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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative for kids from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A Is for Activist

By: Innosanto Nagara

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Each spread presents a letter and a bit of social commentary urging children to take a stand...

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Apple Pie Fourth of July

By: Janet Wong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl worries that no one will buy the Chinese foods made by her family, especially on the...

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Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z

By: Laura Krauss Melmed

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Take a tour of our nation's capital — from A to Z — including both lesser and well-...

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Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney!

By: Leslie Kimmelman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As Jenny rides her bike through town on the Fourth of July, she sees the townsfolk preparing for...

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Hats Off for the Fourth of July

By: Harriet Ziefert

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Parades are part of the fun of any Fourth of July celebration. Young readers are invited to join...

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I Pledge Allegiance

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years...

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If I Were President

By: Catherine Stier

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Children describe the basic duties of the U.S. President, from campaign speeches to lighting the...

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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote

By: Bonnie Worth, Joe Mathieu

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The Cat in the Hat is back with Things 1 & 2 for a rhyming introduction to the steps in...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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America Votes: How Our President Is Elected

By: Linda Granfield

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Elections are anything but dull, and participation is very important in a democracy. Just...

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Celebrate Independence Day with Parades, Picnics, and Fireworks

By: Deborah Heiligman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Celebrate the birthday of the United States with food and fun while learning the history and...

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Elizabeth Leads the Way

By: Tanya Lee Stone

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The life of early voting rights advocate, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is presented in a compelling...

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Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

By: Doreen Rappaport

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Women could not attend college, enter politics or vote when the United States was established....

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First Garden and How It Grew

By: Robbin Gourley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

White House gardens started with John Adams in 1800 and continue with Michelle Obama. History...

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Fly Guy Presents the White House

By: Tedd Arnold

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Buzz and his pet fly, Fly Guy, share what they learn when they visit the White House in...

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George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen By Both Sides

By: Rosalyn Schanzer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The Georges most prominent in early America — England's George III and America's George...

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Grace for President

By: Kelly DiPucchio

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An inspired teacher, the discovery of the fact that all U.S. Presidents (so far) have been male,...

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Happy Birthday, America

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Realistic watercolors present the summer celebration a boy shares with his family on the 4th of...

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

By: Debbie Levy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with...

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If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House

By: Jane O'Connor

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The "beautiful 200-year-old mansion on 18 acres of land right in the heart of downtown...

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Independence Cake

By: Deborah Hopkinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Since little is known about the real Amelia Simmons, the author invites readers to imagine what...

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John, Paul, George & Ben

By: Lane Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fact and fiction, old and new styles of illustration, wit and seriousness combine in this pithy...

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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation

By: Cokie Roberts

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Journals, letters and other primary sources were used to introduce "a few of the women who...

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Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

By: Jonah Winter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As she climbs the hill to the courthouse to proudly cast her vote for elected officials, Lillian...

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Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare

By: Gene Barretta

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This brief introduction to two well-known U.S. Presidents presents similarities in their lives...

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Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House

By: Julia Moberg

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The White House has hosted U.S. Presidents and their families which have often included First...

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Red, White, and Boom!

By: Lee Wardlaw

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From one end of the United States to the other, the 4th of July is celebrated: on beaches, with...

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Revolutionary Friends

By: Selene Castrovilla

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The friendship between Lafayette and Washington is dramatically told for sophisticated readers in a...

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Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated readers will appreciate the snippets of presidential history presented in a variety...

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Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution

By: Jean Fritz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Long ago in 1787, a group of men known as the Founding Fathers of the United States met in...

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Smart About the First Ladies

By: Jon Buller

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Brief, lighthearted looks at the wives of the U.S. Presidents from Martha Washington to Michelle...

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So, You Want to Be President?

By: Judith St. George

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Anyone can be president, whether fat (William Howard Taft) or tiny (James Madison), relatively...

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Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx

By: Jonah Winter

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poverty didn’t stop this girl from working hard, reading lots of books, and graduating top in...

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Susan B. Anthony

By: Alexandra Wallner

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Susan B. Anthony lived and worked as a teacher when women were paid less for the same jobs...

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The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

By: Susan E. Goodman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

More than a century before Brown v. Board of Education, there was Roberts v. City of Boston....

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The Flag We Love

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Read this book aloud to young readers to teach them about the United States flag, its history,...

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Those Rebels, John and Tom

By: Barbara Kerley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were very different in everything from appearance to what they...

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Unite or Die! The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

By: Jacqueline Jules

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Though the first U.S. Census didn't start until 1790, the Forest Lake Elementary School...

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Vote!

By: Eileen Christelow

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The history of voting in the United States is presented using a town's mayoral election as...

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Wackiest White House Pets

By: Katherine Gibbs Davis

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How are dogs, alligators, sheep, cats, and a host of other animals similar? They've all...

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We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States

By: David Catrow

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The dry, difficult words from the preamble to the constitution are made easy to understand...

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What Lincoln Said

By: Sarah Thomson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Lincoln's own words punctuate this overview of his life and times including lighter moments...

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What's the Big Deal About Freedom

By: Ruby Shamir

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From the Constitution to civil rights, from women's rights to the four freedoms, this picture...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This fact and fun-filled look at female contributions to the American Revolution provides a...

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March: Book One

By: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

John Lewis, son of a sharecropper, grew up to become an activist and later, a U.S. Congressman....

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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

By: National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Over 100 well-known authors and illustrators have provided pieces to this fascinating compendium...

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

By: Carole Boston Weatherford

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Stirring poems and vibrant collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou...

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Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America’s History

By: Marilyn Miller

Age Level: 9-12 years old

From the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex...

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