You can learn a lot from reading children’s books. Why not brush up on history with one of these new arrivals?

Did you know? Most children’s picture books are 32 pages in length.

train to somewhereTrain to Somewhere, by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler

Story: In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.

Fact: Over 100,000 orphans were sent out West by train from 1850 through 1920 to find new homes.

baseball saved usBaseball Saved Us, by Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee

Story: A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II.

Fact: In 1988, the United States government offered formal apologies and reparations to the remaining American internment camp survivors.

storm called katrina

A Storm Called Katrina, by Myron Uhlberg and Colin Bootman

Story: When flood waters submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together.

Fact: The author and the illustrator visited post-Katrina New Orleans in 2006 and were inspired to create this story after visiting the Ninth Ward.

redcoats and petticoatsRedcoats and Petticoats, by Katherine Kirkpatrick and Ronald Himler

Story: Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island are displaced by the Redcoats and serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington.

Fact: There really was a Setauket Spy Ring. They operated for six years, were never discovered by the British soldiers, and their names were not revealed for over 150 years.