Other Big Anniversaries

The Watertown Free Public Library isn’t the only one with a historic anniversary this year! There are lots of historic events to commemorate this year. Some of these anniversaries are for events that are joyous or bittersweet, while others are ones to remember rather than celebrate. Here are a handful of children’s and teen books about some of these topics–they’re great for grown-ups, too!

10th Anniversary: Barack Obama Obama Presidency

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters written by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long

25th Anniversary: Nelson Mandela Presidency

Nelson Mandela written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Grandad Mandela written by Zindzi, Zazi, and Ziwelene Mandela, illustrated by Sean Qualls

50th Anniversary: Stonewall Riots

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets written by Gayle E. Pitman (comes out in May)

Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph (comes out in April)

This Day in June written by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 written and illustrated by Brian Floca (the anniversary edition is coming out in early April)

Team Moon written by Catherine Thimmesh

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing written by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Lucy Knisley

50th Anniversary: Abbey Road Album Release

The Beatles Were Fab (And They Were Funny) written by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst

50th Anniversary: Sesame Street

Love from Sesame Street written by Sesame Workshop, illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

The Monster at the End of This Book written by John Stone, illustrated by Mike Smollin

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (this one is for grown-ups but it sounds so interesting I had to include it!)

75th Anniversary: D-Day

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History written by Deborah Hopkinson

100th Anniversary: Chicago Race Riots

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riots of 1919 written by Claire Hartfield

100th Anniversary: 19th Amendment

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot written by Winifred Conkling

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 written by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans (this is a great one for introducing the idea that not all American women had access to the vote after the 19th amendment)

100th Anniversary: Establishment of Grand Canyon as a National Park

Grand Canyon written and illustrated by Jason Chin

– Kazia, WFPL Children’s Librarian

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