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Recommended Books in Our Library
Books in A Box by
Call Number: 027.4 STO
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
From 1895 to 1914, Lutie Stearns traveled the highways, back roads and back woods of Wisconsin, bringing books in boxes to cities, isolated towns, farms and crossroad communities. Through deep winter and blazing summer, over cobblestones streets and muddy wagon trails she spread the gospel of books to all who were ready to read. This engaging biography illuminates the life of this home grown American Heroine. Lutie Stearns is a patron saint for anyone who has ever borrowed a book from a library, and for everyone who believes that books can change the world.
The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids by
Call Number: 641.597 ALL
Publication Date: 2012-05-21
What are some food favorites in Wisconsin, and why are they special to us? How have our landscape and the people who have inhabited it contributed to our food heritage? This unique blend of history book and cookbook gives kids a real taste for hands-on history by showing them how to create and sample foods that link us to the resources found in our state and the heritage of those who produce them. Designed for kids and adults to use together, The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids draws upon the same source material that makes The Flavor of Wisconsin by Harva Hachten and Terese Allen a fascinating and authoritative document of the history and traditions of food in our state, and presents it in a colorful, kid-friendly format that's both instructional and fun. Mindful of the importance of teaching kids about where the foods they eat come from, each chapter examines a different food source--forests; waters; vegetable, meat, and dairy farms; gardens; and communities. The authors explore our state's foodways, from their origins to how they have changed over the years, and then offer a selection of related recipes. The recipes are written for modern kitchens but use many traditional ingredients and techniques. Level of difficulty is clearly noted, as well as whether a recipe requires a heat source to prepare.
How to Draw Wisconsins Sights and Symbols by
Call Number: 743 KID
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
State geography, history, and culture are presented through directions for drawing the official seal, flag, flower, animals, and tree as well as information on Carl von Marr, Wisconsin artist, and sights such as the Circus World Museum and the Capitol.
If Trees Could Talk by
Call Number: 977.5 ALL
Publication Date: 2009-04-21
Inside the pages of If Trees Could Talk, Allison gives readers aged 7 to 12 fascinating stories that introduce them to noteworthy trees, both past and present, across Wisconsin. From Kenosha's buried forest on the shores of Lake Michigan to the Wyalusing maple that saw the last of the passenger pigeons; from Aldo Leopold's "good oak" to the disappeared elms of State Street in Madison, these stories open up a fascinating ecological and social history of Wisconsin to young readers. Other stories showcase the state's history: readers will encounter Chief Black Hawk hiding in a hickory, Civil War soldiers enlisting for battle under "sign-up" trees, and trees used to hang criminals without a trial. They will also learn of large and unusual trees like the Columbus Cottonwood, which was over 26 feet around or, in the words of the author, so large that "it would take you and eight of your friends with your arms outstretched to reach all the way around it!" Told in a compelling narrative style and supplemented with historic photographs and illustrations, these stories instill a sense of place and understanding of the rich heritage of our trees and forests. The book also carries an environmental message encouraging children to appreciate and manage natural resources wisely and respectfully. The highly accessible format includes a map of historic trees locations, a glossary of tree terms, a tree identification chart, and a list of suggested books and websites for further reading.
Call Number: 977.5 BRA
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
Students will catch colorful glimpses of Wisconsin's dairy farms, pioneers, people, environment, and history. The book includes facts, places to visit, annual events, an historical timeline, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary. Students will be able to take a tour and explore Wisconsin through this comprehensive book about the state. It also contains a list of related books and websites.
W Is for Wisconsin by
Call Number: 977.5 BUT
Publication Date: 1998-05-01
Work your way through the alphabet with this illustrated picture book. Each letter represents a unique gem of Wisconsin. Text reading level is third to fourth grade designed for a read-aloud. Each letter also has the American Sign Language translation.
Wisconsin Portraits by
Call Number: 977.5 H597W
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Fifty-five men and women are included in this compilation of Wisconsin biographies. Artist Georgia O’Keefe, environmentalist Aldo Leopold, and magician Harry Houdini are only a few of the athletes, soldiers, entertainers, scientists, politicians, or reformers written about who helped shape this state and still touch Wisconsinites lives every day. Learning about the lives of Wisconsin residents contributes to a deeper comprehension of the areas in which they lived; and this in turn, shapes a deeper cultural understanding of the people, places and events of a region.
Native People of Wisconsin by
Call Number: 977.5 L82N
Publication Date: 2003-09-12
Native People of Wisconsin introduces students to the twelve Indian nations that live in Wisconsin, and incorporates various ways Native people remember the past, emphasizing the value of oral tradition. Chapters devoted to each Wisconsin Indian Nation—the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Potawatomi, Oneida, Mohican, Brothertown, and six Bands of Ojibwe—have three main topics: tribal traditions, tribal history, and tribal life today. This structure will help young readers learn the unique history of each Nation, the ways that the Nations differ from one another, the commonalities among the groups, and those values Native people share with non-Indians. New Badger History Reader Distributed for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Call Number: 977.5 REC
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
Take a trip to the Great Lakes state of Wisconsin! Known as America's Dairyland, this state makes more cheese than any other. Kids will read all about the Badger State's landscapes, including the North Woods, the Wisconsin Dells, and more. This title also explores state history, recreational activities, and festivals.
B Is for Badger by
Call Number: 977.5 WAR
Publication Date: 2004-05-13
The intriguing facts and faces, history and places of Wisconsin are revealed to readers young and old in B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet. From its leaders in fine arts and architecture (Georgia O'Keefe and Frank Lloyd Wright) to its pioneers in nature conservation (John Muir and Aldo Leopold), Wisconsin has been an influence on major movements in education, industry, and use of natural resources. Brought to life with lyric rhymes and expressive, original artwork, B is for Badger showcases for natives and visitors alike the splendors of Wisconsin.
What's Great about Wisconsin? by
Call Number: 977.5 WIT
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
What's so great about Wisconsin? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Badger State! Explore Wisconsin's dairy farms, pine forests, crystal blue lakes, and large cities.
Other Great Books about Wisconsin
Bucky's Journey Through the Badger State! by
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Follow Bucky as he travels through Wisconsin. Full color illustrations support your growing interest about amazing places in Wisconsin. Useful boxes throughout the book contain facts about different sites of interest that Wisconsin has to offer.
Publication Date: 1998-09-01
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Publication Date: 1993-05-01
Wisconsin Facts and Symbols by
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Full color pictures,quick facts, and low reading level text throughout this informational book will support reader’s growing knowledge about basic Wisconsin facts. It is a great start for students wanting to find out more about Wisconsin in general. The reading level is a bit lower than most of our resources; it can be used when differentiating this unit for emerging readers.
Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story Student Textbook by
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
The “Thinking like a Historian” framework begins each chapter by posing historical questions in this comprehensive and definitive textbook on the Badger State. Primary sources, full color, and many interesting stories about what makes our diverse state so special and unique are included. Learn about fugitive slaves using Wisconsin’s network of the Underground Railroads, Wisconsin’s German heritage, and the Native American tribes that were here before anyone else. This textbook is full of biographies, maps, and historical accounts of our great state.
Harley and the Davidsons by
Call Number: 338.7 BAR
Publication Date: 2007-01-11
This new addition to the Badger Biographies Series tells the story of four young inventors who shared a dream: to create the best motorized bicycle in America. Their turn of the century aspirations took them from a backyard machine shop to a highly successful business empire--and all in the span of just a few years. With grit, determination, and not a little elbow grease, Bill Harley and the Davidson brothers--Arthur, William, and Walter--used their engineering and machine-shop expertise to continually perfect their designs and present the best possible products to the American public. Along the way they made their mark on the racing circuit and introduced safety measures that continue to this day. After their deaths, their sons and daughters continued this legacy, buying back the company after it changed hands and re-establishing Harley-Davidson as the king of the motorcycle world. From the V-twin to the Knucklehead, the story of Harley and the Davidsons remains one of the great success stories of the twentieth century.
Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers by
Call Number: 791.309 APP
Publication Date: 2006-09-06
This new addition to the Badger Biography series for young readers features the story of the young Ringling brothers of circus fame. The book tells the inspiring story of the seven sons of German and French immigrants who were guided by their dreams to escape poverty through hard work and ambition. These entrepreneurial brothers moved with their parents to Baraboo, Wisconsin where their fantastic circus adventure began. With no circus experience, the brothers tackled one of the riskiest businesses of the time. Each brother contributed his unique talents to make their enterprise successful. The Ringling Brothers were admired for their technological innovations, strategy and devotion to education. They were also esteemed for their genuine appreciation of their audience.
Belle and Bob la Follette by
Call Number: 900 KAN
Publication Date: 2008-08-21
The most famous couple in Wisconsin politics, Fighting Bob La Follette and his wife, Belle Case La Follette, come to life in the pages of the newest addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. The father of Progressive politics, Bob La Follette was famous for digging in his heels when it came to reforming government corruption. He also gained a reputation for fiery speeches on the campaign trail and on the Senate floor. Belle La Follette was political in her own right. The first woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin's Law School, she was an advocate for world peace and an agitator for the women's vote. She was also Bob's most trusted political advisor. Together, the couple raised a family and fought for the changes they believed would make the world a better place
Richard Bong by
Call Number: 901 BON
Publication Date: 2009-08-01
Who would have imagined a farm boy from Wisconsin would be the greatest air hero of World War II? Richard Bong was an athletic and hard-working boy from northern Wisconsin who dreamed of flying from the first time a plane buzzed low over his family farm. When war broke out, he left behind a life of sports, deer hunting, and farm chores to fly the new P-38 Lightning for the Army Air Force. Stationed in New Guinea, Bong shot down a total of 40 Japanese flyers in under three years - beating the record of 26 set by Eddie Rickenbacker in World War I. His accomplishments won this modest pilot the title "Ace of Aces" and a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded by General MacArthur himself. Follow Bong as he navigates his way through basic training, flight school, and life on an overseas army base. Watch as he takes to the skies in his P-38 fighter jet, outflying Japanese aircraft with barrel rolls, dives, and turns. Celebrate as he meets and marries the love of his life back home in Wisconsin, and mourn as his life comes to a swift and unexpected end during an ill-fated training flight in California. Richard Bong: World War II Flying Ace is part of the Badger Biographies series for young readers. The engaging narrative is complemented by an accessible format that includes historic photographs, a glossary of terms, sidebars on life in the military, and suggestions for activities and discussion.
Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor by
Call Number: 901 EVI
Publication Date: 2009-01-23
Ole Evinrude and his Outboard Motor follows Evinrude as he takes his idea for an outboard motor from the drawing board to the factory floor, and in the process, made Wisconsin one of the world's most important centers of outboard motor manufacturing.
Casper Jaggi by
Call Number: 901 JAG
Publication Date: 2008-03-07
Have you ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes? You'll find out in this story about a Swiss cheese maker named Casper Jaggi. Casper Jaggi was only six years old when his father taught him how to make cheese in the Swiss Alps. In 1913, Jaggi left Switzerland in search of new opportunities in the United States. Like many other Swiss, he settled in Green County, Wisconsin, where the rolling hills dotted with grazing cows reminded him of home. And soon, he'd be turning cow's milk into cheese, just as he did in Switzerland. The book opens the doors to Jaggi's Brodhead Swiss Cheese Factory - largest factory of its kind in Wisconsin in the 1950s. Archival photos help illustrate, step-by-step, the process Jaggi and his workers followed to transform 2,000 pounds of milk in a copper kettle into a 200-pound wheel of Swiss cheese. Jaggi was one of the many European immigrants who helped establish Wisconsin's reputation for delicious cheese. The artisan cheese makers crafting award-winning cheeses today are continuing this rich tradition in America's Dairyland.
A Recipe for Success by
Call Number: 901 KAN
Publication Date: 2006-09-19
A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and her Cookbook celebrates the life of Milwaukee's early twentieth-century culinary wonder. This new addition to the Badger Biography series will introduce young readers to a remarkable young woman who made a difference in the lives of the early immigrants in Wisconsin. Kander originally created The Settlement Cookbook to assist young Jewish immigrant girls in cooking nutritious American-style meals for their families. Since its publication, several generations of household cooks have been raised on the delicious recipes of the cookbook. Proceeds from the sale of the original cookbook helped build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later the city's Jewish Community Center. The century-old cookbook is still in print today. This is a delightful biography, filled with humorous asides, wonderful period illustrations, and of course recipes
Mountain Wolf Woman by
Call Number: 901 MOU
Publication Date: 2007-07-13
With the seasons of the year as a backdrop, author Diane Holliday describes what life was like for a Ho-Chunk girl who lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Central to the story is the movement of Mountain Wolf Woman and her family in and around Wisconsin. Like many Ho-Chunk people in the mid-1800s, Mountain Wolf Woman's family was displaced to Nebraska by the U.S. government. They later returned to Wisconsin but continued to relocate throughout the state as the seasons changed to gather and hunt food. Based on her own autobiography as told to anthropologist Nancy Lurie, Mountain Wolf Woman's words are used throughout the book to capture her feelings and memories during childhood. Author Holliday draws young readers into this Badger Biographies series book by asking them to think about how the lives of their ancestors and how their lives today compare to the way Mountain Wolf Woman lived over a hundred years ago.
Gaylord Nelson by
Call Number: 901 NEL
Publication Date: 2010-02-24
Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War II, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions. Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916, Gaylord grew up as immersed in his parents' political work and community service as he was in playing practical jokes and exploring the natural world surrounding his home town. Along the way he encountered experiences that would shape him in fundamental ways: as a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition and yet who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. Both traits would serve him well as he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator. Nelson fought to treat all races equally and to condemn McCarthy-era paranoia, but his greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about another battle: the fight to save the natural world and the earth itself. It was his idea to use teach-ins to let people know that the environment needed their help. Thanks to him, more natural resources were conserved and new laws demanded clean air and water. Now, every year on April 22, people all over the world plant trees and pick up litter to celebrate Earth Day. The Earth and its inhabitants aren't safe yet, but Gaylord Nelson demonstrated that even one person can help to save the world.
Dr. Kate by
Call Number: 901 NEW
Publication Date: 2009-03-14
Pioneering North Woods doctor Kate Pelham Newcomb comes to life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Born in 1885, Kate Pelham was suppose to grow up to be a proper young lady in Boston, but despite her father's wishes she was determined to be a doctor. After medical school, her husband's health brought them to the clean air of northern Wisconsin and before long Kate knew every back road and cabin in the North Woods. She visited patients by snowmobile, by canoe, and by snowshoe and never sent a bill. Instead she was paid in firewood and vegtables. But what Kate dreamed of more than anything for her patients was a hospital. And that's when the kids of the community got involved. They set out to collect a million pennies - $10,000 - to help Dr. Kate build a hospital. As the news spread, coins poured in from countries across the globe. Students carted bushels of pennies, and Dr. Kate read thousands of letters cheering on her effort. Her dream came true in 1954 when the Lakeland Memorial Hospital opened its doors. Young readers will warm to Kate's spirit of compassion and never-say-never attitude.
Caroline Quarlls and the Underground Railroad by
Call Number: 9901 QUA
Publication Date: 2008-03-11
On July 4th, 1842, Caroline Quarlls left family, friends, and the only life she'd known behind in St. Louis, Missouri. As the child of a slave mother and a slave owner father, her young life was one of drudgery and obedience until that fateful Independence Day when she illegally took a steamboat across the Mississippi River from St. Louis to Alton, Illinois, in the hope of reaching freedom. With the help of abolitionists, the sixteen-year-old traveled through Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan on what has become known as the Underground Railroad. Each step of the way, Quarlls was pursued by lawyers paid to retrieve her and bounty hunters greedy for the reward money. She took cover in uncomfortable places from barrels to potato chutes to fields and endured long, bumpy rides in the bottom of a wagon. Finally, she crossed from Detroit into Sandwich, Canada. But that was just the beginning. In Canada, Caroline created a new life as a free woman, which was an exciting, but also frightening, experience. Caroline's story gives young readers a personal snapshot of the tension-filled journey of a runaway slave in 1842 and illuminates a segment of the complicated history of race in our nation.
Mai Ya's Long Journey by
Call Number: 901 X49C
Publication Date: 2005-08-31
One in the Badger Biography series that explores the stories of Wisconsin people. This is the story of Mai Ya Xiong and her family. Their journey from a refugee camp in Thailand to a new life in Madison, Wisconsin, is typical of the stories of the Hmong people who struggle to adjust to American society while maintaining their own culture.