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Chang's Paper Pony (I Can Read Book 3) by Eleanor Coerr and illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

Set during the California Gold Rush, Chang wants a horse of his own to feel like less of an outsider. 

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 30, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0064441636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064441636

Orphan Runaways by Kristiana Gregory (2004)

Danny and Judd run away from an orphanage in 1879 California. They head for the mining town of Bodie, where they hope to find their uncle.

By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

Set during the Gold Rush, filled with humor and adventure

Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (Dear America Series) by Kristiana Gregory

A popular addition to the Dear America Series.

Kildee House by Rutherford G. Montgomery and Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)

Jerome Kildee builds a cabin in the redwoods and learns about himself, with help for some children and friendly animals.

Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann, with illustrations by Wish Williams.

A new bedtime book for the youngest set that features many of the sea creatures found on the California coast, including an adorable baby sea otter. Ages 3-6.


California History for Kids: Missions, Miners, and Moviemakers in the Golden State, Includes 21 Activities  by Katy S. Duffield (2012)

From making a Chimash rock painting to putting together an earthquake preparedness kit, this middle grade book makes history come alive with hands-on activities.

G is for Golden: A California Alphabet by David Domeniconi and illustrated by Pam Carroll (2002)

Our California by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Rafael López

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1580891179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580891172

What Was the Gold Rush? by Joan Holub and illustrated by Tim Tomkinson

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 7, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0448462893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448462899


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