Distinguished books that best promote awareness of California and its people.

2019

The Way You Make Me Feel

by Goo, Maurene
Call Number: YA
2018

The 57 Bus

by Slater, Dashka,
Call Number: 306.7680973 S631

The lives of two very different teens intersect on an Oakland, California bus in November, 2013 in this absorbing narrative non-fictional portrait that recounts their lives leading up to and following that fateful day, touching upon race, class, gender identity and the juvenile justice system. Told in short, engrossing chapters and incorporating original poetry that underscores identity issues, both racial and gender, as complex and fluid.

2017

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

by Dumas, Firoozeh,
Call Number: x

Zomorod Yousefzadeh is determined to make a fresh start at her junior high in Newport Beach. Her first move? Picking out a “normal” American name (Cindy) and setting her sights on new friends. But fitting in becomes near impossible when the Iranian Revolution and the American hostage crisis start making headlines. Set in the late 1970s, readers can take a lot from this perspective on the immigrant experience.

2016

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

by Eggers, Dave,
Call Number: x 624 E29
2015

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands

by Roy, Katherine,
Call Number: x 597.3 R888

The coast of California is home to many sharks, like the Great Whites of the Farallon Islands. Katherine Roy’s illustrations are so beautiful you won’t notice that there aren’t any actual photographs, and this fact-filled book shows why scientists and readers alike find these creatures so frightening and fascinating!

 
2014

The Tree Lady

by Hopkins, H. Joseph.
Call Number: x 92 S493Ho

A charming picture book biography about the life and times of Katherine Olivia Sessions, the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science and who became known as the "Mother of Balboa Park" for her dedication to gardening and planting trees in San Diego. Colorful and encouraging. Grades K-3.

2013

The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks

by Rosenstock, Barbara.
Call Number: x 92 R781Ro

(Grades 1-4) Rosenstock’s accessible text and Gerstein’s vibrant illustrations pair well to tell the story of a little-known historical camping trip that spurred the creation of national parks and protected public wilderness. Gerstein’s illustrations admirably capture Roosevelt’s exuberance, Muir’s passion, and Yosemite’s awe-inspiring beauty.

2012

One day and one amazing morning on Orange Street

by Rocklin, Joanne.
Call Number: x
The last remaining orange tree on a Southern California street brings together neighbors of all ages as they face their problems and anxieties, including the possibility that a mysterious stranger is a threat to their tree.
2011

The Vinyl Princess

by Prinz, Yvonne.
Call Number:
2010

Operation Redwood

by French, S. Terrell.
Call Number: x
2009

Steinbeck's Ghost

by Buzbee, Lewis, 1957-
Call Number:
2007

Julia Morgan Built a Castle

by Mannis, Celeste Davidson.
Call Number: x 92 M8484Ma
2006

The Balloon Boy of San Francisco

by Leland, Dorothy Kupcha.
Call Number: x
2005

Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
Call Number: x
2004

Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law

by Haskins, James, 1941-2005.
Call Number: 347.092 P822Ha
2003

Ansel Adams: America's Photographer

by Gherman, Beverly.
Call Number: x 92 A2115Gh
2002

Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio

by Johnston, Tony, 1942-
Call Number: x
2001

Hurry freedom : African Americans in Gold Rush California

by Stanley, Jerry, 1941-
Call Number: x 979 S788
Recounts the history of African Americans in California during the Gold Rush while focusing on the life and work of Mifflin Gibbs.
2000

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

by Calabro, Marian.
Call Number: x 979.4 C141
1999

Bandit's moon

by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010.
Call Number: x
Twelve-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquín Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s.
1998

The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child

by Jimenez, Francisco, 1943-
Call Number: x Ed.a
1997

The ballad of Lucy Whipple

by Cushman, Karen.
Call Number: x
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.
1996

Summer on Wheels

by Soto, Gary.
Call Number: x
1995

Cat Running

by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.
Call Number: x
1994

Dragon's Gate

by Yep, Laurence, 1948-
Call Number: x
1992

Sierra

by Siebert, Diane.
Call Number: x 811 S571-2
1991

Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Soto, Gary
Call Number: x Ed.d
1990

The great American gold rush

by Blumberg, Rhoda.
Call Number: x 979 B658

People came from all over the world to pursue the dream of discovering gold in California in the mid 19 th -century, and this book tells the story using primary sources such as letters, diaries, newspapers, posters, cartoons and advertisements.

1989

Chang's Paper Pony

by Coerr, Eleanor.
Call Number: xz IR Ed.b