F10 Supplementary Reading
These books are linked to Amazon or may be searched through interlibrary loans.
*Indicates picture book for young children.
*Indicates picture book for young children.
A Tree for Peter
by Kate Seredy
"A moving story of a little lame boy whose faith and dreams transformed Shantytown from a place of ugliness and desolation to one of beauty and hope."
*All the Places to Love
by Patricia MacLachlan
"Within the sanctuary of a loving family, baby Eli is born and, as he grows, "learns to cherish the people and places around him, eventualy passing on what he has discovered to his new baby sister, Sylvie: 'All the places to love are here . . . no matter where you may live.'"
*All Those Secrets of the World
by Jane Yolen
"When four-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' on the Chesapeake Bay, where Janie learns a secret of the world which helps her understand her father's long absence."
Casey Over There
by Staton Rabin
Beautifully illustrated book 'provides a gentle introduction to wartime separation.'
Charles Lindbergh: Hero Pilot
by David Collins
Charles fell in love with flying as a young boy and made the first solo trip across the ocean.
Cheaper by the Dozen
by Frank Gilbreth
Family life at the turn of the 20th century. "What do you get when you put twelve lively kids togther with a father--a famous efficiency expert--who believes families can run like factories, and a mother who is his partner in everything except discipline?" Fun family read aloud.
Come On, Seabiscuit
by Ralph Moody
"During the Great Depression, Seabiscuit captured the hearts of Americans from the streets to the White House, winning more money than any horse at that time and shattering speed records across the country. In this real-life story Moody captures the hoof-pounding excitement of the explosive early races to an unforgettable showdown with the feared Triple Crown winner War Admiral."
Drawn from New England
by Bethany Tudor
The simple, country life of famed illustrator Tasha Tudor described her her daughter.
Gone Away Lake
by Elizabeth Enright
"Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort."
by Margaret Davidson
A popular biography for early readers focusing on the childhood and youth of blind and deaf Helen Keller.
The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes
" At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. " 1945 Newbery Award
The Little Ships
by Louise Borden
The heroic rescue at Dunkirk in WW2. "In may of 1940--the early days of WW2, half a million British and French soldiers were trapped in France. Weak and wounded, they needed aid. Help came in the form of countless small craft, steered by brave young men, in the legendary armada of "little ships" that sailed across the English channel."
*The Little House
by Virginia Burton
Story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. Caldecott Medal.
Miracles on Maple Hill
by Virginia Sorensen
"When Marley's father returns home from World War II a broken man physically and spiritually, her mother decides that the family needs to leave the city for an extended visit to Grandma's house in the country."
The One Bad Thing About Father
by Rocco Negri
Fictional life as Teddy Roosevelt's children in the White House.
by Carolyn Haywood
"Merry Primrose Ramsay is only a little girl, but because of World War II, she must leave her family in England to live with relatives in America. At first it's not easy living in a new place, but life in America is full of fun."
Shooting at the Stars
by John Hendrix
An unforgettable Christmas Eve on the front lines of WWI.
Streets of Gold
by Rosemary Wells
'"Masha, a young Russian girl, is terribly afraid of the czar, whose piercing eyes glare at her from the portrait Masha's parents must keep on the wall. In the last decade of the nineteenth century, the czar's harsh anti-Semitic laws forbid Masha, who is Jewish, from going to school-something the bright, inquisitive girl desperately wishes to do. When her family immigrates to America, Masha not only achieves the long-desired education, but also gains success as a poet, and a love for her new country that will last all her life."
Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
Very popular British series. Children's adventures in England and Scotland between the World Wars.
by Genevieve Foster
A sickly child, Roosevelt built himself up physically and led an adventurous and full life. See his warm family side.
We Were There with the Lafayette Escadrille
by Clayton Knight
"This is the story of the Lafayette Escadrille- one squadron of American volunteers who fought in the air alongside a galaxy of French squadrons between April 26, 1916, and February 18, 1918."
*Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
When an elderly friend loses her memory, little Wilfred tries to help her find it.
Childhoods of Famous Americans Series:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
"The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years."
The Avion My Uncle Flew
by Cyrus Fisher
An American boy travels to France with his diplomat father just after WWII and uncovers a Nazi hiding place in the countryside.
by Doris Gates
"To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate was the most beautiful thing in her life, a symbol of the home she could only dimly remember. Now that her father was an itinerant worker, Janey didn't have a home she could call her own or any real friends, as her family had to keep moving, following the crops from farm to farm. Someday, Janey promised the willow plate, with its picture of a real house, her family would once again be able to set down roots in a community."
by Iris Vinton
A Signature Biography of an inspiring woman who rescued soldiers on both sides of WWI, but was executed by a German firing squad.
Falcons of France
by Charles Nordhoff
"The story of an enthusiastic, young American and his time as a pilot during World War I."
Little Britches Series
by Ralph Moody
There are 8 volumes in this series of life in Littleton, Colorado in the early 1900s. I've linked to the audio version just so you can see all 8 titles. Definitely start with Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers.
Mama's Bank Account
by Kathryn Forbes
"The charming adventures of the Mama of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco."
by Robb White
Survival of a boy and his sister in the Philippines during WWII.
by Elizabeth Enright
"A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet's father. Garnet can't help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman. for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways.".
Twenty and Ten
by Claire Hutchet Bishop
"This book tells the story of how twenty school children hid ten Jewish children from the Nazis occupying France during World War II."
by Ruth Sawyer
"Growing up in a well-to-do family with strict rules and routines can be tough for a ten-year-old girl who only wants to roller skate. But when Lucinda Wyman's parents go overseas on a trip to Italy and leave her behind in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie in New York City, she suddenly gets all the freedom she wants! Lucinda zips around New York on her roller skates, meeting tons of new friends and having new adventures every day. But Lucinda has no idea what new experiences the city will show her.... Some of which will change her life forever." 1937 Newbery Award
The Winged Watchman
by Hilda van Stockum
"Dutch-Irish-American storyteller Hilda von Stockum has placed this adventure of resistance among the windmills of Holland during the Nazi occupation of World War II."