Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

School and Family

Unit 2 Bibliography: Where We Live

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

America the Beautiful
by Katherine Lee Bates
Aladdin, 2001
Fourteen paintings of the American landscape, from Niagara Falls to the Grand Tetons, illustrate the first stanza of Bates' famous poem.

I Live in Brooklyn
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A girl's life in a small apartment in New York City is full of excitement.

A Cool Drink of Water
by Barbara Kerley
National Geographic, 2002
Lush photos and brief text focus on ways in which water is used around the world.

Where Is My Town?
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2002
Brief text and photographs define the concept of a town and its place in a broad context. See others in the series.

Living in a Desert
by Jan Kottke
Children's Press, 2000
Children learn what life is like in a desert community in another part of the world. See others in the series.

Little Country Town
by Jandelyn Southwell
Holt, 2001
A group of children enjoy the simple pleasures of living in a country town.

On Level

Celebrate the 50 States!
by Loreen Leedy
Holiday, 1999
This playful book presents state information, including the state bird, products, maps, and other facts.

North America
by Allan Fowler
Children's Press, 2001
This introduction to North America covers geographic features, people, and animals. See others in the series.

by David F. Marx
Children's Press, 2000
Photographs and brief text introduce the land and people of Mexico.

It's My City! A Singing Map
by April Pulley Sayre
Greenwillow, 2001
A song maps the sights and sounds on the way to the market.

by David F. Marx
Children's Press, 2000
An overview of Canada presents its people and places in all their diversity.


On the Same Day in March
by Marilyn Singer
Harper, 2002
In 17 different places throughout the world, the day is the same but the weather is very different.

Mapping Penny's World
by Loreen Leedy
Holt, 2000
After learning about maps in school, Lisa maps her dog's favorite places.

Rivers: Nature's Wondrous Waterways
by David L. Harrison
Boyds Mills, 2002
Readers learn the vital role rivers play in providing water for wildlife, plant life, and people.

Types of Maps
by Mary Dodson Wade
Children's Press, 2003
An introduction to maps includes some that show how to get to a place and others that show what you will find when you arrive. See others in the series.

Country Kid, City Kid
by Julie Cummins
Holt, 2003
Ben lives in the country and Julie lives in the city, but when they meet they find they have a lot in common.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Our Big Home: An Earth Poem
by Linda Glaser
Millbrook, 2000
This free verse poem celebrates the rain, sun, soil, and air that enable people and animals to inhabit the planet.

It's Winter
by Linda Glaser
Millbrook, 2002
A girl observes the changes that winter brings. See others in the series.

The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
Houghton Mifflin, 1942
Over time, a city moves closer and closer to a little house in the country in this classic story.

Sky Scrape/City Scape
by Jane Yolen
Boyds Mills, 1999
Poems by Langston Hughes, Jane Yolen, Carl Sandburg, and others capture the sights, sounds, and energy of the city.

Summer Sun Risin'
by W. Nikola-Lisa
Lee & Low, 2002
Energetic verse tells the story of an African American farm family.

by Uma Krishnaswami
Farrar, 2003
A girl in northern India observes the sights and sounds of her parched city and welcomes the arrival of the monsoon rains.

Reference Books

Wow Canada!
by Vivien Bowers
Owl, 1999
As a girl and her family take a trip across Canada, readers learn about each province and territory.

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
by Clive Gifford
Kingfisher, 2003
Essential geographical, physical, and cultural information on the world's countries is accompanied by maps and photographs.

The New Big Book of America
by Todd J. Davis and Marc E. Frey
Courage, 2002
This guide to the history, geography, and culture of all 50 states includes maps and photos.

Mexico: The Land
by Bobbie Kalman
Crabapple, 2001
Photographs and facts highlight Mexico's deserts, plains, rain forests, and mountains, as well as other features of the country.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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