Teacher 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 OS Mavericks. All other devices require the PDF.
Making Invisible Histories Visible Project:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jefferson Square iBook was written by Sarah Pierce, an Oglala Lakota, and illustrated by Sarah Rowe from the Lakota Nation. The featured story presents a history of Jefferson Square, which was a central part of Omaha’s Indigenous neighborhood. Starting in the late 1940s, many Native Americans moved from reservations into cities as part of the U.S. government’s Indian Relocation program. The iBook features photographs, video clips, discussion and analysis activities, and an interactive timeline of historical events that affected U.S.-Indian relations over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.