Houghton Mifflin Social Studies


Unit 4 Bibliography: Community 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

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.

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 Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall
by David A. Adler
Holiday, 1999
This introduction to the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court covers his youth and career highlights.

Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z
by Laura Krauss Melmed
Harper, 2003
An alphabetical tour of the nation's capital includes the Air and Space Museum, Congress, and the White House.

The Washington Monument
by Marc T. Nobleman
Compass Point, 2004
This brief history of the Washington Monument explains why it is considered a national symbol. See others in the series.

On Level

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

The White House
by Debra Hess
Benchmark, 2004
Text and accompanying photos relate the history of the White House and its importance as an American symbol.

Becoming a Citizen
by Sarah De Capua
Children's Press, 2002
The requirements for U.S. citizenship and the procedure immigrants must follow to become naturalized are explained here.

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected
by Linda Granfield
Kids Can, 2003
An informative guide to voting in America presents information on everything from the qualifications for voting to campaign finance.

Paying Taxes
by Sarah De Capua
Children's Press, 2002
Different types of taxes, why they are paid, and what services they support are explained here.


The United States Constitution
by Karen Price Hossell
Heinemann, 2004
A history of the Constitution covers how it was written, what it means, and its impact on people's lives.

by Lynn Curlee
Atheneum, 2003
This history of Washington, D.C., spotlights five of the city's most imposing structures, including the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Local Government
by Ernestine Giesecke
Heinemann, 2000
The structure and functions of local government are explained here. See other books in the Kids' Guide to Government series.

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?
by Teresa Bateman
Holiday, 2001
A potpourri of trivia and important facts provides the stories behind 17 American patriotic symbols as diverse as Uncle Sam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Great Seal.

The Voice of the People
by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
Harper, 1996
This look at American democracy in action makes a complex subject understandable and interesting.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

The Flag Maker
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
In a story based on history, a girl helps her mother sew the enormous flag that flies over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

Judy Moody Saves the World
by Megan McDonald
Candlewick, 2002
Inspired by a class environmental project, third-grader Judy tries to revamp her family's recycling efforts.

Chickens May Not Cross the Road and Other Crazy (but True) Laws
by Kathi Linz
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
This collection of odd and hilarious laws includes one from Idaho that prohibits people from fishing while sitting on a giraffe.

Henry Climbs a Mountain
by D.B. Johnson
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Henry the bear goes to jail rather than go against his principles, in this story based on an incident in the life of Henry David Thoreau.

Reference Books

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

Our Country's Presidents
By Ann Bausum
National Geographic, 2002
Color portraits of each President, combined with detailed text, portray each President in the context of his time.

Kids Taking Action
by Pamela Roberts
Northeast Foundation for Children, 2002
Profiles of 18 kid-friendly community service learning projects from across the country offer teachers ideas to use or adapt.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

White House Kids Home Page
The White House's Web site includes a special area for children to learn more about government.