OLD - Women and Girls in American History

Stories and novels of history from a girl's point of view.

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
BoultonOnly Opal: The Diary of a Young Girl
An adaptation of the writings of Opal Whiteley in which she describes her love for nature and her life in an Oregon lumber camp in the early 1900s. (32 pp.)
JE Boulton
FlemingBoxes for Katje
After a young Dutch girl thanks her American friend for the care package sent after World War II, she receives increasingly larger packages. (36 pp.)
JE Fleming
HoustonMy Great-Aunt Arizona
An Appalachian girl grows up to be a teacher who influences generations of schoolchildren. (32 pp.)
JE Houston
KarrMama Went to Jail for the Vote
Susan Elizabeth's mother ends up in jail after picketing the White House for the right for women to vote. (30 pp.)
JE Karr
ThomasI Have Heard of a Land
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory. (32 pp.)
JE Thomas
Van LeeuwenGoing West
Follows a family's migration by prairie schooner from the East, across the plains to Kansas. (48 pp.)
JE Van Leeuwen
YolenLetting Swift River Go
Sally Jane experiences the drowning of the river and her town to establish a reservoir in rural Massachusetts. (32 pp.)
JE Yolen

Easy Readers (JE ER)

Author Title Call Number
CoerrThe Big Balloon Race
Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her win it. (62 pp.)
JE ER Coerr
LevinsonClara and the Bookwagon
Clara's dreams are fulfilled when a horse-drawn book wagon visits the family farm with the country's first traveling library. (64 pp.)
JE ER Levinson
RoopKeep the Lights Burning, Abbie
In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lightkeeper from returning to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter must keep the lights burning by herself. (40 pp.)
JE ER Roop
WalkerThe 18 Penny Goose
Letty attempts to save her pet goose from marauding British soldiers in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War. (61 pp.)
JE ER Walker

Children’s Fiction (J)

Author Title Call Number
BradyToliver's Secret
During the Revolutionary War, a ten-year-old girl crosses enemy lines to deliver a loaf of bread containing a message for the patriots. (166 pp.)
J Brady
CutlerMy Wartime Summers
Over four memorable summers, Ellen and her friends follow the war taking place far away but still touching their lives. (152 pp.)
J Cutler
DorrisMorning Girl
Morning Girl and her brother take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America as they witness the arrival of the first Europeans. (74 pp.)
J Dorris
FritzThe Cabin Faced West
Ann longs for her old life but learns to be proud of her new home in the wilderness. (124 pp.)
J Fritz
GoldinFire!: The Beginnings of the Labor Movement
In 1911, Rosie becomes involved in the struggle for better working conditions when fire rips through the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, where her older sister works. (54 pp.)
J Goldin
LaiInside Out & Back Again
Through a series of poems, ten-year-old Ha chronicles her life-changing year of 1975, when her family leaves Vietnam and settles in Alabama. (262 pp.)
J Lai
UchidaA Jar of Dreams
A young girl grows up in a closely knit Japanese-American family in California during the 1930s, a time of great prejudice. (131 pp.)
J Uchida
WoodsonShow Way
The making of show ways, or quilts which were secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, was a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family. (42 pp.)
J Woodson
logo Wilmette Public Library Youth Department
Last Updated 5/16