BY Verla Kay, Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root & Barry Root (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2010)
Small young men racing swift horses over the rough terrain of the western United States to deliver mail is a thrilling part of American history that lives large in the imagination of us. As telling us the story of communication history along with a family’s corresponding through cross-country letter, the book informs us how the Pony Express came to be and why it didn’t last.
By Anne Isaacs, Illustrated by Kevin Hawks (schwartz & Wade Books – 2014)
In 1870, Tulip Jones, a wealthy, self-reliant widow from England acquires the By-Golly Gully Ranch in Texas and soon find herself saddled with 1000 suitors. How she can handle their Wild West life style as keeping her English traditional way? It’s a funny, extraordinary, challenging, and loving story.
By Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, Illustrated by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press – 2018) This book invites you to a glorious Fourth of July picnic, where you will learn all about sharing, the good things along with the bad. By deft and lilting text and vivid illustrations, you will experience a wonderful and relaxing time on the special day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.