Grateful American Kids

Best History Books for Kids

  • THE LITTLE EXILE

    by Jeanette S. Arakawa After Pearl Harbor, little Marie Mitsui’s typical life of school and playing with friends in San Francisco is upended. Her family and thousands of others of Japanese heritage are under suspicion and forcibly relocated to internment camps far from home. Living conditions in the camps are harsh, but in the end […]

  • BETWEEN TWO SKIES

    by Joanne O’Sullivan Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved […]

  • Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

    by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany and Amy Hill Hearth Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side […]

  • Holiday Reading for Kids

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterley THE DRUM OF DESTINY by Chris Stevenson LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR NOVEL by Kathy Cannon Wiechman HOMESICK by Jean Fritz ON TO OREGON by Honore Morrow IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY (a five book […]

  • “Scoundrel Time” by Lillian Hellman

    In 1952, Hellman joined the ranks of intellectuals and artists called before Congress to testify about political subversion. Terrified yet defiant, Hellman refused to incriminate herself or others, and managed to avoid trial. Nonetheless the experience brought devastating controversy and loss. First published in 1972, her retelling of the time features a remarkable cast of […]

  • “Suspect Red” by L.M. Elliott

    It’s 1953, and the United States has just executed an American couple convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Everyone is on edge as the Cold War standoff between communism and democracy leads to the rise of Senator Joe McCarthy and his zealous hunt for people he calls subversives or communist sympathizers. Suspicion, loyalty oaths, […]

  • “Hidden Figures” (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly

    The story of the pioneering African-American women who overcame racial barriers at NASA in the 1960s. They played significant roles in the very early days of America’s space program. 2017 Grateful American Book Prize Winner

  • Homesick: My Own Story

    The accolades of Jean Fritz’ book — illustrated by Margaret Tomer —  speak for themselves: “Fritz draws the readers into scenes from her youth in the turbulent China of the mid-twenties. One comes to appreciate the generous affection of her nurse/companion Lin Nai-Nai, the isolating distance in her mother’s grief over losing a second child, the […]

  • Between the Lines (Volume 1)

    Between the Lines tells the story of three girls who become friends during the racially-charged aftermath of the 1967 Detroit Riots. Hattie Percha is crushed when the riots start on her tenth birthday, and when she must move away from her treasured childhood home and friends, attending public school for the first time, she’s afraid […]

  • Beyond the Lines (Volume 2)

    The Dream Girls—Hattie, Crackers, and Beverly Jo—are back with the same determination and resolve they displayed in Between the Lines. This time, it’s Crackers who has a dream. She has oodles of talent, can outshoot any guy, and she wants to be the first girl on the boys’ basketball team. Everybody knows she’s the best […]

  • Broken Lines (Volume 3)

    The Dream Girls are back. As Hattie faces a lifetime of blindness, Crackers deals with the possibility of a new family member, and Beverly is accused of a shocking crime. The pressure of these looming crises creates a rift among the friends, while outside forces push them apart. The girls encounter their worst nightmares as […]

  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

    Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran […]

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