Family History: Supplementing Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s Visit

Ms. Kinsey-Warnock is going to be bringing along a bevy of her own materials along with access to a number of incredible websites for her workshop “Storykeepers.” I am trying to gather some more materials that would be appropriate for younger students to be introduced to the idea of family history and genealogy and for older students to see some of the concepts in action.

Here is what I have in the library so far:

  • Seven Brave Women by Betsy Hearne.

This picture book tells the story of seven of the author’s ancestors, interesting and courageous women who had a variety of professions and experiences.

  • Strudel Stories by Joanne Rocklin

This is a longer book but would be great for read-aloud. This book tells the story of seven generations of one fictional Jewish family. The book has a family tree in the back and the author discusses her methods for writing the book and creating a family history.

  • Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees by Cynthia Rylant

I borrowed this book from Newport City Elementary and would be perfect for kindergarten. Henry and Mudge attend a family reunion and meet lots of new people- cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. This is perfect for talking about different types of family members and for kids to start creating a mental family tree.

  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

I also borrowed this from Newport City. This 2011 Newbery winner tells the story of Abilene, a girl sent to her father’s childhood town of Manifest, Kansas while he works on the railroad during the Great Depression. Abilene uses a box of mementos and other town sources to uncover her own family history and town history.

—Books I Will Buy or Borrow—

I am either going to borrow or buy the following books to have available in the library. I will let you know when they are here.

  • All the Mamas
  • Lucy’s Family Tree
  • Search for Shadowman

I will get others if I find they are relevant.

I do have some archival experience (that’s what my Master’s was going to be in) so let me know if you need any help with primary vs. secondary sources, reading old hand-writing, etc.

This is going to be a great program!


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