A Selected Bibliography for Students
From the New York City 100 Teachers Resource Manual
Elementary School - Picture Books
Herold, Maggie Rugg. A Very Important Day. Illustrated by Catherine Stock.
New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1995. During a snowstorm, 219 people from thirty-two different countries head to downtown New York City to be sworn in as citizens of the United States.
Hest, Amy. When Jessie Came Across the Sea. Illustrated by P.J. Lynch.
Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1997. At the beginning of the 20th century, Jessie, a young Jewish girl, travels across the sea from her home in Europe to a new life in New York City.
Levinson, Riki. I Go With My Family to Grandma's. Illustrated by Diane Goode. New York: Dutton Unicorn, 1992. Early in the 20th century, five families of cousins travel across New York City to their grandmother's house in Brooklyn, each by a different means of transportation: bicycle built for four, trolley, wagon, trains, and the Staten Island Ferry.
Low, William (author and illustrator). Chinatown. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1997. A boy and his grandmother take a walk and experience the memorable sights and sounds of their Chinatown neighborhood.
Munro, Roxie. The Inside-Outside Book of New York City. New York: Puffin Books, 1994. An illustrated picture book of famous New York City landmarks and institutions, including the Statue of Liberty, The Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Includes captions and brief descriptions of each site.
Quattlebaum, Mary. Underground Train. Illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith.
New York: Bantam Books, 1997. A young girl rides the New York City subway with her mother and enjoys the "magic" of getting from one place to another so easily and quickly.. A young girl rides the New York City subway with her mother and enjoys the magic of getting from one place to another so easily and quickly.;
Middle School/High School
Bliven, Bruce, Jr. and Naomi Bliven. The Story of the World's Most Exciting City. Random House, 1969. An overview of New York City history, illustrated with photographs, spanning the time before the first European explorers all the way to the end of World War II.
Egger-Boret, Howard and Marlene Smith-Barangini. Book of the American Revolution. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1994. A narrative history of the American Revolution that uses primary source documents to cover the events of the war from rebel and British perspectives. Includes related activities.
Fradin, Dennis B. The New York Colony. Danbury, CT: Children's Press, 1988. An illustrated history of New York Colony.
Krensky, Stephen. The Printer's Apprentice. Illustrated by Madeline Sorel.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1995. A young printmaker's apprentice discovers the importance of free speech during the landmark trial of printer Peter Zenger in pre-Revolutionary New York City.
Saunders, F. Wenderoth (author and illustrator). Building Brooklyn Bridge.
Boston: Little Brown, 1964. Ages 6-8. A history of the bridge and its builders.
Scott, Richard. Jackie Robinson: Baseball Great. Introduction by Coretta Scott King. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. A biography, illustrated with photographs, of the man who became the first black player in the major leagues when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Tunis, John Roberts. Keystone Kids. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970. A novel about a young Jewish catcher who is recruited to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and encounters team prejudice before proving himself by giving his all for his team.
Veglahn, Nancy. The Spider of Brooklyn Heights. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967. An in-depth account, illustrated with photographs, of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Werstein, Irving. The Draft Riots; July 1863. New York: Julian Messner, 1971.
A thorough history of the Draft Riots that rocked New York City in 1863.
Williamson, Joanne S. And Forever Free. New York: Knopf, 1966. A novel about a young German boy who arrives in New York City during the tumult of the mid-1800s, when conflicts between immigrant groups are running high. He becomes a newspaper reporter and later confronts the larger crisis of the Civil War.
Young, Bernice Elizabeth. Harlem: The Story of a Changing Community. New York: Julian Messner, 1972. A brief illustrated history of Harlem's neighborhoods and the various ethnic groups that have called it home.
A List for Everyone
From the Museum of the City of New York
Abbott, Berenice and Elizabeth McCausland. New York in the Thirties. New York: Dover Publications, 1971.
Alpert, Hollis. Broadway! : 125 Years of Musical Theatre. New York: Arcade Publishing, Inc., 1991.
Appelbaum, Stanley, ed. The New York Stage: Famous Productions in Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1976.
Byron, Joseph. New York Life at the Turn of The Century in Photographs. New York: Dover Publications, 1985.
Feininger, Andreas and Susan E. Lyman. The Face of New York. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1954.
Jackson, Kenneth T. ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press/New-York Historical Society, 1995.
Kouwenhoven, John. Columbia Historical Portrait of New York. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.
Lancaster, Clay. New York Interiors at the Turn of the Century, Photographs by Joseph Byron. New York: Dover Publications, 1976.
Mayer, Grace. Once Upon a City, New York from 1890 to 1910 as photographed by Byron. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1958.
Patterson, Jerry E. The City of New York, A History Illustrated from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1978.
Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives. New York: Dover Publications, 1971.
Stern, Robert A.M. with Gregory Gilmartin and John Massengale. New York 1900. New York: Rizzoli, 1983.
Stern, Robert A.M. with Gregory Gilmartin and John Massengale. New York 1930. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
Stern, Robert A.M. with Thomas Mellins and David Fishman. New York 1960. New York: Monacelli, 1995.
Stokes, I.N. Phelps, ed. The Iconography of Manhattan Island. New York, 1915-1928, in 6 volumes.
Wurts, Richard and others and Stanley Appelbaum. The New York Wold's Fair 1939/1940 in 155 photographs. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.
A Selected Bibliography for Teachers
From the New York City 100 Teachers Resource Manual:
Allen, Oliver E. The Tiger: The Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1993. The history of Manhattan's Democratic party machine.
Auchincloss, Louis, ed. The Hone & Strong Diaries of Old Manhattan. New York: Abbeville Press, 1989. Firsthand accounts of 19th century New York from the diaries of Philip Hone and George Templeton Strong. Richly illustrated with lithographs and engravings.
Bernstein, Iver. The New York City Draft Riots. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. The history of the Draft Riots that occurred in New York during the Civil War.
Berrol, Selma and Randall M. Miller and William Pencak, ed. Immigration to New York. Philadelphia: The Balch Institute Press, 1991. A collection of essays on the social and economic implications of immigration in New York City.
Black, Mary. Old New York in Early Photographs: 1853-1901. New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1973. Historic New York City in photographs, divided into sections according to neighborhood.
Blackmar, Elizabeth and Roy Rosensweig. The Park and the People: A History of Central Park. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992. The history of New York and the building of the park during the mid 19th century. Chapter three discusses Seneca Village.
Caro, Robert A. The Power Broker. New York: Random House, 1974. The story of Robert Moses and how he changed the infrastructure of New York City.
Federal Writer's Project Guide. The WPA Guide to NYC of the 30's. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982. Listings and descriptions of New York City landmarks popular in the 1930s.
Grafton, John. New York in the Nineteenth Century: 321 Engravings from Harper's Weekly and Other Contemporary Sources. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1977. Historical illustrations of New York City from Harper's Weekly.
Hammack, David C. Power and Society; Greater New York at the Turn of the Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987. The history of the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York.
Homberger, Eric. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York City's History. New York: Swanston Publications, 1994. Beginning with New Amsterdam, the changes in New York City as revealed through maps and other images.
Hood, Clifton. 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How they Transformed New York. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. The story of the New York City subway system.
Jackson, Kenneth, ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Essential reference book on the history of New York City.
Kammen, Michael. Colonial New York: A History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. Beginning in the 17th century, New York under Dutch and British rule.
Kenny, Alice. Stubborn for Liberty: The Dutch in New York. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1975. A economic and social history of New Netherland and its capital, New Amsterdam.
Lewis, David Levering. When Harlem was in Vogue. New York: Alfred A.
Knopf, 1979. Definite history of the Harlem Renaissance.
McCullough, David. The Great Bridge. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. Rich historic narrative on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sante, Luc. Low Life: The Lures and Snares of Old New York. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991. Murderers, gangs and saloonkeepers populate this history of New York's seamy underside.
Silver, Nathan. Lost New York. New York: Wings Books, 1967. Photographs and captions of buildings of New York City that have been demolished.