Student Authors eBooks Library
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 OSX 10.9+. All other devices require the PDF.
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.
This book is about the story of Arbor Day. It is told from the perspective a personified character.
Have you ever thought about how the Great Plains acquired so many trees, even though they are called the PLAINS? Did you know that a day is set aside once a year just for this purpose? This book will tell you the answers to the many questions you have about Arbor Day and its creator, J. Sterling Morton. It is full of information on Arbor Day, fun widgets, and even a talking tree!
This book is about how to shoot a bow and arrow. It will have all the sections with the steps.
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.
Boys Town: a place where children laugh, learn, and find the home they’ve been waiting for all their lives. One saintly man, a hundred dollars, and a good idea started this safe haven for children of all colors, religion, and backgrounds who were in need. Today Boys Town still provides a home for children who have faced terrible pasts. Read this book for a glimpse of a unique Nebraska landmark.
Butterflies of Nebraska
Why would butterflies affect you? Butterflies are more than just pretty little decorations, they play a huge role in our ecosystem. Butterflies may be small, but they actually help us and our ecosystem. Our book will share facts about butterflies to help you understand them and how important they are to our lives.
This book is about how to haul cattle. Sierra, the author, informs you about five major things; 1) The History of Cattle Hauling, 2) Getting Ready, 3) Loading, 4) Hauling, and 5) Unloading.
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.
Dawes County Alphabet Book
Ecology Drew’s Backyard Ecology
Ecology Drew teaches us all about life science concepts and how they apply to the ecology of his backyard. Learn 8th grade science from Ecology Drew!
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.
This book teaches you how to do gymnastics and some of the basics of gymnastics. Learn about the sport of gymnastics through the point of view of Makayla, a junior high student from O’Neill, Nebraska.
Henry Doorly Zoo
Do you know about the zoo’s enthralling history? Do you know how it all started? In my book you will find out about sea lions swimming where people used to be and about a small train shipped all the way from Romania. You’ll hear about a monkey biting off a finger and about a man that has traveled the world. Open up my eBook to find out more about The Henry Doorly Zoo.
How to Clean Your Room
This book is about how to clean your room. Here are some tips from a 7th grade girl.
How to Penny Board
This book teaches the average person how to ride a penny board. Andrew will teach you how to safely and successfully accomplish your penny riding goals.
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.
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.
KBRX: Running the Board
This book is about running the board at the KBRX radio station in O’Neill, Nebraska.
Launching a Model Rocket
In this book, you will learn how to successfully launch an Estes Model Rocket. Samantha will teach you what equipment you need, how to prepare your rocket, how to launch a model rocket, and how to clean up a model rocket.
Law 11 Offside
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.
Live Steam Trains
Have you ever seen a real train in miniature size? Maintaining a live steam locomotive is difficult, but very important! Hi my name is Sean and in this book, I will tell you how to fire up a live steam engine, how to operate one, how to shut it down and live steam clubs located throughout the country. All Aboard! Enjoy the ride!
Monarch of the Plains
Do you want to learn about bison? If so, this book is just for you! Who knew learning about a giant furry tank could be so fun? The magnificent creature is called the Monarch of the Plains, and it’s easy to see why. If you read this book, you too can become an expert on bison! Please download this eBook, you won’t regret it!
Butterflies conjure up images of sunshine, the warmth and color of flowery meadows, and summer gardens giving life. Butterflies are unique creatures because there is nothing like them in the whole animal kingdom. Even though butterflies seem really small, they still make a difference in this massive world. Beside the basic information we already understand about butterflies, there is still more we need to learn about the importance of butterflies in our world.
Our Community: O’Neill
Mrs. Pistulka’s 3rd Grade Reading class learned about communities and how they change over time. The class researched the history of our community, O’Neill, Nebraska through books, local experts, and a field trip to the Kinkaid Museum. Each student reported on key events from a historical timeline of our community. With the help of Mrs. Morrow they compiled their stories in iBooks Author and created this local treasure.
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!
Morgan shares her personal favorite poetry choices– both those written by others and written by herself – along with her personal reflections on each.
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.
In this book you will learn the basics of what to do in order to be a successful sheep showman including tips and techniques and what to do to prepare for showing sheep.
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.
Softball: Catching and Batting Tips
In this book, Chloe will teach you the basics of catching in softball and some helpful tips. She will also give some more help on batting.
Soil Knows Book
Learn all about soil and its importance in the environment in this children’s “know book” created in jr. high agricultural class at O’Neill Public School.
Mikyla will teach you about the four strokes of swimming. She will teach you how to correctly perform all the strokes.
The Progression of Farming in and Around Blair
Imagine establishing a homestead for your family in the rugged Nebraska Territory where you’ve heard fertile soil is free because of the Homestead Act. But no one mentioned dust storms, grasshopper plagues, floods, and blinding blizzards that threatened life. Learn how Nebraska farming began, the hardships encountered, and the improvements made by those living in and around Blair that supported the farming industry and made Nebraska part of the “breadbasket” for the world.
Throwing a Football 101
Volleyball Outside Hitter
This is a good book for someone who wants to know more about what an outside hitter is and does in the sport of volleyball.
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.