Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

School and Family

Unit 4 Bibliography: Everything Changes

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

Once Upon a Farm
by Marie Bradby
Orchard, 2002
Brief, rhyming prose relates the hard work and pleasures of a family's farm and the eventual changes urban development brings.

When I Was Five
by Arthur Howard
Harcourt, 1999
Jeremy discovers that the things he wanted to do when he was five are different from the things he likes now that he's six.

Transportation Then and Now
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Simple text and photographs compare methods of transportation from both long ago and today. See others in the series.

Homespun Sarah
by Verla Kay
Putnam, 2003
Brief, rhyming text tells about an eighteenth-century Pennsylvania farm girl's busy day hauling water, gathering firewood, and doing other chores.

Communication Then and Now
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Simple text and photographs show how the ways people communicate have changed over the years. See others in the series.

On Level

Gus and Grandpa Show-and-Tell
by Claudia Mills
Farrar, 2000
Gus's grandfather is a big hit when Gus brings him to class for a show-and-tell about Colorado history.

Henry Ford
by Wil Mara
Children's Press, 2003
A simple biography tells the story of the man who made the first mass-produced automobile.

William's House
by Ginger Howard
Millbrook, 2002
A family building a home in New England in 1637 discovers that they can't build the same kind of home they left in England.

Life Long Ago
by Janine Scott
Compass Point, 2003
Aspects of life in the United States 100 years ago are compared to life today.

Song and Dance Man
by Karen Ackerman
Random, 2003
Grandpa, once a song-and-dance man on the vaudeville stage, dresses up and performs for his visiting grandchildren.

Alexander Graham Bell
by Wil Mara
Children's Press, 2002
This beginning biography tells of the man who invented the telephone.


We Are the Many: A Picture Book of American Indians
by Doreen Rappaport
Harper, 2002
Incidents from the lives of 16 Native Americans, both historical and contemporary, provide a snapshot of the individual's accomplishments.

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 2001
Told alternately by an English boy and a Wampanoag boy, the story of the harvest feast is presented with reenactment photos from Plimoth Plantation.

Grandma Lai Goon Remembers
by Ann Morris
Millbrook, 2002
Allyson and Daniel learn about their grandmother's life growing up in China and the cultural heritage they share. See others in the series.

Prairie School
by Avi
Harper, 2003
Living on the Colorado prairie in the 1880s, Noah thinks there's no real reason for him to learn to read.

If You Lived with the Cherokee
by Peter and Connie Roop
Scholastic, 1999
Illustrations by a Cherokee artist complement facts about Cherokee customs and lifestyle, showing what it was like to grow up in a Cherokee family long ago.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Pearl tells the story of her long life, during which she had a firsthand viewing of many important events in American history.

They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express
by Cheryl Harness
Aladdin, 2002
Lively, information-filled text relates the history of the Pony Express.

Icy Watermelon/Sandía fría
by Mary Su Galindo
Piñata Books, 2001
When three generations of a family gather to eat watermelon, the grandparents reminisce about how the fruit brought them together. Text in English and Spanish.

Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair
by Deborah Blumenthal
Dial, 2001
A girl puts together a family history with the help of her grandmother and great aunt.

Mama and Me and the Model T
by Faye Gibbons
Harper, 1999
Mandy tells how the arrival of a new Model T on her farm starts a standoff between the males and the females in the family.

Reference Books

One-Room School
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
This photo essay relates a brief history of one-room schools in the United States from the 1700s to the 1950s.

The Chumash
by Raymond Bial
Benchmark, 2003
The history, customs, culture, social structure, beliefs, and customs of the Chumash people are discussed here.

Travel in the Early Days
by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree, 2000
The trials of travel in wagons, coaches, steamboats, trains, and early automobiles are described in this book.

Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History
by Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Readers visit 20 sites in American history at the time of their significance, in this book illustrated with detailed cutaway pictures.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Smithsonian Institution Information
P.O. Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Smithsonian Institution
The Web site allows you to rummage about in the “Nation's Attic” and read selected articles from the “Smithsonian” magazine.