Kansas

BOOKS ABOUT KANSAS

 

A Home in AmericaA Home in America: A Volga German Story • The Mueller family, descendants of the Germans who settled the Volga River area in Russia in the mid-1700s, turn to America to escape Russia’s enforced military service. Told through the eyes of twelve year old Eva, the story chronicles the hardships of their travels by land and sea to America and their resettlement on the Kansas plains…  more

 

The Galvanized YankeeThe Galvanized Yankee • by Roy Bird | To escape the dreadful conditions of a Union prison camp, a young captured Confederate becomes a “Galvanized Yankee”—a member of the United States Volunteers, regiments of Southern prisoners of war formed to protect white settlers from Indians on the Western frontier… more

 

Front Cover of In God We TrustedIn God We Trusted: Pioneer Stories from Kansas by Roy Bird | Popular stories of Kansas history in large print for easier reading describes this collection. Roy Bird has been capturing the essence of Kansas through the lives of its residents for over thirty years and continues to educate and entertain with the 25 stories, tales, and episodes featured in this book from his home state’s past…  more

 

The Wichita IndiansThe Wichita Indians: People of the Grass House • by Susan A. Holland and photography by Mike Rooney | The Wichita Indians shared the Great Plains, in the central United States, with a variety of animals, including millions of bison, elk, and birds. The Wichita built their homes of poles and prairie grass, which grew up to 12 feet tall. These unique, beehive-shaped grass houses were exclusive to the Wichita, housed extended families, and could last up to 14 years. Tools, fashioned from chert and bison bones, were used to construct homes and cultivate garden plots… more

 

Big Brutus, the Kansas Coal ShovelBig Brutus, the Kansas Coal Shovel • by Brenda Eck, illustrated by Jessie Pohl | Big Brutus put the oooohs and aaahs in the backyard of the Heartlands! Miles before you reach this retired giant, you can see it on the horizon south of West Mineral, Kansas…more

 

 

cover-front-teddy-150Teddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks • by Jerilynn Henrikson | Teddy, the William Allen White family’s fox terrier died in 1923. In this mix of history and imagination, the author uses Teddy’s ghost to tell his version of the family history. Family members, neighbors, and state historical society employees have experienced Teddy’s “presence” at Red Rocks to this day …  more

 

Dawn of Day cover front thumbnailDawn of Day • by J.A. McPhail and illustrated by Gwen Battis | An engaging introduction to a little-known part of Kansas history—the pre-Civil War immigration of abolitionists into the Territory to help “Bleeding Kansas” join the Union as a free state.  … more

 

 

 

Maggie Rose and SassMaggie Rose and Sass • by Eunice Boeve | Maggie Rose and Sass explores the differences between two races and the culture of the times. The novel is set in 1888 in a fictional town based on Nicodemus, Kansas, a town settled eleven years earlier by ex-slaves from Kentucky. Life in Georgia with an ugly-tempered, racist grandmother has not prepared the orphaned Maggie Rose for Solomon Town whose citizens are almost all black. Sass has lived all her life in Solomon Town, the daughter of an ex-slave mother and a free-born, educated, mixed-race father. Raised in such totally different cultures, the two girls are bound to clash…more

 

The Summer of the Crow cover front thumbnailThe Summer of the Crow • by Eunice Boeve | Dust storms, rabbit drives, hobo camps, and riding on freight trains were all a part of life for many throughout the Midwest during the Great Depression. Polio and many other diseases had not yet been conquered and the huge dust storms that killed livestock and ruined crops also caused life-threatening respiratory ailments, such as asthma and pneumonia. In the spring of 1935, thirteen-year-old Brady Foster’s family is forced to leave their “dusted out” wheat farm in southwest Kansas when his mother’s asthma takes a turn for the worst … more

 

Hark! I Hear a MeadowlarkHark! I Hear a Meadowlark! • by Roy Bird and Kim Harp, illustrated by Gwen Battis | “Hark! I hear a meadowlark. And the meadowlark hears me.” Follow along as two small children discover numerous Kansas symbols using all five senses. It is sure to be a favorite for generations to come! … more

 

Echoes of Kansas Past cover front thumbnailEchoes of Kansas Past • A Travel Through Time • by Eunice Boeve and illustrated by Julie Peterson-Shea | Travel back in time with fourth grade twins, Jack and Mollie, in this illustrated chapter book and meet those who are now part of Kansas history. Go with the twins as they travel through time and find themselves “walking in the moccasins of others.” Among their experiences: living as Kanza Indians in 1620, riding an orphan train where new parents await the children, hiding with other scared runaway slaves in a dark cellar and meeting Abraham Lincoln, witnessing discrimination as first grade classmates of Langston Hughes in a non-integrated school, arriving at Fort Riley where they meet Comanche, the famous horse of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, again becoming Indian children in the harsh early days of the Haskell University, and attending a dance where they hear the first ever rendition of the state song, “Home on the Range.” … more

 

 

Wishing You HomeWishing You Home • by Eunice Boeve | How do you make a banana split? The answer? Step on it. That is one of the jokes ten-year-old Bobby Benson and his dad, fighting in Germany in this last year of WWII, send in their letters. Wishing You Home begins with the news that Bobby’s best friend’s dad has been killed in the war. Bobby’s fear for his own dad’s safety increases…more

 

 

Little Ike cover front thumbnailLittle Ike • Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Abilene Boyhood • by Roy Bird and illustrated by Gwen Battis | “Abilene is just another small town,” Little Ike told himself, “no different from all the others that dot the plains.” But it had not always been that way. This book is filled with memories of Dwight’s family, friends, and community about one of the best known and most beloved citizens of America is sure to delight. … more

 

BOOKS BY KANSAS AUTHORS

 

Trinity Tales of Tresia - Book IITrinity Tales of Tresia: A Quite Extraordinary Umbrella (Book II) • by J.A. McPhail | Brie has waited and hoped for a remarkable twelfth birthday gift from her neighbors. What they give her isn’t even close. It’s a horrible ugly black second-hand umbrella! Now she may never go on three magical journeys and discover the secrets of Tresia. Then Dave shows up. He’s too polite and way over-dressed. After her party, Brie’s expected to entertain “Goody-Two-Shoes” Dave all by herself… more

 

Trinity Tales of Tresia - Book ITrinity Tales of Tresia: A Most Remarkable Hat (Book I) • by J.A. McPhail | All her life Winifred Dalen has heard fantastic stories passed down from her grandmother and aunt about a mysterious universe and a secret family gift. But are the stories real? Now that Winny has turned twelve, it’s time for her to choose to believe or not. If she accepts them as truth, Winny has been told she will begin an amazing and magical journey… more

 

It's Hard to Hug a CowIt’s Hard to Hug a Cow • About a Registered Red Angus cow that is not just seen through the eyes of a human as a milk producing, profit making animal but as a friend. It’s Hard to Hug a Cow starts out with realistic pencil drawings going to cartoon drawings with comedic intent during the anticipated act of hugging this adorable critter. This is a fun book for those who love farm animals not to mention the Registered Red Angus raisers…  more

 

The WastageThe Wastage • by Dean Halliday Smith | A hard-hitting no holds barred novel of the war that created the United States, and the two days in December 1862 when it almost came undone and the Confederacy had its last great opportunity to win the Civil War… more

 

 

 

BreadBread! Bread! Bread! • by Gloria Creed-Dikeogu | Bread! Bread! Bread! is a simple, yet colorful children’s story set in Cape Town, South Africa, during World War II. Mama sends Tietie, the eldest of seven children, to the Indian store to fetch bread. On her way to the store, Tietie finds that the bread truck has met with an accident… more

 

The Curse of Senmut cover front thumbnailThe Curse of Senmut • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 1) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Outside a small village near the Valley of the Kings, archaeologist Ardis Cole arrives in Egypt to help excavate a tomb recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin. When Jane is murdered, … more

 

 

Unmarked GraveUnmarked Grave • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 2) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Ardis travels to Scotland to do a facial reconstruction on a skull her friend Bruce McBrier has discovered in the woods outside his ancestral castle … more

 

 

 

The Crimson Masquerade cover front thumbnailThe Crimson Masquerade • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 3) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Trouble precedes Ardis Cole to the site of a Han Dynasty tomb in China. Dr. Yong Po, who has asked for her assistance, is being stalked by a person wearing a crimson opera mask … more

 

 

 

 

Murder and the Monalet Ruby cover front thumbnailMurder and the Monalet Ruby • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 4) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | When Ardis Cole goes to South Dakota to handle a bequest of pioneer and Sioux artifacts left to the University of Chicago by the wealthy private collector, Anthony LaMoine, she finds unexpected trouble—a stolen ruby … more

 

The Destruction of NevaThe Destruction of Neva • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 5) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Ardis Cole is summoned to Russia to help Grant Merlin’s friend, Nikolai Savik, locate a priceless marble statue called Neva. The life-sized sculpture vanished along with the artist, Nikolai’s uncle Treve Savik, seven years ago…  more

 

 

Killer of EaglesKiller of Eagles • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 6) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Ardis Cole braves a sudden blizzard on her way to the isolated Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation to help her friend, Ella White Owl, locate her missing niece. Carrie, an art teacher at Shadow Pass High School, appears to have simply vanished …  more

 

The Pirated EmeraldThe Pirated Emerald • The Ardis Cole Series (Book 7) • by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson | Ardis reached out for the glowing jewel encased in its thick, crude mounting of gold. She gazed incredulously at the ring, unable to believe that she held in her hand the famous pirated Sea Star Emerald. When Ardis’ colleague, Red Michaels, is found crushed to death by a fallen beam in the wreck of the 1858 clipper ship, the Fortune, she flies to Galveston…  more

 

Seven to OneSeven to One: My Life Measured in Dog Yeard (A Joyful Memoir) • by Jerilynn Jones Henrikson | Tradition has it that one year of a dog’s life is equal to seven years of human life. The lifespan of the average dog is about twelve years. It follows that in eighty-four years a person could sequentially share life with seven dogs. My goal here is to “tell my life” in dog years, to measure phases of my existence by the lives of the dogs that have shared it… more

 

Maggie Mae's Hare-Brained DayMaggie Mae’s Hare-Brained Day • by Deb Jackson | You wouldn’t believe how hard a jack rabbit can kick! Maggie Mae finds out the hard way. She chases that trespassing hare into his rabbit hole and gets thumped on the head, just for doing her job! Now with a sore nose and throbbing brain, she heads home through the pasture to her sister, Holly, for help. When they put their heads together they come up with a surprising lesson! Two wrongs, don’t make a right!… more

 

cover-vest-front-150How a Boy Earned His Name • by Susan Holland | In the 1400s, a Native American boy growing up in what is now known as the Southwestern United States had to earn his name by accomplishing a notable feat. Historical tradition and petroglyphs are the basis for this exciting tale of a boy on his journey to acquire a name for himself…  more

Will Not Fear cover front thumbnailI Will Not Fear • A Chosen Life • by J.A. McPhail | She arrived late-over three weeks past her due date-and she departed decades too early for her family and friends. But during the 36 years of her life on earth, Stacie Jeanne McPhail brought love and joy to everyone who knew her. As a young child, she made the decision to live a life of complete faith in the God Who loved her. Stacie spent time in the Word of God and prayer daily, and relied on the Holy Spirit to guide her in making life decisions. Through the joys and challenges of growing up …  more

cover-front-loveyou-100I Love You … Anyway • by Mary Duncan, illustrated by Kathleen Kirch | As a young mother faces the challenge of finding help for her son, she learns that there is a support system out there to assist. With each milestone her son faces, she is there to encourage and support … more

 

I Get to Be MeI Get to Be Me • by Grant Kollman | A young boy, who doesn’t want to go to school because of all the adversity he faces from bullies and others, would rather stay at home where through his imagination he can have amazing adventures and avoid being the person he really is. By discovering that being himself is an adventure, he realizes the many wonderful events and friends he’ll miss if he doesn’t go out and be himself!… more

 

A Fish WishA Fish Wish • by Kim Holley and illustrated by SaVanna Dixon | I thought to myself how much fun would it be to spend every day just swimming around in the sea! But think, think, think, how could I do this? Of course, that’s it! I’ll make believe I’m a fish!… more

 

 

gloves-cover-front-115I Love Gloves • by Kim Holley and illustrated by Kristen Hawkins | Imagine if your favorite superhero got dressed in the dark and put on the wrong pair of gloves? Wouldn’t it be funny to see your superhero in the garden planting flowers wearing a cape and mask and polka dot gloves? In a world of make believe, sometimes all it takes is the right pair of gloves to help you become anything or anyone you can imagine yourself to be … more

 

Rollie Pollie Review cover front thumbnailRollie Pollie Review • by Kim Holley and illustrated by Kristen Hawkins | Ever imagine what else rollie pollies could do with all those arms and legs besides roll all around in your hand? Well, get ready to boogie, because here comes the Rollie Pollie Review! … more

 

 

Don't Stick a Bean Up Your Nose! cover front thumbnailDon’t Stick a Bean Up Your Nose! • by TJ Benham and illustrated by Jillian Dister | What might happen if you decide your nose is where beans want to hide? Find out one possibility as Grandpa recalls his personal experience as a young boy! … more

 

 

Symbolism cover front thumbnailSymbolism of Petroglyphs and Pictographs • near Mountainair, New Mexico, the Gateway to Ancient Cities • by Susan A. Holland | With no written alphabet, records of the Southwest Native Americans were kept in the form of either petroglyphs or pictographs on rock surfaces. By examining their symbolism, we are able to gain significant insight of their existence, a deeper understanding of their spiritual and ceremonial beliefs, and a glimpse into their daily lives. …  more

 

 

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Along Winding Trails • (Fiction Historical Western, Sequel to Along Shadowed Trails) Joshua Ryder, convinced he carries bad blood, leaves Texas in the spring of 1876 with a trail herd of longhorns bound for Montana. The following spring he heads west with plans to settle near the Pacific Ocean and live in solitude with just his books and horses for company. But a Nez Perce woman and her baby change his plans and he ends up in Virginia City, Montana. There an old washerwoman, a little girl of white and Chinese ancestry, a young woman with red curls, and a murder charge further complicate his life … more

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Along Shadowed Trails • (Fiction Historical Western, Prequel to Along Winding Trails) Joshua Ryder is eight when his mother is murdered. An old cowboy becomes the father he has never had and when he is dying asks Josh, now eighteen, to leave the ranch with their neighbor, Miguel, and get some experience working for another outfit. Riding Shadow, the buckskin he’s raised from a colt, Josh comes to the Rawlins’ ranch and hires on to help drive a herd of longhorns to Kansas … more

 

 

Spiders from Heaven cover front thumbnailSpiders from Heaven • A Poetic Journey into Middle-Aged Motherhood • by Ann L. Carter | “Here I am starting this journal about possibly adopting and I can’t even put ‘Adoption’ as the file name. What am I afraid of? That someone might look in my computer and think I want a child to love?” So begins the author’s personal story of adoption and motherhood …  more

 

cover-front-compton-150aBorn and Raised in the Streets of Compton by Kevin “Salt Rocc” Lewis — A story of ghetto youth growing up in the city of Compton, California, a place where the navigation of daily life is literally, a tightrope between life and death. A true story based upon many events among the urban black youth growing up amidst poverty in the notorious city of Compton, California. This story follows the path of a second generation Crip member, who weaves his journey into the context of the United States sociological history and governmental action that propagated the birth and escalation of gangs and gang violence, now careening out of control …  more

 

No Right AnswersNo Right Answers • by Whitney Horn | A volunteer class trip to the South Pacific quickly turns into a nightmare when Asta, her two best friends, and ten other classmates crash land on a seemingly normal island. But the island is more than it appears. The beach they find themselves on is devoid of both plane wreckage and any other passengers, dead or alive, but that doesn’t mean the classmates are alone …  more