Children's Books

_________. Such is a Sailor’s Fortune: Ex-votos and Shadowboxes. A  catalog of works by Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau, with an introduction by Ben Fuller, Curator, Penobscot Marine Museum. Marpeau’s works illustrate historic and fanciful scenes of island life in Maine. Available through the museum.

Bartlett, Susan. Seal Island School. New York: Puffin Books, 1999. A chapter book about a one room school on an island.

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Little Island. New York: Random House, 1946. A classic story, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Chetkowski, Emily. Mabel Takes the Ferry. Heritage Printing and Publishing, 1995. 2001. A nice story of contemporary Islesboro, including the ferry Margaret Chase Smith. Based on a true story. Ages 4-8.

Cooney, Barbara. Island Boy. New York: Puffin Books, 1988. A boy grows up, ages, and dies an old man on a Maine island.

Foreman, Michael. Saving Sinbad! La Jolla, California: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2002. A contemporary lifeboat rescue story.

Gibbons, Gail. Surrounded by Sea: Life on a New England Fishing Island. New York: Holiday House, 1991. Younger elementary level.

Hanson, Robin. Ice Harbor Mittens. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 2010. Lots of text but a great story and wonderful illustrations.

Jam, Teddy. The Fishing Summer. Buffalo, New York: 1997. A story of a fishing community.            

Kalman, Bobbie. Historic Community Series. Crabtree Publications, 1993-1997. Many titles available on: Nineteenth century girls and women; the Victorian home; Schoolyard games; Home crafts. Elementary school level.

Kane, Tracy. Fairy Houses. Lee, New Hampshire: Light-Beams Publishing, 2001.

Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. The Finest Horse in Town. Cynthiana, Kentucky: Purple House Press, 1992.

Olson, Arielle North. Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987. Fiction, middle school.

O’Neill, Elizabeth. Alfred Visits Maine. Mansfield, Ohio: Funny Bone Books, 2007. A simple story starring an elephant. It contains a lot of information about highlights of a visit to Maine. Early elementary level.

Perrow, Angeli. Captain’s Castaway. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 1998. A lighthouse/rescue story.

Perrow, Angeli. Sirius the Dog Star. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 2002. A lighthouse/rescue story.

Rylant, Cynthia. Lighthouse Family: The Storm. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002. Story of a cat, a dog, and some mice living in a lighthouse. Elementary school, fiction.

Smith, Harry W. ABCs of Maine. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 1980. Good examples of alliteration. Early elementary level.

Spencer, Jamie. The Train to Maine. Camden, Maine: Down East Books, 2008.                             

Van Rynbach, Iris. Safely to Shore: America’s Lighthouses. Watertown, Massachusetts: Charlesbridge, 2003. A nicely illustrated factual book about lighthouses.

Vaughan, Marcia. Abbie Against the Storm: The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse. Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., 1999. One of many accounts of Abbie Burgess’s story.