Sky Boys


Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by James Ransome

A young boy describes the building of the Empire State Building, which was built in record time by hundreds of men during the Great Depression. To the boy, it's more than just a tall building; it's a symbol of hope during the Depression.

Ransom's stunning paintings use varying perspectives to transport the reader from street level looking up to the top of the building looking down. Fantastic!  

This book won the following children's book awards for excellence:
    - American  Library Association Notable Children's Book 2007
    - Boston Globe-Horn Book Children's Book Honor 2006


Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Gr. 2-5             DRA Level:  40                Lexile Measure: 950L
Grade Level Equiv: 6.3           Guided Reading: Q


See Inside This Book

Below are sample spreads from inside this book.  We love Ransome's illustration style. This would be a fun book to read if planning a visit to New York City!

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