True Stories of Courage

Inspire your student with these extraordinary true accounts.

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The Boston Tea Party.  Russell Freedman.  Holiday House, 2012.
The book begins with a two page introduction giving the historical context and setting the stage for Freedman’s compelling, suspenseful story of this event.  He quotes from many first-hand accounts and gives us a young person’s perspective of the protest.
Supports Common Core narrative informational text.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 5th-6th grade


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker’s Strike of 1909.  Michelle Markel.  Balzer 7 Bray, 2013.
Clara Lemlich and her family came to America from Russia when she was 17 years old.  No one would hire her father, but garment factories were hiring thousands of girls, so Clara worked.  She fought back on behalf of her fellow workers, against poor working conditions, long hours and poor pay.  In 1909 she courageously led the largest walkout of women workers in U.S. history.  Well told informational narrative supports Common Core. Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-4th grade

Did It All Start with a Snowball Fight? And Other Questions About the American Revolution.  Mary Kay Carson.  Sterling, 2012.
An exceptionally clear and attractively designed presentation on typically repeated facts and folklore about the Revolution.  Interesting and accessible while dispelling many myths.  Picture Book.  Supports Common Core informational text.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade


Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution.  Don Brown.  Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
In the harsh winter of 1775, Boston bookseller, Henry Knox, attempted the impossible.  He volunteered to bring 59 cannons captured at Fort Ticonderoga to General Washington in Boston, some 300 miles away.  Everything that could possible go wrong, did, but Henry and his men persevered.  An amazing story!  Picture Book.  Supports Common Core Social Studies/Narrative Informational text.
Read-aloud 3rd-5th grade
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