Vermont in the 1900s to Today Books

As Long as There Are Mountains

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (1997)

Historical fiction, chapter book (139 pages), grades 3-7

After their barn burns down, Iris' family is in danger of losing their farm in the 1950s.

At the Top of the Mountain

by Judith Edwards (2013)

Historical Fiction, chapter book (144 pages), grades 4-8

In the third adventure with Will Ryan, find out if the Civilian Conservation Corps crew will reach the top of Mount Ascutney.

Bread and Roses, Too

by Katherine Paterson (2006)

Historical fiction, chapter book (275 pages), grades 4-8

Lawrence, Massachusetts is a dangerous place during the "Bread and Roses" strike in 1912. Rosa and Jake are sent to live with families in Barre where they will be safe.

Cave of Falling Water

by Janice Ovecka (1992)

Historical fiction, chapter book (115 pages), grades 4-8

Woni, Mattie, and Stacy are three girls from different time periods that discover the Cave of Falling Water.

Available in the VHS lending library.

Counting on Grace

by Elizabeth Winthrop (2006)

Historical fiction, chapter book (232 pages), grades 4-8

Grace works in a southern Vermont cotton mill in the early 1900s. Will Lewis Hine's photograph change everything?

The Darkness Under the Water

by Beth Kanell (2008)

Historical fiction, chapter book (320 pages), grades 6-12

During the 1920s, Molly's Abenaki and French Canadian family is targeted by the Vermont Eugenics Survey.

Faraway Summer

by Johanna Hurwitz (2000)

Historical fiction, chapter book (160 pages), grades 3-7

Thanks to the Fresh Air Fund, Dossi spends the summer of 1910 in Vermont, far away from her Jewish family and their tenement in New York City.

Full Cicada Moon

by Marilyn Hilton (2017)

Historical fiction, chapter book (400 pages), grades 3-7

In 1969, Mimi Yoshiko Oliver wants to be an astronaut. How can she work towards her dream and fit into her new Vermont school?

Here Comes Darrell

by Leda Schubert (2005)

Fiction, picture book (28 pages), grades K-4

Darrell helps his neighbors all year long, so they pitch in when he needs help, too.

The Hero of Ticonderoga

by Gail Gauthier (2002)

Fiction, chapter book (240 pages), grades 3-7

Tessy gets the report topic that everyone else wants - the story of Ethan Allen and Fort Ticonderoga.

Hidden Roots

by Joseph Bruchac (2004)

Historical fiction, chapter book (137 pages), grades 5-9

Set in the 1950s in New York and Vermont. From Uncle Louis, Sonny learns about his roots and the forced sterilization of Abenaki people in Vermont in the 1930s.

Invasion on the Mountain

by Judith Edwards (2011)

Historical fiction, chapter book (96 pages), grades 4-8

The Civilian Conservation Corps comes to Will Ryan's hometown during the Great Depression.

A Little Girl's Diary, Life on a Farm in Rural Vermont

by Alice Bushnell, ed. by Sarah Rooker & Kim King Zea (1998)

Non-fiction, 165 pages, grades 3-8

Alice Bushnell was seven years old and living in Strafford when she wrote her diary in 1911. The book includes copies of her diary pages and a printed copy of the text.

Available in the VHS lending library.

Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride

by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff (2009)

Non-fiction, picture book (36 pages), grades K-3

In 1903, Burlington doctor Horatio Jackson and his dog Bud race to be the first to drive across the country in their car named Vermont.

Lumber Camp Library

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (2002)

Historical fiction, chapter book (87 pages), grades 2-5

Ruby wants to be a teacher, but everything changes after her father dies in an accident. Set in the early 1900s.

Available in the VHS lending library.

Muskrat Will Be Swimming

by Cheryl Savageau (2006)

Fiction, picture book (32 pages), grades 2-6

Grampa tells Jeannie a story about Muskrat to help her deal with prejudice against her Abenaki and French heritage.

The Night the Bells Rang

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (1991)

Historical fiction, chapter book (76 pages), grades 3-5

The last year of World War I (1918) is an eventful one for a Vermont farm boy,

Available in the VHS lending library.

Nora's Ark

by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (2005)

Historical fiction, picture book (28 pages), grades K-4

The story of the 1927 flood when all the neighbors and their chickens and horses crowd into Grandma's house for safety.

A Raccoon at the White House

by Rachel Dougherty

Non-fiction, 32 pages, grades K-3

Learn the true story of Grace and Calvin Coolidge's pet raccoon Rebecca.

Return to Sender

by Julia Alvarez (2010)

Fiction, chapter book (352 pages), grades 3-7

Tyler's father hires migrant workers from Mexico to work on their dairy farm. Will Mari and her family be able to stay in Vermont?

Snowflake Bentley

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (1998)

Non-fiction, picture book (30 pages), grades K-4

The biography of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, a Vermonter who figured out how to photograph snowflakes in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Soup

by Robert Newton Peck (1974)

Historical fiction, chapter book (96 pages), grades 4-7

Rob and his best friend Soup create mischief all over their Vermont town in the 1930s.

A Stitch in Time

by Daphne Kalmar (2018)

Historical fiction, chapter book (176 pages), grades 4-6

Will Aunt Agnes take the orphaned Donut away from her Vermont village and move her to Boston? Set in the 1927.

Trouble on the Mountain

by Judith Edwards (2012)

Historical fiction, chapter book (118 pages), grades 4-8

The second adventure of Will Ryan and the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

Understood Betsy

by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1916)

Historical fiction, chapter book (137 pages), grades 5-8

The story of Betsy who must leave her city home to live with her Vermont cousins on a farm. This classic story provides a glimpse of Vermont in the early 1900s.

Witness

by Karen Hesse (2001)

Historical fiction, chapter book (161 pages), grades 5-12

Set in 1924, a Vermont community changes when the Ku Klux Klan comes to town. The story is told in verse by different characters.