During this week when everyone still has the warm fuzzies over all things America, we are pleased to have the opportunity to tell you (or remind you) about a literature series for young people called Dear America. The Scholastic series is a favorite in our household so we were thrilled when we learned that the set of historical fiction celebrating American history is indeed printed in the United States. (A no-brainer, one would think, but not so, as our loyal readers may remember what we found when we went to the American Girl store in NYC.) For fans of the series, we have some exciting news. For those who have never heard of it, we've got the scoop. For anyone who wants a set of their own, we are launching a great giveaway today.
The Dear America Books
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle Washington, 1941
gives an eye-witness account of a girl's point of view when a Japanese internment camp is constructed in her town during WWII.
The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777
is the story of a girl living nearby when Washington's troops arrived for their famous winter encampment during the Revolutionary War.
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954
takes us into the world of a young girl who suddenly finds herself in the middle of school integration in the dawn of the civil rights movement.