Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 3 Bibliography: People Move from Place to Place

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

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
by Leslie Connor
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
When Miss Bridie emigrates to America in 1856, she brings a shovel that becomes a useful tool throughout her life.

Dreaming of America
by Eve Bunting
Troll, 2001
On January 1, 1892, Annie Moore of Ireland became the first immigrant to enter the United States at Ellis Island.

A Full Hand
by Thomas Yezerski
Farrar, 2002
Asa helps his father, a canal boat captain, transport coal from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in a mule-drawn canal boat.

Prairie Friends
by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Harper, 2003
Betsy's wish for a friend is realized when a new family moves to her area of the Nebraska prairie in the mid-1800s.

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 the snow-covered streets of Chicago.

On Level

Grandfather's Journey
by Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin, 1993
This Caldecott Medal–winning story relates the experiences of the author's grandfather's life in America and Japan.

Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi
by Cheryl Harness
Aladdin, 2003
A biography of Samuel Clemens is interwoven with the story of the Mississippi River and the heyday of the steamboats.

The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft
by Cathy Moore
Carolrhoda, 2002
Based on true events, this account tells of William and Ellen Craft's escape from slavery in Georgia to Philadelphia.

They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express
by Cheryl Harness
Aladdin, 2002
The Pony Express started when the need increased for a fast method of communication as America expanded.

by Elam Schemenauer
Child's World, 2000
This survey of the largest country in South America includes information on its history, geography, people, and culture.


Riding Freedom
by Pamela Muñoz Ryan
Scholastic, 1999
In a fictionalized account of a true story, Charlotte Parkhurst disguises herself as a boy and becomes a famous stagecoach driver.

Immigrant Children
by Sylvia Whitman
Lerner, 2000
Pictures and text offer readers a view of immigrant children who struggled to improve their lives at the turn of the twentieth century.

by Yin
Puffin, 2003
In a story inspired by true accounts of Chinese immigrants, brothers Shek and Wong come to America in 1865 and endure hardship and prejudice while working on the railroad.

The Invention of the Telegraph and the Telephone
by Anita Louise McCormick
Enslow, 2004
A history of these inventions relates how they were created and how they changed the communications industry.

Children of the Trail West
by Holly Littlefield
Lerner, 1999
This book relates the experiences of children who traveled by wagon train to Oregon and California between 1841 and 1869.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

We Rode the Orphan Trains
by Andrea Warren
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Warren relates the stories of eight real-life abandoned or orphaned children who traveled across the U.S. in trains to find new families.

Steamboat! The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers
by Judith Heide Gilliland
DK, 2000
Blanche Douglas's courage and determination helped her to become the country's first female steamboat captain.

Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harper, 1953
This classic tells the story of how the Ingalls family leave Wisconsin, travel west by covered wagon, and settle on the Kansas prairie.

Freedom's Wings
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Scholastic, 2001
Corey and his family escape slavery by following the Underground Railroad and settle in Canada.

Annushka's Voyage
by Edith Tarbescu
Clarion, 1998
Annushka and Tanya journey from their Russian homeland to meet their father at Ellis Island.

Reference Books

We Are Americans
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Scholastic, 2003
Letters, diaries, and oral histories chronicle the stories of immigrants from South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and other places.

Journeys in Time: A New Atlas of American History
by Elspeth Leacock
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
A blend of maps, facts, and stories takes readers on 20 journeys that shaped America's past.

Our Transportation Systems
by Dorothy Francis
Millbrook, 2002
This book covers a history and overview of travel in America to the present day.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20690
Phone: (202) 366-4000

U.S. Department of Transportation
The department's Web site provides links to a wide array of transportation-related links.