presents a sampling of suggested books that will spark the imagination and transport readers to new and exciting places. Look for these books in your local library. The books supplement the online resources in the American Memory website. Following each list is a link to the corresponding online resources.

U.S. Presidents

George Washington

  • Collins, Mary. “Mount Vernon.” Children's Press, 1997.
  • Old, Wendie C. “George Washington.” Enslow Publishers, 1997.
  • Peacock, Louise. “Crossing the Delaware: A History in Many Voices.”Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, 1998.
  • See also: George Washington Papers

Thomas Jefferson

  • Blumberg, Rhoda. What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napolean, and the Louisiana Purchase. National Geographic Society, 1998.
  • Ferris, Jeri. “Thomas Jefferson: Father of Liberty.” Carolrhoda Books, 1998.
  • Young, Robert. “A Personal Tour of Monticello.” Minneapolis: Lerner, 1999.
  • See also: Thomas Jefferson Papers

Abraham Lincoln

  • Freedman, Russell. “Lincoln: A Photobiography.” Clarion Books, 1987.
  • Kent, Deborah. “The Lincoln Memorial.” Children's Press, 1996.
  • Morris, Jeffrey Brandon. “The Lincoln Way.” Lerner Publications, 1996.
  • McGovern, Ann. “If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln.” Scholastic, 1992. Robertson, James I. Jr. “Civil War! America Becomes a Nation.” An Illustrated History for Young People. Knopf, 1996.
  • See also: Abraham Lincoln Papers

American Inventors

Thomas Edison

Alexander Graham Bell

  • Davidson, Margaret. “The Story of Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor of the Telephone.”  Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1997.
  • Parker, Steve. “Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone.” Chelsea House, 1995.
  • Pasachoff, Naomi E. “Alexander Graham Bell: Making Connections.” Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Sandler, Martin. “Inventors: A Library of Congress Book.” Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.
  • See also: Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers

Samuel F.B. Morse

  • Hays, Wilma Pitchford. “Samuel Morse and the Electronic Age.” Watts, 1966.
  • ---. “Samuel Morse and the Telegraph.” Illustrated by Richard Mayhew. Watts, 1960.
  • Latham, Jean Lee. “Samuel F.B. Morse, Artist-Inventor.” Illustrated by Jo Polseno.  Chelsea Juniors, 1991.
  • Quackenbush, Robert M. “Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy Line!: A Story of Samuel F.B. Morse.” Prentice-Hall, 1983.
  • Tiner, John Hudson. “Samuel F.B. Morse: Artist with a Message.” Illustrated by Shirley Young. Mott Media, 1987.
  • See also: Samuel F.B. Morse Papers


Jackie Robinson, the First African-American in Major League Baseball

  • Robinson, Sharon. “Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson.”  Scholastic Inc., 2009
  • Alvarez, Mark. “The Office Baseball Hall of Fame Story of Jackie Robinson.” Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1990.
  • Ritter, Lawrence S. “Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball Leagues.” Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
  • See also: Baseball and Jackie Robinson

Baseball Cards

  • Gutman, Dan. “Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure.”Avon Books, 1997.
  • Ritter, Laurence S. “The Story of Baseball.” Beech Tree, 1990.
  • See also: Early Baseball Cards



  • Bacon, Josephine. “The Doubleday Atlas of the United States of America.”  Doubleday, 1990.
  • Clouse, Nancy L. “Puzzle Maps USA.” Henry Hold and Co., 1990.
  • Glickman, Jane. “Cool Geography.”: Price Stern Sloan, 1998.
  • Knowlton, Jack. “Maps & Globes.” HarperCollins, 1985.
  • See also: Maps and Related Items

National Parks

  • Duncan, Dayton and Ken Burns. “The National Parks: America's Best Idea.” Knopf Doubleday, 2009.
  • Kent, Deborah. “Yellowstone National Park.” Children's Press, 1994.
  • Knowlton, Jack. “Maps and Globes.” Children's Press, 1997.
  • Tesar, Jenny E. “American's Top 10 National Parks.” Blackbirch Press, 1998.
  • Weber, Michael. “Our National Parks.” Millbrook Press, 1994.
  • Whitman, Sylvia. “This Land Is Your Land.” Lerner Publications, 1994.
  • See also: Mapping the National Parks

Civil War

  • Chambers, Catherine. “All About Maps.” Franklin Watts, 1998.
  • Moore, Kay. “If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War.” Scholastic, 1994.
  • Murphy, Jim. “The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War.” Clarion Books, 1990.
  • Ransom, Candice F. “Children of the Civil War.” Carolrhoda Books, 1998.
  • See also: Civil War Maps