Pennsylvania

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Fiction:

Homespun Sarah by Verla Kay and illustrated by Ted Rand

Hardcover

Simple rhyming text presents the everyday life of a young girl, living on a Pennsylvania farm in the early eighteenth century, who is quickly outgrowing her dress.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 – 8 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Putnam Juvenile (April 14, 2003)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399234179
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0399234170

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

Kindle | Hardcover

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

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 14 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press; Illustrated edition (September 1, 2010)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0545238021
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0545238021

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz (2001)

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Ann is unhappy with life on frontier western Pennsylvania after her family moves there from Gettysburg. Set in the years after the Revolutionary War.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Reissue edition (August 30, 2001)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0698119363
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0698119369

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Lori Earley

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It’s late summer, and the streets of Philadelphia are filled with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook is more worried about her family’s coffee shop. Based on the true story of Philadelphia’s 1793 yellow fever epidemic.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 – 14 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0689838581
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0689838583

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

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Mystery surrounding the 100th anniversary of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Note:  Carole Marsh is a prolific writer with her own publishing company.  

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 11 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carole Marsh Mysteries; Second edition (May 9, 2007)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0635063336
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0635063335

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

Hardcover

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

Nonfiction:

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

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A witty biography of Ben Franklin.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 – 9 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Reissue edition (May 7, 1996)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0698113721
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0698113725

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

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

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ember; 6th Printing edition (April 28, 1998)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679887911
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679887911

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

Kindle | Hardcover

Learn about Pennsylvania’s history and geography, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, to the Liberty Bell.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sleeping Bear Press (January 24, 2003)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1585361046
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1585361045

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

Paperback

Learn about the big celebration drew nine million people to Philadelphia in 1875, and other interesting facts.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 11 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arcadia Publishing; Illustrated edition (May 2, 2011)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1439600945
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1439600948

Who Was Milton Hershey? by James Buckley Jr. and illustrated by Ted Hammond

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As a young man, Milton Hershey was not afraid to dream big and work hard.  Eventually, he learned the secret to mass-producing milk chocolate and the recipe that gave it a longer, more stable shelf life. In addition, he founded a school for those who didn’t have access to a good education. No wonder there’s a town named after him.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Workshop; Illustrated edition (December 26, 2013)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0448479362
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0448479361

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