Richard Panchyk |Author of 33 Books|

The bestselling World War II for Kids. Pick up a copy now!

NEWS: Richard Panchyk's groundbreaking new English translation of a long out-of-print work of the brilliant Austrian novelist and journalist Joseph Roth (1894-1939) was released in March 2013, adding immensely to the scholarship about this important 20th century writer. This prescient work highlights the acuity of Roth's political sensibilities.

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Selected Works

History/Government
This book takes the reader on a journey through American history, highlighting 70 of the most important moments in our country's history and providing the context for each of the keys to understanding our history.
History
A fun-filled thrill ride through Long Island's hidden history that uncovers fascinating remnants of the past.
A richly illustrated history of one of the greatest cities in the world.
A history of the Court with highlights of the important cases.
A history with 25 activities and numerous firsthand accounts by soldiers, sailors, marines, Holocaust survivors, and homefront patriots.
Folklore
This book highlights ghosts, pirates, and very large radishes in Long Island's history
Science
A book that teaches kids how infrastructure works, with fun activities.
A lavishly illustrated book chronicling the life and times of Galileo.
The primer on archaeology for kids of all ages. Used by schools and libraries nationwide, recommended by several organizations.
Art
A full-color book on everything folk art, from quilts to paintings to tramp art.

Coming in 2018: Hidden History of Queens

Hidden History of Queens uncovers long-lost truths about the past, debunks myths, and takes readers on a journey through time. Shown above is the old Moore Homestead which stood in Elmhurst. Coming in Spring 2018 from The History Press.

RICHARD PANCHYK is the author, editor, or translator of 33 books on a diverse range of topics, including children's nonfiction (astronomy, history, archaeology, sports, art, politics/​government) and adult nonfiction (history and folklore). His works have been translated into seven languages. To order autographed copies of any of his books, to schedule book talks, or for more information, you may contact the author at panchyk@​yahoo.com.

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Available in both hardcover and paperback:
The Keys to American History, a new history reference book for ages 12 and up, featuring more than 70 of America's most important documents and speeches along with background and illustrations. The book has received praise from Ralph Nader:

"Historical interpretations of key documents in our country's history can stray, can change over time and can be partial to the shifting sands of each generation. With this in mind, Richard Panchyk, an often published educational author, provides the literal documents that marked many dramatic changes, directions and expansions of the United States. There is always something refreshing in working through original documents. It allows a more pristine reflection on the uses of history. What is to be learned or unlearned; the comparative range of concern for the immediate and for posterity. How narrow frameworks collided with what turned out to be a spectacular bargain--the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Tsar in 1867. These documents speak of rebellion, courage, compromise, cruelty, greed, foresight, deception, freedom, prejudice, virtue, tragedy, vindictiveness, shifts of power, giveaways, equality, fear, aggression, rights, obligations, mobilization, land conservation and revisions--in short, the evolution of the U.S.A. Mr. Panchyk supplements these documents with contemporary opinions by public officials, the press and historians. Many of these comments educate us toward skepticism about the frailties of predictions and the occlusive efforts of narrow frames of reference. The book will help sharpen critical capacities and temper rushes to judgment that all generations are prone to commit, especially in this day of sound bytes, websites, blogs and supersonic information bits that pile up without being subjected to the tests of knowledge, judgment, and that trait called wisdom." -- Ralph Nader, 2008

The journal and magazine reviews are also in:

"A one-of-a-kind, easy to use resource" - Kirkus Reviews

"An engrossing chronicle of America's fight to achieve its highest ideals” – Curriculum Review


An "impressive collection" and a "valuable resource" - School Library Journal

Among Panchyk's other books are the award-winning and bestselling World War II for Kids, which is available at bookstores and museum gift shops across the nation, and can be found in more than 650 library systems around the US. This book is considered one of the top books ever published for teaching kids ages 9 and up about the war, and is used in schools and by homeschoolers from New York to Alaska. It features a foreword from John McCain and a letter from Bill Clinton.


Panchyk is also the author of the lavishly illustrated Galileo for Kids, which tells the story of the brilliant scientist Galileo Galilei, and features a foreword by the history-making astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Panchyk's other popular books include German New York City, published as part of the famous Images of America series by Arcadia, the first-ever major book to cover the exciting story of the German population in one of the world's biggest cities (with nearly 200 historic photographs); Forgotten Tales of Long Island, a local bestseller about the quirky true stories from LI's past, including giant radishes and naked ghosts; and New York City History for Kids, an enthralling true story of the history of the Big Apple.