Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 6 Bibliography: Celebrating People and Cultures

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

Apple Pie Fourth of July
by Janet Wong
Harcourt, 2002
A Chinese American girl who works at her parents' market is surprised that her parents will sell Chinese food on Independence Day.

Jingle Dancer
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Harper, 2000
Jenna, a Muscogee girl, hopes to carry on her family's tradition of jingle dancing at the next powwow.

Martin's Big Words
by Doreen Rappaport
Hyperion, 2001
The words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., are woven into the story of his life.

The Journey
by Sarah Stewart
Farrar, 2001
Hannah, an Amish girl, writes in her journal about visiting the big city of Chicago for the first time.

The Talking Cloth
by Rhonda Mitchell
Orchard, 2001
Aunt Phoebe tells her niece all about the traditional talking cloth made by the Ashanti people of Ghana.

On Level

Everybody Serves Soup
by Norah Dooley
Carolrhoda, 2002
A girl collects soup recipes from her culturally diverse neighbors on a snowy day. See also Everybody Bakes Bread and Everybody Brings Noodles by the same author.

Celebrating Ramadan
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday, 2001
Ibrahim and his family participate in a 1,400-year-old tradition during Ramadan.

Tree of Cranes
by Allen Say
Houghton Mifflin, 1991
A Japanese boy learns about Christmas when his mother decorates a small pine tree with paper cranes for him in this award-winning story.

Songs of Shiprock Fair
by Luci Tapahonso
Kiva, 1999
Nezbah, a young Navajo girl, relates her family's experiences at the annual Shiprock Fair.

Magic Windows
by Carmen Lomas Garza
Children's Book Press, 2000
Mexican American artist Garza tells stories from her family and culture through traditional cut-paper art.


The Fiestas
by George Ancona
Benchmark, 2001
Ancona celebrates Mexican history and culture in this five-volume series that is illustrated with his color photographs.

Indian Shoes
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Harper, 2002
In a collection of interrelated stories, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, and his grandfather come up with creative solutions to life's challenges.

Jewish Festivals
by Angela Wood
Heinemann, 1998
A boy in Jerusalem and a girl in Chicago explain how their families celebrate Jewish holidays and holy days. See others in the series.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags
by James Cross Giblin
Clarion, 2001
A spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July.

Six Words, Many Turtles, and Three Days in Hong Kong
by Patricia McMahon
Houghton Mifflin, 1997
Readers follow a school day and a weekend in the life of an eight-year-old Hong Kong girl.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Around the World in Eighty Poems
by James Berry
Chronicle, 2002
These evocative poems from over 50 countries introduce readers to all kinds of people and cultures.

American Tall Tales
by Mary Pope Osborne
Scholastic, 1991
Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, and other nineteenth-century American folk heroes spring to life in these tales.

Lives: Poems About Famous Americans
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Harper, 1999
The lives of 16 history-changing Americans are celebrated in this collection.

Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet
by Neil Philip
Clarion, 2003
This collection of Mexican folktales is full of the religious imagery characteristic of Mexican American storytelling.

My Chinatown
by Mak Kam
Harper, 2001
Poems relate the experience of a Chinese boy's first year in the United States.

Reference Books

People Around the World
by Antony Mason
Kingfisher, 2002
Packed full of photos, this volume features people from all over the world and provides information on their cultures.

50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet
by Dennis Denenberg
Millbrook, 2001
This compilation of alphabetically arranged biographies celebrates the achievements of men and women from different backgrounds.

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats
by Nina Simonds and Leslie Swartz
Harcourt, 2002
A collection of stories about Chinese holidays and their origins, including recipes and activities.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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Through the National Park Service's Web site, you can find information about colonial-era places that have been preserved as national historic sites.