Grateful American Kids

Best History Books for Kids

  • “Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work”
    by Victoria Ortiz

    The life and career of the fiercely principled Supreme Court Justice, now a popular icon, with dramatic accounts of her landmark cases that moved the needle on legal protection of human rights, illustrated with black & white archival photographs.

  • “Susan B. Anthony” (The Making of America Series) by Teri Kanefield

    In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, “Susan B. Anthony,” Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her […]

  • Fortitude

    by Carrie Dalby Growing up with a Creole best friend, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell held little regard for the Jim Crow laws and the consequences of befriending those of a different color. But once she leaves the haven of her home on Dauphin Island, the reality of racial intolerance can no longer be ignored. Though she’s […]


    by Jennifer Latham When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself. One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. […]


    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 […]


    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 […]

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