Jose antonio vargas, from dear america 2018 undocumented llc p2018 harpercollins publishers. My america is a series of fictional diaries of children that take place during significant moments in american history. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the. Dear martin author nic stone manages not only to maintain the characters humanity in what could easily become a paintbynumber pulledfromtheheadlines story, but also breathes a realness into each character so they become just like people readers already know. Each book is written in the form of a diary of a young womans life during important events or time periods in american history. The dear america book series by multiple authors includes books across the wide and lonesome prairie. The website has a timeline so you can choose your books accordingly. Dear america book list in publication order, reading level information, appropriate reading age range, and additional book information. Easyfunschool unit study using the dear america book series. Dear america book list in publication order kids book series. With the might of angels by andrea davis pinkney 20110901 by andrea davis pinkney set of 7 dear america childrens history books a time for courage, journey to new world, voyage on great titantic, dreams in golden country, across wide and lonesome prairie, christmas after all, mirror mirror on the wall by kathryn lasky. Created by scholastic, it is a spinoff of the series, dear america, geared toward younger children grades 35. The dear america living books are written as diaries by young girls from various time periods.
And the authors who wrote the original dear america books were clamoring to. Dear america teaching guide scholastic books for kids. Consider dear dumb diary a guilty pleasure akin to fashion mags, but for your tween. Dear america 6 book set i thought my soul would rise and fly, standing in the light, my heart is on the ground, voyage by joyce hansen dear america 6 books set 2 the winter of red snow, west to a land of plenty, dream in the golden country, voyage on the great titanic, across the wide and lonesome praire, so far from home by kristiana gregory. Is there a boys version of the dear america book series. Titanic, 1912 by ellen emerson white, across the wide a. When the book club meets, members should take turns keeping notes of the discussion and raise topics to discuss at the next meeting. We know kids have different interests and different lifestyles and we do our very best to showcase a diverse list of books for all ages. Dear america notes of an undocumented citizen quakerbooks. She just puts it on in the morning before she gets dressed. Dear america was not my first foray into historical fiction, or even history. I had ordered the collection of 15dear america book.
My daughter was using deodorant from an earlier age. Dear america is a series of historical novels for older girls published by scholastic. The diary of deliverance trembly, witness to the salem witch trials, massachusetts bay colony 1691 dear america series by lisa rowe fraustino dear america. Her parents have stayed behind, hoping to join mary once she can scrape together enough money to send for them. I will definitely not be able to use them for a collection i was definitely disappointed. Ive enjoyed reading the dear america series for a few years now and i was wondering what is the correct age group to read them. This tradition is now further enriched by the publication of dear zoe, a sensitive and insightful comingofage novel by pittsburgh attorney philip beard. Vargass 2011 new york times magazine essay, my life as an undocumented immigrant.
Scholastic canada dear canada make history your own. Dear america was, on some level, a comforting reminder that i was not the. The my america book series by multiple authors includes books westward to home, the starving time, our strange new land, and several more. Dear america book series unit study the dear america, my name is america, my america, and the royal diaries are series that lend themselves quite well to many activities. Behind the masks is a smart, fun way of teaching the economics of an 1880 mining town to really any age. Have the students organize a group meeting time, choose which books to read, and reading assignments. If there are additional titles from this series that you would like added, please let us know series resources 1. This tradition is now further enriched by the publication of dear zoe, a sensitive and insightful comingof age novel by pittsburgh attorney philip beard. Sep 10, 2016 as others have noted, the 36 books in the original dear america series were published between 1996 and 2004, right after the fierce debate over the national history standards. The diary of remember patience whipple, mayflower, 1620 by kathryn lasky. The oregon trail diary of hattie campbell, the winter of red snow. Each book is written in the form of a diary of a young womans life during an important event or time period in american history. Dear america notes of an undocumented citizen pulitzerprize winning journalist jose antonio vargas, called the most famous undocumented immigrant in america, tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.
Looking for ageappropriate titles for your advanced reader when its time to move. Here is the new read aloud america 2018 reading list of great read aloud books for children of all ages. Oct 24, 2018 dear america serves as the most comprehensive followup to three works in particular. This play, based on marys diary, shows the power of family love and personal commitment as mary survives hardship and tragedy. More than twentyfive years after the official end of the vietnam war, dear america allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in vietnam. Dear america is a series of historical fiction novels aimed at girls aged 814. For an easy reference list of the entire dear canada series, print the book checklist 385 kb pdf. Looking for age appropriate titles for your advanced reader when its time to move beyond ya. Dear america is one of those books that changed the way i. The breadth of historical topics covered in these books through fiction makes the dear america series a favorite teaching device. Bestseller this month title az title za release date newest first highest rated book in series lowest to highest book in series highest to lowest. In my library they are under the childrens section but you cant always trust that because i have read a book from their before and it actually. The revolutionary war diary of abigail jane stewart, valley forge, pennsylvania, 1777, a coal miners bride the diary of anetka saminska, and several more.
Ambiguities aboundfrom pain, disillusionment and sorrow for dead comrades to a hardearned measure of individual strength and survival. See more ideas about dear america books, books and historical fiction. Nearly forty years after the official end of the vietnam war, dear america allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in vietnam. Timely words in light of the times we are living in, spoken ironically from the 2007 will smith film. By focusing on writing good fiction as much as on evoking a particular historical period, the authors draw young readers in, creating characters that deal with the normal aspects of growing up as well as the turmoil of the great depression, the first. Weve read many of the dear america books and dear canada and my america too as readalouds. Dear america is a series of historical fiction novels for older girls published by scholastic in 1996. From these hundreds of books, we select only the books that we feel have the strongest potential impact on the reader. Dear america books listed by time period dear america books. Booksinspired series brings history to life for kids. Part of the order was the boys version of the books. From little women to huckleberry finn, from a member of the wedding to the catcher in the rye, american authors have developed a remarkable body of literature about the challenges and exhilarations of growing up. Id like to get him more involved in historical fiction books hes quickly outgrowng the magic tree house series.
Dear america tells of an ache as ancient as timeadolescents off to war with high expectations, who soon change greatly. Viewing 7 posts 1 through 7 of 7 total author posts june 6, 2009 at 8. A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries. The dear dumb diary series is recommended for girls aged 912. You also might note that some of the books on this list appeared on previous annual reading lists, which date back to 1998. Dear america diaries series 15 books set dear america. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and check out our resources for adapting to these times.
The series was cancelled in 2004 with its final release, hear my sorrow. Dear america diaries series 15 books set dear america various on. However, dear america a few cases of grotesque racism aside has stories with. Each topic has three books and is authored by a different writer. The dear america book series helped me make sense of the. They are described as being age 8 upwards without an upper limit being given. Jamestown, the american revolution, the american civil war, westward expansion, underground railroad, and slavery. Slj the dear america diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age.
Several books in the original dear america series published by. It wasnt said in the disruption that i may get them. See the complete my america series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. While the dear america series are wonderful books, they are all written from a young girls perspective which turns off my 10 yo son. Get 10% off your first order at the scholastic store online. And with the smileworthy, cute end and awesome epilogue, behind the masks hits all the right notes for what is expected of the dear america series. The dear america books are a series about fictional young women living in various points of american history, and recording diaries of their daily lives and the events around them. Check out these suggestions from other parents for the best transitional books. Eighteen year old mary driscoll is on a ship, headed from faminestricken ireland to the united states.
Dear america serves as the most comprehensive followup to three works in particular. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such. Dear america books listed by time period dear america. An overwhelmingly eloquent book of the purest and most simple writing on vietnam. Sep 24, 2007 while the dear america series are wonderful books, they are all written from a young girls perspective which turns off my 10 yo son. I havent very often heard undocumented people talk about their own experiences and this book gives you a window into what that must be like. It was a format that resonated with middlegrade readers. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing i have to freedom. Dear america series scholastic parents books for kids. Vargass 2011 new york times magazine essay, my life. Video clips from dear america selected dear america books have video clips from the dear america television show. The dear america series covers a wide range of topics, including. Individual books do seem to vary in the target age range but the top age i have seen advised is. Since the relaunch three new titles one being a sequel have come out and some of the older books have gotten new rereleases.
Dear america book list in publication order, reading level information, appropriate reading age range. Launched in 1996, scholastics dear america series introduced history through the diaries of fictional girls living in various eras. Mar 25, 2010 launched in 1996, scholastics dear america series introduced history through the diaries of fictional girls living in various eras. Notes of an undocumented citizen hardcover september 18, 2018. The dear america books and their supporting series definitely avoid the latter pitfall. Above are dear america series books that are currently on.
Dear america is one of those books that changed the way i look at everything. You will find many new titles and some alltime favorites. Endearing and painfully realistic, this could be a news story any day in america. This unit helps divide the books up by time era and also lists places to gather activities for many of the books with clickable links. Receive book suggestions, reading tips, educational activities, and great deals. Somebody please introduce susanna to people her own age who arent her. Dear america is a series of historical fiction novels for older girls published by scholastic in. The series was originally canceled in 2004 after its thirtysixth book but was relaunched in september 2010 with a new book and rereleases of three older books. The books do have an age range, i forget what it was. Id say that girls on the younger end of that range 9 and 10 are most likely to enjoy it, as its not particularly deep or complex. Challenge the book club to write a chapter of a dear america. These video clips include dramatization of events in american history and offer students insight into what the era was like.295 310 1674 112 197 976 708 189 1252 89 244 656 23 230 552 1275 662 1627 934 336 628 744 1032 288 1171 167 785 1457 1037 905 1177