Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 2 Bibliography: America's Early Communities

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Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

William's House
by Ginger Howard
Millbrook, 2001
In 1637 New England, an English family discovers that building a home just like the one they left behind is not practical.

The Declaration of Independence
by Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002
Each phrase of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by illustrations that help to explain its meaning.

Finding Providence
by Avi
Harper, 1997
After being driven from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635, Roger Williams founds the city of Providence.

Abigail Adams
by Alexandra Wallner
Holiday, 2001
The wife of the second President of the United States was a woman who spoke up against slavery and for women's rights.

On Level

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony 1636
by Paul Erickson
Clarion, 2001
This photo essay shows what life was like for Pilgrim families at the colony of New Plymouth.

The Constitution
by Patricia Ryon Quiri
Children's Press, 1999
This history of the Constitution explains why it was needed and how it was ratified.

Life in a California Mission
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
This introduction to life in a California mission includes historical and modern photographs and paintings. See others in the series.

Thomas Jefferson
by Cheryl Harness
National Geographic, 2004
A lively picture book biography of Jefferson tells of his role in securing America's independence from Britain.

Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
by Kate Waters
Scholastic, 2001
In a reenactment story photographed at Plimoth Plantation, a Pilgrim boy and a Wampanoag boy alternately tell the story of the first harvest feast.


Our Strange New Land
by Patricia Hermes
Scholastic, 2000
In fictionalized diary entries, Lizzie Barker tells of her experiences as a new settler in Jamestown, England's first colony in the Americas.

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Walker, 2002
A collective biography introduces the signers of the Declaration of Independence and offers a short history of the 13 colonies.

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
by Catherine O'Neil Grace
National Geographic, 2001
This volume describes what is known about how the Pilgrims interacted with the Wampanoags.

James Towne: Struggle for Survival
by Marcia Sewall
Atheneum, 2001
A carpenter recounts the many challenges in the early years of Jamestown.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Shadows in the Glasshouse
by Megan McDonald
Pleasant Company, 2000
Kidnapped in England and brought to Jamestown, Merry is forced to work in the glasshouse, where she discovers someone intent on sabotage.

Pilgrim Voices: Our First Year in the New World
by Peter and Connie Roop
Walker, 1998
Drawing on actual journals, the Roops use the Pilgrims' own words to recount the first 15 months at Plimoth Plantation.

Yonder Mountain
by Robert H. Bushyhead and Kay Thorpe Bannon
Cavendish, 2002
Chief Sky chooses a new leader for his people in this Cherokee story.

George Washington
by Cheryl Harness
National Geographic, 2000
The Revolutionary War years and Washington's presidency are the focus of this picture book biography.

Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquois
by Joanne Shenandoah
Clear Light, 1998
How the Moon was formed and how Earth was created are two of nine tales told by a Native American storyteller.

Reference Books

Eyewitness History: The American Revolution
by David F. Burg
Facts On File, 2002
Observers of, and participants in, the war for independence tell their stories through a wealth of primary source material.

California Missions series
by Various Authors
Lerner, 1996
This series provides comprehensive and balanced histories of all of California's 21 missions and their impact on the existing cultures of their time.

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