Picture Book Timeline

A Chronological List of Children's Picture Books about Modern History (1900 - Present)

 

Here is a chronological list of children's picture book biographies and other children’s books about people and events that happened during Modern History - the time period between 1900 and the present.

To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt, by Doreen Rappaport

September 14, 1901:  Theodore Roosevelt becomes President of the United States

To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt, by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by C. E. Payne


To Fly: The Story of the Wright Btothers, by Wendie Old, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

December 17, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright pilot the first sustained flight of a heavier-than-air airplane near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

To Fly: The Story of the Wright Btothers, by Wendie Old, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker


Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein, by Don Brown

September 27, 1905 - Albert Einstein publishes his paper: “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” which introduces the equation  E = mc2.

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein, by Don Brown


Henry Ford, by Jonatha A. Brown

1908 - Henry Ford starts producing Model T cars

Henry Ford, by Jonatha A. Brown


The Last Emperor, by Jeremy Smith

February 12, 1912 - Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, is forced to give up his throne

The Last Emperor, by Jeremy Smith, illustrated by Anthony Lewis


The Sinking of the Titanic, by Louise Park

April 15, 1912 - The Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg

The Sinking of the Titanic, by Louise Park


See Inside The First World War; (An Usborne Flap Book), by Rob Lloyd Jones

July 28, 1914 - World War I begins when the the Austro-Hungarians declare war on Serbia

See Inside The First World War (An Usborne Flap Book), by Rob Lloyd Jones, illustrated by Maria Cristina Pritelli


Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914;, by John Hendrix

December 25, 1914 - The Christmas Truce - German and Allied Soldiers on the Western Front cease firing at each other and sing carols, exchange gifts, and bury their dead in No Man's Land

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914, by John Hendrix


A Picture Book of Harry Houdini;, by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler

January 7, 1918 -  Harry Houdini performs his "Vanishing Elephant" illusion at New York's Hippodrome Theater

A Picture Book of Harry Houdini, by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins


Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong, by Lesa Cline-Ransome

1922  - Louis Armstrong  joins Joe "King" Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome


Flight, by Robert Burleigh

May 21, 1927 - Charles Lindbergh lands his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, near Paris, successfully completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean

Flight, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer


Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, by Meg Wiviott

November 9 and 10, 1928 - The Night of Broken Glass (“Kristallnacht”) - German Nazis ransack and demolish Jewish homes, hospitals, schools, and synagogues throughout the German Reich

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass, by Meg Wiviott, illustrated by Josee Bisaillon


Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth, by Robert Burleigh

August 11, 1929  - Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run

Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer


Born and Bred in the Great Depression, by Jonah Winter and Kimberly Bulcken Root

1929 to late 1930s - The Great Depression

Born and Bred in the Great Depression, by Jonah Winter and Kimberly Bulcken Root


A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

March 12, 1930 - Mahatma Gandhi and group of supporters begin marching over 240 miles across western India to peacefully protest British rule in India

A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March, by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by Giuliano Ferri


The Dust Bowl, by David Booth

1931 to 1939 - The Dust Bowl - Oklahoma, Kansas, and northern Texas are affected by severe soil erosion caused by drought and windstorms

The Dust Bowl, by David Booth, illustrated by Karen Reczuch


A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America, by Kathleen Krull

November 8, 1932 - Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected as the 32nd president of the United States

A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher


You Wouldn't Want to Be on the Hindenburg!: A Transatlantic Trip You'd Rather Skip, by Ian Graham

May 6, 1937 - The Hindenburg explodes in New Jersey

You Wouldn't Want to Be on the Hindenburg!: A Transatlantic Trip You'd Rather Skip, by Ian Graham, illustrated by David Antram


Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic, by Robert Burleigh

July 2, 1937 - Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, disappears with her navigator Frederick Noonan  while flying over the Pacific Ocean

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor


Hitler Invades Poland: September 1, 1939</em>, by John Malam

September 1, 1939 - Hitler invades Poland.  World War II begins.

Hitler Invades Poland: September 1, 1939, by John Malam


The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, by Louis Borden

May 26 - June 4, 1940 - The Battle of Dunkirk -  Fishing boats, yachts, lifeboats, and other civilian ships race to Dunkirk and rescue 338,000  Allied troops stranded at Dunkirk 

The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, by Louis Borden, illustrated by Michael Foreman


Exploring the Bismarck, by Robert D. Ballard

May 27, 1941 -  The British navy sinks the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean near France

Exploring the Bismarck, by Robert D. Ballard


Voices of Pearl Harbor, by Sherry Garland

December 7, 1941 - Japanese fighter planes attack the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  President Franklin Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan the next day.

Voices of Pearl Harbor, by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Layne Johnson


Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World, by Douglas W0od

December 22, 1941 - Weeks after the American entrance into World War II,  Winston Churchill arrives at the White House for a wartime conference with Franklin D. Roosevelt and his military advisers 

Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World, by Douglas W0od, illustrated by Barry Moser


The Flag with Fifty-six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen, by Susan Goldman Rubin

May 5, 1945 - The Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria is liberated by the 11th Armored Division of the U.S. Army

The Flag with Fifty-six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen, by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth


Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, by Margot Theis Raven

 June 24, 1948 to May 12, 1949 - The Berlin Airlift - Western Allies deliver food and other needed supplies by air to the people of West Berlin after the Soviets blockade the city

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenbuyzen


Queen Elizabeth II, by Jennifer Zeiger

June 2, 1953 -  Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, by Jennifer Zeiger


Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds, by Robert Burleigh

September 28, 1955 - Jackie Robinson steals home during Game 1 of the World Series

Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer


Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni

December 1, 1955 - Rosa Parks is arrested for civil disobedience for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery city bus

Rosa, by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier


Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport

August 28, 1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C..

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier


One Giant Leap, by Robert Burleigh

July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon

One Giant Leap, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer


Border Breakdown: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Molly Smith

November 9, 1989 - Officials in East Germany open the Berlin Wall, allowing people to travel from East Germany to West Germany

Border Breakdown: The Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Molly Smith, illustrated by David Opie

 

 

 

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