Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 1 Bibliography: Our Land and First People

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

United States of America
by Christine and David Petersen
Children's Press, 2001
This book provides an accessible overview of United States geography, history, people, and culture.

Across America, I Love You
by Christine Loomis
Hyperion, 2000
This is a lyrical ode to the American landscape, from Alaska's wildlands to the Florida Everglades.

Mystic Horse
by Paul Goble
Harper, 2003
After caring for an old abandoned horse, a poor young Pawnee boy is rewarded by the horse's mystic powers.

The Sioux
by Petra Press
Compass Point, 2001
Readers learn about this diverse group of Native American people who once widely populated the northern plains and woodlands. See others in the series.

Southeast Indians
by Mir Tamim Ansary
Heinemann, 2000
A glossary and maps help readers to understand the culture and history of southeastern Native Americans.

On Level

The Midwest: Its History and People
National Geographic, 2003
A guide takes readers back in time to discover how each region of the United States came to be. See others in the series.

The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde
by Caroline Arnold
Clarion, 2000
Readers explore the culture and history of the Anasazi people who mysteriously vanished from the American Southwest.

The Wave of the Sea Wolf
by David Wisniewski
Clarion, 1998
This Native American legend is followed by an informative explanation of the northwestern culture and natural phenomena that inspired it.

The Wigwam and the Longhouse
by Charlotte and David Yue
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Text and illustrations describe how Native Americans of the East lived both before and after the arrival of European settlers.

We Are the Many
by Doreen Rappaport
Harper, 2002
The author chronicles the lives of remarkable Native Americans from the 1500s to the present day.


Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History
by E. Leacock and S. Buckley
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
The authors put a geographical spin on United States history. See also Journeys in Time.

The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America
by Neil Philip
Clarion, 2001
The author provides extensive retellings and explanations of Native American myths and legends.

Great Spirit Horse
by Linda Little Wolf
Pelican, 2003
This is the legend of Sunka Waken, the blue-eyed horse of the Great Plains who possessed great powers.

Minik's Story
by Jennifer O. Dewey
Cavendish, 2003
A 12-year-old Inuit girl comes of age at a time when her community is on the verge of change.

The Cherokee
by Raymond Bial
Benchmark, 1999
A history of one of the largest Native American groups is supplemented with extensive resources. See others in the series.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon, 2000
Seven regions plus Washington, D.C., are explored through 51 poems by 40 different poets.

Sweet Land of Story
by Pleasant DeSpain
August House, 2000
Thirty-six regional tales are gathered from the six major regions of the United States.

A Braid of Lives
edited by Neil Philip
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Personal remembrances of 33 individuals from 22 different Native American nations are told here.

The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet
by Joseph Bruchac
Puffin, 1998
Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac writes poems about an American landscape as diverse as the Native American cultures that populate it.

Weather Legends
by Carole Vogel
Millbrook, 2001
Tales from Native American groups across the United States reflect how weather in different regions affects the people.

Reference Books

The Young People's Atlas of the United States
by James Harrison
Kingfisher, 1996
United States regions and states are profiled, including state symbols and statistics.

by Christin Ditchfield
Children's Press, 2003
The author explains how this North American natural resource is formed, used, and preserved. See others in the series.

The Earliest Americans
by Helen Roney Sattler
Clarion, 2001
Readers discover how ancient artifacts can tell us who the earliest Americans were, where they might have come from, and how they adapted to this new land.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Smithsonian Institute 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.