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1900s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island StoryNewman, Lesléa2019LE
MG
Modern Age1900-1920North AmericaUnited StatesJewish Immigration
Ellis Island
FPB
The Night JourneyLasky, Katheryn1981UMGModern Age1900RussiaRussiaRussian Pogroms
Immigration
Jewish History
FCB
All-of-a-Kind FamilyTaylor, Syndey1951MGModern Age1900North AmericaUnited StatesJewish LifeFCB
Chasing SecretsCholdenko, Gennifer2016UMGModern Age1900North AmericaUnited StatesAnti-Chinese Immigration
Gilded Age
FN
She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the WorldRoss, Michael Elsohn2015YA
A
Modern Age1900-2015North AmericaUnited States
France
ActivismNF
Bio
B
Stone FoxGardiner, John Reynolds19801MGModern Age1905North AmericaUnited StatesDogsled Racing
Shoshone Tribe
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Silver People: Voices from the Panama CanalEngle, Margarita2016MG
UMG
Modern Age1906-1914Central AmericaPanamaPanama CanalFN
The Faithful SpyHendrix, John2018YA
A
Modern Age1906-1945EuropeGermanyWWII
German Occupation
NF
Bio
GN
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906Yep, Lawrence2008UMGModern Age1906North AmericaUnited StatesSan Francisco EarthquakeFN
The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, SpyCaravantes, Peggy2015YA
A
Modern Age1906-1975North AmericaUnited States
France
Josephine BakerNF
Bio
B
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football TeamSheinkin, Steve2019YAModern Age1907North AmericaUnited StatesFootballNFB
The Color PurpleWalker, Alice1982YA
A
Modern Age1909-1949North AmericaUnited StatesAfrican American History
Jazz Age
LGBTQ+
FN
DragonwingsYep, Lawrence1993UMGModern Age1909North AmericaUnited States
China
FlightF
OV
N
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of ChinaChang, Jung1991AModern Age1909-1978AsiaChinaCommunist ChinaNF
Bio
N
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909Carson, Mary Kay2013LEModern Age1909North AmericaUnited StatesClara Lemlich
Labor Strike
NFPB

1910s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Hidden PalaceWecker, Helene2021YA
A
Modern Age1910-1918North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrants
Jewish History
HFN
Journey to the River SeaIbbotson, Eva2001MGModern Age1910Amazon RiverBrazilAmazon RiverFCB
PachinkoLee, Min Jin2017YA
A
Modern Age1910-1989AsiaKorea
Japan
Korean WarFN
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its LegacyMarrin, Albert2011UMG
YA
Modern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesTriangle Shirtwaist Factory
Fires
Labor Reform
NFCB
The Nerviest Girl in the WorldWiley,Melissa2020MGModern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesCalifornia
Early Filmaking
FCB
UprisingHaddix, Margaret Peterson2011UMGModern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesTriangle Shirtwaist Factory
Fires
Labor Reform
FCB
Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting JourneysGibson, Karen Bush2013YA
A
Modern Age1911-2000North AmericaUnited StatesAviation
Women's Aviation
NF
Bio
B
Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude TompkinsAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1912-1944AsiaVariousWWII
Women's Aviation
NF
Bio
B
The Watch that Ends the NightWolf, Allan2013YA
A
Modern Age1912EuropeGreat BritainTitanicFN
Luck of the TitanicWolf, Allan2021YA
A
Modern Age1912EuropeGreat BritainTitanic
Chinese Immigration
F
OV
N
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the TitanicStewart, David2008LE
MG
Modern Age1912EuropeGreat BritainTitanicNFPB
Kaspar the Titanic CatMorpurgo, Michael2012MGModern Age1912EuropeGreat BritainTitanicFCB
The Titanic: An Interactive History AdventureTemple, Bob2008MGModern Age1912Atlantic OceanGreat BritainTitanicNFCB
Angel on the SquareWhelan, Gloria2001UMGModern Age1913-1918RussiaRussiaRussian RevolutionFCB
Where Poppies GrowGranfield, Linda2005UMGModern Age1914-1918WorldVariousWWINFPB
The War to End All WarsFreedman, Russell2013UMG
YA
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINFPB
CB
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and BloodHale, Nathan2014MG
UMG
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINFGN
Lovely WarBerry, Julie2019YAModern Age1914-1945EuropeFranceWWIF
HF
N
A Bend in the StarsBarenbaum, Rachel2019YA
A
Modern Age1914RussiaRussiaRussian Revolution
Women in Science
FN
War HorseMorpurgo, Michael1982MG
UMG
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeGreat BritainWWIFCB
Like Water on StoneWalrath, Dana2015UMG
YA
Modern Age1914-1915EuropeArmeniaArmenian GenocideFN
The Singing TreeSeredy, Kate1939MGModern Age1914-1918EuropeHungaryWWIFCB
Things a Bright Girl Can DoNicholls, Sally2017YA
A
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeGreat BritainWWI
Women's Suffrage
FN
All Quiet on the Western FrontRemarque, Erich Maria1929YA
A
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWIFN
At Battle in World War I: An Interactive Battlefield AdventureLassieur, Allison2015MGModern Age1914-1918WorldVariousWWINFCB
After the Dancing DaysRostkowski, Margaret1986MGModern Age1914-1918North AmericaUnited StatesWWIFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be in the Trenches in World War OneWoolf, Professor Alex2007LE
MG
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeGreat BritainWWINFPB
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and MedicsAtwood, Karen J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINF
Bio
B
TruceMurphy, Jim2009UMGModern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINFPB
CB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar ExplorerGreen, Jen2017LE
MG
Modern Age1914-1916AntarcticaAntarcticaExplorersNFPB
The Road From HomeKherdian, David1979YAModern Age1915-1923EuropeTurkeyArmenian GenocideF
Bio
N
The Sinking of the Lusitania: An Interactive History AdventureOtfinoski, Steven2014MGModern Age1915Atlantic OceanUnited StatesLusitaniaNFCB
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenMoore, Kate2017YA
A
Modern Age1917-1938North AmericaUnited StatesToxicologyNF
Bio
N
The Radium Girls: Young Readers' Edition: The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the DarkMoore, Kate2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1917-1938North AmericaUnited StatesToxicologyNF
Bio
CB
Hattie Big SkyLarson, Kirby2006UMG
YA
Modern Age1917-1918North AmericaUnited StatesWWI
Westward Expansion
FCB
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaFleming, Candace2014UMG
YA
Modern Age1917-1921RussiaRussiaRussian RevolutionNFCB
The Harlem Renaissance: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2013MGModern Age1918-1935North AmericaUnited StatesHarlem RenaissanceNFCB
Like the Willow TreeLowry, Lois2011MG
UMG
Modern Age1918-1919North AmericaUnited StatesPlagues
Influenza Epidemic
FCB
Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918Anderson, Laurie Halse2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1918North AmericaUnited StatesPlagues
Influenza Epidemic
NFGN
Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918Marrin, Albert2018YAModern Age1918-1919North AmericaUnited StatesPlagues
Influenza Epidemic
NFB
A Death-Struck YearLucier, Makiia2016YAModern Age1918-1919North AmericaUnited StatesPlagues
Influenza Epidemic
FN
In the Shadow of BlackbirdsWinters, Cat2014YAModern Age1918-1919North AmericaUnited StatesPlagues
Influenza Epidemic
FN
Fred Korematsu Speaks UpAtkins, Laura
Yogi, Stan
2017MG
UMG
Modern Age1919-2005North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
CB
Letters From RifkaHesse, Karen2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1919-1920North AmericaUnited StatesJewish ImmigrationFCB
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of ProhibitionBlumenthal, Karen2013UMG
YA
Modern Age1919-1933North AmericaUnited StatesProhibitionNFCB
Saving SavannahBolden, Tonya2020YA
A
Modern Age1919North AmericaUnited StatesAfrican American HistoryFN

1920s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Chicago GangsterMatthews, Rupert2007LE
MG
Modern Age1920-1929North AmericaUnited StatesGangstersNFPB
How Women Won the VoteCampbell Bartoletti, Susan2020LE
MG
Modern Age1909North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
Activism
NFPB
The Paragon HotelFaye, Lyndsay2018YA
A
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesProhibitionFB
The Burning (Young Readers Edition)Beard, Hilary
Madigan, Tim
2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFB
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreBoston Weatherford, Carole2021MGModern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
NFPB
Angel of GreenwoodPink, Randi2021YA
A
Modern Age1921North AmericaUnited StatesTulsa Race Massacre
Civil Rights
FN
Marooned in the Arctic: The True Story of Ada Blackjack, the "Female Robinson Crusoe"Caravantes, Peggy2016YA
A
Modern Age1921-1983North AmericaUnited StatesAda Blackjack
Explorers
NF
Bio
B
Ophie's GhostsIreland, Justina2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1922North AmericaUnited StatesJim Crow
Ghosts
FCB
These Violent DelightsGong, Clohe2020YA
A
Modern Age1926AsiaChinaRomeo and JulietHFN
Joseph Stalin (A Wicked History 20th Century)McCollum, Sean2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1927-1953AsiaRussiaSoviet UnionNF
Bio
CB
The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember StalinHochschild, Adam2003YA
A
Modern Age1927-1953AsiaRussiaSoviet UnionNF
Bio
N
Our Violent EndsGong, Clohe2021YA
A
Modern Age1927AsiaChinaRomeo and JulietHFN
The DegeneratesMann, J. Albert2020YA
A
Modern Age1928North AmericaUnited StatesEugenics
Institutionalization
LGBTQ+
FN
A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great DepressionZiegelman, Jane
Cole, Andrew
2016AModern Age1929–1939North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Food
NFB
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Levinson, Cynthia2008MGModern Age1929-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFCB
Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across AmericaSheinkin, Steve2019YAModern Age1929North AmericaUnited StatesAviation
Women's Aviation
NFB

1930s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Dust Bowl: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2016MGModern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
NFCB
Reaching for the MoonAldrin, Buzz2005LE
MG
Modern Age1930-1969North AmericaUnited StatesSpace
Moon Landing
Buzz Aldrin
NFPB
Black Dove White RavenWein, Elizabeth2015YA
A
Modern Age1930-1936Africa
North America
EthiopiaItalo-Ethiopian War
African History
FN
Out of the DustKaren Hesse1998MGModern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
FCB
Audrey of the OutbackAldrin, Buzz2008LEModern Age1930AustraliaAustraliaAustralian OutbackFCB
Tru & NelleNeri, G.2016MGModern Age1930North AmericaUnited StatesGreat DepressionFCB
Children of the Dust BowlStanley, Jerry2016MGModern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
NFCB
Esperanza RisingMuñoz Ryan, Pam2000MG
UMG
Modern Age1930North AmericaUnited States
Mexico
Great Depression
Mexican Immigration
FCB
The Great American Dust BowlBrown, Don2017UMG
YA
Modern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
NFGN
The Water HorseKing-Smith, Dick2007MGModern Age1930-1939EuropeScotlandFolk TalesHFCB
Hidden RootsBruchac, Joseph2011UMGModern Age1930–1949North AmericaUnited StatesAbenaki Nation
Indigenous Americans
FCB
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Hoover DamGraham, Ian2012LE
MG
Modern Age1931-1936North AmericaUnited StatesBuildingNFPB
The Night TigerChoo, UYangsze2019AModern Age1931AsiaMalaysiaMalaysian FolkloreHFN
The Invention of Hugo CabretSelznick,Brian2007MGModern Age1931EuropeFranceTrain Stations
Early Filmaking
FCB
Stella by StarlightDraper, Sharon M.2015UMGModern Age1932North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Segregation
FCB
Flowers in the GutterGaddy, K. R.2020YA
A
Modern Age1932-1945EuropeGermanyWWIINFB
Women Heroes of World War II―the Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and SurvivalAtwood, Kathryn J.2016YA
A
Modern Age1932-1945AsiaVariousWWIINF
Bio
B
Two RoadsBruchac, Joseph2019UMGModern Age1932North AmericaUnited StatesMuscogee Nation
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Adolf Hitler (A Wicked History 20th Century)Price, Sean Stewart2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1933-1945EuropeGermanyNazi GermanyNF
Bio
CB
The Impossible JourneyWhelan, Gloria2003UMGModern Age1934RussiaRussiaSoviet UnionFCB
Sweet Home AlaskaEstby Dagg, Carole2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1934-1935North AmericaUnited StatesAlaska
Great Depression
FCB
Could You Escape Alcatraz?: An Interactive Survival AdventureBraun, Eric Mark2019MGModern Age1934-1963North AmericaUnited StatesAlcatrazNFCB
Echo MountainWolk, Lauren2020UMGModern Age1934North AmericaUnited StatesGreat DepressionFCB
White RoseWilson, Kip2019YA
A
Modern Age1935-1943EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
Maus ISpiegelman, Art1986YA
A
Modern Age1935-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIHF
F
GN
When the World Was OursKessler, Liz2021UMG
YA
Modern Age1936-1945EuropeAustriaWWII
Holocaust
FN
Maus IISpiegelman, Art1992YA
A
Modern Age1935-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIHF
F
GN
The Last Queen: Elizabeth IIIrving, Clive2021AModern Age1936-2020EuropeGreat BritainElizabeth IINF
Bio
B
Anya's WarAlban, Andrea2011YAModern Age1937-1945AsiaChinaWWII
Jewish Immigration
FN
The Library of LegendsChang, Janie2020YA
A
Modern Age1937-1945AsiaChinaWWIIFN
The Island of Sea WomenSee, Lisa2020AModern Age1938-2008AsiaKoreaKoreaFN
Atomic Women: The Untold Story of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear BombMontillo, Roseanne2020YA
A
Modern Age1938-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Atomic Bomb
NFB
Bomb: The Race to Build --and Steal-- the World's Most Dangerous WeaponSheinkin, Steve2018YAModern Age1938North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Atomic Bomb
NFB
Four Perfect PebblesBlumenthal Lazan, Marion1996UMGModern Age1938-1948EuropeGermany
Holland
HolocaustNF
Bio
CB
The Book ThiefZusak, Markus2007YA
UMG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
Code Girls (Young Readers Edition)Mundy, Liza2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Code Breakers
NFB
World War II Pilots: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their StoriesNicholson, Dorinda2015UMGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINF
Bio
PB
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special AgentCornioley, Pearl Witherington2015YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeFrance
Great Britain
WWIINF
Bio
B
The House of Sixty FathersDeJong, Meindert1956MGModern Age1939-1945AsiaChinaWWIIFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War IIMalam, John2010LE
MG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat Britain
France
WWIINFPB
Names in a JarGold, Jennifer2021YA
A
Modern Age1939-1987EuropePolandHolocaust
WWII
FN
World War II Infantrymen: An Interactive History AdventureOtfinoski, Steven2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
Parallel JourneysO'Brien, Tim2000YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFB
Genevieve's WarReilly Giff, Patricia2017MGModern Age1939EuropeFranceWWIIFN
Upon the Head of the GoatSiegal, Aranka2003UMGModern Age1939-1944EuropeHungaryHolocaustNF
Bio
CB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II PilotGraham, Ian2009LE
MG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIINFPB
World War II Spies: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
Guts & Glory: World War IIThompson, Ben2017UMGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
The War That Saved My LifeBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2015MGModern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIIFCB
The Berlin Boxing ClubSharenow, Robert2012YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
Beyond CourageRappaport, Doreen2014UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyHolocaustFB
We'll Soon Be Home AgainBab Bonde, Jessica2020UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeVariousHolocaustF
Bio
GN
World War II Naval Forces: An Interactive History AdventureRaum, Elizabeth2013MGModern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFCB
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six MillionMendelsohn, Daniel2013YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945Eastern EuropeUkraineHolocaustFN
The War I Finally WonBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2018MGModern Age1939-1945EuropeGreat BritainWWIIFCB
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War IIMundy, Liza2018YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Code Breakers
NFB
World War II: The Definitive Visual HistoryDK2009YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFB
Under the Broken SkySmith, Sherri L.2019UMGModern Age1939-1945AsiaJapan
China
Manchuria
WWII
FN
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War IIMullenbach, Cheryl2013YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWIINF
Bio
B
No Pretty Pictures: A Child of WarLobel, Anita2008UMG
YA
Modern Age1939-1945EuropePolandHolocaustNF
Bio
CB

1940s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
When My Name Was KeokoPark, Linda Sue2002UMGModern Age1940-1945AsiaKoreaWWIIFCB
The Librarian of AuschwitzIturbe, Antonio2012YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropePolandHolocaustF
Bio
N
Salt to the SeaSepetys, Ruta2017YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeEast PrussiaWWIIFN
Between Shades of GraySepetys, Ruta2012YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeLithuania
Russia
WWIIFN
Esfir is AliveSimon, Andrea2016UMG
YA
Modern Age1940-1945EuropePolandHolocaustF
Bio
N
NightWiesel, Elie1958YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeRomaniaHolocaustNF
Bio
N
Twenty and TenBishop, Claire Hutchet1952MGModern Age1940-1944EuropeFranceWWII
Jews in Hiding
Nazi Occupation
FCB
Snow TreasureMcSwigan, Marie2006MGModern Age1940EuropeNorwayWWIIFCB
The Little RidersShemin, Margaretha1993MGModern Age1940-1945EuropeHollandWWII
Nazi Occupation
FCB
The Boys Who Challenged HitlerHoose, Phillip2015YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeDenmarkWWII
German Occupation
NFN
The Paper Girl of ParisTaylor, Jordyn2020YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeFranceWWIIFN
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2016MGModern Age1941United StatesUnited States
Japan
WWIINFCB
Island WarReilly Giff, Patricia2020MGModern Age1941-1945Aleutian IslandsUnited StatesWWIIFN
The Devil's ArithmeticYolen, Jane1988UMG
YA
Modern Age1942EuropePolandHolocaustF
HF
CB
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlFrank, Anne1947UMG
YA
Modern Age1942-1945EuropeNetherlandsHolocaustNF
Bio
CB
Baseball Saved UsMochizuki, Ken1993MG
LE
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FPB
Paper WishesSepahban, Lois2016MGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FCB
We Are Not FreeChee, Traci2020YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
N
Raid of No ReturnHale, Nathan2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1942North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Doolittle Raid
NFGN
On the Horizon: World War II ReflectionsLowry, Lois2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1942-1945North America
Asia
United States
Japan
WWIIFCB
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetFord, Jamie2009YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
WeedflowerKadohata, Cynthia2009UMGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FCB
When the Emperor Was DivineOtsuka, Julie2003YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
Hidden: A Child's Story of the HolocaustDauvillier, Loïc2014MG
UMG
Modern Age1942EuropeFranceHolocaustFGN
DisplacementHughes, Kiku2020YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
HFGN
Farewell to ManzanarHouston, Jeanne Wakatsuki1973YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
OV
B
Sylvia & AkiConkling, Winifred2011MGModern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
Segregation
FCB
No-No BoyOkada, John1957YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
N
They Called Us EnemyTakei, George2019YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
GN
Bio
OV
GN
The BraceletUchida, Yoshiko1996LE
MG
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
F
OV
PB
Briar RoseYolen, Jane2016YA
A
Modern Age1942EuropePolandHolocaustFN
OnceGleitzman, Morris2013MG
UMG
Modern Age1942EuropePolandHolocaustFN
ThenGleitzman, Morris2013MG
UMG
Modern Age1942EuropePolandHolocaustFN
Within These LinesMorrill, Stephanie2019YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
Code TalkerBruchac, Joseph2006UMGModern Age1942-1954North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Navajo Nation
Indigenous Americans
FN
Mapping the BonesYolen, Jane2018YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945EuropePolandHolocaustF
Bio
N
Stone AngelYolen, Jane2015LEModern Age1942-1945EuropeFranceHolocaustFPB
The Shadow WarSmith, Lindsay2020YAModern Age1942EuropeGermanyWWIIHFN
Code Name VerityWein, Elizabeth2013YAModern Age1943EuropeGreat Britain
France
WWIIFN
Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesCoerr, Eleanor1977MGModern Age1943-1955AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
FCB
Girl in the Blue CoatHesse, Monica2017YA
A
Modern Age1943-1945EuropeNetherlandsWWII
Nazi Occupation
FN
The Port Chicago 50Sheinkin, Steve2017YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Civil Rights
NFN
An Elephant in the GardenMorpurgo, Michael2010MGModern Age1944EuropeGermanyWWIIFCB
Mare's WarDavis, Tanita S.2009YAModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Women's Army Corps
NFN
A Whale in ParisPresley, Daniel
Polders, Claire
2019MGModern Age1944-1945EuropeFranceWWII
Nazi Occupation
FCB
The War OutsideHesse, Monica2018YA
A
Modern Age1944-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
FN
Lily's CrossingReilly Giff, Patricia1999MGModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWIIFN
Willow RunReilly Giff, Patricia2005MGModern Age1944North AmericaUnited StatesWWIIFN
They Went LeftHesse, Monica2020YA
A
Modern Age1945EuropePoland
Germany
HolocaustFN
Year of Impossible GoodbyesSook Nyul Choi1991UMGModern Age1945AsiaKoreaKorean WarFN
The Blossom and the FireflySmith, Sherri L.2020YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWIIFCB
The Dollmaker of KrakowRomero, R. M.2016UMGModern Age1945EuropePolandWWIIF
HF
CB
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War ShowdownSheinkin, Steve2021YAModern Age1945-1985North AmericaUnited StatesCold WarNFB
The SearchHeuvel, Eric2009YA
A
Modern Age1945EuropeNetherlandsHolocaustFGN
Barefoot Gen 1Nakazawa, Keiji2004YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
Barefoot Gen 2Nakazawa, Keiji2004YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
Barefoot Gen 3Nakazawa, Keiji2005YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
A Place to BelongKadohata, Cynthia2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWIIFN
HiroshimaYep, Lawrence1995UMGModern Age1945AsiaJapanHiroshimaF
OV
CB
KursedSmith, Lindsay2015YAModern Age1945EuropeSoviet UnionWWIIHFN
My Long List of Impossible ThingsBarker, Michelle2020YA
A
Modern Age1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its SurvivorsStanton, Doug2003YA
A
Modern Age1945South PacificJapan
United States
WWII
USS Indianapolis
NFBN
Number the StarsLowry, Lois2011MGModern Age1945EuropeDenmarkWWIIFCB
American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000Freeman, Joshua2012YAModern Age1945-2000North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican EconomyNFB
Finding LangstonCline-Ransome, Lesa2018MGModern Age1946North AmericaUnited StatesGreat MigrationFCB
Idi Amin (A Wicked History 20th Century)Dougherty, Steve2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1946-2003AfricaUgandaUgandan ArmyNF
Bio
CB
DawnWiesel, Elie1960YA
A
Modern Age1946-1948EuropePalestineHolocaust
Post WWII
NF
Bio
N
The Night DiaryHiranandani, Veera2019UMGModern Age1947AsiaIndia
Pakistan
Partition of IndiaFN
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a RaftHeyerdahl, Thor1950YAModern Age1947Pacific OceanUnited StatesOcean TravelNFB
Mao (A Wicked History 20th Century)Price, Sean Stewart2017UMG
YA
Modern Age1949-1976AsiaChinaPeople's Republic of China
Communist China
NF
Bio
CB

1950s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Brother's KeeperLee, Julie2020UMGModern Age1950AsiaNorth KoreaKorean War
Escaping North Korea
FN
Cold War CorrespondentHale, Nathan2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1950North AmericaUnited States
North Korea
Korean WarNF
Bio
GN
DayWiesel, Elie1961YA
A
Modern Age1950North AmericaUnited StatesHolocaust
Post WWII
NF
Bio
N
The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History AdventureBurgan, Michael2014MGModern Age1950-1953AsiaNorth Korea
South Korea
Korean WarNFCB
Miss Benson's BeetleJoyce, Rachel2020YA
A
Modern Age1950OceaniaGreat Britain
New Caledonia
History of Science
Women in Science
FN
Breaking Stalin's NoseYelchin, Eugene2011MGModern Age1950AsiaRussiaSoviet UnionNF
Bio
CB
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoReid, Taylor Jenkins2018YA
A
Modern Age1950-2018North AmericaUnited StatesHollywood
LGBTQ+
FN
Keeping ScorePark, Linda Sue2010MGModern Age1951-1953North AmericaUnited StatesBaseball
Korean War
FPB
The Civil Rights Movement: An Interactive History AdventureAdamson, Heather2016MGModern Age1954–1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFCB
Last Night at the Telegraph ClubNichols Lo, Malinda2021YA
A
Modern Age1954North AmericaUnited StatesMcCarthyism
Cold War
Chinese American Immigrants
LGBTQ+
F
OV
N
The Best We Could DoBui, Thi2018YA
A
Modern Age1955-1979Southeast AsiaVietnamVietnam WarNF
Bio
GN
Midnight Without a MoonWilliams Jackson, Linda2017UMGModern Age1955North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
The Vietnam War: An Interactive Modern History AdventureBurgan, Michael2014MGModern Age1955-1975AsiaVietnamVietnam WarNFCB
Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and MoreAtwood, Karen J.2018YA
A
Modern Age1955-1975AsiaVietnamVietnam WarNF
Bio
B
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a NationPinkney, Andrea Davis2008LE
MG
Modern Age1955–1956North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFPB
Wolf By WolfGraudin, Ryan2016YA
A
Modern Age1956Europe
Asia
Germany
Japan
Hypothetical Axis VictoryAHN
Blood For BloodGraudin, Ryan2017YA
A
Modern Age1956Europe
Asia
Germany
Japan
Hypothetical Axis VictoryAHN
The Race to the Moon: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2014MGModern Age1957–1966North AmericaUnited States
Soviet Union
SpaceNFCB
The Fountains of SilenceSepetys, Ruta2020YA
A
Modern Age1957EuropeSpainSpanish Civil WarFN
Indian No MoreMcManis, Charlene Willing2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1957North AmericaUnited StatesUmpqua Nation
Civil Rights
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Commie PinkoNichols Lynch, Janet2017YAModern Age1958-1960North AmericaUnited StatesMcCarthyism
Cold War
FN
11/22/63King, Stephen2012AModern Age1958-1963North AmericaUnited StatesJFK AssassinationAHN
In the Neighborhood of TrueKaplan Carlton, Susan2019YA
A
Modern Age1958North AmericaUnited StatesJewish LifeFN

1960s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
90 Miles to HavanaFlores-Galbis, Enrique2011UMGModern Age1960-1969Carribean
North America
Cuba
United States
ImmigrationFCB
Through My EyesBridges, Ruby1999MG
UMG
Modern Age1960-1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Segregation
Ruby Bridges
NF
Bio
PB
Before We Were FreeAlvarez, Julia2018UMG
YA
Modern Age1960-1961North AmericaDominican Republic
United States
ImmigrationFN
The Story of Ruby BridgesColes, Robert1995LEModern Age1960-1961North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Ruby Bridges
NFPB
A Night DividedNielson, Jennifer A.2015UMGModern Age1961EuropeEast GermanyCold War
Berlin Wall
FN
The Red UmbrellaDiaz Gonzalez, Christina2011UMGModern Age1961-1962North AmericaCuba
United States
ImmigrationFN
The Berlin Wall: An Interactive Modern History AdventureDoeden, Matt2014MGModern Age1961-1989EuropeGermanyBerlin WallNFCB
Cuba in my PocketCuevas, Adrianna2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1961-1962North AmericaCuba
United States
ImmigrationFCB
The Man in the High CastleDick, Philip K.1962AModern Age1962North AmericaUnited StatesHypothetical Axis VictoryAHN
Root MagicRoyce, Eden2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsF
M
CB
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's MarchLevinson, Cynthia2015MG
UMG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsNFCB
Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking AdventuresGibson, Karen Bush2014YA
A
Modern Age1963-2012North AmericaUnited StatesSpaceNF
Bio
B
SekretSmith, Lindsay2015YAModern Age1963EuropeSoviet UnionCold WarHFN
I Have a DreamNelson, Kadir2012LE
MG
Modern Age1963North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFPB
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam WarSheinkin, Steve2019YAModern Age1964North AmericaUnited StatesVietnam WarNFB
SkandalSmith, Lindsay2016YAModern Age1964North AmericaSoviet Union
United States
Cold WarHFN
Boots on the GroundPartridge, Elizabeth2018YAModern Age1965-1975Southeast AsiaVietnamVietnam WarNFN
The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2015MGModern Age1965North AmericaUnited StatesVoting
Civil Rights
NFCB
Lillian's Right to VoteWinter, Jonah2015LEModern Age1965North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
Civil Rights
NFPB
Revolution is Not a Dinner PartyCompestine, Ying Chang2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1966-1976AsiaChinaCultural RevolutionFCB
Bronze and SunflowerWenxuan, Cao2019MG
UMG
Modern Age1966-1976AsiaChinaCultural RevolutionF
OV
CB
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American BoyWarren, Andrea2004YAModern Age1966-1995North AmericaUnited States
Vietnam
Vietnam War
Orphans
NFB
One Crazy SummerWilliams-Garcia, Rita2010MG
UMG
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
Until Tomorrow, Mr. MarsworthO'Connor, Sheila2019UMGModern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesVietnam WarFN
The Rock and the RiverMagoon, Kekla2009UMG
YA
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Black Panthers
F
OV
N
I Love You, Michael CollinsBaratz-Logsted, Lauren2017MGModern Age1969North AmericaUnited StatesApollo 11 Moon Landing
Space
FCB
The Things They CarriedO'Brien, Tim2009AModern Age1969-1971AsiaVietnamVietnam WarFN

1970s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Witch Who Came in from the ColdSmith, Lindsay2017YAModern Age1970EuropeCzechoslovakiaCold WarHFN
El DeafoBell, Cece2014MG
UMG
Modern Age1970North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Life
Disabilities
NF
B
GN
Kent StateWiles, Deborah2020UMG
YA
Modern Age1970Southeast Asia
North America
United StatesVietnam War
Activism
FCB
Inside Out and Back AgainLai, Thanhhà2011MGModern Age1971-1980Southeast Asia
North America
Vietnam
United States
Vietnam War
Immigration
FCB
Orange for the SunsetsAthaide, Tina2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1972AfricaUgandaImmigrationFN
First They Killed My FatherUng, Loung1999YA
A
Modern Age1975-1979AfricaCambodiaCambodian GenocideNF
Bio
B
It Ain't So Awful, FalafelDumas, Firoozeh2017MG
UMG
Modern Age1977-1979North AmericaIran
United States
ImmigrationFN
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of KenyaNapoli, Donna Jo2010LEModern Age1977AfricaKenyaEnvironmentFPB
When You Reach MeStead, Rebecca2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1979North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Life
Time Travel
HFN

1980s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Journey To Jo'Burg: A South African StoryNaidoo, Beverley1985MGModern Age1980AfricaSouth AfricaApartheidFCB
The Last Days of John LennonPatterson, James2020AModern Age1980North AmericaUnited StatesJohn Lennon
Music
NF
Bio
N
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic WomenBrooks, Geraldine1994YA
A
Modern Age1980-1994Middle EastVariousWomen in IslamNFB
While I Was AwayBrown, Waka T.2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1984AsiaJapanJapanese CultureFCB
A Long Walk To WaterPark, Linda Sue2011MG
UMG
Modern Age1985-2009AfricaSudanSudanese Civil WarFCB
Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a TimePark, Linda Sue2019LEModern Age1985-2009AfricaSudanSudanese Civil WarFPB
Bee-Bim Bop!Park, Linda Sue2005LEModern Age1985-2005AsiaKoreaKorean CookingFPB
Planet Earth is BluePanteleakos, Nicole2020MGModern Age1986North AmericaUnited StatesSpace
Space Shuttle Challenger
FCB
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneSee, Lisa2017AModern Age1988-1995AsiaChinaChinaFN
The Story That Cannot Be ToldKramer, J. Kasper2019UMGModern Age1989EuropeRomaniaCold War
Communism
FCB
Cloud and WallfishNesbet, Anne2018UMGModern Age1989EuropeGermanyBerlin WallFN
Like a Love StoryNazemian, Abdi2020YA
A
Modern Age1989North AmericaUnited StatesImmigration
LGBTQ+
AIDs Crisis
F
OV
N

1990s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain ForestCherry, Lynne1990LEModern Age1990South AmericaBrazilAmazon Rain ForestFPB
The Cellist of SarajevoGalloway, Steven2009AModern Age1992-1995Eastern EuropeBosniaBosnian WarFN
Riot BabyOnyebuchi, Tochi2020AModern Age1992North AmericaUnited StatesInner CityHFN
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaDemick, Barbara2009YA
A
Modern Age1993-2008AsiaNorth KoreaEscaping North KoreaNF
Bio
B
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our FamiliesGourevitch, Philip1999YA
A
Modern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Broken Memory: A Novel of RwandaCombres, Elisabeth2011UMGModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideFN
Every Falling StarLee, Sungju
McClelland, Susan Elizabeth
2016YA
A
Modern Age1994-2011AsiaNorth KoreaEscaping North KoreaNF
Bio
N
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda SpeakHatzfeld, Jean2006AModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda SpeakHatzfeld, Jean2007AModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
When Stars Are ScatteredJamieson, Victoria
Mohamed, Omar
2020UMGModern Age1996-2011AfricaSomalia
Kenya
Somalian Civil War
Kenyan Refugee Camp
NF
Bio
OV
GN
People of the BookBrooks, Geraldine2008YA
A
Modern Age1996SarajevoBosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo HaggadahFN
Concrete RoseThomas, Angie2021YA
A
Modern Age1998-1999North AmericaUnited StatesModern AgeFN
The Day of the PelicanPaterson, Katherine2010YAModern Age1998-2001Eastern EuropeKosovoKosovo War
Anti-Muslim Sentiment
FN
An Uninterrupted View of the SkyCrowder, Melanie2019UMG
YA
Modern Age1999South AmericaBoliviaModern AgeFN

2000s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Shooting KabulSenzai, N. H.2011UMGModern Age2000-2001North America
Middle East
United States
Afghanistan
9/11FN
Africa Is Not a CountryKnight, Margy Burns2002LEModern Age2000AfricaVariousAfrican ContinentNFPB
Snow in JerusalemDa Costa, Deborah2008LEModern Age2000Middle EastIsraelJerusalem LifeFPB
All We Have LeftMills, Wendy2019YAModern Age2001North AmericaUnited States9/11FN
Towers FallingParker Rhodes, Jewell2018MGModern Age2001North AmericaUnited States9/11FN
War in Afghanistan: An Interactive Modern History AdventureHoena, Blake2014MGModern Age2001-2014Middle EastAfghanistan
United States
War in AfghanistanNFCB
A Very Large Expanse of SeaMafi, Tahereh2019YAModern Age2002North AmericaUnited States9/11FN
The Red PencilDavis Pinkney, Andrea2015MG
UMG
Modern Age2003-2011AfricaSudanSudanese RefugeesFN
The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the GenocideHatzfeld, Jean2010AModern Age2003AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Hurricane Katrina: An Interactive Modern History AdventureHoena, Blake2014MGModern Age2005North AmericaUnited StatesHurricanes
Natural Disasters
NFCB
Sophie Scott Goes SouthLester, Alison2012LEModern Age2005AntarcticaVariousExplorersFPB
Malala’s Magic PencilYousafzai, Malala2018LEModern Age2007Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFPB
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of AfghanistanGerszak, Rafal2011MGModern Age2008-2010Middle EastAfghanistan
United States
War in AfghanistanNFPB

2010s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
A Land of Permanent GoodbyesAbawi, Atia2019YAModern Age2010-2019Middle EastSyriaSyrian RefugeesFN
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The TalibanYousafzai, Malala2015YAModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFN
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the WorldYousafzai, Malala2016MGModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFCB
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' RightsYousafzai, Malala2018LEModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFCB
NowGleitzman, Morris2013MG
UMG
Modern Age2013AustraliaAustraliaHolocaust
Post WWII
FN
Buried Beneath the Baobab TreeNwaubani, Adaobi Tricia2020YA
A
Modern Age2014AfricaNigeriaBoko HaramFN
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper BeltCarson, Mary Kay2020MGModern Age2015North AmericaUnited StatesSpace
Pluto
NFPB
The Hate U GiveThomas, Angie2017YA
A
Modern Age2017North AmericaUnited StatesBlack Lives MatterFN

2020s

Topics include

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Rez DogsBruchac, Joseph2021MG
UMG
Modern Age2020North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous Americans
Wabanaki Nation
COVID-19 pandemic
FCB

2030s

To Be Determined


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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel