Welcome to America, Champ

Welcome to America, Champ

Catherine Stier (author), Doris Ettlinger (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627530170

Read Now


During World War II thousands of American servicemen were stationed overseas in various countries. It is in England that American GI Jack Ricker meets and marries an English widow with a nine-year-old son, Thomas. Thomas likes his new stepfather and he's hopeful about their future. But now with the war over, Jack is back in America. Thomas and his mother make plans to leave England and join him. Thomas is apprehensive about moving. He won't know anyone, apart from Jack. In America, they play baseball and not cricket. Will he fit in? Thomas and his mother find themselves on a trans-Atlantic voyage on the Queen Mary, sailing to America and a new life. They're not alone; hundreds of other "Brides and Babies" are on board, making the same trip with the same dreams. When Thomas helps another passenger handle feelings of homesickness, he realizes he is prepared to start his new American life.

Reading Level
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
Family History
Interest Age
Ages 6-8 Ages 9-12
1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade
Social Studies
English (US)
More Like This

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Christi E. Parker

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989107

Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up as a pioneer girl and endured the difficult times in the West. Wilder made important contributions to the West. Other pioneer women contributed as well, including Narcissa Whitman, the first female pioneer.

America's White Table

Margot Theis Raven (author), Mike Benny (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531405

The White Table is set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give. It was just a little white table... but it felt as big as America when we helped Mama put each item on it and she told us why it was so important. "We use a Small Table, girls," she explained first, "to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. We cover it with a White Cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when he answers his country's call to duty." "We place a Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return," she continued."We push an Empty Chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here..." Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for 30 years. Margot's first children's book, Angels in the Dust, won five national awards, including an IRATeacher's Choice Award. Her first book with Sleeping Bear Press, Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, was the runner-up for the 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina. Mike Benny's illustrations have appeared in Time, GQ, New Yorker and Sports Illustrated Magazines. He has also been awarded two Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators. This is Mike's first children's book. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Adele.

My Life as an Immigrant

Nancy Kelly Allen (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781618104007

Immigrants sailed from faraway lands to come to America for opportunity. This book includes their experiences at Ellis Island, the struggles of finding employment, and learning a new language in a strange new world.

Pioneer Trails

Christi E. Parker

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989091

Pioneers experienced hardships during their journey through the West, which led them on the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. The moving and travels of these pioneers affected not only their lives, but also the American Indians, America's animals, and the country.

Quien eres tu?

John Serrano (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612698243

Los ninos de este libro aprenden y comparten cosas acerca de si mismos. Quiza tambien tu puedas encontrar maneras de aprender mas acerca de ti mismo!

Anna & Natalie

Barbara H. Cole (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723017

Anna is never on any team at school. But she is determined to be part of the annual wreath-laying team at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. Not until the end of the story do readers discover that Anna is blind.