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Made for Each Other:
Exploring Topics thorugh Fiction and Non-Fiction in Grades 6-12

Compiled by Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren
© 2013 Cooperative Children's Book Center

The Common Core Standards emphasize the importance of high quality non-fiction across the curriculum, including in English Language Arts. This bibliography has been developed to model how ELA and other teachers can use informational books alongside works of fiction to explore various topics and themes in middle and high school classrooms. Pairings or groupings of different types of texts on related topics or themes can inform and extend readers’ understanding of a specific work or the topic or theme.

This list is designed as a starting point. It is by no means meant to be exhaustive—contemporary literature for youth offers a wealth of additional possibilities on these topics and many others.

Some of the topics included in this listing are explored more fully in the following CCBC bibliographies:

World War II: Tell Them We Remember: Selected Literature for Children and Teens abou the Holocaust and World War II

Civil Rights Movement: Marching On: Selected Books for Children and Teens about the Civil Rights Movement

GLBTQ Experience: Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


A Match Made in History: Revolutionary War

    Allen, Tomas B.. George Washington, Spymaster : How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War . Illustrated by Cheryl Harness. National Geographic, 2004. 184 pages. Ages 8-13

    Anderson, Laurie Halse. Forge (Seeds of America). Atheneum, 2010. 294 pages. Ages 11 and older

    Murphy, Jim . A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy. Clarion, 1996. 101 pages. Ages 9-14


A Match Made in History: Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction

    Bolden, Tonya. Cause: Reconstruction America, 1863-1877. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. 144 pages. Ages 12-16

    Cheng, Andrea. Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet. Lee and Low, 2013. 143 pages. Age 11 and older

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. Scholastic Press, 2007. 341 pages. Ages 10-14

    Lester, Julius. John Henry. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dial, 1994. 40 pages. Ages 4 - 12

    Lester, Julius. Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2005. 177 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Myers, Walter Dean. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom. HarperCollins, 1991. Ages 9 and older

    Nelson, Kadir. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2011. 108 pages. Ages 8-14

    Nelson, Scott Reynolds and Marc Aronson . Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry . National Geographic, 2008. 64 pages. Age 10 and older

    Peck, Richard. The RIver Between Us. Dial, 2003. 164 pages. Ages 13-16


A Match Made in History: World War I

    Bausum, Ann. Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I. National Geographic, 2010. 88 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Freedman, Russell. The War to End All Wars: World War I. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 176 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Frost, Helen. Crossing Stones. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009. 184 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful. U.S. edition: Scholastic Press, 2004. 202 pages. Ages 14 - 18

    Murphy, Jim. Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting. Scholastic Press, 2009. 116 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan. Illustrated by Keith Thompson. Simon Pulse, 2009. 440 pages. Ages 10 - 14


A Match Made in History: World War II

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow. Scholastic, 2005. 176 pages. Ages 13-18

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. The Boy Who Dared. Scholastic, 2008. 202 pages. Age 12 and older

    Kadohata, Cynthia. Weedflower. Atheneum, 2006. 260 pages. Ages 10-14

    Levine, Karen. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story. Albert Whitman, 2003. 109 pages. Ages 9-14

    Oppenheim, Joanne. Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. Scholastic Nonfiction / Scholastic , 2006. 287 pages. Age 11 and older

    Rappaport, Doreen. Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust. Candlewick Press, 2012. 228 pages. Age 12 and older

    Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Flash Point / Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 266 pages. Age 13 and older

    Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. 552 pages. Age 15 and older


A Match Made in History: Civil Rights Movement

    Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. Phyllis Fogelman Books / Penguin, 2003. 128 pages. 12 and older

    Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009. 133 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Levinson, Cynthia. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. Peachtree, 2012. 176 pages. Age 12 and older

    Magoon, Kekla. Fire in the Streets. Aladdin / Simon & Schuster, 2012. 321 pages. Age 12 and older

    Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till. Illustrated by Philippe Lardy. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. 40 pages. Age 14 and older


Books with Common Themes: Democracy and Civil Liberties

    Bausum, Ann. With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Women's Right to Vote. National Geographic, 2004. 111 pages. Ages 11-14

    Bausum, Ann. Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I. National Geographic, 2010. 88 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Castellucci, Cecil and Jim Rugg . The Plain Janes. Minx, 2007. 172 pages. Ages 13-16

    Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. A Tom Dougherty Associates Book / Tor, 2008. 382 pages. Age 13 and older

    Frost, Helen. Crossing Stones. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009. 184 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Giblin, James Cross. The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy. Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 304 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Kuklin, Susan. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row. Henry Holt, 2008. 212 pages. Age 14 and older

    Manzano, Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. Scholastic, 2012. 224 pages. Age 12 and older

    Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. HarperCollins, 1999. 1999 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown. Amistad/HarperCollins, 2010. 247 pages. Ages 12 and older


Books with Common Themes: GLBTQ Experience and Identity

    Alsenas, Linas . Gay America: Struggle for Equality. Amulet, 2008. 160 pages. Age 12 and older

    Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown, 2011. 326 pages. Age 13 and older

    Danforth, Emily M. . The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012. 470 pages. Age 14 and older

    Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out! Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 227 pages. Age 12 and older

    King, A. S. . Ask the Passengers. Little, Brown, 2012. 292 pages. Age 13 and older

    Newman, Lesléa. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Candlewick Press, 2012. 128 pages. Age 13 and older

    St. James, James. Freak Show. Dutton, 2007. 298 pages. Age 13 and older


Books with Common Themes: Immigrant Experience and Identity

    Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration. National Geographic, 2009. 111 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Budhos, Marina . Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Henry Holt, 1999. 144 pages. Age 14 and older

    Hopkinson, Deborah. Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. Orchard, 2003. 134 pages. Ages 12-16

    Jaramillo, Ann. La Línea. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 131 pages. Age 13 and older

    Jimenez, Francisco. Breaking Through. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. 193 pages. Age 12 and older

    McNeal, Laura. Dark Water. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 287 pages. Age 14 and older

    Na, An. A Step From Heaven. Front Street, 2001. 156 pages. Age 13 and older

    Napoli, Donna Jo. The King of Mulberry Street. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2005. 245 pages. Ages 10-14

    Placide, Jaïra. Fresh Girl. Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, 2002. 216 pages. Age 13 and older

    St. John, Warren. Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town. Delacorte Press, 2012. 226 pages. Age 11 and older

    Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. First Second, 2006. 233 pages. Age 13 and older


Books with Common Themes: Race and Identity

    Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Illustrated by Ellen Fourney. Litte, Brown, 2007. 240 pages. Ages 13-16

    Anderson, M.T.. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party. Candlewick Press, 2006. 351 pages. Age 15 and older

    Frazier, Sundee T.. The Other Half of My Heart. Delacorte Press, 2010. 296 pages. Ages 10-13

    Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2013. 359 pages. Age 11 and older

    Gaskins, Pearl Fuyo. What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People. Henry Holt, 1999. 273 pages. Age 13 and older

    Hirshfelder (compiler), Arlene B. and Beverly R. Singer (compiler) . Rising Voices: Writings of Young Native Americans. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992. 115 pages. Age 11 and older

    Lanier, Shannon and Jane Feldman . Jefferson's Children: the Story of One American Family. Photographed by Jane Feldman. Random House, 2000. 32 pages. Age 10 and older

    McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low, 2011. 240 pages. Ages 12-16

    Na, An. The Fold. Putnam, 2008. 280 pages. Age 12 and older

    Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. First Second, 2006. 233 pages. Age 13 and older



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