Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 1 Bibliography: Community and Geography

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

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Over the course of time, a river becomes polluted because of development, but its resources are eventually renewed.

Once Upon a Farm
by Marie Bradby
Orchard, 2002
Poetic prose relates the hard work and pleasures of life on a family's farm.

Desert Town
by Bonnie Geisert
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Despite harsh weather conditions, a desert town bustles with life during the year. See also Prairie Town, Mountain Town, and River Town by the same author.

I Live in Brooklyn
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A girl describes her life in New York City over the course of a year.

Celebrate the 50 States!
by Loreen Leedy
Holiday, 1999
An alphabetic tour of the United States shows what makes each state unique.

On Level

A Castle on Viola Street
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Harper, 2001
Andy, his family, neighbors, and a community organization work together to turn vacant buildings on his street into comfortable homes.

From Dawn till Dusk
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Season by season, the narrator recounts the reasons why she and her siblings love their farm life in Vermont.

Grand Canyon
by Linda Vieira
Walker, 2000
As a pack mule trip makes its way from the rim to the floor of the Grand Canyon, readers learn about the canyon's geology and ecology.

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
From the Civil War to the civil rights era, events in American history are related through the experiences of one woman.

When Catherine the Great and I Were Eight
by Cari Best
Farrar, 2003
A young girl and her family spend a hot summer day traveling from the city to the beach.


Smart About the Fifty States
by Jon Buller et al.
Grossett, 2003
Information on each state is related in the form of class reports.

Nobody Particular
by Molly Bang
Holt, 2001
Shrimper Diane Wilson fights to protect the Texas bay she fishes in from chemical plant pollution, in this true story.

The Coast Mappers
by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
In the mid-1800s, George Davidson charts the United States coasts and all of the waterways in between.

Rosy Cole's Worst Ever Best Yet Tour of New York City
by Sheila Greenwald
Farrar, 2003
Rosy's plans to show her country cousin around New York City don't go exactly as she intended.

Down a River
by Carol Telford
Heinemann, 1998
Readers explore the plant and animal life of the Mississippi-Missouri River system and the human impact on its ecosystem.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Children of the Midnight Sun
by Tricia Brown
Alaska Northwest, 1998
This book explores the lives and culture of eight contemporary Native American children in Alaska.

Home to Me: Poems Across America
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Orchard, 2002
From the prairie to the city, 15 poems explore the different places people call home.

My Mountain Song
by Shutta Crum
Clarion, 2004
During a summer in the Kentucky mountains, a girl uses her experiences to create the song that Grand Pap, her great-grandfather, says is inside of her.

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon, 2000
Grouped together by region, this collection of poems creates a portrait of the American landscape.

Basket Moon
by Mary Lyn Ray
Little, Brown, 1999
A boy's trip with his father from their home in the hills to the town of Hudson, New York, makes him question his future as a basket-maker.

Reference Books

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
by Clive Gifford
Kingfisher, 2003
Geographical, physical, and cultural information on the world's countries is accompanied by maps and photographs.

Legends of Landforms
by Carole G. Vogel
Copper Beech, 1999
Brief descriptions of the geology of 14 landforms, including Niagara Falls and the Hawaiian Islands, are paired with Native American legends explaining them.

The New Big Book of America
by Todd J. Davis and Marc E. Frey
Courage, 2002
This guide to the history, geography, and culture of all 50 states includes maps and photographs.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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