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New at the Heggan Library, check out an American Girl Doll! Choose from Addy, Samantha, Josefina, Kit, or Kaya, and bring them home for a week of fun.
Limited to adult Heggan Library cardholders.
 
American Girl Doll Lending Policies
Josefina Agreement

  • Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out the American Girl doll, for a total of 7 days with no renewals. Holds may be placed. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow the doll due to demand and availability.
  • The late fee will be $20 per day up to 7 days; on the 7th day the patron will be charged the full cost of the doll ($169.73) plus the late fees.
  • The doll must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk. It may not be placed in the book drop. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of normal library operating hours, as well as when the library is closed for holidays. This information is available on the library website.
  • The doll will be lent in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, a hair ribbon, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that the library carries on the same topic. The patron will be charged $20 for any lost or damaged accessory as they must be purchased in a set.
  • Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. If the doll is damaged the patron will be responsible for the full cost of the doll ($169.73).

Samantha Agreement

  • Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out the American Girl doll, for a total of 7 days with no renewals. Holds may be placed. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow the doll due to demand and availability.
  • The late fee will be $20 per day up to 7 days; on the 7th day the patron will be charged the full cost of the doll ($159.70) plus the late fees.
  • The doll must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk. It may not be placed in the book drop. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of normal library operating hours, as well as when the library is closed for holidays. This information is available on the library website.
  • The doll will be lent in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, a hair ribbon, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that the library carries on the same topic. The patron will be charged $20 for any lost or damaged accessory as they must be purchased in a set.
  • Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. If the doll is damaged the patron will be responsible for the full cost of the doll ($159.70).

Addy Agreement

  • Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out the American Girl doll, for a total of 7 days with no renewals. Holds may be placed. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow the doll due to demand and availability.
  • The late fee will be $20 per day up to 7 days; on the 7th day the patron will be charged the full cost of the doll ($169.88) plus the late fees.
  • The doll must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk. It may not be placed in the book drop. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of normal library operating hours, as well as when the library is closed for holidays. This information is available on the library website.
  • The doll will be lent in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, a hair ribbon, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that the library carries on the same topic. The patron will be charged $20 for any lost or damaged accessory as they must be purchased in a set.
  • Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. If the doll is damaged the patron will be responsible for the full cost of the doll ($169.88).

Kit Agreement

  • Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out the American Girl doll, for a total of 7 days with no renewals. Holds may be placed. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow the doll due to demand and availability.
  • The late fee will be $20 per day up to 7 days; on the 7th day the patron will be charged the full cost of the doll ($90.00) plus the late fees.
  • The doll must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk. It may not be placed in the book drop. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of normal library operating hours, as well as when the library is closed for holidays. This information is available on the library website.
  • The doll will be lent in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, a barrette, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that the library carries on the same topic. The patron will be charged $20 for any lost or damaged accessory as they must be purchased in a set.
  • Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. If the doll is damaged the patron will be responsible for the full cost of the doll ($90.00).

Kaya Agreement

  • Only adult Heggan cardholders in good standing (a current card with less than $10 in fines) may check out the American Girl doll, for a total of 7 days with no renewals. Holds may be placed. The library staff reserves the right to limit the number of times that cardholders may borrow the doll due to demand and availability.
  • The late fee will be $20 per day up to 7 days; on the 7th day the patron will be charged the full cost of the doll ($155.98) plus the late fees.
  • The doll must be returned to staff at the Circulation Desk. It may not be placed in the book drop. It is the patron’s responsibility to be aware of normal library operating hours, as well as when the library is closed for holidays. This information is available on the library website.
  • The doll will be lent in a carrying case, with one outfit, a pair of shoes, hair ties, the doll’s book, a journal, and a brochure on the doll’s era with a list of books that the library carries on the same topic. The patron will be charged $20 for any lost or damaged accessory as they must be purchased in a set.
  • Patrons are prohibited from altering the appearance of the doll by brushing, cutting, or washing her hair; by using hair products; by painting her nails; or by using any other type of product that may alter her appearance. If the doll is damaged the patron will be responsible for the full cost of the doll ($155.98).
 

Meet Josefina Montoya (1824)
“Today, I’ll use my heart to heal others.”

“I always have a moment to listen, a smile to share, and a place in my heart for the people and animals on my family’s rancho. Some say I’m too quiet, but I’m never shy about showing how much I care.”

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Josefina's Reading List
 
Josefina’s Books

Meet Josefina: An American Girl Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Josefina Learns a Lesson: A School Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Josefina’s Surprise: A Christmas Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Happy Birthday, Josefina!: A Springtime Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Josefina Saves the Day: A Summer Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability

 
More Fiction About Josefina or her Culture

The Night of Las Posadas Tomie DePaola ER DEP Check Availability
Tomie dePaola’s glorious paintings are as luminous as the farolitos that light up on the Plaza in Santa Fe for the procession of Las Posadas, the tradition in which Mary and Joseph go from door to door seeking shelter at the inn on Christmas Eve. This year Sister Angie, who is always in charge of the clebration, has to stay home with the flu, and Lupe and Roberto, who are to play Mary and Joseph, get caught in a snowstorm. But a man and a woman no one knows arrive in time to take their place in the procession and then mysteriously disappear at the end before they can be thanked. That night we witness a Christian miracle, for when Sister Angie goes to the cathedral and kneels before the statue of Mary and Jospeh, wet footprints from the snow lead up to the statue.
Dia de los Muertos Roseanne Thong ER THONG Check Availability
It’s Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and children throughout the pueblo, or town, are getting ready to celebrate! They decorate with colored streamers, calaveras, or sugar skulls, and pan de muertos, or bread of the dead. There are altars draped in cloth and covered in marigolds and twinkling candles. Music fills the streets. Join the fun and festivities, learn about a different cultural tradition, and brush up on your Spanish vocabulary, as the town honors their dearly departed in a traditional, time-honored style.
Green is a Chile Pepper Roseanne Thong ER THONG Check Availability
In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child’s day!
Federico and the Magi’s Gift: A Latin American Christmas Story Beatriz Vidal ER VID Check Availability
It’s the Eve of the Epiphany, or the Feast of the Three Kings, and that means the Three Wise Men, or Magi, will ride through the night sky to deliver gifts to children. Four-year-old Federico has misbehaved, and now he is afraid the Magi won’t leave him any presents. As his brother and sister prepare hay and water for the Magi’s camels, Federico stays by himself: Will he get the caballito, or toy horse, he is hoping for? Will the Magi really come?
Song of the Mockingbird: My Journey with Josefina Emma Carlson Berne JF AMERICAN Check Availability
What if you suddenly found yourself in Josefina’s world in New Mexico in 1824? What activities might you do on the rancho, what dreams might you have, and what would you do for fun? In this story, you can join Josefina on adventures that take the two of you from spending cozy evenings on the rancho to coming face to face with a mountain lion to visiting the lively market in the city of Santa Fe! Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose, as you select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.
Secrets in the Hills: A Josefina Mystery Kathleen Ernst JM AME Check Availability
Josefina has heard tales and legends all her life: rumors of gold and silver buried in the hills, tales of a ghostly Weeping Woman who haunts the countryside. But she never imagined that such tales might be true–until one day a mysterious stranger arrives at her rancho. Set in New Mexico in 1826.
The Glowing Heart: A Josefina Mystery Valerie Tripp JM AME Check Availability
Josefina’s home is filled with holiday guests, including a dashing man from Mexico City who delivers a precious heirloom to Tí¬a Dolores. Everyone is delighted with the stunning ruby ring, but as soon as the ring appears at the rancho, things start going wrong. What is going on? With all her heart, Josefina is determined to find out.

 
Nonfiction Books About Josefina’s Era

Josefina’s Craft Book: A Look at Crafts from the Past with Projects you can make Today Tamara England J 641.5 AMERICAN Check Availability
Patterns and step-by-step instructions detail how to make 15 crafts, including a fringed shawl, coil pot, and painted frame.
The Pueblo Raymond Bial J 970.3 PUEBLO Check Availability
Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe’s social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life — from birth to marriage to death — is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.
Welcome to Josefina’s World, 1824: Growing up on America’s Southwest Frontier Yvette La Pierre J 978.9 AMERICAN Check Availability

Maria Josefina Montoya, a Hispanic girl with heart and hopes as big as the New Mexico sky, is growing up in 1824 as the Santa Fe Trail pushes America West. Modern and historical illustrations and photos.

New Mexico, Past and Present Corona Brezina J 978.9 BRE Check Availability
Famous for its rich history, New Mexico today is also known for cutting-edge technology industry. This diverse personality is showcased in this informative book with sidebars and a rich resource section for further exploration.
Meet Addy Walker (1864)
“Today, I’ll keep my family strong.”

“I’ve escaped to a new life. My whole world is opening wide, but I’m learning that freedom doesn’t make everything easy. Through it all, family is what keeps me going. Just the thought of us all together gives me strength.”

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Addy's Reading List

 
Addy’s Books

Meet Addy: An American Girl Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability
Addy Learns a Lesson: A School Story Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability
Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability
Happy Birthday, Addy!: A Springtime Story Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability
Addy Saves the Day: A Summer Story Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability
Changes for Addy: A Winter Story Connie Rose Porter JF AME Check Availability

 
Fiction That Takes Place in the Civil War Era
 

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Angela Johnson ER JOHNSON Check Availability
Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South.
A New Beginning: My Journey with Addy Denise Lewis Patrick JF AMERICAN Check Availability
What would it be like for a girl to suddenly find herself in Addy Walker’s world in the middle of the Civil War? How would she feel facing new freedoms and unexpected limits? In this book, readers can join Addy on adventures to outrun a slave catcher, raise money for soldiers, and search for Addy’s family. Their journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns they choose, as they select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.
Caddie Woodlawn Carol Ryrie Brink JF BRI Check Availability
“This Newbery Award winning book . . . has been reprinted with a charming reminiscence by the author about her grandmother Caddie . . . Told with style and grace and teamed with . . . fresh new illustrations, the story of Wisconsin frontier life in the 1860s will continue to attract readers today.”–“School Library Journal, ” starred review.
Yankee Mouse: Gettysburg Address Observer Philip M. Horender JF HORENDER V2 Check Availability
Experience historic events through the eyes of Maximilian P. Mouse, Time Traveler! Maximilian P. Mouse has had his first adventure in history, but now he needs to get back to his family. When he tries for a second time, the time machine once again fails. This time he has landed in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Maximilian isn’t sure if Gettysburg is close to Tanner’s Glen, but he does know 1863 is the wrong year! Taking shelter in the home of a young lawyer named David Wills, Maximilian witnesses Abraham Lincoln finalizing his monumental Gettysburg Address. He has just enough time to watch Lincoln deliver the speech before he must make another attempt to return home!
Hope’s Gift Kelly Starling Lyons JF LYONS Check Availability
It’s 1862 and the Civil War has turned out to be a long, deadly conflict. Hope’s father can’t stand the waiting a minute longer and decides to join the Union army to fight for freedom. He slips away one tearful night, leaving Hope, who knows she may never see her father again, with only a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, Papa says, echoes the promised song of freedom. It’s a long wait for freedom and on the nights when the cannons roar, Papa seems farther away than ever. But then Lincoln finally does it: on January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and a joyful Hope finally spies the outline of a familiar man standing on the horizon.
Civil War on Sunday Mary Pope Osborne JF OSB Check Availability
In the . . . Magic Tree House adventure, Jack and Annie are whisked back to the Civil War where they meet Clara Barton and save the life of their very own great-great-great-grand-father.
The River Between Us Richard Peck JF PEC Check Availability
The whole country is changing in 1861-even the folks from a muddy little Illinois settlement on the banks of the Mississippi. Here, fifteen-year-old Tilly Pruitt frets over the fact that her brother is dreaming of being a soldier and that her sister is prone to supernatural visions. A boy named Curry could possibly become a distraction. Then a steamboat whistle splits the air. The Rob Roy from New Orleans docks at the landing, and off the boat step two remarkable figures: a vibrant, commanding young lady in a rustling hoop skirt and a darker, silent woman in a plain cloak, with a bandanna wrapped around her head. Who are these two fascinating strangers? And is the darker woman a slave, standing now on the free soil of Illinois? When Tilly’s mother invites the women to board at her house, the whole world shifts for the Pruitts and for their visitors as well.
Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery Evelyn Coleman JM AME Check Availability
In the winter of 1866, Addy’s poppa gets a new job, and his employer, Mr. Radisson, offers the Walkers a home of their own on the grounds of his fine house in Society Hill. Addy’s delight quickly evaporates as she realizes that Mr. Radisson’s house holds frightening secrets–one of which leads straight back to the plantation where Addy’s family was held in slavery only two years before.

 

Nonfiction Books About the Civil War Era
 

Addy’s Craft Book: a Look at Crafts from the Past with Projects You Can Make Today Rebecca Sample Bernstein J 745.5 AMERICAN Check Availability
Patterns and instructions detail how to make crafts, including a traditional hooked rug, a wallpaper box, and an applique pillow.
Addy’s Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today Rebecca Sample Bernstein J 641.5 AMERICAN Check Availability
Easy recipes help girls make Addy’s favorite foods. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions and plans for a festive Juneteenth celebration are included.
Welcome to Addy’s World, 1864: Growing Up During America’s Civil War Susan Sinnott J 973.7 AMERICAN Check Availability

Learn about the daily life of a young African-American girl living in a city during the 1860s. Lavishly illustrated spreads feature historical photos, cutaway scenes and fascinating facts about life in America’s past. Color illustrations throughout.

The Civil War through Photography Darlene R. Stille J 973.7 STILLE Check Availability
Learn about the Civil War through photos taken during the time. Find out about the leaders, soldiers, and civilians who struggled throughout the war that divided a nation.
American Archaeology Uncovers the Underground Railroad Lois Miner Huey J 973.7115 HUE Check Availability
This engaging series examines civilizations of the past through the artifacts they left behind.
What Was the Underground Railroad? Yona Zeldis McDonough J 973.7115 MCDONOUGH Check Availability
No one knows where the term Underground Railroad came from–there were no trains or tracks, only conductors who helped escaping slaves to freedom. Including real stories about passengers on the Railroad, this book chronicles slaves’ close calls.
Follow the Drinking Gourd: An Underground Railroad Story Cari Meister J 973.7115 MEISTER Check Availability
Follow the Drinking Gourd is an American folk song from the 1920s. Legend has it that a man called Peg Leg Joe taught slaves the song to help them escape to freedom. They used the constellation the Big Dipper and the North Star to guide the way.
Who Was Harriet Tubman? Yona Zeldis McDonough JB TUBMAN, HARRIET Check Availability
A biography examines the life of the nineteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and helped many other slaves get to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

 

Meet Samantha Parkington (1904)
“Today is my chance to help others.”

“I’ve never met a tree I couldn’t climb, a rule I
couldn’t ruffle, or a friend I couldn’t help. I’m all
heart and always ready to lend a hand to somebody
in need.”

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Samantha's Reading List

 
Samantha’s Books

Meet Samantha: An American Girl Susan Adler JF AME Check Availability
Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story Susan Adler JF AME Check Availability
Samantha’s Surprise: A Christmas Story Rose Schur JF AME Check Availability
Happy Birthday, Samantha!: A Springtime Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Samantha Saves the Day: A Summer Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability
Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability

 

Books Samantha Might Have Read and Enjoyed
 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum JF BAU Check Availability
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas.
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett JF BUR Check Availability
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll JF CAR Check Availability
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
Black Beauty Anna Sewell JF SEW Check Availability
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
Books that take place around the same time period (turn of the 20th century):
The Tweedles Go Electric Monica Kulling ER KULLING Check Availability
Feeling less than enthusiastic when her eccentric family buys an electric car, avid reader Frances endures taunts by owners of gas-fueled vehicles before driving an injured neighbor to the hospital, an adventure that changes her mind about automobile travel.
The Tweedles Go Online Monica Kulling ER KULLING Check Availability
The Tweedles decide to get a telephone like their neighbors, the Hamms, though Papa Tweedle wonders if he shouldn’t get used to their electric automobile before he tries another new invention.
The Lilac Tunnel: My Journey with Samantha Erin Falligant JF AMERICAN Check Availability
What would it be like for a girl to suddenly find herself in Samantha’s world at the start of the 20th century? When she meets Samantha for the first time, Samantha may tuck one leg behind the other and dip into a curtsy, the way girls did a very long time ago. But what other things might girls experience while exploring 1904? In this book, readers can join Samantha on a rustic adventure to her summer home in the mountains, or get dressed up and attend a fancy dinner. Their journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns they choose, as they select from a variety of exciting options in this multiple-ending story.
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl Kathryn Lasky JF DEA Check Availability
Twelve-year-old Zippy, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, keeps a diary account of the first eighteen months of her family’s life on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1903-1904.
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker Deborah Hopkinson JF DEA Check Availability
Forced to drop out of school at the age of fourteen to help support her family, Angela, an Italian immigrant, works long hours for low wages in a garment factory, and becomes a participant in the shirtwaist worker strikes of 1909.
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown Maud Hart Lovelace JF LOVELACE Check Availability
Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are twelve—old enough to do lots of things…even go downtown on their own. There they see their first horseless carriage, discover the joys of the public library, and see a real play at the Opera House. They even find themselves acting in one! Best of all, they help a lonely new friend feel at home in Deep Valley—the most wonderful place in the world to grow up.
The Girl in the Torch Rob Sharenow JF SHARENOW Check Availability
After her father is killed in a pogrom, twelve-year-old Sarah and her mother immigrate to America–but when her mother dies before they get through Ellis Island, and the authorities want to send her back to the old country, Sarah hides in the torch of the Statue of Liberty
Clue in the Castle Tower: a Samantha Mystery Sarah Masters Buckey JM AME Check Availability
While visiting an old castle in England, Samantha and Nellie solve mysteries involving a ghost and some missing rare books.
The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery Sarah Masters Buckey JM AME Check Availability
When her family temporarily moves into a luxury apartment building in 1904 Manhattan, eleven-year-old Samantha tries to discover whether a series of mishaps is related to a curse on the building’s owner.
Danger in Paris: A Samantha Mystery Sarah Masters Buckey JM AMERICAN Check Availability
Samantha and Nellie’s trip to Paris with Grandmary and the Admiral turns into a mystery when a suspicious accident and a hotel break-in make the girls believe that someone is trying to harm the Admiral.
The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery Sarah Masters Buckey JM AME Check Availability
When a famous archaeologist has the priceless jewel he is carrying to London aboard a cruise ship stolen, Samantha and Nellie help him narrow down the suspects.

 

Nonfiction Books About the Victorian Time Period
 

Samantha’s Cook Book: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today Jodi Everet J 641.5 AMERICAN Check Availability
Easy recipes help girls make Samantha’s favorite foods. Tips for setting an elegant table and planning a proper Victorian tea party are included.
Samantha’s Friendship Fun Tamara England J 745.5 ENG Check Availability

Crafts, recipes, and games are designed to give a sense of the early 1900s, or the period setting for books in the American Girls collection which feature the character named Samantha.

The Victorian Home Bobbie Kalman J 747.2048 KAL Check Availability
Takes a look at the various rooms in a grand Victorian house, explaining the design and purpose of each and describing the furniture, lighting, and decorations used in the context of daily life during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Welcome to Samantha’s World, 1904: Growing Up in America’s New Century Catherine Gourley J 973.91 AMERICAN Check Availability
Take an in-depth look at life for girls and women in America in 1904, featuring city and town life, social reform, new inventions, amusements and more. Lavishly illustrated spreads feature historical photos, cutaway scenes and fascinating facts. Color illustrations throughout.
 
Meet Kit Kittredge (1934)
“A better tomorrow is mine to create.”

“I love putting my creativity to work, because it sure is fun to solve problems. Whether it’s a fussy old typewriter, a school project, or a list of chores-I can figure out how to turn anything into a good time.”

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Kit's Reading List
 
Kit’s Books

Meet Kit: An American Girl Walter Rane JF AME Check Availability
Kit Learns a Lesson: A School Story Valerie Tripp JF AMERICAN Check Availability
Kit’s Surprise: A Christmas Story Valerie Tripp JF AMERICAN Check Availability
Happy Birthday, Kit! A Springtime Story Valerie Tripp 2001 Check Availability
Kit Saves the Day: A Summer Story Walter Rane JF AME Check Availability
Changes for Kit: A Winter Story Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability

Books Kit (or Girls Like Her) Might Have Read

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Virginia Lee Burton ER BUR (Book with CD) Check Availability

Mike proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business Esphyr Slobodkina ER SLO Check Availability

In this classic story, a cap seller must outsmart the monkeys who are stealling his wares.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Richard Atwater JF ATW Check Availability

The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obessed by dreams of the Polar regions.

Caddie Woodlawn Carol Ryrie Brink JF BRI Check Availability

“This Newbery Award winning book…has been reprinted with a charming reminiscence by the author about her grandmother Caddie…Told with style and grace and teamed with…fresh new illustrations, the story of Wisconsin frontier life in the 1860s will continue to attract readers today.”-School Library Journal

Ballet Shoes Noel Streatfeild JF STREATFEILD Check Availability

Relates the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballerina, and the third an aviatrix.

Mary Poppins P. L. Travers JF TRA Check Availability

Two English children’s new nanny arrives on the East Wind, slides up the bannister, carries an empty carpet bag with all kinds of things in it, and introduces Jane and Michael to some delightful people and experiences.

Rachel Field’s Hitty: Her First 100 Years with New Adventures Rosemary Wells JF WEL Check Availability

A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing strong of owners.

Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock Carolyn Keene JM KEE Check Availability

Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventuorous search for a missing will.


Books That Take Place During the Great Depression (When Kit Lived)

Saving Strawberry Farm Deborah Hopkinson ER HOP Check Availability

During the Great Depression, Davey learns that a neighbor’s property is about to be auctioned, and he rallies his friends, neighbors, and family to help save Strawberry Farm.

The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll Patricia C. McKissack ER MCK Check Availability

During the Depression, three young sisters get one baby doll for Christmas and must find a way to share.

Really Truly Ruthie: 1932 Valerie Tripp JF AME Check Availability

Ruthie Smithens, a girl who believes in fairy tales and happy endings, would do almost anything to help her best friend, Kit Kittredge, whose family has been hard hit by the Depression. But Ruthie has learned the hard way that offers of help, even with best friends, are tricky. When Ruthie finds out some bad news about the Kittredges’ house while at her father’s bank, she has to find a way to help the Kittredges reach Kit’s Aunt Millie, so that there can be at least the chance of a happy ending!

Full Speed Ahead: My Journey with Kit Valerie Tripp JF AMERICAN Check Availability

A modern-day girl finds herself in 1933 Cincinnati, Ohio, and as she and Kit experience life during the Great Depression, the reader is invited to choose how Kit might help her family and others who are less fortunate.

Sweet Home Alaska Carole Estby Dagg JF DAGG Check Availability

In 1934, eleven-year-old Terpsichore’s father signs up for President Roosevelt’s Palmer Colony project, uprotting the family from Wisconsin to become pioneers in Alaska, where Terpsichore refuses to let rough conditions and first impressions get in the way of her grand adventure.

Better to Wish Ann M. Martin JF MARTIN Check Availability

In 1930 Abby Nichols is an eight-year-old girl growing up in Maine, but as the Depression deepens, and her mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of her family falls to her, and she has to put her dreams of going to college and becoming a writer on hold.

Danger at the Zoo: A Kit Mystery Kathleen Ernst JM AME Check Availability

While working as a reporter during her summer vacation in 1935, Kit uncovers a mystery at the Cincinnati Zoo involving suspected break-ins at the monkey house.

The Jazzman’s Trumpet: A Kit Mystery Elizabeth Cody Kimmel JM AME Check Availability

Excited to cover a jazz concert for the paper, Kit instead finds herself playing detective once pranks threaten to cancel the show, a trumpte goes missing and she is accused of theft.


Nonfiction Books About the Great Depression

Kit’s Cooking Studio Jennifer Hirsch J 641.5 AMERICAN Check Availability

Easy recipes featuring illustrations and step-by-step instructions for girls.

From Ballots to Breadlines: American Women, 1920-1940 Sarah Deutsch J 920.72 DEU Check Availability

Presents the experiences of American women during the years between the two World Wars.

Nice Work, Franklin! Suzanne Jurmain J 973.91 Check Availability

The story of a president who overcame both his personal challenges and the ones facing the nation.

Welcome to Kit’s World, 1934: Growing Up During America’s Great Depression Harriet Brown J 973.91 American Check Availability

Through photographs, illustrations, and both factual and fictionalized anecdotes, shows what life was like in the United States during the Depression.

The Great Depression for Kids: Hardship and Hop in 1930s America with Activities Cheryl Mullenbach J 973.917 MULLENBACH Check Availability
Explains the factors that led to the Great Depression, describing the social conditions of children during that time

What was the Great Depression? Janet B. Pascal J 973.917 PASCAL Check Availability

Introduces the Great Depression, including its causes, how it affected the people of the United States, and what governmental measures were taken to try to alleviate the economic crisis.


 
Meet Kaya (1764)
“I always take time to respect the Earth.”

“Wild adventures and amazing surprises are every­­­where in nature, and it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement! I’m lucky that my loyal mare, Steps High, always walks the right path—and teaches me to do the same.”

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Kaya's Reading List
 
Kaya’s Books

Meet Kaya: An American Girl Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability
Kaya’s Escape: A Survival Story Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability
Kaya’s Hero: A Story of Giving Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability
Kaya and Lone Dog: A Story of Friendship Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability
Kaya Shows the Way: A Sister Story Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability
Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage Janet Beeler Shaw JF AME Check Availability

Other Books About Girls (and Boys) like Kaya

The Roar of the Falls: My Journey with Kaya Emma Carlson Berne JF AMERICAN Check Availability

“What if you suddenly found yourself in Kaya’s Nez Perce homeland in 1764? Your journey back in time can take whatever twists and turns you choose as you select from a variety of options in this all-new multiple-ending story”–Provided by publisher.

The Birchbark House Louise Erdrich JF ERD Check Availability

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.

Makoons Louise Erdrich JF ERDRICH Check Availability

Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of 1860s Dakota Territory. There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges- challenges that his family may not be able to overcome (Based on the author’s own family history).

The Ghost Wind Stallion: A Kaya Mystery Emma Carlson Berne JM AMERICAN Check Availability

After her blind sister has a dream about a silver stallion from lore, Kaya and Speaking Rain come across a similar silver stallion in the woods and investigate the nature of the beast.

The Silent Stranger: A Kaya Mystery Janet Shaw JM AME Check Availability

In 1765, the arrival of an injured stranger from another tribe, traveling alone and apparently unable to speak, arouses suspicion in Kaya’s Nex Perce village. Includes glossary and historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians.

Trouble at Fort La Pointe Kathleen Ernst JM AME Check Availability

In the early 1700s, twelve-year-old Suzette, an Ojibwa-French girl, hopes that her father will win the fur trapping contest so that he can quit being a voyageur and stay with his family year-round, but when he is accused of stealing, Suzette must use her knowledge of both French and Ojibwa ways to find the real thief.


Nonfiction Books About Native Americans

The History and Activities of Native Americans Lisa Klobuchar J 970.1 KLO Check Availability

Have you ever wondered what life was really like for early Native Americans? Through recipes, crafts, history, activities, and games this book gives you a chance to experience what life was like for Native Americans. Included in this book are timelines, maps, exciting photographs, one recipe, and three crafts or activities.

What the Native Americans Wore Rob Staeger J 970.2 WILLIAMS Check Availability

The clothing worn by the members of different Native American tribes reflected their environments. Clothing, jewelry, and other decorative items were made from material found in the area around them – from sealskins and shells to buckskin and porcupine quills. This book discusses common clothing items of various Native American tribes.

Welcome to Kaya’s World, 1764: Growing Up in a Native American Homeland Dottie Raymer J 970.3 AMERICAN Check Availability

Photographs, illustrations, and anecdotes, both factual and fictional, describe a Nez Perce girl’s experiences growing up in the mid-eighteenth century.

The Nez Perce Raymond Bial J 970.3 NEZ PERCE Check Availability

Discusses the history, culture, beliefs, changing ways, and notable people of the Nez Perce Indians.

Sacajawea Kathleen Krull JB SACAJAWEA Check Availability

Sacajawea was only sixteen when she made one of the most remarkable journeys in American history. She traveled over four thousand miles by foot, canoe, and horse-all while carrying a baby on her back! Without her, the Lewis and Clark expedition might have failed. Two hundred years later, we still can see how her unique journey demonstrated the strength and value of women.


 

Join the American Girl Book Club

The American Girl Gook Club meets every month to discuss a different American Girl book!
We will discuss the book Happy Birthday, Molly!, eat a snack, and make a craft.
Wednesday, May 10th 6:30PM-7:30PM