hours, six days a week, at a cotton mill in Pennsylvania instead. One day a labor activist named Mother Jones arrives at the mill to meet withe workers, and organizes children’s march to Oyster Bay, New York, to confront President Theodore Roosevelt about unfair child labor practices. >>>The detail information of this historical event is included.



Dear Mr. Washington

By Lynn Cullen, Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter (Dial Books for Young Readers – 2015)In April, 1796, young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letter to George Washington, whose portrait is being painted by her father, reporting on her efforts and those of her brothers to follow the rules of good behavior in the book Mr. Washington gave them. Includes historical notes.



We the Kids; The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

Illustrated and foreword by David Catrow (Dial Books for Young Readers – 2002)  Brush up on the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States with humorously illustrated pictures. Includes a glossary of terms and a foreword by the artist.



Apple Pie 4th of July

By Janet S. Wong, Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Harcourt, Inc. – 2002)Shocked that her parents are cooking  Chinese food to sell in the family store on the Fourth of July Holiday, a feisty Chinese American girl tries to tell her parents how things really are.  But as the parade passes by and the sun sets down, more and more hungry customers walk inside for some Chinese food to go.  After closed the store, she and her parents sit on rooftop chairs to watch the fireworks show while eating their Apple Pie.




By Yin, Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet (Philomel Books – 2001)                                   Inspired by actual event in the history of the American railroad. A young Chinese American boy hears the story of his great-great-great grandfather and his brother who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves helping to build the transcontinental railroad in 1865. The story reveals the harsh truth about life for the Chinese railroad workers, while celebrating their perseverance and bravery.>>> Yin and Chris Soentpiet also published “Brothers” in 2006.



They were strong and good

By Robert Lawson (Viking – 1940)                          It’s a classic book with black colored drawing pictures that follow the path of one family’s journey through American history. The author intorduces his forefathers and with their experiences of Caribbean storms, travel to the wharf market of New York, and fight in the Civil War. Amidst these adventures Lawson’s grandparents meet, marry and raise a family and later his parents follow the same cycle of life.



Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney!

By Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Nancy Cote (Albeert Whitman & Company – 2003)It’s July 4th! Town residents are preparing for the big day in each own way, and later they celebrate it together. Sharing excitement with poetic texts and enjoyable pictures. “About American Birth” is added at the end page.



Lady Liberty’s Holiday

By Jen Arena, Illustrated by Matt Hunt (Alfred A. Knopf – 2016)                   When the Statue of Liberty decides she wants to see more of America, she leaves her post in New York to explore. The educational information of the Statue of Liberty are found on the last pages.



The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California!       

By Susan Lowell, Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Melanie Kroupa Books – 2008)             In 1859, Lili Rose and her family were on their way to California. At that time, “To see the elephant” was a popular American expression which meant to have the thrill or shock of a lifetime. Along the way, Lily Rose and her grandma sewed their adventure into an “Elephant Quilt.”