Magic Tree House   Sunset of the Sabertooth

Join Jack and Annie on a mission to the Ice Age where they encounter Cro-Magnons, cave bears, sabertooth tigers, and woolly mammoths.

The Roman Empire

Macaulay, David    Rome Antics

A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour which includes both ancient and modern parts of the city of Rome.

Scieszka, Jon See You Later, Gladiator

Joe, Fred, and Sam demonstrate some of their favorite professional wrestling moves when they’re transported to ancient Rome and forced to fight as gladiators in the Colosseum. (Part of the Time Warp Trio)

Speare, Elizabeth George   The Bronze Bow

David Bar Jamin joins an outlaw band dedicated to driving the Roman legions from Israel, but a man named Jesus suggests Daniel’s blind hatred will only destroy those he loves best.

The Middle Ages

Avi   Crispin: Cross of Lead

Crispin is on the run after being accused of a crime he did not commit.  Along the way, he meets a juggler named Bear, who promises to protect him.  It soon becomes obvious Crispin is still being followed.  Who is after him? How is Crispin to save himself?  Set in medieval England this story is full of secrets, plot twists, and great characters.  2003 Newbery medal winner.

De Angeli, Marguerite   The Door in the Wall

Robin, the crippled son of a great lord, proves his courage and wins his king’s recognition in 1300s England.

Konigsburg, E. L.    A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

Eleanor of Aquitaine and three friends remember the 1100s as they sit in heaven awaiting the entrance of King Henry II of England–a fantastic setting, but with historically accurate details.

Lasker, Joe    A Tournament of Knights

Justin prepares for his first tournament while Sir Rolf, a tournament veteran, prepares to defeat him.

Magic Tree House   The Knight at Dawn

Join Jack and Annie in the Middle Ages, where they explore a castle and are helped by a mysterious knight.

Magic Tree House Viking Ships at Sunrise

Join Jack and Annie in medieval Ireland, where they try to retrieve a lost book while being menaced by Viking raiders.

1400s & 1500s

Paton Walsh, Jill   The Emperor’s Winding Sheet

An English boy, shipwrecked, hungry, and lost, finds his way into the court of Constantine where he is interpreted as a symbol of good luck and, as such, ordered to be kept always near the king.

1600s and 1700s

Henry, Marguerite   King of the Wind: the Story of the Godolphin Arabian

Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to  England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life.

Treviño, Elizabeth Borton de   I, Juan de Pareja

Set in Spain in the 1600s, a young slave named Juan, becomes assistant, and friend to the artist Velázquez.

The New World

Bulla, Clyde Robert Conquista!

At the time of Coronado’s exploration for a fabled city of gold, a young Indian boy encounters his first horse.

Conrad, Pam   Pedro’s Journal

Written as a diary by the ship’s boy, this story presents a personal view of Columbus’s first trip across the Atlantic and of his discovery of America.

Colonial America

Anderson, Joan   Williamsburg Household

Focuses on events in the household of a white family and its black slaves in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century.

Dalgliesh, Alice   Courage of Sarah Noble

An eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.

Fritz, Jean   Cabin Faced West

Ten-year-old Ann overcomes loneliness and learns to appreciate the importance of her role in settling the wilderness of western Pennsylvania

Petry, Ann Lane   Tituba of Salem Village

Speare, Elizabeth George   Sign of the Beaver

Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

United States Revolutionary War

Avi   Captain Grey

Following the Revolution, an eleven-year-old boy becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own “nation,” by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.

Brady, Esther Wood   Toliver’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.

Fritz, Jean   Early Thunder

Traces a youth’s growth to maturity as he resolves his political conflicts in pre-revolutionary Salem, a center of high feeling between the British and colonists.

Latham, Jean Lee   Carry On Mr. Bowditch

A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship’s captain and authored The American Practical Navigator.

Lawson, Robert   Ben and Me

Benjamin Franklin’s companion, Amos the mouse, recounts how he was responsible for Franklin’s inventions and discoveries.

Lawson, Robert   Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of Certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere, Esq., as Recently Revealed by His Horse Scheherazade

Westward Movement

Brink, Carol Ryrie   Caddie Woodlawn

The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.

Conrad, Pam   Prairie Songs

Louisa’s life in a loving pioneer family on the Nebraska prairie is altered by the arrival of a new doctor and his beautiful, frail wife.

DeFelice, Cynthia C.   The Weasel

Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.

Fleischman, Sid   Jim Ugly

The adventures of twelve-year-old Jake and Jim Ugly, his father’s part-mongrel, part-wolf dog, as they travel through the Old West trying to find out what really happened to Jake’s actor

Gregory, Kristiana   Legend of Jimmy Spoon

The adventures of a young white boy living among the Shoshoni Indians during the early frontier days.

Hill, Kirkpatrick   Dancing at the Odinochka

In the 1960s, Erinia Pavaloff’s life at a trading post in Russian America gets more complicated when the United States purchases the region and members of the small community become American Alaskans.

Holm, Jennifer L.   Our Only May Amelia

As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899.

Lawlor, Laurie   Addie Across the Prairie

Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie.

MacLachlan, Patricia   Sarah, Plain and Tall

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Paulsen, Gary   Mr. Tucket

In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him

Turner, Ann Waren   A Grasshopper Summer

In 1874 eleven-year-old Sam and his family move from Kentucky to the southern Dakota Territory, where harsh conditions and a plague of hungry grasshoppers threaten their chances for survival.

VanLeeuwen, Jean   Bound for Oregon

A fictionalized account of the journey made by nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd and her family from their home in Arkansas westward over the Oregon Trail in 1852.

Whelan, Gloria   Night of the Full Moon

When she sneaks away to visit her friend, a young girl living on  the Michigan frontier is caught up in the forced evacuation of a group of Potawatomi Indians from their tribal lands in the 1840s.

Wilder, Laura Ingles   Little House in the Big Woods

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier, as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father’s stories and singing, and share special occasions when they get together with relatives or neighbors.

Slavery/Civil War

Beatty, Patricia   Charley Skedaddle

During the Civil War, a twelve-year-old Bowery Boy from New York City joins the Union Army as a drummer, deserts during a battle in Virginia, and encounters a hostile old mountain woman.

Fleischman, Paul   Bull Run

Northerners, Southerners, generals, couriers, dreaming boys, and worried sisters describe the glory, the horror, the thrill, and the disillusionment of the first battle of the Civil War.

Hunt, Irene   Across Five Aprils

Jethro’s older brothers and friends leave to fight in the Civil War.  At 10 years of age, he had to do the work of a man on his family’s farm.  His parents dreamed that one day he would continue his education beyond the local one room school house but will he get the chance?  During the 5 years of the war he learns and grows to be a wise young man.

Polacco, Patricia   Pink and Say

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.

Reeder, Carolyn   Shades of Gray

At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost  all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a “traitor” because he refused to take part in the war.

The 19th Century

Sewell, Anna   Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse

Beauty’s adventures takes him from a good home to a horse’s worst nightmare.


Blos, Joan   Gathering of Days

The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father’s remarriage, and the death of her best friend.

Women’s Suffrage

Jones, Elizabeth McDavid   Secrets on 26th Street (American Girl History Mystery)

In New York City in 1914, eleven-year-old Susan encounters a mystery through an independent-minded female boarder and becomes involved in the growing suffrage movement.

Lasky, Kathryn   A Time for Courage :  the Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen (Dear America)

A diary account of thirteen-year-old Kathleen Bowen’s life in Washington, D.C. in 1917, as she juggles concerns about the national battle for women’s suffrage, the war in Europe, and her own school work and family.  Includes a historical note.

World War I

Jones, Elizabeth McDavid   The Night Flyers (American Girl History Mystery)

In 1918, caring for her family’s homing pigeons while her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam comes to suspect that a mysterious stranger in her small North Carolina town is a German spy.

Anastasia, the Last Grand Duchess (Royal Diaries)

A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.  (1894-1917)

Depression Era

Curtis, Christopher Paul   Bud, Not Buddy

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Hooks, William H.   Circle of Fire

Shortly before Christmas, 1936, eleven-year-old Harrison overhears a notorious local bigot planning a Ku Klux Klan raid on a band of Irish tinkers camped nearby and realizes he must do something to prevent it.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley   Cat Running

When eleven-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy homelife, she slowly gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s.

Taylor, Mildred D.   Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

A black family living in the South during the 1930’s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.

Uchida, Yoshiko   A Jar of Dreams

A young girl grows up in a closely-knit Japanese American family in California during the 1930’s, a time of great prejudice.


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell   A Coal Miner’s Bride :  the Diary of Anetka Kaminska (Dear America)

A diary account of thirteen-year-old Anetka’s life in Poland in 1896, immigration to America, marriage to a coal miner, widowhood, and happiness in finally finding her true love.

DenBoer, Helen   The Journey of Pieter & Anna

After his family emigrates from Holland, Pieter convinces them to help a girl they met on a coral boat who is trying to get to Michigan to find her father.

Giff, Patricia Reilly   Nory Ryan’s Song

When a terrible blight attacks Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, Nory Ryan’s courage and ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive.

Giff, Patricia Reilly   A House of Tailors

When Dina emigrates from Germany to America in 1871, her only wish is to return home as soon as she can, but as the months pass and she survives a multitude of hardships living with her uncle and his young wife and baby, she finds herself thinking of Brooklyn as her home.

Lasky, Kathryn   Dreams in the Golden Country :  the Diary of Zipporah Feldman (Dear America)

Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family’s life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.

World War II

Kerr, Judith   When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

A Jewish girl and her family flee from Germany to England in 1933

Levitin, Sonia   Journey to America

A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures innumerable separations before they are once again united.

Lowry, Lois   Number the Stars

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

Orlev, Uri   Lydia, Queen of Palestine

A young Rumanian Jewish girl describes her childhood in pre-World War II Romania, her struggles to understand her parents divorce amid the chaos of the war, and her life on a kibbutz in Palestine.  Based on the life of the Israeli poet Arianna Haran.

Paulsen, Gary   The Cookcamp

During World War II, a little boy is sent to live with his grandma, a cook in a camp for workers building a road through the wilderness.

Sachs, Marilyn   Lost in America

Follows the experiences of Nicole, a teenaged French Jew, from 1943 to 1948, as she loses her parents and sister to the concentration camps and then leaves her native France to make a new life for herself in New York City.

Seredy, Kate  The Good Master

Life on his father’s farm in Hungary is pleasant but dull for Jancsi until Cousin Kate arrives from the city.  (1901-38)

Smith, Doris Buchanan   Salted Lemons

Ten-year-old Darby Bannister has difficulty adjusting to a new environment when she moves with her family from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta in the middle of World War II.

Taylor, Theodore   The Cay

When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Uchida, Yoshiko   Journey to Topaz

After the Pearl Harbor attack an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to an aliens camp in Utah.

World War II Picture Books

Borden, Louise   The Greatest Skating Race

During World War II in the Netherlands, a ten-year-old boy’s dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past German soldiers and other enemies.

Borden, Louise   The Little Ships:  the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

A young English girl and her father take their sturdy fishing   boat and join the scores of other civilian vessels crossing the English Channel in a daring attempt to rescue Allied and British troops trapped by Nazi soldiers at Dunkirk.

Friedman, Ina   How My Parents Learned to Eat

Story about an American soldier who married a Japanese woman.

Say, Allen   The Bicycle Man

Two American soldiers do amazing bicycle tricks for an audience of Japanese schoolchildren in Allied-occupied Japan.

Civil Rights

Rodman, Mary Ann   Yankee Girl

When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Missippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly-integrated school.

Taylor, Mildred D   Mississippi Bridge

During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.


White, Ellen Emerson   The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty : United States Marine Corps (Dear America: My Name is America)

An eighteen-year-old Marine records in his journal his experiences in Vietnam during the siege of Khe Sanh, 1967-1968. Includes a history of Vietnam, war timeline, glossary, and related military information.

White, Ellen Emerson   Where have all the flowers gone? : The diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty (Dear America Series)

In 1968 Massachusetts, after her brother Patrick goes to fight    in Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Molly records in her diary how she misses her brother, volunteers at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and tries to make sense of the war in Vietnam and the tumultuous events in the United States.  Includes historical notes.


Hesse, Karen   Letters From Rifka

In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.

Taylor, Sydney   All-of-a-Kind Family

This is the adventures of several young Jewish sisters in the early 20th century, growing up in New York.  First in a series.