The Peach Pit Parade

A World War I Story

When Polly's father goes overseas to fight in World War I, her whole world changes. Though the war is in Europe, its effects are felt on American soil. There are food, fuel, and other supply shortages everywhere. Even something as simple and enjoyable as a family Sunday car ride isn't possible anymore. Everyone must do their part to help the war effort. Victory gardens are planted and scrap metal is collected. "It's the biggest event in our history. And it involves every single adult, every single boy, and every single girl," says Polly's teacher. As Polly struggles to make sense of the war, she wonders how she can contribute. When the government puts out a notice requesting peach pits to be used in gas mask filters, Polly knows how she can help.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey FIC
Lexile 710L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111387), PDF (9781534197756), Hosted ebook (9781534197770)
Copyright 2022
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

Publishers Weekly - The Peach Pit Parade: A World War I Story

“…Their age-appropriate realism echoes Keller’s matter-of-fact storytelling, which balances Polly’s fictional experiences with historical facts. Info about the science behind charcoal gas masks, an author’s note about segregation, and the story’s basis in history help make this a unique introduction to the Great War and related scarcity measures.”

School Library Connection - The Peach Pit Parade

“Part of the Tales of Young Americans series, author Shana Keller takes a little-known episode from World War I and weaves it into not only a story about family, but one of determination to help and the strength of community to make things happen… An engaging story with many truths to tell.”

Kirkus Reviews - The Peach Pit Parade: A World War I Story

“In portraying America’s nationwide campaign to collect peach pits, Keller centers the story on Polly, who is desperate to do something to help her father overseas. She organizes her Girl Scout troop into a parade to collect peach pits. Lucas’ bright illustrations depict loving middle-class Black families, a Black Scout troop, and a mostly Black community all eager to do their patriotic best for their country. While children of all races can imagine themselves taking on a similar role, Black children will see themselves as important agents of history.”

Author: Shana Keller

Shana Keller grew up a middle child in Middle America wondering exactly how clouds stayed in the air. She’s traveled all over the country and some parts of Europe with her family and moved too many times to count. She’s settled in Pittsburgh for now, a city built just for kids and one that she finds secretly inspiring. One of her favorite quotes is from Benjamin Banneker. “Every day is an adventure in learning.” That said, she graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, with a degree in Communications, from UCLA’s screenwriting program, and took a course in songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Her goal is to never stop learning.

Illustrator: Margeaux Lucas

Margeaux Lucas is an artist who has illustrated many books for children, fiction and nonfiction. Living near New York City, she is inspired by the diversity in people, the charm of neighborhood parks and shops, the awesome museums, and, closest to home, the sunsets over the historic Hudson River. To see more of her work, visit

Full-color illustrations