Connecting Literature and Primary Sources

 

Popular children's literature is paired with historical primary sources from the Library of Congress to extend learning  across the curriculum. Linking primary sources to literature, making books more relevant, and promoting inquiry based learning can create motivating and enriching learning experiences for student of all ages.  Check out the newest ready-to-implement resources for your classroom or use these examples to create your own. Book Backdrop Template 

BOOK TITLE (BACKDROP CREATOR)

BOOK AUTHOR

LEVEL

The Battlefield Ghost (Irene Jacobs) 

Margery Cuyler 

3-6 

Betsy Ross: The Story of Our Flag (Susan Grimes)

Pamela Chanko 

Pre K-K 

The Bobbin Girl (Patricia Slaughter) 

Emily Arnold McCully 

3-5 

Bud, Not Buddy (Kathy Vermeulen) 

Christopher Paul Curtin 

9-12 

Can You Fly High, Wright Brothers? (Darartu Boyer) 

Melvin & Gilda Berger 

3-5 

Cassie's Journey: Going West in the 1860s (Kelly Kyle) 

Brett Harvey 

Middle Elementary 

Catch-22 (Joseph Martinak) 

Joseph Heller 

11, 12, Higher Ed. 

Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp (Lisa Mellen) 

Jerry Stanley 

6-8 

Chocolate By Hershey (Emily Antoonic) 

Betty Burford 

3-5 

Cold Mountain (Kristina Rokicki) 

Charles Frazier 

9-12 

Conestoga Wagons (Dustin Sheffer) 

Richard Ammon 

3-6 

Countdown (Kelly Keruskin)

Deborah Wiles

6-8

Death in the Afternoon (Sarah Dille) 

Earnest Hemingway 

9-12 

An Ellis Island Christmas (Rebecca Mohler)

Maxinne Rhea Leighton

2

Esperanza Rising (Cathi Franchino)

Pam Munoz Ryan

5-9

Finding Daddy: A Story of the Great Depression (Mary Ann Haines) 

Jo & Josephine Harper 

1-4 

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Bethany Taylor) 

Chief Jake Swamp 

Pre K-1 

The Grapes of Wrath (Catherine Carter) 

John Steinbeck 

9-12 

The Homestead Strike of 1892 (Gay Thistle) 

Arthur G. Burgoyne 

9-12 

The Keeping Quilt (Julia Warzinski) 

Patricia Polacco 

3-4 

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl (Gail Petri) 

Tonya Bolden 

5-8 

Martin's Big Words (Laura Kifer)

Doreen Rappaport

3-5

Mr. Lincoln's Boys (Laurelin Smith)

Staton Rabin 

2-6 

Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers (Gay Thistle) 

Karen B. Winnick 

2-6 

My Antonia 

Willa Cather 

7-12 

Night (Asher Knight) 

Elie Wiesel 

9-12 

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth (Gay Thistle) 

Anne Rockwell 

4-7 

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth (Megan Resser) 

Anne Rockwell 

3-5 

Out of the Dust (Jeanne Goodman) 

Karen Hesse 

9-12 

Out of the Dust (Caitriona Morrison) 

Karen Hesse 

4-6 

A Picnic In October (Jill Goldsmith)

Eve Bunting 

2-3

A Picnic In October (Cheryl McCready)

Eve Bunting

2-3

The Quiltmaker's Gift (Gay Thistle) 

Jeff Brumbeau, Gail DeMarcken 

1-4 

A River Ran Wild (Jaclyn Colquhoun) 

Lynne Cherry 

2-3 

Rosa Parks (Paige Uram) 

Eloise Greenfield 

Rosa's Bus (Robert Bucks) 

Jo S. Kitting 

1-3 

Rosa's Journal (Kim Beckstrom) 

Marissa Moss 

3-5 

Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story (Mary Beth Scumaci) 

Dandi Daley Mackall 

3-6 

Secret Signs: Along the Underground Railroad (Sandy Simatic) 

Anita Riggio 

K-3 

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head (Gay Thistle) 

Jean Fritz 

3-8 

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Jean Fritz 

3-8 

The Shine Man: A Christmas Story (Sarah Rooker) 

Mary Quattlebaum 

1-4 

Silver at Night (Gay Thistle) 

Susan Campbell Bartoletti 

1-3 

Soldier's Heart (Joyce Mason) 

Gary Paulsen 

6-12 

The Stout-Hearted Seven Orphaned on the Oregon Trail (April Weber) 

Neta Lohnes Frazer 

5-6 

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (Katie Krocsko) 

Deborah Hopkinson 

K-5 

Thank You, Jackie Robinson 

Barbara Cohen 

3-6 

Thank You, Jackie Robinson (Chelsee Ritz) 

Barbara Cohen, Margaret Sutherland 

Pre K 

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks (Rebecca Baczkowski)

Sonja Lamut 

Pre K

This is the Feast (Karyn Chojnicki)

Diane Z. Shore

2

Three Golden Rivers (Ellen Ashburn) 

Olive Price 

5-7 

To Kill A Mockingbird 

Harper Lee 

7-12 

Train To Somewhere (Deborah Lubich) 

Eve Bunting 

2-4 

Train To Somewhere (Wendy Blankley) 

Eve Bunting 

2-4 

Twenty-One Elephants (Gail Petri) 

Phil Bildner, Margaret King Mitchell 

1-4 

Uncle Jed's Barbershop (Gay Thistle) 

James E. Ransome 

K-2 

The Voyage of Columbus in His Own Words (Austi Dunlap) 

Stacie Strong 

1-5 

War Game (Rebecca McCollum) 

Michael Foreman 

5-8 

We Came Through Ellis Island: The Immigrant Adventures of Emma Markowitz (Shannon Bartley) 

Gene Thompson 

3-4 

Wee and the Wright Brothers (Rachel Ferro) 

Timothy R. Gaffney 

K-1 

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (Gay Thistle) 

Walt Whitman 

K-4 


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