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Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Dravis Pinkey. Illustrated by Brian Pinkey.

Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons. Illustrated by Daniel Minter.

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughe. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano.

My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh

Drawing  from Memory by Allen Say.

Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell.

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R. Vamos.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai.

The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge.

The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley.

Lost Boy: The Story of the Man Who Created Peter Pan by Jane Yolen.

Watch this Space: Designing, Defending, and Sharing Public Spaces by Hadley Dyer.

The Chiru of High Tibet by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

Ballet of Martha: Making Applachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.

The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West by Holly George-Warren.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan.

They called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm.

Betti on the High Wire by Lisa Railsback.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate Klise.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus.

The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone.

Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures by Menno Meselaar and Ruud van der Rol.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Caunda Micheaux Nelson.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Darwin by Alice B. McGinty

Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life by Catherine Reef

Open the Door to Liberty by Anne Rockwell

The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Cross Giblin.

The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass.

You never Heard of Sandy Koufaz?! by Jonah Winter.

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

Follow that Map! A First Book of Mapping by Scot Ritchie.

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon.

1776: A New Look at Revolutionary Williamsburg by K.M. Kostyal

The Dust Bowl Through the Lens by Martin W. Sandler.

Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty by Raymond Bial.

How to get Rich on the Oregon Trial by Tod Olson.

If America Were a Village: A Book abou the People of the United States by David J. Smith and illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong.

Keep on! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discovered the North Pole by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge.

Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.

Ron's Big Mission by Rose blue and Corinne J. Naden and illustrated by Don Tate.

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker.

Years of Dust by Albert Marrin.

A Gift of Days: The Greatest Words to Live By by Stephen Alcorn.

All the World by Liz Garton and illustrated by Marla Frazee.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

After the Train by Gloria Whelan.

Burn My Heart by Beverly Naidoo.

A Faraway Island by Annika.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

Erika-San by allen Say.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray.

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Baretta.

Pharaoh's Boat by David Weitzman.

A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Monezuma, Native American by Gina Capaldi.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond by Jan Greenberg.

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone. Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon.

Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World by Ken Beller and Heather Chase.

The Groundbreaking. Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Caver and Science and Invention of America by cheryl Harness.

Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth be Told by Walter Dean and Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen.

A life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struglle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner and illustrated with photography by George B. Schaller.

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Rober Andrew Parker.

Sandy's Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Boris Kulikov.

Wanda Gg: The Girl Who Lived to Dray by Debora Kogan Ray.

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter.

What to do about Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charged the World, and Drover Her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley.

Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee.

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem.

Boost by Kathy Mackel.

Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why by America Ferrera.

Facts of Life: Stories by Gary Soto.

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi.

I Get So Hungry by Bebe Moore  Campbell. Illustrated by Amy Bates.

My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Gorvath.

Pale Male by Janet Schulman. Illustrated by Meilo So.

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurrican Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery. Illustrated by Jean Cassels.

Unsettled: The Problem of Loving Israel by Marc Aronson.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Cents of Economics by Alvin Hall.

Way up and Over Everything by alice McGill. Illustrated by Jude Daly.

Afghan Drams: Young Voices of Afghanistan by Tony O'Brien and Mike Sulivan.

Chee-Lin: A Giraffe's Journey by James Rumford.

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz.

What the World Eats by Faith D'Aluisio.

1968 by Michael T. Kaufman.

Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson.

America at War by Lee Bennet Hopkins (Editor). Illustrated by Stphen Alcorn.

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkey. Illustrated by Brian Pinkey.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters. Illustrated by Lary Day.

Duel: Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words by Dennis Brindell Fradin. Ilustrated by Larry Day.

First People: An Illustrated History of American Indians by David C. Kings.

The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.

I'll pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Silvey.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner.

Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Matt Tavares.

Our White House, Looking In Looking Out. National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell.

Sweat and Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions by Gloria Skurzynski.

Steel Town by Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Terry Widener.

That Book Woman by Heather Henson. Illustrated by David Small.

A Tugging String: A Novel about Growing Up during the Civil Rights Era by David T. Greenberg.

White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

Always with You by Ruth Vander Zee. Illustrated by Ronald Himler.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Looks by Madeleine George.

Skin Deep by E.M. Crane

Mythological Creatures: A Classical Bestiary by Lynn Curlee.

Ancient Celts: Archeology Unlocks the Secrets of Celts' Past by Jen Green.

Beneath My Mother's Feet by Ajed Qamar.

The Iranian Revolution by Brendan January

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle.

T4: A Novel in Verse by Ann Clare LeZotte

Down the Colorado: John Wesley Powell, the One-Armed Explorer by Deborah Kogan Ray

Patience Wright: America's First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy by Pegi Deitz Shea. Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen

Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham. Illustrated by Amy June Bates.

Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with a Caribou Herd by Karsten Heuer

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss. Illustrated by Rosemary Woods

Rough, Tough Charley by Verla Kay. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illustrated by Michael Austin.

Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

Useful Fools by C.A. Schmidt

The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and how It Changed the World by Marc Aronson and John W. Gelenn.

Ballerina Dreams by Lauren Thompson. Illustrated by James Estrin

Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by Robert Byrd

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Race: A History Beyond Black and White by Marc Aronson

Close to the Wind: The Beaufort Scale by Peter Malone

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed. Illustrated by Doug Chayka

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin and Ela Weissberger

Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow

Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

John Muir: America's First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by Stan Fellows

Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia by D. Anne Love. Illustrated by Pam Paparone

Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson by Dolores Johnson.

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty

Viktor Frankl: A LIfe Worth Living by Anna S. Redsand

Little Mamá Forgets by Robin Cruise. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Suicide bombers : foot soldiers of the terrorist movement by Elaine Landau

Oh, rats! The Story of Rats and People by Albert Marrin. Illustrated by C.B. Marrin

Tsunami: The True Story of an April Fool's Day Disaster by Gail Langer Karwoski. Illustrated by John MacDonald

Tales Our Abuelitas Told : A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada. Illustrated by Felipe Dávalos

Africa for Kids: Exploring a Vibrant Continent by Harvey Croze. Illustrated by Laura D'Argo

Tour America: A Journey Through Poems and Art by Diane Siebert. Illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson

Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story by Louise Borden. Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone.

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Hearts of Stone by Kathleen Ernst

Journeys for Freedom by Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock. Illustrated by Rodica Prato

Kids Make History: A New Look at America's Story by Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock. Illustrated by Randy Jones

Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Weatherford. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier by Lynda Durrant

Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting. Illustrated by C.F. Payne

Remember Little Bighorn: Indians, Soldiers, and Scouts Tell Their Stories by Paul Robert Walker

Salaam: A Muslim American Boy's Story by Tricia Brown

Saving the Buffalo by Albert Marrin

Singing Hands by Delia Ray

Victory by Susan Cooper

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor

Jackie's Bat by Marybeth Lorbeieki. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Escaping into the Night by D. Dina Friedman

Pirates by John Matthews

Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look. Illustrated by Yumi Heo

Alphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher

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