The stories of our country’s past make for a fascinating context for many wonderful poetry books for young people. These works lend themselves to sharing in social studies and history classes as well as when commemorating important dates in American history.
The list begins:
Alexander, Elizabeth and Marilyn Nelson. 2007. Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.
Clinton, Catherine. Ed. 2003. A Poem of Her Own: Voices of American Women Yesterday and Today. New York: Abrams.
Frost, Helen. 2006. The Braid. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Hemphill, Stephanie. 2010. Wicked Girls; A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials. New York: HarperCollins.
Hesse, Karen. 1997. Out of the Dust. New York: Scholastic.
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