Children's Books - Annotated Bibliography

Children's Books - Annotated Bibliography

Picture books - ages 2-8

Seeger, Pete. Abiyoyo. New York: Macmillan Pub., 1963. Print.

Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.

Seeger, Pete, Paul DuBois Jacobs, and Michael Hays. Abiyoyo Returns. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004. Print.

Based on a South African tale, this story tells what happens when a giant who had been banished from a town by a magician thirty years earlier is called back to save the town from flooding. The little town that was once threatened by the giant Abiyoyo has grown by leaps and bounds. But now that the townspeople have chopped down all their trees, every year they have floods and droughts. Worse yet, there's a giant boulder blocking up the site of their new dam! Something has to be done. Well, the young boy who helped make Abiyoyo disappear way back when now has a little girl of his own. And she knows the only way to save the town: Bring back Abiyoyo to help move the boulder. "Bring back Abiyoyo?" the townspeople cry. "The giant that eats people up?" But the little girl has a plan for that, too. Fifteen years after Pete Seeger's storysong "Abiyoyo" came to life as a picture book, his beloved giant is back in a wonderful new story. With Michael Hays's brilliant illustrations and a sing-along score included, Abiyoyo Returns is destined to become a family favorite.

Swope, Sam, and Barry Root. The Araboolies of Liberty Street. New York: Farrar, Straus Giroux, 2012. Print.

The kids of Liberty Street join forces to help the Araboolies when mean General Pinch orders them to move because they look different.

Guthrie, Woody, and Vladimir Radunsky. Bling Blang. London: Walker, 2000. Print.

Illustrations accompany the words to Woody Guthrie's song about building a house for baby.

Speed, Toby, and Barry Root. Brave Potatoes. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Puffin Books, 2002. Print.

Potatoes set off across the darkened fair grounds to enjoy the rides, but Hackemup the chef has other plans for them.

Seuss. The Butter Battle Book. New York: Random House, 1984. Print.

Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.

Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print.

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes...Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside-down! This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of country music star Randy Travis reading this New York Times bestseller!

Parton, Dolly, and Judith Sutton. Coat of Many Colors. New York: Scholastic, 1996. Print.

A poor girl delights in her coat of many colors, made by her mother from rags, because despite the ridicule of the other children she knows the coat was made with love.

Booth, David, and Karen Reczuch. The Dust Bowl. 1st U.S. ed. Buffalo, NY: Kids Can Press, 1997. Print.

A young boy listens to his grandfather's story of farm life during the Dust Bowl years.

Turner, Ann Warren, and Robert Barrett. Dust for Dinner. New York: Harper Trophy, 1997. Print.

Jake narrates the story of his family's life in the Oklahoma dust bowl and the journey from their ravaged farm to California during the Great Depression.

Nöstlinger, Christine. The Factory-Made Boy. London: Andersen, 2012. Print.

Mrs Bartolotti's life is turned upside down when she unexpectedly receives a perfectly behaved factory-made child in the mail. By the time the factory discovers their mistake however, Mrs Bartlotti and Conrad have grown to love each other and hatch a plan in order that they may stay together. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

Waddell, Martin, and Helen Oxenbury. Farmer Duck. Walker, 1991. Print.

When a kind and hardworking duck nearly collapses from overwork, while taking care of a farm because the owner is too lazy to do so, the rest of the animals get together and chase the farmer out of town.

Bontemps, Arna, Jack Conroy, and Virginia Lee Burton. The Fast Sooner Hound. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942. Print.

Chagrined that the hound Sooner continually outruns his trains, the roadmaster pits his speed against that of his fastest train, the Cannon Ball.

Gudrún, Helgadóttir, and Brian Pilkington. Flumbra : An Icelandic Folktale. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1986. Print.

When the dim-witted giantess Flumbra falls in love, her escapades upset all Iceland.

Bunting, Eve, and Ronald Himler. Fly Away Home. New York: Houghton Mifflin Clarion Books, 2004. Print.

A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

Gudrún, Helgadóttir, and Brian Pilkington. A Giant Love Story. Reykjavik: Vaka-Helgafell, 2002. Print.

When the dim-witted giantess Flumbra falls in love, her escapades upset all Iceland.

DiSalvo, DyAnne. Grandpa's Corner Store. Columbus, O.H.: Zaner-Bloser, 2013. Print.

Grandfather's corner grocery business is threatened by a new supermarket, but his granddaughter, Lucy, organizes the neighbors to convince him to stay.

Asch, Frank, and Vladimir Vagin. Here Comes the Cat! New York: Scholastic Inc., 1989. Print.

Cat's arrival causes excitement among residents of a mouse settlement.

Yorinks, Arthur, and Richard Egielski. Hey, Al. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Print.

A city janitor and his treasured canine companion are transported by a large colorful bird to an island in the sky, where their comfortable paradise existence threatens to turn them into birds as well.

Groth, Bonnie Lee, and Kimiko. Home Is Where We Live : Life at a Shelter through a Young Girl's Eyes. Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 1995. Print.

Photographs with brief text chronicle a seven-month stay at a homeless shelter where a ten-year-old girl felt scared at first but later felt safe.

Seuss. Horton Hears a Who! London: Collins, 1976. Print.

Shannon, David. How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball. New York: Blue Sky Press, 2012. Print.

After Boss outlaws baseball in America, spring stops coming--until a young boy beats the tyrant at his own game.

Sandburg, Carl, and David Small. The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back. [New York]: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2004. Print.

After the popcorn the Huckabucks had raised explodes in a fire and Pony Pony Huckabuck finds a silver buckle inside a squash, the family decides it is time for a change.

Estes, Eleanor, and Louis Slobodkin. The Hundred Dresses. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2006. Print.

In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. Includes a note from the author's daughter, Helena Estes.

Cowen-Fletcher, Jane. It Takes a Village. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Print.

On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him too.

Lester, Julius, and Jerry Pinkney. John Henry. New York: Puffin Books, 1999. Print.

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

McGovern, Ann, and Marni Backer. The Lady in the Box. New York: Turtle Books: Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999. Print.

When Lizzie and Ben discover a homeless lady living in their neighborhood, they must reconcile their desire to help her with their mother's admonition not to talk to strangers.

Tran Khanh, Tuyet. The Little Weaver of Thai-Yen Village. Fifth World Tales. Place of publication not identified: Children's Book Press, 1987. Print.

A young Vietnamese girl maintains her own cultural identity while struggling to adjust to the United States.

Seuss. The Lorax. New York: Random House, 1971. Print.

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.

Aylesworth, Jim, and Thomas Graham. Mr. Mcgill Goes to Town. New York: Henry Holt, 1992. Print.

Mr. McGill and four of his friends agree to help each other finish their chores so that they will all have time to go to the town fair.

Wood, Audrey, and Don Wood. The Napping House. 2015. Print.

In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

Bartone, Elisa, and Ted Lewin. Peppe the Lamplighter. New York: Mulberry Paperback Book, 1997. Print.

Peppe's father is upset when he learns that Peppe has taken a job lighting the gas street lamps in his New York City neighborhood.

Browne, Anthony. Piggybook. London: Walker, 2008. Print.

When Mrs. Piggott unexpectedly leaves one day, her demanding family begins to realize just how much she did for them.

Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. New York: Scholastic, 1994. Print.

Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.

Cooper, Helen. Pumpkin Soup. 2013. Print.

The Cat and the Squirrel come to blows with the Duck in arguing about who will perform what duty in preparing their pumpkin soup, and they almost lose the Duck's friendship when he decides to leave them.

Baillie, Allan, and Di Wu. Rebel. 1st American ed. New York: Ticknor & Fields For Young Readers, 1994. Print.

When the General marches into Burma to take over, one student is brave enough to rebel.

Miller, William, and Gregory Christie. Richard Wright and the Library Card. New York; London: Lee & Low ; Turnaround, 2000. Print.

Based on a scene from Wright's autobiography, Black Boy, in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man's library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.

Heide, Florence Parry, Judith Heide Gilliland, and Ted Lewin. Sami and the Time of the Troubles. New York: Clarion, 2000. Print.

A ten-year-old Lebanese boy goes to school, helps his mother with chores, plays with his friends, and lives with his family in a basement shelter when bombings occur and fighting begins on his street.

Bedard, Michael. Sitting Ducks. New York: Puffin Books, 2001. Print.

A sympathetic alligator befriends a lonely duck and becomes alienated from the rest of the town's alligators who think of ducks only as food.

Seuss. The Sneetches : And Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1961. Print.

Includes four humorous verse fantasies: The Sneetches, The Zax, The Many Daves, and What was I Scared of?

Chukovsky, Kornei, and Sergei Yakovlev. The Stolen Sun. Moscow: Malysh Publishers, 1983. Print.

In this nonsense poem, a bear rescues the sun from a hungry crocodile. Features pop-up illustrations.

Marcos. The Story of Colors = La Historia De Los Colores. 1st ed. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 1999. Print.

"Beautiful bilingual retelling for children of a folktale from Chiapas that explains how colors were created, why people differ in color and ways of thinking, and why the macau sports all the colors. Excellent translation; stunning illustrations. A remarkable book"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Bayless, Maureen, and Yvonne Cathcart. Strike! Charlottetown, P.E.I.: Ragweed, 1994. Print.

Molly and Teddy save the day when trucks threaten to cross the picket line at the fish cannery.

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Sweetest Fig. London: Andersen, 1995. Print.

After being given two magical figs that make his dreams come true, Monsieur Bibot sees his plans for future wealth upset by his long-suffering dog. "These figs are very special," the woman whispered. "They can make your dreams come true." -- Thus Monsieur Bibot, the cold-hearted dentist, was given two ordinary-looking figs as payment for extracting a tooth from an old woman's mouth. Monsieur Bibot refused to believe such nonsense and proceeded to eat one of the figs for a bedtime snack. Although it was possibly the finest, sweetest fig he had ever tasted, it wasn't until the next morning that Monsieur Bibot realized it indeed had the power to make his dreams come true. While dragging his poor dog, Marcel, out for his walk, he discovered that his strange dream from the night before was becoming all too real. Determined to make good use of the second fig, Monsieur Bibot learns to control is dreams. But can he control Marcel? Once again Chris Van Allsburg explores the mysterious territory between fantasy and reality in an uncanny tale that will intrigue readers of all ages

Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. New York: A. Knopf, 1963. Print.

A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.

Mickenberg, Julia L., and Philip Nel. Tales for Little Rebels : A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. New York: New York University Press, 2008. Print.

From the Publisher: In 1912, a revolutionary chick cries, "Strike down the wall!" and liberates itself from the "egg state." In 1940, ostriches pull their heads out of the sand and unite to fight fascism. In 1972, Baby X grows up without a gender and is happy about it. Rather than teaching children to obey authority, to conform, or to seek redemption through prayer, twentieth-century leftists encouraged children to question the authority of those in power. Tales for Little Rebels collects forty-three mostly out-of-print stories, poems, comic strips, primers, and other texts for children that embody this radical tradition. These pieces reflect the concerns of twentieth-century leftist movements, like peace, civil rights, gender equality, environmental responsibility, and the dignity of labor. They also address the means of achieving these ideals, including taking collective action, developing critical thinking skills, and harnessing the liberating power of the imagination. Some of the authors and illustrators are familiar, including Lucille Clifton, Syd Hoff, Langston Hughes, Walt Kelly, Norma Klein, Munro Leaf, Julius Lester, Eve Merriam, Charlotte Pomerantz, Carl Sandburg, and Dr. Seuss. Others are relatively unknown today, but their work deserves to be remembered. (Each of the pieces includes an introduction and a biographical sketch of the author.) From the anti-advertising message of Johnny Get Your Money's Worth (and Jane Too)! (1938) to the entertaining lessons in ecology provided by The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo (1971), and Sandburg's mockery of war in Rootabaga Pigeons (1923), these pieces will thrill readers intrigued by politics and history-and anyone with a love of children's literature, no matter what age.

Gambrell, Jamey, Vladimir Radunsky, and Kornei Chukovskii. Telephone. New York: North-South Books, 1996. Print.

The author's phone is rung constantly by animals calling about their problems.

Bunting, Eve, and Ronald Himler. Train to Somewhere. New York: Clarion Books : Paw Prints, 2012. Print.

In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.

Disalvo-Ryan, DyAnne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. New York: Mulberry, 1997. Print.

A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.

Sendack, Maurice. We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. [New York]: Harper Collins, 1997. Print.

Joins together two traditional nursery rhymes with illustrations depicting the plight and eventual triumph of orphaned and homeless children. With a benevolent moon as their guardian, Jack and Guy make their way out of the dumps, rescue a poor little kid with a black eye, and bring him home to triumph. In this, as in all his greatest books, Sendak speaks for children everywhere. They will recognize that what matters to him also matters, intensely, to them.

Fleischman, Paul, and Kevin Hawkes. Weslandia. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999. Print.

Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.

Franklin, Kristine L., and Robert Roth. When the Monkeys Came Back. Washington, D.C.: Teaching Strategies, 2010. Print.

Always remembering how the monkeys in her Costa Rican valley disappeared when all the trees were cut down, Marta grows up, plants more trees, and sees the monkeys come back.

Williams, Sherley Anne, and Carole M. Byard. Working Cotton. San Diego: Scholastic Inc., 1998. Print.

A young black girl relates the daily events of her family's migrant life in the cotton fields of central California.

Seuss. Yertle the Turtle, and Other Stories. New York,: Random House, 1958. Print.

Includes three humorous stories in verse: Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag.

Non-Fiction, ages 5 and up

Meltzer, Milton, and Leonard Everett Fisher. All Times, All Peoples : A World History of Slavery. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. Print.

Examines the historical patterns of slavery throughout the world, from ancient times through the present.

Wright, Richard. Black Boy (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth. 1st HarperPerennial ed. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1993. Print.

The autobiography of an African-American writer, recounting his early years and the harrowing experiences he encountered drifting from Natchez to Chicago to Brooklyn.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Black Potatoes : The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Print.

The story of the Great Irish Famine, through the eyes and memories of the Irish people. Tells how they lived, why their lives depended on the potato, how they dreaded the workhouse, and how they feared and defied the landlord who collected the rent and evicted them.

Du Bois, Shirley Graham, and Donald W. Lambo. Booker T. Washington : Educator of Hand, Head, and Heart. New York: Messner, 1955. Print.

Biography of the renowned Negro educational leader and organizer of Tuskegee Institute who spent his life trying to improve the lot of his people

Stanley, Jerry. Children of the Dust Bowl : The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp. 1st ed. New York: Crown, 1992. Print.

This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school -- until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field.

Briggs, Raymond. Ethel & Ernest. 1st American paperback ed. New York: Pantheon Books, 1999. Print.

Uses a comic book format to tell the story of the author's parents, from their first encounter in 1928 London, through their marriage and the rapidly shifting modern world, to their final days.

Kielburger, Craig, and Kevin Major. Free the Children : A Young Man's Personal Crusade against Child Labor. 1st ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. Print.

The Canadian teenager travels to Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand to investigate child labor and abuse.

Osofsky, Audrey. Free to Dream : The Making of a Poet : Langston Hughes. 1st ed. New York: Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books, 1996. Print.

A biography of the Harlem poet whose works gave voice to the joy and pain of the black experience in America.

Levine, Ellen. Freedom's Children : Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories. An Avon Flare Book. New York: Avon Books, 1994. Print.

Southern blacks who were young and involved in the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s describe their experiences.

Fast, Howard. Goethals and the Panama Canal. New York,: J. Messner, 1942. Print.

A dramatic account of Panama and the Canal, and of George Goethals. Includes very little about Goethals' personal life. Grades 6-9.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Growing up in Coal Country. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999. Print.

Describes what life was like, especially for children, in coal mines and mining towns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman : Conductor on the Underground Railroad. New York,: HarperTrophy, 1955. Print.

A biography of the black woman whose cruel experiences as a slave in the South led her to seek freedom in the North for herself and for others through the Underground railroad.

Fast, Howard. Haym Salomon, Son of Liberty. New York,: J. Messner, 1941. Print.

The story of a Jewish businessman who was arrested for treason, escaped from jail, aided the Revolutionary War effort, and eventually rebuilt his business after the war and guided the financial affairs with Alexander Hamilton of the new nation.

Sha'ban, Mervet Akram, Galit Fink, and Litsa Boudalika. If You Could Be My Friend : Letters of Mervet Akram Sha'ban and Galit Fink. 1st American ed. New York: Orchard Books, 1998. Print.

Contains the correspondence between two girls, one an Israeli and the other a Palestinian, from August 1988 until their meeting in October 1991. Includes a brief history of their two peoples.

Kuklin, Susan. Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders against Child Slavery. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt and Co., 1998. Print.

An account of the former Pakistani child labor activist whose life and unexplained murder has brought to the attention of the world the evil of child bondage.

Freedman, Russell, and Lewis Wickes Hine. Kids at Work : Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor. New York: Clarion Books, 1994. Print.

This photo-essay describes child labor in the United States at the beginning of the century and how Lewis Hine fought for reforms. A profile of the investigative photographer & how he used his camera to expose the horrors of forced child labor in the United States during the early 20th century. His dramatic photos are included.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Kids on Strike! Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Print.

Describes the conditions and treatment that drove workers, including many children, to various strikes, from the mill workers strikes in 1828 and 1836 and the coal strikes at the turn of the century to the work of Mother Jones on behalf of child workers.

Baker, Nina Brown, and Louis Slobodkin. Lenin. New York,: Vanguard Press, 1945. Print.

Eastman, Max. Leon Trotsky: The Portrait of a Youth. New York,: Greenberg, 1925. Print.

Hakim, Joy. Liberty for All? A History of Us. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Print.

Discusses the period of growth in American history prior to the Civil War, describing the lives of people from a variety of backgrounds, including Jedediah Smith, Emily Dickinson, John James Audubon, and Sojourner Truth.

McKissack, Pat, and Fredrick McKissack. A Long Hard Journey : The Story of the Pullman Porter. Walker's American History Series for Young People. New York: Walker, 1989. Print.

A chronicle of the first black-controlled union, made up of Pullman porters, who after years of unfair labor practices staged a battle against a corporate giant resulting in a "David and Goliath" ending.

Fast, Howard, and Rafaello Busoni. Lord Baden-Powell of the Boy Scouts. New York: Julian Messner, 1941. Print.

Myers, Walter Dean, and Leonard Jenkins. Malcolm X : A Fire Burning Brightly. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000. Print.

Myers's evenhanded narrative and Jenkins's striking paintings celebrate the man and the fiery message he brought to all people of color.

Josephson, Judith Pinkerton. Mother Jones : Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997. Print.

A biography of Mary Harris Jones, the union organizer who worked tirelessly for the rights of workers.

Kraft, Betsy Harvey. Mother Jones : One Woman's Fight for Labor. New York: Clarion Books, 1995. Print.

A biography of the union organizer and fearless crusader for the rights of American laborers.

Il*in, M., George S. Counts, and Nucia Perlmutter Lodge. New Russia's Primer : The Story of the Five-Year Plan. Boston ; New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1931. Print.

Friedman, Ina. Other Victims : First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis. Sandpiper S. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995. Print.

Personal narratives of Christians, Gypsies, deaf people, homosexuals, and blacks who suffered at the hands of the Nazis before and during World War II.

Du Bois, Shirley Graham. Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World. New York: J. Messner, 1946. Print.

Biography of the actor and singer recognized the world over for his interpretations of various operatic roles.

Hille, Waldemar. The People's Songbook. New York: Boni and Gaer, 1948. Print.

Fast, Howard, and Bette Fast. The Picture-Book History of the Jews. New York: Hebrew Pub. Co., 1942. Print.

An interesting narrative of the Jewish People for younger readers.

Jiang, Ji-li. Red Scarf Girl : A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution. 1st Harper Trophy ed. New York, NY: HarperTrophy, 1998. Print.

An outstanding student and much admired leader of her class, Ji-Li Jiang was poised for a shining future in the Communist party until the Cultural Revolution of 1966. Told with simplicity, innocence and grace, this unforgettable memoir gives a child's eye view of a terrifying time in 20th-century history--and of one family's indomitable courage under fire.

Fast, Howard. The Romance of a People. New York,: Hebrew Pub. Co., 1941. Print.

Parker, David L., Lee Engfer, and Robert Conrow. Stolen Dreams : Portraits of Working Children. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1998. Print.

Photographs and text document working children especially in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Includes a chapter on Iqbal Masih, the child labor activist from Pakistan.

Graham, Shirley. The Story of Phyllis Wheatley : Poetess of the American Revolution. New York: Archway, 1969. Print.

Petry, Ann. Tituba of Salem Village. New York: Crowell, 1964. Print.

Tells how Tituba, a slave, was sold in Barbados to a preacher bound for Boston and became one of three women convicted at the beginning of the Salem witch trials. The story of the slave Tituba and her husband, John Indian, from the day they were sold in Barbados until the tragic Salem witchcraft trials. In the Salem Village of 1692, superstition and hysteria peaked with the Salem witch trials. One of the first three "witches" condemned is Tituba, a slave from Barbados. "This restrained but dramatic narrative ... brings to life not only Tituba but also those around her, and shows how suspicion against her culminated in her arrest and trial."

Lester, Julius, and Tom Feelings. To Be a Slave. New York: Dial Press, 1968. Print.

A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century.

Ilin, M., Beatrice Kinkead, and Nikola i Iustinovich Lapshin. Turning Night into Day : The Story of Lighting. Philadelphia ; London: J.P. Lippincott Co., 1936. Print.

Christensen, Bonnie. Woody Guthrie : Poet of the People. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 2001. Print.

An introductory biography of famous folk singer Woody Guthrie presented as a picture book with a brief lyrical text and woodcut-like illustrations. Includes the complete lyrics to his "This Land is Your Land."

Filipović, Zlata. Zlata's Diary : A Child's Life in Sarajevo. 1st American ed. New York: Viking, 1994. Print.

Excerpts from the author's diary, begun when she was eleven, describes life in Sarajevo under siege.