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August 2003

Fads and Pop Culture—Children’s Books

cover of The 1930s: Directions by Dorothy and Tom Hoobler

Fiction

The Century Kids Series by Dorothy and Tom Hoobler

The First Decade: Curtain Going Up
In the early years of the twentieth century, Peggy and her cousins Harry and Jack experience the excitement of belonging to a family of famous actors as they prepare to open a new theater with a family production of an original play.

The Second Decade: Voyages
An Italian immigrant boy joins the large Aldrich family as they stage a women’s suffrage play and receive messages on the wireless radio about the ocean voyage of the Titanic.

The 1920s: Luck
In 1927, the Dixons move from rural Georgia to Chicago, where African Americans have more opportunities, and there Lorraine meets a famous movie actress, and her little brother Marcus finds that his artistic talents are useful.

The 1930s: Directions
In the summer of 1936, Tony runs away from his home above his family’s Italian restaurant in Chicago, while in Berlin David is present at the Olympics and prepares to move to America.

The 1940s: Secrets
In 1944, Gabriella, Esther, and other young people see the impact of World War II on their lives in the United States.

The 1950s: Music
In the 1950s, Matthew befriends a Negro boy who introduces him to the new music, and together they start a rock-and-roll band.

The 1960s: Rebels
Inspired after meeting John F. Kennedy at a 1960 campaign fundraiser hosted by the Aldrich family, Chuck defies authority at his Pennsylvania boarding school, Sojie takes part in lunch counter sit-ins in Georgia, and Dick finally connects with his father in Hollywood.

Nonfiction

Decades of the 20th Century Series
The 1900s: From Teddy Roosevelt to Flying Machines
to
The 1990s: From the Persia Gulf War to Y2K
Stephen Feinstein
(each volume has a slightly different call number; you can find them all listed in the Library Catalog under the author’s name)
This series examines lifestyles, fashion, and fads, the arts and entertainment, sports, politics at home and abroad, and advances in science, technology, and medicine.

The Fifties
Tom Stacy
j909.825 qS775 1990
Discusses the culture and historical events of the 1950s, covering the media, leisure, and such incidents as the Korean War, civil rights, the Hungarian uprising, and the polio vaccine.

The Sixties
Edward Grey
j909.826 qG842 1990
Discusses the culture and historical events of the 1960s, covering the media, leisure, and such incidents as the moon landing and student riots.

Life in America during the 1960s
Stuart A. Kallen
j973.923 K14 2001 (also YA)
Discusses the many changes that took place during the 1960s.

The Seventies
Michael Garrett.
j909.827 qG239 1990
Discusses the culture and historical events of the 1970s, including Watergate, the fall of Saigon, skateboards, and reggae.

The Eighties
Edward Grey
j909.828 qG842 1990
Discusses the youth culture of the eighties, highlighted by fitness, Michael Jackson, Dungeons and Dragons, break dancing, AIDS, and politically by the first flight of the space shuttle and Gorbachev’s assumption of power in the Soviet Union.

Break Dancing
Jim Haskins
j793.3
Presents a history of break dancing, instructions for break dance steps, and profiles of some of today’s famous performers.

Hair There and Everywhere
Karin Luisa Badt
j391.5 B138 1994
A look at how hairstyles are often used to create a statement.

Ice Cream Cones for Sale! Elaine Greenstein
j637.4 qG815 2003
Reveals who really invented the ice cream cone, even before the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where five people claim they did so.

Miss America: Through the Looking Glass
Nancie S. Martin
j305
Discusses the history of the Miss America Pageant, how it is judged, what contestants go through, and how their lives are affected.

The Story of Coca-Cola
Melissa Maupin
j338.766362 C659Zma 2000
Surveys the soft drink industry and discusses the founding and development of Coca-Cola, which calls itself “the world’s soft drink.”

Toys! Amazing Stories behind Some Great Inventions
Don L. Wulffson
j688.7209 W961 2000
Describes the creation of a variety of toys and games, from seesaws to Silly Putty and toy soldiers to Trivial Pursuit.

The Ultimate LEGO Book
j688.725 fU47 1999
An overview of various ways LEGO blocks can be used to create toys and other objects.

Vanity Rules: A History of American Fashion and Beauty
Dorothy and Tom Hoobler
j391.00973 qH776 2000
Describes the shifting ideal of beauty in the United States, from colonial times to the present, and how it influenced and was influenced by societal and economic changes.

The Way Things Never Were: The Truth about the “Good Old Days”
Norman H. Finkelstein
j973.92 F499 1999 also YA
A history of the United States during the 1950s and 1960s including sections on health care, eating habits, family life, environmental issues, and the condition of the elderly.