Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 2 Bibliography: Places Near and Far

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Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Over the course of time, a river becomes polluted because of development, but its resources are eventually renewed.

South America
by Allan Fowler
Children's Press, 2001
A brief photo essay provides an introduction to the geographic features, people, and animals of South America. See others in the series.

From Here to There
by Margery Cuyler
Holt, 1999
Maria Mendoza identifies herself as a part of her family, neighborhood, town, state, and country.

Arbor Day
by Kelly Bennett
Children's Press, 2003
Simple text and pictures explain why trees are important, and introduces the traditions of Arbor Day.

Around the World: Clothing
by Margaret Hall
Heinemann, 2001
Readers learn how location and weather influence the clothes people wear in different parts of the world.

On Level

The Blizzard
by Betty Ren Wright
Holiday, 2003
When a blizzard blows into town, Billy's birthday doesn't turn out quite as he expected.

North Pole, South Pole
by Nancy S. Levinson
Holiday, 2002
Readers learn about the geography, climate, and inhabitants of the Earth's polar regions.

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest
by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
The planet's hottest and wettest places, deepest lake, highest mountain, and most active volcano are some of the world records of natural history described here.

Desert Town
by Bonnie Geisert
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
A desert town bustles with life throughout the year despite the harsh weather conditions it endures. See others in the series.

Wild Ponies
by Jim Arnosky
National Geographic, 2003
Arnosky, a noted naturalist, spends the day watching a herd of wild ponies on Assateague Island off the mid-Atlantic coast.


Welcome to North America
by April Pulley Sayre
Millbrook, 2003
This introduction to the continent of North America takes a look at its geography, plant, and animal life.
See others in the series.

by Christin Ditchfield
Children's Press, 2002
This look at an important natural resource covers how coal is found, processed, and used. See others in the series.

by Claire Llewellyn
Heinemann, 2000
Photographs and maps enhance this look at how mountains are formed.

The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman
by Darcy Pattison
Harcourt, 2003
All kinds of people help Oliver, a life-size man carved from wood, travel from North Carolina to California.

The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest
by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Illustrated with stunning paper collages, this book takes readers on the adventure of climbing Mount Everest as it explores the mountain's history, geography, and climate.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme
by J. Patrick Lewis
Dial, 2002
A playful collection of travel verse features exotic destinations, amazing explorers, and geography trivia.

Mountain Dance
by Thomas Locker
Harcourt, 2001
Verse paired with handsome paintings describes various mountains and how they were created.

Across America, I Love You
by Christine Loomis
Hyperion, 2000
Poetic text pays tribute to America's landscape, from the inlets of the Pacific coast to the deserts of the Southwest.

by Amy Ehrlich
Harcourt, 2002
As a girl, Rachel Carson loved being outside and grew up to write books that started the environmental movement.

by Lisa Westberg Peters
Harper, 2003
Twenty-two whimsical poems explore the natural wonders of the Earth.

Reference Books

National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers
National Geographic Society
National Geographic, 1998
World and regional maps along with essays, photographs, and artwork explore the world's regions and features.

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

Forecasting the Weather
by Alan Rodgers and Angella Streluk
Heinemann, 2002
A look at weather forecasting includes how satellite images and data collection systems are helping to accurately forecast and prepare for weather events.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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