Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 1 Bibliography: People and Places

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

by Bryan Collier
Holt, 2000
Brief text explores the vibrant sights and sounds of Harlem through the eyes of a young boy.

Being a Leader
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Simple text and accompanying photos show children being leaders in various ways. See others in the series.

A Suburb
by Peter and Connie Roop
Heinemann, 1999
Photos and easy text explore the homes, stores, transportation, and other features of a real community in the suburbs. See others in the series.

Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase
by Cynthia Rylant
Simon, 2003
Henry's family takes a drive to a farm in the country to buy fresh eggs, blueberries, and corn.

School Rules
by Larry Dane Brimner
Children's Press, 2002
Three friends and their classmates decide on rules of behavior so that the class can work well together.

On Level

Everything Is Different at Nonna's House
by Caron Lee Cohen
Clarion, 2003
A boy discovers the differences between his home in the city and his grandparents' farm.

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.

On the Town: A Community Adventure
by Judith Caseley
Harper, 2002
Sparked by a school assignment, a boy and his mother keep track of all the people and places in their community.

Country Kid, City Kid
by Julie Cummins
Holt, 2002
Ben, a boy from the country, and Julie, a city girl, become fast friends at summer camp.

I Live in Brooklyn
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A girl describes her experiences living in an apartment in New York City.


A Castle on Viola Street
by DyAnne DiSalvo
Harper, 2001
Andy and his family help a community organization refurbish an abandoned home.

Family, Familia
by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Pinata, 1999
At an extended family reunion, Daniel meets some family members for the first time and discovers how they're connected. Text in English and Spanish.

Grandfather's Corner Store
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Harper, 2000
A girl enlists friends and neighbors to work together to help her grandfather save his grocery store.

Farmer's Market
by Marcie R. Rendon and Cheryl B. Walsh
Lerner, 2001
Multiple generations of the Thao and Kornder families sell their products at a midwestern farmer's market.

by Ted Lewin
Harper, 2000
All kinds of goods are bought and sold in markets in Ecuador, Uganda, New York City, Nepal, Ireland, and Morocco.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight
by Cari Best
Farrar, 2003
Sara, her Russian grandmother, and some neighbors leave the city and head for the beach on a beautiful June day.

Iguanas in the Snow
by Francisco X. Alarcón
Children's Book Press, 2001
This collection of poems in English and Spanish celebrates the city of San Francisco and winter in California. See others in the series.

Home to Me: Poems Across America
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Orchard, 2002
Poems about home are set in places as diverse as a prairie, a ranch, a farm, a city, a suburb, and an island.

From Dawn till Dusk
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
The narrator reminisces about the hard work and fun of growing up on a farm in Vermont.

Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Boyds Mills, 2001
This collection of poems describes aspects of a city from the perspectives of young people.

Reference Books

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe
by Maya Ajmera
Charlesbridge, 1997
Children are shown at work, play, and worship in beautiful photographs in this alphabetic exploration of 25 countries.

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
by Clive Gifford
Kingfisher, 2003
The 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.

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.