Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 6 Bibliography: America's Government

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

Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney!
by Leslie Kimmelman
Whitman, 2003
The residents of Jenny's town all pitch in to prepare for a Fourth of July celebration.

Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag
by Sarah L. Thompson
Harper, 2003
Dramatic illustrations and spare text explore the colorful history of the American flag.

A Day with a Mail Carrier
by Jan Kottke
Children's Press, 2000
Photos and brief text follow a letter carrier, a government service worker, through his day.

America Is...
by Louise Borden
McElderry, 2002
Words and pictures salute the United States—its geography, the people who live and work here, and its symbols.

The Inside-Outside Book of Washington, D.C.
by Roxie Munro
SeaStar, 2001
Detailed paintings provide a look at the nation's capital, from the Supreme Court to the Lincoln Memorial.

On Level

If I Were President
by Catherine Stier
Whitman, 1999
Six children take turns posing as the President while providing information about the responsibilities of the office.

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

I Pledge Allegiance
by June Swanson
Carolrhoda, 2002
The history behind the words of the Pledge of Allegiance is told here.

The American Wei
by Marion Hess Pomeranc
Whitman, 1998
Wei Fong loses his first tooth and becomes an American citizen all on the same day.

A Picnic in October
by Eve Bunting
Harcourt, 1999
A boy and his family take the ferry to Ellis Island each year to celebrate Lady Liberty's birthday.

Independence Day
by David F. Marx
Children's Press, 2001
A brief photo essay discusses the history of Independence Day and the ways in which it is celebrated.


by Eileen Christelow
Clarion, 2003
Using a fictional town's mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process.

I Am Rosa Parks
by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins
Puffin, 1999
Rosa Parks tells how she helped lead a bus boycott to change a law that was unfair to African Americans.

Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners
by Joan Plummer Russell
Boyds Mills, 2001
Officer Mike and his K-9 partner Aero help to keep their community safe.

The Constitution
by Patricia Ryon Quiri
Children's Press, 1998
This history of the Constitution explains why it was needed and how it was ratified. See others in the series.

Becoming a Citizen
by Sarah E. De Capua
Children's Press 2002
The requirements for U.S. citizenship and the procedures immigrants must follow to become naturalized are explained here. See others in the series.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Abraham Lincoln
by Amy Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
Scholastic, 2002
Beginning with its humble start in a log cabin, Lincoln's life as a lawyer, politician, and President is related in homespun language.

We the Kids
by David Catrow
Dial, 2002
Simple, lively prose explains the meaning of each phrase in the preamble to the Constitution.

A Castle on Viola Street
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Harper, 2001
A hard-working family finally get their own home by joining a community organization that restores old houses.

Lives: Poems About Famous Americans
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Harper, 1999
Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Rosa Parks are included in this collection of poetic portraits.

So You Want to Be President?
by Judith St. George
Philomel, 2001
Both the good points and the bad points about holding the highest office in the land are presented in this lively look at Presidents.

Reference Books

The White House: An Illustrated History
by Catherine O'Neill Grace
Scholastic, 2003
More than 200 photographs show the people and events that mark the history of America's most famous building.

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?
by Teresa Bateman
Holiday, 2001
This book relates the stories behind some of America's patriotic symbols, including the eagle, Uncle Sam, and the Washington Monument.

Making Laws
by Sandy Donovan
Lerner, 2004
Historical quotes and primary source photos are included in this look at how a bill becomes a law.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

National Council for the Social Studies
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socialstudies.org / Notable Trade Books for Young People
The Web site connects you with an annual bibliography of Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies.