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6. What children's literature might I use while teaching Iowa History?

Abel, M. (1995). Farm wives and other Iowa stories. Parkersburg, IA: Mid-Prairie Books.

Andrews, C. (1986). This is Iowa: a cavalcade of the tall corn state. Iowa City, IA: Midwest Heritage.
Anthology written by people with ties to Iowa.

Brodie, C.S. ed. (1994). Exploring the plains states through literature. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
Bibliographic indexes including Iowa.

Brosseit, V. (1988). The secret friendship.

Brown, D.D. (1963). Iowa: the land across the river. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead.
Anecdotes about the histories, famous people, tragedies, crimes, and legends of Iowa.

Brown, D.D. (1965). Tell a tale of Iowa: 50 true stores of Iowa's past. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead.
More anecdotes about the histories, famous people, tragedies, crimes, and legends of Iowa.

Burge, B., Frost, M., & Hansen, B.C. (1991).  Hatti's surprising discovery. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt. 
Iowa, Dutch-American, Religion, Biography.

Canady, R. (1984). Color in Iowa coloring album. Des Moines, IA: Garner.
Coloring book focusing on Iowa's landmarks, famous citizens and events.

Carpenter, A. (1979). Iowa. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Iowa's history, Native Americans through the present.

Chapman, M. (1984). Iowans of impact. Waterloo, IA: Enterprise.
Twenty-five of the most famous people of Iowa.

Clinton, S. (1988). Herbert Hoover, thirty-first president of the United States. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Biography of Herbert Hoover.

Cogancherry, H., Lawler, L. (1997). Addie's forever friend. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Co. 
1880s Iowa, farm, flood, westward expansion.

Collins, D.R. (1990). Pioneer plowmaker: a story about John Deere. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda.
Biography of John Deere.

Cone, M. (1971). The Ringling brothers. New York, NY: Crowell.
History of the Ringling brothers.

Cunningham, M. (1979). Black Hawk. Minneapolis, MN: Dillon.
Biography of Chief Black Hawk.

Dennington, P. (1962). Buffalo Bill: the story of William Cody.
Biography of Buffalo Bill.

Dilts, H.E. (1993). From Ackley to Zwingle: the origins of Iowa place names. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.
Origins of Iowa's state, county, town, and city names.

Doaln, E.F. & Lyttle, R.B. (1978). Janet Guthrie: first woman driver at Indianapolis.
Biography of first woman to race at the Indianapolis 500.

Eckhouse, M. (1990). Bob Feller. Broomhall, PA: Chelsea House.
Biography of Cleveland Indians' Hall-of-Fame pitcher from Iowa.

Eipert, E. (1994). Butterfly powder and the mountains of Iowa. Seattle, WA: Turnbuckle Press.
Coming-of-age, 1960s Iowa farm.

Esstman, B. (1999). The other Anna. New York: Harper Perennial.
Teenage girl, early 1900s Iowa.

Fleming, A. (1976). America is not all traffic lights: poems of the Midwest. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
Poetry about life in the Midwest; two specific poems about Iowa.

Fradin, D.B. (1980). Iowa in words and pictures. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
General facts about geography, products, industry in Iowa.

Garrison, W.B., Stock, J. (2000). A treasury of Iowa tales. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press.
Unusual and interesting stories of Iowa.

Geisert, B., and Geisert A. (2003). Haystack. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
This book employs quaint drawings and a plain text to document the haystack's role in agriculture's natural cycle. (Booklist) Great illustrations

Geisert, B., and Geisert A. (1998). Prairie town. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Brief text describes the economic and social partnerships between townsfolk and farm folk, especially those related to the agricultural seasons.(Booklist) Great illustrations

Gensicke, M.A., Nachtigal, L. (1995). I is for Iowa. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.

Gensicke, M.A., Nachtigal, L. (2001). I is for Iowa people. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.

Glendinning, R. & Glendinning, S. (1991). The Ringling brothers. Broomhall, PA: Chelsea House.
Ringling brothers history starting in 1882.

Hake, H.V. (1968). Iowa inside out. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.
Discussion and illustrations of Iowa's past.

Hanft, E.W.N. (1983). Remarkable Iowa women. Muscatine, IA: River Bend.
Influential Iowa women.

Harrison, N., Sollitt, K.W. (1987). These years of promise (Ann of the prairie v. 3). Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books.
Pioneer life, women, Osceola County Iowa.

Hargrove, J. (1986). The story of Black Hawk War. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Story of Chief Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War.

Harstad, P.T., Tiernagel, P.G. (1999). Follinglo dog book: a Norwegian pioneer story from Iowa. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.
1860 Iowa pioneers.

Heath, G.L. (2001). Meskwaki burial mounds: and other stories from Quinlan, Iowa, the eternal town where the corn goddess rules. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library.

Hedges, P. (1998).  An ocean in Iowa. New York: Hyperion. 
Coming-of-age, set in 1969 Des Moines, author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Hewitt, W. (2003). Across the wide river. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
Winnebago Indians, discrimination, Iowa fiction.

Hilton, S. (1987). The world of young Herbert Hoover. New York, NY: Walker.
Biography covering the first 21 years of Herbert Hoover's life.

Hughes, H.E. (1979). The man from Ida Grove. Lincoln, VA: Chosen Books.
Personal struggles faced by Senator Harold Hughes.

Kent, D. (1991). Iowa. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Covers geography, ethnicity, history, entertainment, government of Iowa.

Korson, G. (1970). John L. Lewis: young militant labor leader. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill.
Biography focusing on Lewis's rise to being a major labor leader.

LaDoux, R.C. (1992). Iowa. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner.
Traces Iowa's history from the glacial period through the modern age. 

McGugan, J. (1994). Josepha: a prairie boy's story. SanFrancisco: Chronicle Books.
Immigrant, outsider farm boy struggles in school.

Nemanic, G. ed. (1981). Biographical guide to Midwest literature. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.
Regional literature and author.

San Souci, R.D. (1995). Kate Shelly: bound for legend. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Picture book for older readers, Kate Shelly.

Siebert, Diane. (1989). Heartland. New York: Ty Crowell Co.

Smith, R.L. (1974). The legend of Dan Gable: the wrestler. Milwaukee, WI: Medalist Industries.
High School and college career highlights of Dan Gable.

Sollitt, K.W. (1986). Our changing lives (Ann of the prairie v. 2). Eureka, CA: Sunrise Books.
Pioneer life, women, Osceola County Iowa.

Stocker, F.N. (1985). Billy Sunday: baseball preacher. Chicago, IL: Moody Press.
Biography of baseball player turned preacher.

Wenger, R.M. (1982). My dear grandchildren. Minneapolis, MN: Dillon.
Autobiography of growing up in Iowa in early 1900s.

Youngbear, R.A. (1997). Black eagle child: the faceprint narratives. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.
Growing up in Black Eagle Child Settlement in Central Iowa, 1960s and 70s.,   Meskwaki author.


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