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American History Reading List
America, the 1900's

Books on 1920 - 1950

World History Crafts

The reading list for the 1920's and 1930's has books on the Stock Market Crash & the Great Depression. In the 1940's, the Molly series gives a good picture of American life in the early 1900's.

Books on World War II listed here deal specifically with American topics. Click here to find a more complete list (i.e., more than just American themes) on World War II.

AMERICAN HISTORY: 1920s

Black Tuesday (The American Adventure Series) by Joann Grote, illus. Adam Wallenta, Peter Pagano. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction. Historical theme: Stock Market Crash.

Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 A Wall Street Journal Book for Children

 

AMERICAN HISTORY: 1930s

Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal Winner, 2000) by Christopher Paul Curtis. Random House 1999. UE-JH
Set in the Depression, a young orphaned boy sets off in search of his father. Newbery Medal.

The Great Depression (The American Adventure Series) by Joann A. Grote, illus. Adam Wallenta. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction.

Kit: An American Girl: 1934 (The American Girls Collection): The set includes Meet Kit: An American Girl, Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story, Kit's Surprise: A Christmas Story, Happy Birthday Kit: A Springtime Story, Kit Saves the Day: A Summer Story, and Changes for Kit: A Winter Story by Valerie Tripp. The Pleasant Co. 2000. E-JH
Based on the life of a fictional American girl during the Depression, and written especially for girls.

Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression by Kate Lied, illus. Lisa Campbell Ernst. National Geographic, 1997. E
Charming pictures & a simple story tell how difficult the Depression years were for a young family, complete with a happy ending!

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor JH-HS
Newbery Medal. The struggle of a black family against the extremes of racial injustice in Depression Mississippi. Caution: Subject matter may be disturbing to sensitive children.

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski. UE-JH
Newbery Medal

Welcome to Kit's World, 1934 : Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection). Pleasant Co. UE-JH
Expanding on the Kit series, this book illustrates and explains many facets of the typical way of life of her time period and location.

AMERICAN HISTORY: 1940s — not World War II

Molly: An American Girl: 1944 (The American Girls Collection): The set includes: Meet Molly: An American Girl, Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story, Molly's Surprise: A Christmas Story, Happy Birthday, Molly: A Springtime Story, Molly Saves the Day: A Summer Story, and Changes for Molly: A Winter Story by Valerie Tripp. The Pleasant Co. 1986. E-JH
Based on the life of a fictional American girl during World War II, and written especially for girls.

Welcome to Molly's World, 1944: Growing Up in World War Two America (American Girls Collection). Pleasant Co. UE-JH
Expanding on the Molly series, this book illustrates and explains many facets of the typical way of life of her time period and location.

AMERICAN HISTORY: 1940s — World War II

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Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, illus. Dom Lee. Lee & Low Books, 1993. E-UE
Picture book, telling of the hardships of Japanese Americans during the war. This simple story delivers a big impact. Good ending. Content may be too serious for the K child.

But No Candy by Gloria Houston. K-E

Coming Home (The American Adventure Series #48) by Veda Boyd Jones, illus. Adam Wallenta. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction.

The Home Front (The American Adventure Series #47) by Bonnie Hinman, Bonnie Harvey, illus. Adam Wallenta. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction.

Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida, illus. Donald Carrick. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1971. JH+
The greatest value in this book (& its sequel) is that this story is rarely told & not vey well-known. The Japanese-Americans from California were quarantined into camps during WWII, experiencing hardships and loss of business and property. This book tells of one Japanese-American family's journey to the camp, and its sequel, Journey Home, chronicles them going back home with all its challenges. Both books are based on the author's own experiences as a child.

Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng. UE-JH+
Not yet reviewed. The Navajos provided undecipherable communication for American armed forces.

The Ring and the Window Seat by Amy Hest, illus. Deborah Haeffelle. 1990. K-E
A little girl gives her savings to help rescue a girl her own age from war-torn Europe.

Rumblings of War (The American Adventure Series #45) by Norma Jean Lutz, illus. Adam Wallenta. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction.

War Strikes (The American Adventure Series #46) by Norma Jean Lutz, illus. Adam Wallenta. UE-JH
Christian historical fiction.

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