Frontier and pioneer life

Hattie Big Sky

By Krby Larson

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After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself.
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A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories from the Little House Books

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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A collection of stories which describe the experiences of a pioneer girl and her family as they celebrate various Christmases in the big woods in Wisconsin, on the prairie in Indian Territory, and on the banks of Plum Creek.

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Our Only May Amelia

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Life in a Finnish-American logging community at the turn of the last century in remote Washington state is not easy for a girl with seven brothers, but our only May Amelia has learned that survival requires humor as well as determination.

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Floyd Cooper Draws from the Heart

To open a book illustrated by Floyd Cooper is to be drawn into a world of warmth, bravery, and joy. His drawings are as essential as the text itself in illuminating the world of childhood, often of the Black experience.

He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1956. Early on, his family lived in the projects and had little money, but his mother was able to give him a sense of self-worth that he has carried with him always. She also shared stories with him, helping to build his imagination.

Time Travel with Russell Freedman

Award-winning author Russell Freedman takes readers to important places and times with his true stories of courage in hard times. Pick up one of his books, and you may find yourself face to face with Abraham Lincoln, dancer Martha Graham, or Chinese philosopher Confucious. Talk about an excellent adventure!

On the Reading Road with Gloria Whelan

Her books take readers to Michigan's deep woods, the dusty streets of India, Chinese fishing boats, and on an Alaskan dog sled trail. And those are only the stories set in today's world.

She has also written books set in revolutionary Russia, on the 1880s American frontier, 1918 British East Africa, and along the Underground Railroad. All of these journeys she writes for us begin with another story--a true one--of a little girl who was very sick.

Here Comes Johnny Appleseed

If you saw a man walking by your house barefoot, wearing old clothes and with a tin pot on his head, you'd likely wonder where on earth he came from. But if you lived in Indiana or Ohio in the early part of the 1800s, you just might recognize your wandering neighbor, Johnny Appleseed.