Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 3 Bibliography: Ways of Living

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

Mount Rushmore
by Judith Jango-Cohen
Lerner, 2004
Brief text and photographs describe the creation of the presidential rock portraits and why they became a national symbol.

Silent Movie
by Avi
Atheneum, 2003
In a story reminiscent of a silent movie, a Swedish family immigrating to America becomes separated in New York.

Happy Birthday, America
by Mary Pope Osborne
Roaring Brook, 2003
A boy describes his family's celebration of the nation's birthday.

The Statue of Liberty
by Jill Braithwaite
Lerner, 2003
This simple photo essay relates why the Statue of Liberty is an important symbol of our country.

Labor Day
by Carmen Bredeson
Children's Press, 2001
The history, meaning, and customs of Labor Day are presented in this introduction to the national holiday.

On Level

Apple Pie 4th of July
by Janet S. Wong
Harcourt, 2002
A Chinese American girl is surprised to discover that people want to eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July.

Ellis Island
by Patricia Ryon Quiri
Children's Press, 1999
The immigration station on Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States for millions of people coming to America.

Grandma Maxine Remembers
by Ann Morris
Millbrook, 2002
A Shoshone grandmother relates family and cultural history to her granddaughter as they share daily tasks. See others in the series.

by Allan Drummond
Farrar, 2002
In a story based on a snippet from history, a boy describes helping unveil the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

The Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin
Charlesbridge, 2001
A girl's neighbors love the Chinese vegetables her mother grows in her garden.


Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
by Bernard Wolf
Lee and Low, 2003
This photo essay about an Egyptian Muslim family follows the three Mahmoud children at home, at school, and with friends.

We Are America: Mexican Americans
by Tristan Boyer Binns
Heinemann, 2003
Personal narratives, photos, and maps complement this look at Mexican Americans and their experiences in the United States. See others in the series.

Everybody Brings Noodles
by Norah Dooley
Carolrhoda, 2002
Carrie's neighbors bring delicious noodle dishes from many countries to her Fourth of July block party.

Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong
by Frances Park and Ginger Park
National Geographic, 2003
Jangmi, a Korean girl, says good-bye to her neighborhood as her family prepares to move to America.

My Diary from Here to There
by Amada Irma Perez
Children's Book Press, 2002
A girl describes her feelings when her family decides to leave their home in Mexico to look for work in the United States.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Harvesting Hope
by Kathleen Krull
Harcourt, 2003
This picture book biography of Cesar Chavez tells how he improved the lives of thousands of migrant farm workers in California.

Marianthe's Story
by Aliki
Greenwillow, 1999
Two stories based on the author's own childhood show the difficulties a child faces coming to a new land.

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.

Dancing the Ring Shout
by Kim L. Siegelson
Hyperion, 2003
Toby's farm family celebrates the harvest with a ring shout—a circle of singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
by Leslie Connor
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A young immigrant carves out a new life in America with the help of a shovel.

Reference Books

We Are Americans
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Scholastic, 2003
Letters, diary entries, and oral histories create a unique portrait of the immigrant experience.

How I Celebrate
by Pam Robson
Millbrook, 2000
Children of different faiths, nations, and cultures celebrate many important events in their lives.

Children of Native America Today
by A. Hirschfelder and Y. W. Dennis
Charlesbridge, 2003
This photo essay features young people living in 25 contemporary Native communities in rural and urban settings.

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

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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