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973.41 – George Washington

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What books do you have in your collection? Here is a list of choices for replacing old books about the George Washington (pink numbers refer to Horn Book Guide ratings).

Nonfiction
Elementary Grade Level:
Valley Forge by Richard Ammon (Holiday 2004 – 0823417468 — $16.95)*
Starred in: SLJ – 10/04 – G3-6. Positively reviewed in: Booklist – 9/15/04 – G3-6. OK review: Kirkus – 8/1/04 – A7-9. “Recommended with minor flaws” by Horn Book Guide Spring 2005. Not a biography of Washington, but included because he was the most famous figure involved.
President George Washington by David Adler (Holiday House, Holiday House Reader series, 2005 – 0823416046 – $14.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 9/15/05 – G1-3 ; Kirkus – 9/1/05 – A7-9 ; SLJ – 11/05 – G1-2.
Dolley Madison saves George Washington by Don Brown (Houghton, 2007 – 9780618411993 – $16.00)**
Starred in: Booklist – 9/1/07 – G1-3 ; Kirkus – 9/15/07 – A7-9. Positive reviews: RBCCB – 11/07 – G2-4 ; +Horn Book Guide – Spr 08 – . ; ; +SLJ – 9/07 – K-4.
RL: 5.7, AR: 5.9, Lexile: 920.
When Washington Crossed the Delaware : A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne V. Cheney (Simon & Schuster 2004 – 0689870434 — $16.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 10/1/04 – G2-4 ; PubWkly – 9/13/04 – All Ages. OK review: SLJ – 11/004 – G2-4. “Superior, well above average” by Horn Book Guide Spring 2005. Not a biography.
The Washington Monument by Muriel Dubois (Bridgestone, National Landmarks series, 2002 – 0736811176 – $18.60)
Recommended: Library Talk – 11/02. Not a biography, but included because the monument honors Washington.
George Washington’s Mother by Jean Fritz (Grosset & Dunlap, All Aboard Reading, 1992 – 0448403854 – $7.99)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 10/1/92 – G2-3 ; SLJ – 10/92 – G2-4.
George Washington by Cheryl Harness (National Geographic 2004 – 0792270967 — $17.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 3/1/00 – G3-5 ; SLJ – 4/00 – G3-6
George Did It by Suzanne Jurmain (Dutton 2005 – 0525475605 — $16.99)***
Starred in: Booklist – 12/15/05 – G2-4 ; PubWkly – 11/14/05 – A5+ ; SLJ – 12/05 – G2-5. Positively reviewed in: +Kirkus – 11/15/05 – A7-9 ;
George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra (Farrar, Straus 2003 – 0374325340 — $16.00)*****
Starred in: Booklist – 1/15/03 – G ; Horn Book – 3/03 – p ; Kirkus – 12/15/02 – A7-9 ; PubWkly – 12/2/02 – All ; SLJ – 1/03 – K-5. Rated Additional by The Bulletin – 2/03 – A5-8.
George Washington : A Picture Book Biography by James Giblin (Scholastic 1992, paperback available 0590481010 — $5.99)
Positive reviews: PubWkly – 8/24/92 – A5-8 ; SLJ – 9/92 – G1-3. OK reviews: Booklist – 10/15/92 – G ; Kirkus – 7/15/92 – A5-8.
Martha Washington by Candice F. Ransom (Carolrhoda, On My Own Biography series, 2003 – 0876149182 – $23.93)
Neutral review: SLJ – 7/03 – G2-4. This is the only biography of Martha Washington available for this audience.
Big George : How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne Rockwell (Silver Whistle, 2009 – 0152165835 – $17.00)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 1/1/09 – K-3 ; BCCB – 2/09 – G3-4 ; Horn Book – 3/09 – . ; Kirkus – 11/15/08 – A7-10 ; PubWkly – 1/5/09 – A6-9 ; SLJ – 2/09 – G1-3.
RL: 3.8, AR: 5.5.
George Washington by Mike Venezia (Children’s Press, Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series, 2005 – 0516226061 – $27.00)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 10/15/04 – G3-4 ; SLJ – 4/05 – G1-3.

Middle Grade Level:
George Washington : An Illustrated Biography by David A. Adler (Holiday House, 2004 – 0823418383 — $24.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 9/15/04 – G5-7 ; Kirkus – 9/15/04 – A10+ ; SLJ – 12/04 – G5-10. “Superior, well above average” from Horn Book Guide. Recommended by The Bulletin – 2/05 – G6-10. From VOYA – 12-04 – mj, 4Q4P.
The Washington Monument : A Beacon for America by Brent K. Ashabranner, Brent (Twenty First Century, Great American Memorials series, 2002 – 0761315241 – $26.60)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 9/1/02 – G4-8 ; SLJ – 11/02 – G5-8. Included because it seems to be the best middle grade book on the monument to our first president.
George & Martha Washington by Ruth Ashby (World Almanac Library, Presidents and First Ladies series, 2005 – 083685697X – $30.00)
Recommended: LMC – 8/05 – G. Others in the series have received OK reviews from SLJ and Booklist.
Where Washington Walked by Raymond Bial (Walker, 2005 – 0802789005 — $18.85)*
Starred in: LMC – 3/05 – G3-6. Recommended: The Bulletin – 2/05 – G4-8. Positive reviews: Booklist – 12/15/05 – G3-6 ; SLJ – 2/05 – G3-6. Negative review: Kirkus – 12/15/04 – A8-12.
Valley Forge by Michael Burgan (Compass Point, We the People series, 2004-0 0756506158 – $23.93)*
Starred in: LMC – 4/05 – G. No other reviews.
George Washington : an American life by Laurie Calkhoven (Sterling, Sterling biographies series, 2007 – 1402747489 – $12.95)
Positive reviews: Horn Book Guide – Fall 07 – . ; LMC – 10/07 – G.
RL: 7.7, AR: 7.3.
Who was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards (Grosset & Dunlap, Who was…? series, 2009 – 0448448920 – $4.99)
No reviews.
George Washington : Our First President by Ann Gaines (Child’s World, Presidents of the U.S.A. series, 2008 – 1602530300 – $29.93)
No reviews.
RL: 5.9, AR: 5.9.
America in the Time of George Washington : 1747 to 1803 by Sally Senzell Isaacs (Heinemann, 1998 – 1575727439 –$31.43)
No reviews.
Martha Washington : First Lady by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson (Enslow, Historical American Biographies series, 1998 – 0766010171 – $26.60)
Positive review: SLJ – 1/99 – G7-9. OK Review: Booklist – 1/99 – G4-6. There is a newer biography of Martha Washington for this age level. It has not yet been reviewed. It is: Martha Washington : First Lady of the United States by Brenda Haugen (Compass Point, Signature Lives series, 2005 – 0756509831 – $30.60)
George Washington For Kids : His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Brandon Marie Miller (Chicago Review, 2007 – 9781556526558 – $14.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 8/1/07 – G3-6 ; SLJ – 10/07 – G4-8.
RL: 6.0.
Mount Vernon by Andrew Santella (Compass Point, We the People series, 2004 – 0756506824 – $23.93)
Positive review: SLJ – 2/05 – G4-6.
George vs. George : the American Revolution as Seen by Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer (National Geographic, 2004 – 0792273494 — $16.95)*
Starred in: Kirkus – 10/1/04 – A8-10 ; SLJ – 10/04 – G3-6. Recommended: The Bulletin – /05 – G4-6. OK review: Booklist – 11/15/04 – G5-7. “Superior, well above average” in: Horn Book Guide – Spring 05 – K-3.
Take the Lead, George Washington! by Judith St. George (Philomel, 2005 – 0399238875 — $16.99)
Positive reviews: Kirkus – 12/15/04 – A7-9 ; SLJ – 1/05 – G1-5. OK review: Booklist – 12/1/04 – G2-4. “Additional” in: The Bulletin – 12/04 – G3-4
Thomas, Peggy / Johnson, Layne    $17.95
Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas (Calkins Creek, 2009 – 9781590784600 – $17.95)*
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2009. SLJ Best Books for Children 2008.
Starred in: LMC – 4/08 ; SLJ – 3/08 – G3-6. Positive reviews: Horn Book Guide – Fall 2008 ; Kirkus – 1/1/08 – A8-12 ; PubWkly – 2/4/08 – A8+. OK review: Booklist – 2/15/07 – G3-5. AR: 6.2, RC: 7.6, Lexile: 970.

Young Adult Level:
George Washington, Spymaster : How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen (National Geographic 2004 – 0792251261 — $16.95)**
Starred in: Booklist – 4/15/04 – G6-8 ; SLJ – 5/04 – G6-9. Recommended: The Bulletin – 4/04 – G6-10. “Recommended, satisfactory in style, content, and / or illustration”: Horn Book Guide.
Martha Washington : An American Life by Patricia Brady (Viking, 2005 – 0670034304 – $24.95)
There is no in-print title on this president’s spouse for YAs, but this title is recommended for YAs by Booklist – 6/05.
The World Turned Upside Down : George Washington and the Battle of Yorktown by Richard Ferrie (Holiday House 1999 – 0823414027 — $18.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 9/1/99 – G5-9 ;Horn Book – /00 – . ; SLJ – 10/99 – G+ Recommended: The Bulletin – 1/00 – G6-10.
George Washington by Edward Dolan (Benchmark, Presidents & their times series, 2007 – 076142427X – $34.21)
Positive review: LMC – 4/08 – G.
RL: 8.2, AR: 8.7.
Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman (Holiday House, 2008 – 9780823420698 – $24.95)***
Notable Children’s Books 2009. Orbis Pictus Honor Book 2009. Booklist Books for Older Readers 2008. Kirkus Editor’s Choice Children’s Books 2008.
Starred in: Booklist – 12/1/08 – G6-9 ; SLJ – 12/08 – G4-8 ; VOYA – 12/08 – js. Positive reviews: BCCB – 12/08 – G5-8 ; Kirkus – 10/1/08 – A8-12.
RL: 7.2, AR: 8.8, RC: 11.0, Lexile: 1210.
George Washington and the Founding of a Nation by Albert Marrin (Dutton 2001 – 0525464816 — $30.00)**
Starred in: Booklist – 1/1/01 – G7-12 ; SLJ – 1/01 – G6+. Recommended: The Bulletin – 2/01 – G6-10. “”: Horn Book Guide.
George Washington : the Writer : a Treasury of Letters, Diaries, and Public Documents by Carolyn Yoder (Boyds Mills 2003 – 1563971992 — $16.95)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 3/15/03 – G7-10 ; SLJ – 2/03 – G8+ In VOYA – 12/03 – js – 3 for quality, 1 for popularity.
The Revolutionary War and George Washington’s Army in American History by Tom McGowen (Enslow, In American History series, 2004 – 0766021432 – $26.60)
Positive reviews: Booklist – 3/1/04 – G7-10 ; SLJ – 3/04 – G5-8.

Fiction
– Elementary Grade Level
Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic treehouse series – Random House, 2000 – 0679890688 – $3.99) 3
Lexile: 320, Follett reading level 3.8
Oh Say, I Can’t See by Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio series – Viking, 2005 – 0670060259 – $14.99) 3
positive reviews in Booklist (grades 3-5 – November 15, 2005), School Library Journal (grades 2-5 – November 2005)
Lexile: 590, Follett reading level 3.8

– Middle Grade Level
George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff (Scholastic 1991 – 0590440365 – $4.99) 4
ok review in Publisher’s Weekly (age 9-12 – October 4, 1991) and School Library Journal (grades 4-6 November 1991)
Lexile: 840, Follett reading level 5.9

– Young Adult Level
Sarah’s Ground by Ann Rinaldi (Simon & Schuster 2004 – 0689859244 — $15.95) 4
Positive reviews in Kirkus (ages 12+ – January 1, 2004), Kliatt (January 2004),  School Library Journal (grade 5-8 – May 2004). Okay reviews in Booklist (grade 6-9 – February 1, 2004). In VOYA,  4 for quality, 2 for popularity.
Lexile: 690, Reading Counts: 3.7
Taking Liberty : The Story of Oney Judge, George Washington’s Runaway Slave by Ann Rinaldi (Simon & Schuster, 2002 – 0689851871 — $16.95) 4
Positive reviews in Kirkus (ages 12+ – October 15, 2002), Publisher’s Weekly (ages 12+ – December 2, 2002). OK review in School Library Journal (grade 7+ – January 2003). In VOYA, 4 for quality, 4 for popularity.
Lexile: 580, Reading Counts: 6.1

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