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First Lady of the Hudson Valley: Eleanor Roosevelt

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We did a mini-unit on Eleanor Roosevelt in March, as part of Women’s History Month, but I’m just getting around to publishing the list now because homeschooling while working full time doesn’t leave a lot of spare time! We chose Eleanor Roosevelt because she was local to the Hudson Valley and we could combine our reading with a trip to Val-Kill and see one of the beautiful places where Eleanor lived and worked. I always like to incorporate a living history element when possible, because it makes the stories come alive and reminds us that these figures were real people, imperfect but impassioned, who wanted to make the world a better place!

  1. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan and Brian Selznick
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice by Ann Weil
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World by the Editors of TIME for kids
  4. Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman and Victor Juhasz
  5. When Eleanor Roosevelt Learned to Jump a Horse by Mark Weakland and John Joseph
  6. Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? by Gare Thompson and Elizabeth Wolf

 

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New York, New York: A Helluva State

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I’ve lived in New York for nearly a decade now, though I’ve never been to New York City during that time. I know…I know. I’m not exactly a city girl. This list includes the glamorous, bustling Big Apple, but, like my experience, it showcases the rest of this great state, too. From history to politics to classics in American literature to landmark environmental movements, this list illustrates the richness of New York. And while I haven’t taken my girls to Times Square…yet, they’re just as excited about the big city as they are about Niagara Falls and the rolling farmland closer to home. I hope you enjoy this list, and I hope it helps you see the Empire State in a new way, too.

  1. Blizzard! by Jim Murphy
  2. Celebrating New York by Marion Dane Bauer and C.B. Canga
  3. Christmas in New York City: Adventures of Bella and Harry by Lisa Manzione and Kristine Lucco
  4. The Christmas Tugboat: How the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Came to New York City by George Matteson, Adele Ursone, and James E. Ransome
  5. Color Color New York: Official Symbols and Fun Facts about New York State from the NY Dept. of State
  6. Color Colonial Kingston Coloring Book from Ulster County
  7. Color Crayola’s New York shape and flag
  8. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and Garth Williams
  9. E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet by Ann E. Burg and Maureen K. Brookfield
  10. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  11. Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman
  12. Good Night, New York City by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno
  13. Good Night, New York State by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper
  14. Historic Houses of New York State by A.G. Smith
  15. Hudson by Janice Weaver and David Craig
  16. In New York by Marc Brown
  17. The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward
  18. Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt by Judith St. George and Britt Spencer
  19. Mirette & Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully
  20. New York: The Empire State by Margery Facklam, Peggy Thomas, and Jon Messer
  21. New York, New York! The Big Apple from A-Z by Laura Krauss Melmed and Frané Lessac
  22. Visit The New York State Museum
  23. Old Penn Station by William Low
  24. Rip Van Winkle’s Return by Eric A. Kimmel and Leonard Everett Fisher
  25. River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
  26. Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson and James Ransome
  27. This is New York by M. Sasek
  28. A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino
  29. What Is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub and John Hinderliter
  30. What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth and David Groff
  31. Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? by Gare Thompson and Elizabeth Wolf
  32. Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? by Margaret Frith and John O’Brien