Houghton Mifflin History — Social Science

California Studies

Unit 4 Bibliography: California Changes

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

Earthquake in the Early Morning
by Mary Pope Osborne
Random House, 2001
In this book from the popular Magic Tree House series, Jack and Annie are transported to the morning of the 1906 earthquake and become involved in life-saving efforts.

Life in San Francisco's Chinatown
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2002
This overview of San Francisco's Chinese immigrants details their lives, work, and family customs from 1840 to 1910.

Rosie in Los Angeles: Action!
by Carol Matas
Aladdin, 2004
In 1911, Rosie and her family move from Chicago to Los Angeles, where her father films Western movies.

On Level

Riding Freedom
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Scholastic, 1998
Charlotte, thinking life holds more opportunities for boys than for girls, changes her name to Charley and eventually becomes a stagecoach driver and the first woman to vote in California.

Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906
by Gail Langer Karwoski
Peachtree, 2004
When the earthquake strikes, Jacob and his dog save the life of a Chinese boy, and both boys search for their families and food.

Hoping for Rain: The Dust Bowl Adventures of Patty and Earl Buckler
by Kate Connell
National Geographic, 2004
The Buckler children recount the dust storms and droughts that forced their family from the Plains region to California.


Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905
by Laurie Lawlor
Simon, 2001
In 1905, Korean Su-Na and her family travel to Hawaii, but finding life difficult there, they move on to California.

Earthquake at Dawn
by Kristiana Gregory
Harcourt, 1992
When photographer Edith Irvine has her anticipated trip to Paris interrupted by the 1906 earthquake, she photographs the devastation she finds around her.

The Journal of C.J. Jackson: A Dust Bowl Migrant, Oklahoma to California, 1935
by William Durbin
Scholastic, 2002
The young C.J. records the difficult journey he and his family make from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to the migrant fields of California in search of work.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

I Am Lavina Cumming
by Susan Lowell
Milkweed, 1993
After her mother's death, Lavina moves from Arizona to California and survives the 1906 earthquake.

Ishi's Tale of Lizard
Translated by Leanne Hinton
Farrar, 1995
When Ishi, the last of California's Yahi Indians, came out of hiding in 1911, he told this story that he had heard as a young boy.

Reference Books

Eight Mules from Monterey
by Patricia Beatty
Beech Tree, 1993
When Fayette and her brother accompany their mother as she tries to establish libraries in the rugged area around Monterey in 1916, they find themselves in many zany situations.

Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s
by Michael Cooper
Clarion, 2004
This photo-essay with striking black-and-white photos chronicles the struggle of those who headed west to California along Route 66.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
945 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco
You will find information on the earthquake of 1906 at the San Francisco Museum's website.