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USA Regional Literature

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Classroom application: Travel buddy project - "Where In the USA Is Looney Lobster Reading?"

Regional literature: (1) is free of stereotyping, (2) focuses on individuals, showing them involved in universal conflicts or learning universal truths, (3) deals with the land as it connects with humans, (4) sensitizes our awareness of place.

  • Miller, Robert. A Pony for Jeremiah . NJ: Silver Burdett, 1997. (63 ps)
    After running away from the Mississippi plantation where they had been slaves, nine-year-old Jeremiah Johnson and his family begin a new life in Nebraska, where Jeremiah meets a Cheyenne boy who becomes a good friend.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Tulip Sees America. NY: Blue Sky Press, 1998. (unpaged)
  • Warren, Andrea. Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie. NY: Morrow Junior Books, 1998. (96 ps.)


  • Blos, Joan. A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830 - 32: a novel. NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1979. (144 ps.)
  • Corcoran, Barbara. The Sky is Falling. New York: Atheneum, 1988. In Boston during the early days of the Great Depression, Annah's affluent lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when her father loses his banking job and Annah is sent to live with her aunt on a New Hampshire island where she meets a destitute but spunky girl named
  • Fradin, Dennis. The New Hampshire Colony. Chicago: Children's Press, 1988. (144 ps.)
  • Stein, Conrad. New Hampshire. NY: Children's Press. (144 ps.)
  • Fradin, Dennis. New Jersey Colony. Chicago: Children's Press, 1991. (158 ps.)
  • Knight, James. The Village: Life in Colonial Times. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Assoc., 1982.
  • Myers, Walter Dean. Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid. NY: Delacorte Press, 1988. (154 ps.)
  • Shange, Ntozake. Ellington Was Not a Street. NY: Simon & Schuster Books, 2004. (unp)
  • Walker, Sally. The 18 Penny Goose. NY: HarperCollins Pub, 1998.
  • Hayes, Joe. The Day It Snowed Tortillas.
  • Johnston *, Tony. Alice Nizzy Nazzy, the Witch of Santa Fe. NY: Putnam's, 1995. (unp)
  • Lowell, Susan. The Three Little Javelinas. Flagstaff, Ariz.: Northland Pub., 1992. (unp) (trickster story)
    • fractured tale activity *
    • Stereotyping * and bias
    • Observing wolves as stereotypes *
  • McDermott, Gerald. Arrow To the Sun. NY: Puffin Books, 1977. (42 ps.)
  • Nez, Redwing T. Forbidden Talent. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Pub., 1995. (unp)
  • Rodanas, Kristina. Dragonfly's Tale. NY: Clarion Books, 1991. (29 ps.)
  • San Souci, Robert D. Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Tale. NY: HarperCollins, 2000. (32 ps.) [NEW MEXICO] (Cinderella variant)
  • Smith, MaryLou M. Grandmother's Adobe Dollhouse.
  • Soto , Gary. Too Many Tamales. NY: PaperStar, 1996. (32 ps.) [ Resources ]
  • Kurtz, Jane. River Friendly, River Wild. NY: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
  • Antle, Nancy. Beautiful Land: A Story of the Oklahoma Land Rush. NY: Viking, 1994. (54 ps.)
  • Antle, Nancy. Hard Times: A Story of the Great Depression. NY: Viking, 1993. (54 ps.)
  • Beard, Darleen Bailey. The Flimflam Man. NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998. (85 ps.)
  • Cwiklik, Robert. Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1989. (129 ps.)
  • Glassman, Bruce. Wilma Mankiller: Chief of the Cherokee Nation. NY: Blackbirch Press, 1992. (64 ps.)
  • Myers, Anna. Red-dirt Jessie. NY: Walker, 1994. (107 ps.)
  • Raven, Margot Theis. Angels in the Dust. Mahwah, NJ: BridgeWater Books, 1997. (unpaged)
  • Sanford, William. Quanah Parker: Comanche Warrior. Hillside, NJ: Enslow, 1994. (48 ps.)
  • Thomas, Joyce Carol. I Have Heard of A Land. NY: HarperCollins, 1998.
  • Turner, Ann. Dust for Dinner. NY: Harper Collins, 1995. (61 ps.) Jake narrates the story of his family's life in the Oklahoma dust bowl and the journey from their ravaged farm to California during the Great Depression.
  • Boulton, Jane. Only Opal: The Diary of A Young Girl. NY: Philomel Books, 1994.
  • Fox, Mary Virginia. Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians. Chicago: Children's Press, 1992. (111 ps.)
  • Kudlinski, Kathleen. Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail. NY: Viking, 1994. (58 ps.)
  • Lewis, Claudia. Long Ago in Oregon. NY: Harper & Row, 1987. (53 ps.)
  • Moss, Marissa. Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1998. (unpaged)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Tulip Sees America. NY: Blue Sky Press, 1998. (unpaged)
  • Say, Allen. Music for Alice. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. (32 ps.)
  • Stanley, Diane. Roughing It On the Oregon Trail. NY: Harper Collins, 2000.
  • Stein, R. Conrad. The Oregon Trail. Chicago: Children's Press, 1994.
  • Aylesworth *, Jim. The Folks in the Valley: A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC. NY: HarperCollins, 1992. (32 ps.)
  • Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Growing Up in Coal Country. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996. (127 pages) [Keating Owen Child Labor Act 1916]
  • Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Silver at Night. New York: Crown, 1994. (30 pages) Wanting his own land, Massimino emigrates from Italy to work in the coal mines of Pennsylvania during the turn-of-the-century and slowly saves enough silver to pay the passage of his fiancee. (Italy)
  • Bial, Raymond. Amish Home. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (40 ps.)
  • Costabel, Eva. The Pennsylvania Dutch: Craftsmen and Farmers. NY: Atheneum, 1986. (48 ps.)
  • Fradin, Dennis. Pennsylvania: Sea to Shining Sea. Chicago: Children's Press, 1994.
  • Glass, Andrew. Bewildered For Three Days: As to Why Daniel Boone Never Wore His Coonskin Cap. [PENNSYLVANIA] (tall tale)
  • Good, Merle. Nicole Visits An Amish Farm. NY: Walker, 1982. (47 ps.)
  • Greene, Carol. Rachel Carson, Friend of Nature. (Rookie Biography) Chicago: Children's Press, 1992. (47 ps.)
  • Gutelle, Andrew. Baseball's Best. (Story 4 - Roberto Clemente) NY: Random House, 1990. (48 ps.)
  • Hendershot, Judith. In Coal Country. NY: Knopf, 1987. (40 ps.)
  • Kellogg, Steven. Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale. NY: Morrow, 1988. (42 ps.)
  • Knight, James. Seventh and Walnut: Life in Colonial Philadelphia. Mahwah, NJ: Troll, 1982. (32 ps.)
  • McDonald, Megan. The Great Pumpkin Switch. NY: Orchard Books, 1992. (setting: Pittsburgh)
  • McDonald, Megan. The Potato Man. NY: Orchard Books, 1991. (setting: Pittsburgh)
  • Mitchell, Barbara. The Old Fasnacht. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1984. (64 ps.)
  • Mitchell, Barbara. Tomahawks and Trombones. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 1982. (55 ps.)
  • Monjo, F.N. The Drinking Gourd. NY: Harper & Row, 1970. (62 ps.)
  • Polacco, Patricia. Just Plain Fancy. NY: Bantam Books, 1990. (32 ps.)
  • Porter, Connie. Addy Learns A Lesson: A School Story . Middleton, WI: Pleasant Co., 1993. (68 ps)
    After escaping from a plantation in North Carolina, Addy and her mother arrive in Philadelphia, where Addy goes to school and learns a lesson in true friendship.
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Trouble at the Mines. New York: Bantam, 1987. (96 pages) Rosie and her family are caught up in the Arnot, Pennsylvania, mining strike of 1899-100 led by the union organizer Mother Jones.
  • Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. NY: Crown, 1992. (unpaged)
  • Simon, Charnan. Andrew Carnegie, Builder of Libraries. (Community Builders) NY: Children's Press, 1997. (46 ps.)
  • Sinnott, Susan. Charley Waters Goes to Gettysburg. Millbrook, 2000. (48 ps.)
  • Smucker, Anna Egan. No Star Nights. NY: Knopf, 1988. (40 ps.)
  • Stein, R. Conrad. The Story of the Johnstown Flood. Chicago: Children's Press, 1984. (31 ps.)
  • Tarbescu, Edith. Annushka's Voyage. NY: Clarion. (32 pages) Annushka's grandfather says good-bye to two sisters who journey across the Atlantic on a steamship, pass through Ellis Island, and, with the help of their grandmother's Sabbath candlesticks, join their father in America.
  • Turner, Ann. When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia. NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. (unp)
  • Voelzke, Daryl E. Pierre Penguin Finds a New Home. (setting: Pittsburgh)
  • Walker, Paul R. Head for the Hills, the Amazing True Story of the Johnstown Flood.
  • Avi. Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams. NY: Harper Trophy, 1997. (46 ps.)
  • Avi. Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts . NY: Orchard Books, 1988. (120 ps)
    When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.
  • Fisher, Leonard Everett. To Bigotry, No Sanction: The Story of the Oldest Synagogue in America. NY: Holiday House, 1998.
  • Fradin, Dennis. The Rhode Island Colony. Chicago: Children's Press, 1989.
  • Manes, Stephen. Some of the Adventures of Rhode Island Red. NY: Lippincott, 1990. (117 ps.)
  • Simonds, Christopher. Samuel Slater's Mill and the Industrial Revolution. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Burdett Press, 1990. (64 ps.)
  • Harvey, Brett. My Prairie Year: Based on the Diary of Elenore Plaisted. NY: Holiday House, 1986. (40 ps.)
  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Black-eyed Susan. NY: Crown Publishers, 1995. (120 ps.)
  • Karr, Kathleen. The Cave. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.
  • Turner, Ann. Dakota Dugout. NY: Macmillan, 1985. (32 ps.)
  • Turner, Ann. Grasshopper Summer. NY: Macmillan, 1989. (166 ps.)
  • Local author: Allen, Thomas Burt. On Grandaddy's Farm. NY: Knopf, 1989. ( 40 ps.)
  • Cohen, Caron Lee. (illus Ariane Dewey) Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. NY: Greenwillow Books, 1985. (40 ps.)
  • Duncan, Alice Faye. Willie Jerome. NY: Macmillan, 1995.
  • Farmer, Nancy. Casey Jones's Fireman: The Story of Sim Webb. NY: Phyllis Fogelman Books, 1998. (unp.) [UNITED STATES - TENNESSEE] (though sensing danger, the railroad fireman follows his engineer's command to increase the train's power and to ring the whistle)
  • Flowers, A. R. Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band. Mahwah, NJ: BridgeWater Books, 1996. (32 ps.)
  • Fradin, Dennis B. Tennessee in Words and Pictures. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1980. (48 ps.)
  • Giovanni, Nikki. Knoxville, Tennessee. NY: Scholastic, 1994. (30 ps.)
  • Goguen, Robert. The Almost True Story of Scrawny Chicken.
  • Harvill, Kitty, (illus) [Donald Davis, author] Jack and the Animals. Little Rock: August House LittleFolk, 1995. (28 ps.)
  • Hendershot, Judith. In Coal Country. NY: Knopf, 1987. (40 ps.) [illus Thomas Burt Allen]
  • Houston, Gloria. The Year of the Perfect Christman Tree. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1988. (32 ps.)
  • Isaacs, Anne. Swamp Angel. NY: Dutton Children's Books, 1994. (unpaged)
  • Martin, Jean Ciramonte. Nashville, A Picture Book to Remember Her By.
  • Martin, Jean Chiramonte. Tennessee and the Great Smokies. Crescent Books.
  • McCurdy, Charles. The Train They Call thr City of New Orleans. NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003. (unp) [ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA]
  • Parton, Dolly. Coat of Many Colors. NY: HarperCollins, 1994. (unp.)
  • Schroeder, Alan. Smoky Mountain Rose. (32 ps.) NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997. (32 ps.)
  • Schroeder, Alan. The Tale of Willie Monroe. NY: Clarion Books, 1999. [TENNESSEE] (Adaptation of Japanese folktale in which a powerful wrestler hoping to win the Emperor's Wrestling Match, meets three exceptionally strong women who train him for success)
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean. Across the Wide Dark Sea. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995. ( unp.) [illus Thomas Burt Allen]
  • Van Leeuwen, Jean. Going West. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992. (unp.) [illus Thomas Burt Allen]
  • Van Shelton, Ricky, illustrator, Shan Williams. Quacker the Duck Series.
  • Armstrong, Jennifer. Foolish Gretel. New York: Random House, 1997. (73 pages) In 1855 Galveston, Texas, ten-year-old Gretel and her two spoiled, complaining sisters all hope to be accepted as a companion to Frau Dimpel, the richest German lady in town. (Germany)
  • Cherry , Lynne. The Armadillo from Amarillo. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994. (34 ps.)
  • Garland, Sherry. Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence. NY: Scholastic, 1998. (201 ps.)
  • Garland, Sherry. Voices of the Alamo. NY: Scholastic, 1999. (48 ps.)
  • Huling, Jan. Puss in Cowboy Boots. NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002. (unp.) [TEXAS] (A clever cat in Texas wins a fortune and a wealthy bride for his master) (Puss in Boots variant - France)
  • Jakes, John. Susanna of the Alamo. San Diego: Gulliver Books, 1986. (28 ps.)
  • Johnston, Tony. The Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea. NY: Putnam's, 1992. (unpaged)
  • Matthews, Cahndice. Gregorio Esparza : Alamo hero. Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1996. (68 ps.)
  • Medearis, Angela Shelf. Tailypo: A Newfangled Tall Tale. NY: Holiday House, 1996. (unp.) [TEXAS - SOUTHERN STATES] (a strange critter tries to steal the last meal of a young farmer boy's family in the Texas Hill country.)
  • Rice, James. Texas Alphabet.
  • Rice, James. Texas Jack at the Alamo. Gretna, LA: Pelican Pub., 1989. (32 ps.)
  • Rice, James. Texas Night Before Christmas.
  • Root, Phyllis. Coyote and the Magic Words. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1993. (29 ps.)
  • Stevens, Janet. Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale. NY: Holiday House, 1993. (30 ps.)
  • Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey to Topaz. NY: Scribner, 1971. (149 pages) After the Pearl Harbor attack an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to an aliens camp in Utah.
  • Welsch, Roger. Uncle Smoke Stories: Nehawka Tales of Coyote the Trickster. NY: Knopf, 1994. (91 ps.)
  • Jaspersohn, William. The Two Brothers. Middlebury, VT: Vermont Folklife Center, 2000. (32 pages) Based on the life of Heinrich and Friedrich Eurich, two brothers in Prussia in the 1880s, who travel separately to America and end up working on adjacent farms in Vermont. (Prussia)
  • Hurvitz, Johanna. Faraway Summer. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1998. (155 pages) In the summer of 1910, Dossi, a poor Russian immigrant from the tenements of New York, spends two weeks with the Meade family on their Vermont farm, and all their lives are enriched by the experience. (Russia)
  • Medearis, Michael and Angela Shelf Medearis. Daisy and the Doll. Middlebury, VT: Vermont Folklife Center, 2000.
  • Behrens, June and Brower, Pauline. Colonial Farm. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1976. (32 ps.)
  • Medearis, Angela Shelf. The Freedom Riddle. NY: Dutton, 1995. (unp.) [SOUTHERN STATES - VIRGINIA] (freedom for correct response to a riddle)
  • Ransom, Candice F. Jimmy Crack Corn. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1994. (72 ps.) A nine-year-old boy and his father leave their farm in Virginia to join other veterans marching on Washington, D.C., to get the much-needed bonus money they had been promised after World War I.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. The Blue Hill Meadows. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997. (43 ps.)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. The Relatives Came. NY: Bradbury Press, 1985. (32 ps.)
  • San Souci, Robert D. The Boy and the Ghost. NY: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1989. (33 ps.) [SOUTHERN STATES - Virginia/Alabama] (stay the night in a haunted house to win a fortune)
  • San Souci, Robert D. The Hired Hand. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997. [VIRGINIA] [AFRICAN AMERICAN] (hired man teaches Old Sam's lazy son a lesson about how to treat people)
  • Turner, Ann. Nettie's Trip South. NY: Macmillan, 1987. (30 ps.)
  • Wooldridge, Connie Nordhielm. Wicked Jack. NY: Holiday House, 1995. [SOUTHERN STATES - GREAT DISMAL SWAMP of Virginia and North Carolina] (The actions of a mean old blacksmith leave him unwelcomed by Saint Peter and the Devil when he dies) (Jack tale adaptation)
  • Anderson, Joan. Pioneer Children of Appalachia. NY: Clarion Books, 1986. (48 ps.)
  • Belton, Sandra. McKendree. NY: Greenwillow, 2000. (256 ps.)
  • Naylor, Phillis Reynolds. Shiloh.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. ( 21 ps.)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. But I'll Be Back Again. NY: Orchard Books, 1989. (54 ps.)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Missing May. NY: Dell Publishing, 1992. (89 ps.)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Silver Packages. NY: Orchard Books, 1997. (unpaged)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Waiting to Waltz, A Childhood: Poems. Scarsdale, NY: Bradbury Press, 1984. (45 ps.)
  • Rylant, Cynthia. When I Was Young in the Mountains. NY: Dutton, 1982. (32 ps.)
  • Freedman, Russell. The Life and Death of Crazy Horse. NY: Holiday House, 1996. (166 ps.)
  • Goble, Paul. Brave Eagle's Account of the Fetterman Fight, 21 December 1866. NY: Pantheon Books, 1972.
  • Greene, Carol. Black Elk: A Man With a Vision. Chicago: Children's Press, 1990. (45 ps.)
  • Johnson, Neil. Jack Creek Cowboy. NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. Tulip Sees America. NY: Blue Sky Press, 1998. (unpaged)
  • Sanford, William. Red Cloud: Sioux Warrior. Hillside, NJ: Enslow, 1994. (48 ps.)
  • White, Linda. I Could Do That: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. (unp.) In 1869, a woman whose "can-do" attitude had shaped her life was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote, then became the first woman to hold public office in the United States.
  • Yep, Laurence. The Traitor: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1885. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. (310 pages) In 1885, a lonely illegitimate American boy and a lonely Chinese American boy develop an unlikely friendship in the midst of prejudices and racial tension in their coal mining town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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