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The United States – Living Books America

Little House Books: The Laura Years – Laura Ingalls Wilder

The original series of Little House books. Nine books:

Full colour original illustrations. Collector’s edition. Ages 6 yrs – adult

Little House books: The Charlotte Years – Melissa Wiley

The story of the grandmother of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she grows up in the America of the 1800s. Beautiful stories of a girl in a pioneering nation. Four books:

Ages 9 – 15 yrs

Little House books: The Caroline Years – Celia Wilkins and Maria Wilkes

The story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s mother, taken from letters from Laura’s aunt to Laura about her life. This series is a joy to read. It is the story of a young girl growing up in the late 1800s in America.

Six books:

  • Little House in Brookfield
  • Little Clearing in the Woods
  • On Top of Concord Hill
  • Across the Rolling River
  • Little City by the Lake
  • A Little House of Their Own

Ages 9 – 15 yrs

Little House Series – The Rose Years

The story of Laura’s daughter, leading up into the early 1900’s. A different life to her mother’s in a changing world. Ages 9- 18 yrs

My First Little House

Large print picture books using sentences straight from the original books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Wonderful for beginning readers. Ages 3 – 8 yrs.

Choose from:

If you have young children enjoying these books, they may also enjoy the Little House Paper Doll sets.  Choose Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie or Little House Christmas.

Cheaper by the Dozen – Frank Gilbreth Jar

One of the funniest true stories you will ever read about a family in America in the early 1900’s. The movie has nothing in common except that both families had 12 children – so don’t let the movie put you off. Five star family read aloud. Ages 6 yrs to adult

Indian Captive – Lois Lenski

In this classic Newbery Honor Award book, Lois Lenski authentically reconstructs the fascinating story of pioneer girl Mary Jemison’s capture, flight, and early years with the Seneca Indians. Thrilling. Ages 9- 16 yrs

Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink

A pioneer girl mingles with the Indians and enjoys life with her family. On the par with the Little House books. Ages 8- 14 yrs

Little Britches – Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there at the dawn of the 20`h century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes, and windstorms provide authentic color. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that prepare Ralph to take his father’s place. Ages 9 yrs – adult

My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George

A Newbery Honour book worth reading every year! A boy, unhappy living in his city apartment, takes a penknife, twine, flint and steel and the clothes on his back, and runs away to the mountains. Relying on his own ingenuity to survive, he discovers a side of himself he never knew existed. RA 6 yrs – A, Rr 8 – 15 yrs There are also sequels to this story – available upon request

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elisabeth George Speare

Forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met, Kit arrives in colonial Connecticut, a strict Puritan community, and struggles to survive in a hostile place where prejudice is common against anyone different. Ages 9 -17 yrs

Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
Nobody could capture the Phantom, the wildest mare on the island of Chincoteague, off Maryland, USA. Paul and Maureen had their hearts set on owning her. They worked hard to earn the money she would cost. On Pony Penning Day, Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both? This spirited story was a

Newbery Award winner. All books by this author are worth reading. Ages 7- 13 yrs

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch – Jean Lee Latham

Winner of the 1956 Newbery Medal, this novel tells the story of 18th century mathematical wizard Nathaniel Bowditch, whose determination to master sea navigation resulted in “The American Practical Navigator.” Ages 10 – 18 yrs

Blue Willow – Doris Gates

A little girl, who wants most of all to have a real home and to go to a regular school, hopes that the valley her family has come to, which so resembles the pattern on her treasured blue willow plate, will be their permanent home. Depression Years, Ages 8 – 14 yrs

Poor Richard – James Daugherty

Biography of the life of Benjamin Franklin, the famous American statesman, inventor and scientist – the Renaissance man of the New World. Well written and illustrated. Ages 9 – 16 yrs

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred Taylor

Facing a year of night riders and burnings. Cassie, a young black girl, and her family struggle to keep their land and hold what rightfully belongs to them. Post civil war, when blacks are supposed to be free, they still suffer awful prejudice and inequality. Suspenseful. Ages 8 -15 yrs

A Vision of Beauty: the Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker – Kathryn Lasky

This inspirational book tells the true story of the first freeborn child of Louisiana sharecroppers who rose from a world of poverty and discrimination to find success as a businesswoman and philanthropist. Sarah established her own herbal beauty products for black people, as one of her ventures. Wonderfully inspirational book. Ages 8 – 14 yrs

Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scot O’Dell

A haunting story based on the fact that in the early 1800s an Indian girl spent 18 years alone on a rocky island far off the coast of California. How she survives is the subject of this story. 1961 Newbery Medal winner. Ages 7 – 15 yrs

Mexico and Central America – Living Books America

The Gullywasher – Joyce Rossi

A grandfather tells his granddaughter a story about the biggest storm he ever experienced – a humorous, heartwarming story. Set in Mexico, this is a bilingual edition with both English and Spanish text. Used in FIAR 4. Ages 4 – 10 yrs.

South America – Living Books America

South America by Allan Fowler

Large print photographic book about various aspects of South America. Ages 5 – 8 yrs

The Vanishing Rainforest – Richard Platt

Remaema lives in the Brazilian rainforest with her family. Nearby they can hear bulldozers removing trees and know they won’t grow back. Read about the issues surrounding the decimation of South America’s rainforests. A thoughtful book, written through the eyes of a small girl. Ages 5 -12 yrs

The Most Beautiful Place in the World – Ann Cameron

A young Guatemalan boy, abandoned by his parents, is brought up by his grandmother who teaches him all he needs to know about having a positive outlook on life. A hopeful story about gratefulness. Ages 8 – 11 yrs

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World – Kathryn Lasky

Usually known for her children’s novels. this time Kathryn Laskey explores the rainforest canopy with Meg Lowman, a scientist recording information about the ecosystem. Fascinating pictures and facts about the work of a scientist and the things she discovers. Ages 9 – 15 yrs

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

Sent to live with distant relatives on a rubber plantation in Brazil, Maia must leave her cozy London boarding school for the unknown wilderness of the Amazon jungle. Swept up in a mystery involving a missing inheritance, Maia finds herself in the middle of an Amazon adventure she could only dream about. On-the-edge-of-your-seat riveting! Ages 8 – 14 yrs.

The Great Kapok Tree – Lynne Cherry

In the Amazon Rainforest, a man is chopping down a Kapok tree. As he rests he falls asleep and the animals who live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their tree, giving reasons that the rainforest is valuable. Relevant environmental concerns. Ages 6 – 10 yrs

Through Gates of Splendour – Elisabeth Elliot

The true story of five missionaries to Ecuador, who were murdered by the native Indians. A classic story which will not fail to inspire you. This book contains photos and chapters of the continuing story today. Ages 15 yrs – Adult

Bruchko – Bruce Olsson

The Cay – Theodore Taylor

Set during World War II when Germans invade the small Caribbean island of Curacao, a white boy and an old West Indian man, survivors from a torpedoed American freighter, get to a forgotten tropical island and must overcome their prejudices and learn from each other to survive. A powerful, moving classic. Ages 7 -16 yrs

The Royal Diaries: Lady of Palenque – Anna Kirwan

Shahnakin lived in the Mayan Empire in the 700’s AD. This is her childhood story. Ages 11 – 16 yrs

Royal Diaries: Anacaona – Edwidge Danticat

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