Fiction Set in Pennsylvania:

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Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow by Christina Gregory (2010)

A fictionalized diary account of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz (2001)

Ann is unhappy with life on frontier western Pennsylvania after her family leaves Gettysburg. Set in the late 18th century, it dscribes what life was like during those times.

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz and illustrated by Margot Tomes (2001)

A biography of Ben Franklin for ages 7+.

The Cubby Files; Tales of a Pennsylvania Black Bear Growing Up by John P. Irwin (2009)

Bet you didn’t know there were black bears in Pennsylvania.

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine C. Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (1998)

Fictional journal of a young Quaker girl living in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania in 1763. Her life changes drastically when she is captured by members of the Lenape tribe.

Mystery in Chocolate Town: Hershey Pennsylvania by Carole Marsh (2007)

Mystery surrounding the 100th anniversary of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Note: Carole Marsh has a unique style; either you like her or you don't.

The Magicianby Sherri Maret and illustrated by Pamela Behrend (2019)

Holly is a part-time magician who wants to perform magic full-time. Buddy, her bunny, wants to help her achieve this dream. Together can they take the magic show from small time to the big stage? Pennsylvanians may recognize some of the scenic content in the illustrations.

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: The RoadRunner Pres; first edition (December 3, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1937054764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937054762

Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli (1998)

Autobiography of author Jerry Spinelli, relating his childhood experiences growing up inNorristown, Pennsylvania during the 1950s.


K Is for Keystone: A Pennsylvania Alphabet (Discover America State by State) by Kristen Kane and illustrated by Laura Knorr (2003)

Pennsylvania: What's So Great About State (Arcadia Kids) by Kate Boehm Jerome (2011)

Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Arcadia Kids) by Kate Boehm Jerome (2011)

State Shapes Pennsylvania by Erin McHugh (2010)


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Roberta Gibson 2020