Books about a Century Ago

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.