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Booklist: Connecticut Nonfiction

True stories from Connecticut history.*

Grant, Anne. Danbury’s Burning: The Story of Sybil Ludington’s Ride (H.Z. Walck, 1976)
A retelling of the events surrounding Sybil Ludington’s ride to warn the townspeople about the burning of Danbury during the Revolutionary War.

Lefkowitz, Arthur S. Bushnell’s Submarine: The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution  (Scholastic, 2006)
Describes the creation of an underwater ship called the American Turtle by Yale graduate David Bushnell in 1776, and its use in an attempt to sink the British navy’s flagship, the HMS Eagle, in New York harbor. Grades 5-10

Swanson, June. David Bushnell and His Turtle: The Story of America’s First Submarine (Atheneum 1991)
A biography of the eigthteenth-century Connecticut farmer who invented the submarine first used in naval warfare during the American Revolution. Grades 3-6

Van Rynbach, Iris. Everything From a Nail to a Coffin (Orchard, 1991)
Traces the ownership and development of a retail establishment in Glastonbury, Connecticut, thus reflecting life in the town between 1874 and the present. Grades 1-4

Van Rynbach, Iris and Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage (Clarion, 2010)
In the 1800s, Abby and Julia Smith refused to pay an unfair property tax that they had no voice in establishing. When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, year after year, attracting the attention of women’s suffrage supporters across the country. Grades 1-3

Wollett, Laura A. Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth (Chicago Review, 2015) Recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire, one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Grades 4-8

*Note: Most of these books are out of print, so check your library, or try to purchase through a book re-sale company.

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