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Whether you need book inspiration, a fun activity, or an engaging field trip, Oak Park River Forest Museum can provide an array of resources on local history to use within your classroom or on a future visit to the museum. For more information on how to plan your visit, contact us on our website, by email at oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net, or call 708-848-6755.

 

 

Book Recommendation List

Oak Park and River Forest have been home to many great cultural figures, especially in literature. This list of books features a series of authors relating to the history, setting, or people of Illinois.

  • K-5th grade
    • …If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln Ann McGovern
    • Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers by Karen B. Winnick
    • I Survived #11: I Survived the Great Chicago Fire 1871 by Lauren Trashis
    • Children of the Fire by Harriette Gillem Robinet*
    • Missing from Haymarket Square  by Harriette Gillem Robinet*
    • What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers

 

  • 6-8th grade
    • Illinois Native Americans: A 9,000 Year Civilization  by in60Learning
    • Abraham Lincoln – The Writer: A treasury of His Great Speeches and Letters by Harold Holzer
    • Children of the Fire by Harriette Gillem Robinet*
    • Missing from Haymarket Square by Harriette Gillem Robinet*
    • 10 True Tales: World War I Heroes by Alan Zullo
    • A Bus of Our Own by Freddi Williams Evans
    • Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
    • New Kid by Jerry Craft

 

  • 9-12th grade
    • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*
    • The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway*
    • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields*
    • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    • The Chicago Race Riots, July 1919 by Carl Sandburg
    • Poems by Charles Simic*

*Author is from Oak Park or River Forest