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Loyola University Chicago

Teaching with Primary Sources

Children's Books with Primary Sources

Supplementing children's books with primary sources is a great way to make a story feel real.  Beyond using children's books for only K-5 students, children's books are great for low level readers, english as a second language students, and special education students.  All books are supplemented with laminated pictures and are available to teachers FREE of charge.  To acquire a book complete the Application and email it to Dwilk@luc.edu Note: Reflection is required within 1 month of projected implementation.  Please read Reflection  before sending in your application.






Books Available 


Nikki Giovanni

Hardcover, 40 pages

Description: In an inspiring account of the friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the award-winning team behind "Rosa" join forces once more to offer a glimpse into the shared bond between two great American leaders during a turbulent time in history.



Ken Mochizuki

Paperback, 32 pages


Description: During World War II, a young Japanese-American boy and his family are sent to an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Despondent in their desolate surroundings, father and son pull the camp together to build a baseball diamond and form a league.



Tanya Lee Stone

Hardcover, 32 pages

Description: Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn't take "no" for an answer.



Linda Arms White

Hardcover, 40 pages

Description: With lively text and humorous illustrations, this striking picture book biography shows how one girl's gumption propels her through a life filled with challenges until, in 1869, she wins the vote for women in Wyoming Territory--the first time ever in the United States.




Marybeth Loriecki

Paperback, 40 pages

Description: When a new player named Jackie Robinson is called up from the Negro leagues to join the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, a young batboy dismantles his prejudice as he realizes the greatness of this player. 


John Hendrix

Hardcover, 40 pages

Description: Published on the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, this biography explores the life of one of American history's most controversial figures. A great deal of academic study has been published recently about John Brown. This is the first book for young readers to include these new attitudes and research.
In the late 1850s, at a time when many men and women spoke out against slavery, few had the same impact as John Brown, the infamous white abolitionist who backed his beliefs with unstoppable action. His dedication to freeing the American slaves made him one of the most recognizable leaders in the liberation movement to end slavery.
Told through engaging, thoughtful narration and bold, dynamic illustrations, "John Brown: His Fight for Freedom" is a fitting reminder that all men and women are created equal, and that some things are worth fighting for. The book includes an author's note, a bibliography, and an index.





Judith St. George

Hardcover, 48 pages

Description: St. George, the author of "So You Want to Be President?," and Hillenbrand give readers a witty and wonderfully illustrated true story of the invincible Declaration of Independence, giving heroic testimony to the grit and determination of the country itself.





Jim Murphy

Hardcover, 128 pages

Description: On June 3, 1863, 19-year-old Confederate Lieutenant John Dooley prepared to march on Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Thomas Galway, a 17-year-old corporal in the Union army, waited for the battle to begin. Drawing on the written accounts of these young soldiers, Murphy traces the circumstances leading to the dramatic battle and Lincoln's historic address. 7 maps and 60 archival photographs.




Andrea David Pinkney

Paperback, 40 pages


This story begins with shoes.
This story is all for true.
This story walks. And walks. And walks.
To the blues.

Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat on the bus. When she was arrested for it, her supporters protested by refusing to ride. Soon a community of thousands was coming together to help one another get where they needed to go. Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked.

With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With boycott blues.

And, after 382 days of walking, they walked Jim Crow right out of town. . . .

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.




David Hewitt

Hardcover, 40 pages

Description: A rousing history of the good old U.S.A.

Since he first appeared in the 1800's, Uncle Sam has inspired our nation. A symbol of patriotic duty and national pride, Uncle Sam has witnessed our history, from the victory over the British in the War of 1812, to the struggle of the Great Depression, to the efforts of the civil rights movement. This eloquent book recounts America's past through Uncle Sam's eyes, celebrating the fortitude and ingenuity that are the hallmarks of this national symbol. With illustrations that incorporate postage stamps and antique images from each era, as well as portraits of famous Americans whose actions changed history, and back matter about the people in the book, this is a timeless tribute to Uncle Sam -- an icon whose spirit embodies the American dream.





Michael Dooling

Coil Bound, 40 pages

Description: From the lightbulb, to the phonograph to the movies, Thomas Edison was the mastermind behind many inventions that are taken for granted today. But how did he grow up to be a legendary inventor? Michael Dooling explores the origins of Edison's scientific genius: his interest in mixing chemicals--sometimes with explosive result--his diligence in his work as a paperboy, and his difficulty paying attention in school. Through his clear text and stunning illustrations. Dooling presents a fascinating and compelling portrait of the man who has been called America's greatest inventor and entrepreneur.





Milly Lee

Hardcover, 38 pages

Description: Based on the experiences of the author's father-in-law, this book recounts a disturbing chapter in Chinese-American history. Because of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants are detained at San Francisco's Angel Island until they are called to take a difficult oral exam before they can "land. Illustrations.