Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 5 Bibliography: America's Past

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

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

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

Broken Feather
by Verla Kay
Putnam, 2002
A Nez Perce boy grows from a child learning to hunt and fish to a man witnessing the end of his people's way of life.

William's House
by Ginger Howard
Millbrook, 2002
A family building a home in New England in 1637 discovers they need to adapt the home to their new environment.

Thomas Edison
by Lola Schaefer
Pebble, 2002
Simple text and photographs present the life of the inventor of the phonograph, light bulb, and movies with sound.

On Level

On the Mayflower
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 1999
William Small, an apprentice to the ship's master, and Ellen Moore, a passenger, tell the story of the Mayflower's passage to America.

Eastern Woodlands Indians
by Mir Tamim Ansary
Heinemann, 2000
A look at the life of Eastern Woodland Indians includes information on daily routines, family life, and housing. See others in the series.

Abigail Adams
by Alexandra Wallner
Holiday, 2001
The wife of the second President of the United States spoke up against slavery and for women's rights.

Totem Poles
by Jennifer Frantz
Grosset, 2001
The Haida people of the Pacific Northwest create huge totem poles from cedar trees to tell stories.

Life in a Colonial Town
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
This look at how colonies began and grew describes houses, occupations, education, clothing, and food.


Jamestown: Struggle for Survival
by Marcia Sewall
Atheneum, 2001
A carpenter tells the story of North America's first English settlement.

Marco Polo
by Robert Strathloch
Heinemann, 2003
An overview of Marco Polo's life explains his influence on history and the world.

The Declaration of Independence
by Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002
Illustrations help to explain the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.

In Touch: Radio
by Chris Oxlade
Heinemann, 2002
This book looks at the science, technology, and people who pioneered radio communication.

Follow the Dream
by Peter Sis
Knopf, 2003
Detailed paintings complement this portrayal of Columbus, from boyhood to his first landing in America.

Jackie Robinson
by Sally M. Walker
Carolrhoda, 2002
Robinson made history by becoming the first black player in major-league baseball.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Paul Revere's Ride
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Harper, 2003
Dramatic paintings illustrate Longfellow's stirring narrative poem about Revere's famous ride.

When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia
by Ann Turner
Harper, 2004
A boy learns what it means to be free as he watches his mother's lodger, Thomas Jefferson, write the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington
by Cheryl Harness
National Geographic, 2000
This picture book biography of Washington focuses on the Revolutionary War years and his presidency.

The Great Horse-less Carriage Race
by Michael Dooling
Holiday, 2002
Only 6 of 69 entrants made it into the country's first automobile race through snow-covered streets in Chicago.

Storm Maker's Tipi
by Paul Goble
Atheneum, 2001
A pourquoi tale about the origin of the Blackfoot tipi tells how Sacred Otter is given a special design by Storm Maker.

Reference Books

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony 1636
by Paul Erickson
Clarion, 2001
This photo essay examines the daily life of one family in a Pilgrim settlement in the context of the workings of the entire colony.

Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868
by Michael Terry
Clarion, 1999
Color photos illustrate this recreation of everyday life in a Cheyenne village on the northern plains before widespread European settlement.

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.

A Braid of Lives
by Neil Philip
Clarion, 2001
First-person accounts of growing up Native American in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries provide a view of tribal life and culture.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Smithsonian Institution Information
P.O. Box 37012
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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.