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The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (2012)

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Set in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958, 12-year-old Marlee makes friends with the new girl in middle school, Liz. Marlee admires that Liz sticks up for herself. One day Liz disappears from school and rumors fly. Can Marlee reconnect with her friend and maintain their friendship in the face of segregation?

  • Age Range: 10 -13 years
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; (January 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 039925644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256448

The Red Scarf by Richard Mason (2007)

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Twelve-year-old Richard would really like to buy pretty Rosalie a red scarf, but a number of unusual obstacles come in the way. Set in Arkansas in 1944. 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: August House; 1st edition (October 25, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0874838509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874838503

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe by Bette Greene and illustrated by Charles Lilly (1999)

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In the small town of Pocahontas, Arkansas, when Philip Hall starts winning all the contests in sixth grade, Beth Lambert doesn’t mind at first. After all, she really likes him. But eventually she decides he’s won enough. It might just be her turn to shine.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (June 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0141303123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303123

The Murder of Hound Bates by Robbie Branscum (1982)

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Set in rural Arkansas, this is a tale about a boy who has lost his dog and believes one of his aunts killed it.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; 1st edition (September 20, 1982)
  • ISBN-10: 0670495212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670495214

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (1973)

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This is a sad, complicated tale of a Jewish girl living in a small Arkansas town who meets an escaped German prisoner of war during WWII.

  • Age Range: 10 – 13 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (April 20, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0142406511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406519

There Goes Lowell’s Party! by Ester Hershenhorn and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers (1998)


Weather is the main ingredient in this tale of a boy’s birthday party in the Ozarks (early elementary picture book).

  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823413133


Nonfiction children’s books about the state of Arkansas

N Is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet by Michael Shoulders and illustrated by Rick Anderson (2003)

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Explore the history and geography of Arkansas with this alphabet book, including information about bat caves and diamond mines.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (June 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0141303123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303123

Arkansas by Martin Gitlin (1999)

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Part of the My United States series, this book covers the history, geography, wildlife, and future outlook for the state.

  • Age Range: 8 – 10 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (June 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0141303123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141303123

What’s Great about Arkansas? by Darice Bailer (2014)

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Part of the Our Great States series, this titles provides and map and state facts in addition to history and geography.

  • Age Range: 7 – 11 years
  • Publisher: Lerner Classroom; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467745321


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