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The following list of eBooks were created by agency partners, teachers, and students. We hope you enjoy all of the work that they have put into each eBook. If you are interested in creating your own eBook to add to this library, please check out the NeBooks Overview for more information.

*Please download the iBook if you're using an iOS device or OS Mavericks. All other devices require the PDF.

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Homestead National Monument
Homestead National Monument of America lets readers explore many interactive pages of in-depth explanations of homesteading, how it impacts people all over the world, and what you will find when visiting Homestead National Monument. Follow the links to see a list of current events, hours of operation, trail conditions in the tall grass prairie fields and special displays.  For more information, go to www.nps.gov/home/ or search the app store on your iPad.

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Native Daughters
Native Daughters includes healers and warriors, story tellers and law makers, leaders, environmentalists and artists. The curriculum companion includes classroom activities, resources and handouts. Watch the movies, listen to their stories, and complete interactive guide that accompanies the Native Daughters' Magazine. This iBook needs to be on every educator's shelf. Written by Nebraska educators.

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Nebraska and The Civil War
Nebraska Corn Board Fact book
Standing Bear's Footsteps: The Meaning of Home

The Power of Role Models
Meet Native American role models which include environmentalists, radiologists, nurses, doctors, teachers, dentist, agricultural managers, firefighter, astronaut, marine biologist, laboratory technicians, physicists and more. Read and view videos about their chosen field, college of study, tribal affiliation and their home town.  Included are teaching points.  Developed from the University of Nebraska Medical Center SEPA project Role Models in Your Community poster sets.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Buffalo Soldiers
Learn about the buffalo soldiers stationed at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.  The Ninth and Tenth Cavalry, Corporal William Wilson, Lieutenant John H. Alexander, Chaplain Henry Plummer, 2nd Lieutenant Charles Young and Madge Bailey are featured.  Written by Todd Robinson, illustrated by Watie White and developed by OPS teacher Tegwin Turner.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Culture

Lead about the cultural contributions that African Americans have made to Omaha, Nebraska.  Preston Love, Florentine Pinkston, The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, The Afro Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Dreamland Ballroom, and Metoyer’s BBQ are featured. Written by Brandon Vogel, illustrated by the late Wanda Ewing, and developed by OPS teacher John-Paul Gurnett. Written by Brandon Vogel, illustrated by the late Wanda Ewing, and developed by OPS teacher John-Paul Gurnett.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Double Victory
Listen to the story of African Americans during World War II, overseas and on the home front. The Martin Bomber Plant, The Hastings Ammunition Plant, the Tuskegee Airmen, the 530th Quartermaster Battalion, Alfonza Davis, Angelo Meriweather, and Adrienne Higgins are featured. Written by Tunette Powell, illustrated by Rebecca Herskovitz, and developed by OPS teacher Cherie Scholten.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Great Migration

Do you know about the movement of African Americans to Omaha during the Great Migration?  This book details the events that pushed African Americans out of the south and pulled them to Omaha, Nebraska in the twentieth century.  Lorraine Jackson, Luriese Moore, Willie Milton, Raymond Willis, Dan Desdunes and Pilgrim Baptist Church are featured. Written by Leo Adam Biga, illustrated by Victoria Hoyt and developed by OPS teacher Octavia Butler.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Notable Nebraskans

Read about the accomplishments of African Americans in Nebraska who paved the way for future generations.  Maurtice Ivy, John Johnson, Whitney Young, Malcolm X, Cathy Hughes, Mildred Brown, Marlin Briscoe and Aaron Douglas are featured.  Written by Daphne Eck, illustrated by Gina Tolstedt and developed by OPS teacher Lacey Wilson.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Peony Park
Learn about the African American civil rights movement in Omaha, Nebraska, through the story of the 1963 Peony Park protests.  This eBook talks about the involvement of the Youth NAACP members in desegregating the popular amusement park’s swimming pool.  Written by Leo Adam Biga, illustrated by Weston Thomson and developed by OPS teacher Russ Nelsen.

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
People in Your Neighborhood
See the career highlights of professionals in North Omaha, past and present, including restaurant owners, journalists, politicians, and fire fighters. Retired Chief Bill Johnson, Captain Anthony Gaines, Mildred Brown, Dr. Marguerite Washington, Chris Rodgers, Ernie Chambers, Charles Hall and Patricia Barron are featured. Includes interactive quizzes, games and multimedia geared to a third and fourth grade classroom. Written by Andrew Norman, illustrated by Christina Renfer Vogel and developed by OPS teacher Sarah Adams. 

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Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
Pioneers

Read about African American homesteaders and settlers in Nebraska through the stories of the Speese and Meehan families and the African American community in DeWitty, Nebraska.  Written by Brandon Vogel, illustrated by Paula Wallace and developed by OPS teacher Joey Vickery.

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A Blair Family
Life in Blair, Nebraska in the 1800s is difficult for the Greenberg family. Each family member, young and old, tries to contribute by hunting, growing corn, selling dairy milk, and hiring out as housekeepers.  When illness strikes and a mysterious kidnapping unfolds at the historic Crowell Mansion, the family is tested even further.  Learn about newfound friendships and strong family values as this historical fiction evolves through the eyes and journals of multiple characters.

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Blair, Nebraska, So Many Ways to Get There!
By Water, Rails or Trails
Travel was difficult in Nebraska in the early to mid-1800s.  Carter Valley, which ran through the heart of current Blair, was the easiest passage through the bluffs. This book explains how Blair was born based on the location next to the Missouri River and how John I. Blair brought his railroad through. Learn about stagecoaches, ferryboats, railroads, the Lincoln Highway and nearby Interstate I-80 that made it possible for Nebraskans to travel from coast-to-coast.

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Changing Patterns
At the age of 11, Amelia is uprooted from her home to the railroad town of Blair, Nebraska. Amelia struggles to fit in and yearns for a true friend – someone who appreciates the artistic beauty of patterns seen all around her. Amelia stumbles upon a mystery unfolding at the historic Crowell Mansion, and her life changes. Amelia finally finds happiness in this quaint Nebraska town.   

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Education in the 1800s
Imagine sitting in a desk in an 1800s schoolhouse. You glance out the window. Soon, you are no longer sitting in that desk, but on a stool in front of the classroom, with a cone of great stature resting across your head bearing the word “DUNCE”.  The teacher scolds you for looking out the window.  This book gives a glimpse of what it would be like to be a student or teacher in the 1800s.

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John C. Fremont
Have you ever wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge got its name? If you have, in this book you will find out why the Golden Gate Bridge is called that, who mapped the Oregon Trail, and who Fremont, Nebraska is named after.  John C. Fremont is a great American hero. Read this book to learn more about him.

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Journal of William Carter 1902
Harry is fourteen and creates trouble with his siblings. James is twelve and is a middle child with William who is ten. As the writer of this journal, William is always blamed for Harry’s actions. Anna is only four and always the brunt of Harry’s disobediences. William and James protect her from Harry, but fail due to Harry’s trickeries.  Join William Carter in this historical fiction that takes place in the railroad town of Blair, Nebraska. 

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Life on the Oregon Trail
Imagine trudging through the endless plains, your soles aching from walking, regretting you ever agreed to travel to a new home. You look at your family and hope you’ll all make it the entire way to Oregon. Your ox pants from thirst, and you think you’re about to explode from dehydration.  Read this book to find out more about the brave pioneers and their journey along the Oregon Trail.  

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Plains Indians
Have you ever thought of all the buffalo, Native Americans, and travois that once paraded through your backyard? The Plains Indians were the first inhabitants of the central part of the United States. Learn about culture, hunting traditions, clothing, and crafts. You will also get to know five specific tribes who lived in the Great Plains; the Sioux, Pawnee, Ponca, Omaha, and Otoe-Missouria. There is even a Native American Artifact Museum!

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Prairie Settlement
Have you ever wondered if you would survive in the 1800s on the prairie? If you said yes, you might want to read this book about the prairie. In this book you will learn how to make a sod house, what it takes to prove up, and you’ll hear some old -fashioned prairie songs.

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Sitting Bull
Have you ever wondered how hard it would be to be an Indian Chief? You would have a tribe with thousands of other Indians looking up to you. Well, Sitting Bull knows!  This book goes through his early years to his last days. If you read this book you can learn all about how much of a hardship and honor it was to be Chief of the Sioux tribe.

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Traveling through Life: The Diaries of Annabell Chapman
Annabelle Chapman dreams about her future and of traveling the world outside of Blair, NE.  Read along as humorous tales of encounters with peanut butter cookie devouring thieves unfold and as Annabelle grows up finally realizing her dream of traveling when she meets Blair airmail pilot James Tinus Christensen.  Thrilling airplane rides and tragic Blair history are shared in this historical fiction story about a small railroad town in Nebraska.

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20 Minutes from Blair
Adorable alpacas, spooky corn mazes, prairie buffalo, restored railroad depots, and historic forts are just a few of the amazing things you can see and visit in and around the town of Blair, Nebraska.  This book gives you a brief history of 12 awesome places you just can’t miss!  Talk to your parents, start your engines, and head out on a family adventure to see these great historical sites just 20 minutes (or less) from Blair.

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Disclaimer: All student eBooks were published without content or copyright verification.
last update: April 22, 2014