3rd – 6th Grade

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A Cloak for the Dreamer
Author: Aileen Friedman
Illustrator: Kim Howard
Quiltmaker: Patty Hambrick
Ivan and Alex want to be tailors like their father, but youngest brother Misha dreams of travel. When each son must fashion a cloak for the Archduke, Ivan sews one using rectangles of fabric. Alex makes a cloak of squares and an extra cloak of triangles. But Misha's disastrous cloak of circles demonstrates the geometrical concept that shapes must have angles to fit together. Seeing that Misha's heart lies elsewhere, the tailor frees his son to travel the world. As a farewell gift, the tailor presents Misha with the fateful cloak, whose circles he has snipped into snug-fitting hexagons and then restitches.
Math, cooperation, problem solving, family

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A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
Author: Joan W. Blos
Illustrator:
Quiltmaker: Lynn Hemby
Family and love, history, a journal/diary
Arctic Memories
Author: Normee Ekoomiak
Illustrator: Normee Ekoomiak
Quiltmaker: Laurie Stoner
Arctic Memories is a picture book of a now vanished way of life for the Eskimo, or Inuit people. The text is written both in English and in the native language, Inuktitut. The author-artist, Normee Ekoomiak looks back at his own Inuit childhood to document an arctic lifestyle of years ago. His spirited pictures of felt applique and embroidery depict traditional Inuit legends, animals native to North America, and even nativity scenes. His acrylic paintings and designs depict family life at home, children at play, and hunters on ice floes.
Eskimo life, family, language, beliefs, and history; Artic animals and nature

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Aunt Skilly and the Stranger
Author: Kathleen Stevens
Illustrator: Robert Andrew Parker
Quiltmaker: Pamela Watson
A suspicious stranger arrives at the remote mountain cabin of an old woman named Aunt Skilly, and her protective gray goose, Buckle. Aunt Skilly is kind to the stranger, even feeding him supper. But he asks too many questions about her life and the valuable quilts that she plans to sell the next day to the traveling peddler.
Aunt Skilly, suspecting he is up to no good, outwits him by hiding the quilts before he returns in the dead of night. Buckle comes to the rescue, snapping and hissing at him, chasing him into the night. He runs off with a sack of what he thinks are the beautiful quilts, only to find out that he has taken that sack, now full of worthless old corn husks.
Clever Aunt Skilly and brave Buckle sell the quilts the next day to the traveling peddler and ultimately triumph over the thief.
Mountain life, strangers

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Grandy's Quilt, a Gift for all Seasons
Author: Renee W. Rongen
Illustrator: Mary Maguire
Quiltmaker: Susan Waterman
Catherine inherits her Grandy's quilt and coffee can of memories. Every year around the holidays, Catherine's husband carries the box with the quilt from the attic, only to put it away again after the season. Catherine tries hard to find someone who can help her piece the quilt back together but the beloved quilt is tattered and beyond repair. Her children have ideas to take the quilt apart and make stockings, mittens, and angels by Christmas. Catherine finds a Mrs. Olsen who is very much like Grandy and willing to take on the task. Mrs. Olsen does a wonderful job and now the quilt has become gifts for many. Catherine writes a poem to keep Grandy's memories alive and close to their heart.
Family and love

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Martha Anna's Quilt for Queen Victoria
Author: Kyra E. Hicks
Illustrator: Lee Edward Fodi
Quiltmaker: Patty Hambrick
Martha Ann loved the one chore the most, the dropping into the red box. Martha Ann was born about 1817 in eastern Tennessee. Nobody in American Colonization Society, the groups that help blacks starts a new life in Liberia. When Martha Ann and her family sailed to Liberia, the American Colonization Society, on which he and the boys built a house. African fever swept through town, and with it want to stay here and go to school. Martha Ann never wanted to be swept away again and get long hard hours without pay. Sion, I know how I can make Papa and Mama proud of me. I know how I can make them pay for me. Gotorah and his tribesman started shooting at the mission and she quickly grabbed for the red tin box. Martha Ann bravely loaded muskets with bullets. Next, Martha Ann cried when Sion died and she lived alone, until she met and married Henry Ricks. I will have a very fine gift for her. Martha Ann spent weeks looking for a suitable fabric. Well, many years passed and Martha Ann met with Mrs. Jane Roberts, the wife of Liberia's first president. The people rallied for Martha Ann, as she visited with her Victoria, Queen of Great Britain. Martha Ann said I don't have much but I hope that you will cherish this gift. It was the gift of the Coffee Tree quilt.
History, slavery, quilt for Queen, non-fiction
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Oma's Quilt
Author: Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrator: Paulette Bourgeois
Quiltmaker: Kathy Brown
Emily's grandmother has to move from her house on Maple Street to a Retirement Home and nothing makes her happy there. After Emily and her mother sort through grandmother's attic and find many treasures, they decide to make a quilt. Now grandmother can wrap herself in the quilt and feel at home.Family and love, moving away and separation

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Osa's Pride
Author: Ann Grifalconi
Illustrator: Ann Grifalconi
Quiltmaker: June Campbell
Osa is 7 years old and lives on her grandmother's coffee farm in Africa. She is very vain and very proud. Grandma Tika makes a quilt with a lesson for Osa and together they decide how to finish the quilt and get a new perspective on what is important.Family and love

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Papa and the Pioneer Quilt
Author: Jean Van Leeuwen
Illustrator: Rebecca Bond
Quiltmaker: Laurie Stoner
A pioneer family moves around the country and makes a final trek from Missouri to Oregon. Along the way, Rebecca meets a girl who is going to make a quilt from old scraps. Rebecca would like to make one also and collects scraps along the way. They encounter obstacles along the way, including fast rivers, mountains, cold nights, and snow. When they get to Oregon, Mama helps her make a quilt pattern called Wandering Foot.
History

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Shota and the Star Quilt
Author: Margaret Bateson-Hill
Illustrator: Christine Fowler
Quiltmaker: Janie E. Stokes
Best friends, Esther and Shota, live in the same apartment building. Shota's father has received a letter from the rich, bitter developer that his family and neighbors must move out of their apartment building. Shota's Grandmother (Unci) has invited the girls to visit for the annual pow-wow at Pine Ridge. The first night at Pine Ridge, Shota wakes up and ventures outside to see the stars. She finds a flat, white, diamond-shaped stone. The next day, Shota discovers that her stone has the same shape as Unci's star quilt and the quilt on her bed. Unci and her friends help Esther and Shota piece a star quilt and tell stories of Lakota heritage. At home, her parents and neighbors at the apartment sign a petition. Together they win the developer's heart and save their community with the help of the star quilt.
History, problem solving

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator: James Ransome
Quiltmaker: Frances L. House
Clara worked as a slave in the fields. When Aunt Rachel looks after Clara, she teaches her to sew and gets her a job as seamstress in the Big House. Clara learns about the Underground Railroad and makes a secret map from scraps of fabric to help slaves go North.
Clara worked as a slave in the fields. When Aunt Rachel looks after Clara, she teaches her to sew and gets her a job as seamstress in the Big House. Clara learns about the Underground Railroad and makes a secret map from scraps of fabric to help slaves go North.
History

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The Canada Geese Quilt
Author: Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Illustrator: Leslie W. Bowman
Quiltmaker: Doris T. Evans
Ariel lives on a farm in Vermont with her parents and grandmother. Her grandmother is a very accomplished quilter who helps Ariel accept the news of a new baby in the family. Ariel designs the quilt that her grandmother will sew for the new baby (Ariel hates to sew). After grandmother had a stroke, it is up to Ariel to finish the quilt and cope with the family changes in a warm and loving way.
Family and love

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The Log Cabin Quilt
Author: Ellen Howard
Illustrator: Ronald Himler
Quiltmaker: Jessica Page
After Mams's death, the family moves from Carolina to Michigan. After arriving, they must build a cabin and chink it to keep out the cold. When the chinking freezes and falls out, they must figure a way to keep warm. Granny's scrap fabrics are just the thing to push between the logs and keep the place warm. A new version of log cabin quilt.
Family and love, moving away and separation

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The Rag Coat
Author: Lauren Mills
Illustrator: Lauren Mills
Quiltmaker: Helena Krapp
Minna comes from a very poor family growing up in Appalachia country. As a baby, her father carries her wrapped around a blanket or inside a burlap feed sack everywhere they go since they don't have money to buy her a coat. At age eight her father dies of miner's cough and she can't go to school because she has no coat. The mothers of the town get together and quilt a coat made from old scraps. Minna is thrilled with her new coat, but when she goes to school the children make fun of her rag coat. The teasing ceased when the children were made aware that Minna's rag coat was made out of their own old shirts, pajamas, blankets, etc.
Cooperation and problem solving, family

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The Secret Stars
Author: Joseph Slate
Illustrator: Felipe Davalos
Quiltmaker: Julie Stephens
New Mexico. Christmas time. It is a rainy, icy "Night of the Three Kings", and two children, Sila and Pepe, worry that the Kings will not be able to see and use the stars to navigate to find their home and the manger where they have left the three travelers simple gifts. So their grandmother tells them not to worry. She enfolds them into the wings of her quilt and takes them into dreamland on a magical journey. They fly up the chimney and into the night sky to find secret stars all around them, in the landscape and in their home, which will lead the Kings to their home. Finally, as dawn breaks on the day of the Three Kings, Sila and Pepe awake to unexpected surprises.
Epiphany, grandmothers, Hispanic culture, New Mexico, nature, the stars

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The Secret to Freedom
Author: Marcia Vaughan
Illustrator: Larry Johnson
Quiltmaker: Diane Berdis
A slave family is torn apart and a brother and sister learn how quilts can lead to freedom.

Vocabulary:
1. Curtains Billowed & swelled; the curtains were full of air (from a breeze)
2. Shelling Peas - to take the peas out of the shell
3. Overseer – Supervisor; one who looks over things
4. Plantation - an agricultural estate with workers (usually who live there)
5. Underground Railroad - A network of people that helped slaves reach freedom in the north for 30 years before the Civil War by using secret methods and codes.
6. Sharecropper - a person that works the land for someone else and receives a share of the crop.
History

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The Tale of Alice's Quilt
Author: Jennifer Blomgren
Illustrator: Jennifer Blomgren
Quiltmaker: Sandra Ryan
A young girl named Alice discovers a stack of applique quilt blocks from the past. This thread to another time and place opens her exploration of family history. Her desire to piece together the blocks she finds leads her on a journey full of life lessons about life, love, and even death and how a love for quilting can bind generations.
The book also includes instructions to recreate Alice's quilt for yourself.

Family and love, death, history

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Under the Quilt of Night
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator: James E. Ransome
Quiltmaker: Jennifer Greer
The story is about slaves running for freedom with the help of the Underground Railroad and the help of other people and a quilt.History