KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; J = 5th Grade and Up
3rd - 4th Grades
|Conrad, Pam||PEDRO'S JOURNAL
A voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492 - February 14, 1493. Written as a diary by the ship's boy, this story presents a personal view of Columbus' first trip across the Atlantic and of his discovery of America.
|Foreman, Michael||THE BOY WHO SAILED WITH COLUMBUS
Leif, a 12-year-old orphan whose Viking father was lost at sea has been taken in by the monks at La Rabida monastery on the southwest coast of Spain. He becomes enthralled with Christopher Columbus and his son and sails to Japan, China and India with them as ship's boy. One night Leif falls asleep at the tiller and allows the ship to crash. As punishment he is left as part of the first settlement at Navidad and so beings his second life.
|Hunt, Jonathan||LEIF'S SAGA
A Viking boatbuilder tells his daughter the story of Leif Ericson's voyage to and the discovery of North America.
|Van Leeuwen, Jean||ACROSS THE WIDE DARK SEA
A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.
A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492.
|Goodman, Joan||PARADISE: BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF SURVIVAL
In 1542, eager to escape the French Huguenot household of her harsh father, sixteen-year-old Marguerite de la Rocque sails with her equally stern uncle, the Sieur de Roberval, to the New World, where she is left alone on an island with only her young Catholic lover and her chaperone to help her survive.
|Schlein, Miriam||I SAILED WITH COLUMBUS
Describes Columbus' first voyage of discovery as seen throught the eyes of a 12-year-old ship's boy.