Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 7 Bibliography: Linking to Today

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

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
by Heidi Moore
Heinemann, 2004
Readers learn how Stanton became a leading activist for women's suffrage. See others in the series.

Children of the Civil Rights Era
by Catherine A. Welch
Lerner, 2001
Welch recounts the courageous involvement of young people in the civil rights movement. See others in the series.

Martin Luther King Jr.
by Mary Winget
Lerner, 2003
This is a biography of America's most celebrated civil rights leader.

Immigrant Children
by Sylvia Whitman
Lerner, 2000
Readers learn about young immigrants, both on their journeys and in their new country.

The Gold-Threaded Dress
by Carolyn Marsden
Candlewick, 2002
A young girl from Thailand finds what it is to be American in this story about longing to belong.

Coming to America: A Muslim Family's Story
by Bernard Wolf
Lee & Low, 2003
This photo essay chronicles the day-to-day life of a family recently emigrated from Egypt.

On Level

Dolores Huerta
by Rebecca Thatcher Murcia
Mitchell Lane, 2002
Huerta, along with Cesar Chavez, fought for farm workers' rights.

A Real American
by Richard Easton
Clarion, 2002
Eleven-year-old Nathan is surprised at how much he and Arturo, an Italian immigrant, have in common.

Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
This book tells what life was like for newly arrived immigrants in New York City.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 2004
African American opera singer Marian Anderson used her voice to help bring racial equality to our nation.

Remembering Manzanar
by Michael L. Cooper
Clarion, 2002
Cooper examines life in a California relocation camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.

Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues
by Harriette Gillem Robinet
Simon, 2000
This mystery is set against the backdrop of the Alabama bus boycott.


Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Scholastic, 2000
Tragedy forces Esperanza to leave the good life in Mexico and join other Depression-era migrant workers in California.

Behind the Mountains
by Edwidge Danticat
Scholastic, 2003
A young Haitian girl narrates this novel about modern-day immigrants.

Julian Nava: My Mexican American Journey
by Julian Nava
Arte Publico, 2002
Nava tells how he rose from humble beginnings to become a revered educator and the first Mexican American ambassador to Mexico.

Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration
by Dennis and Judith Fradin
Clarion, 2003
This is an engrossing biography of an acclaimed civil rights leader.

It's Our World, Too!
by Phillip Hoose
Sunburst, 2002
Fourteen accounts of children who work for human rights are followed by a guide to help readers get involved in social projects of their choice.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Remember: A Pictorial Tribute to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision
by Toni Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Morrison pairs archival photographs with storytelling to bring the history of school desegregation to life.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
Dial, 1976
Taylor's award-winning novel tells of one African American family fighting to stay together in the face of prejudice in the South of the 1930s.

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
by Kam Mak
Harper, 2001
Everyday life in a Chinatown community is expressed in four seasonal poems.

We Are Americans: Voices of the Immigrant Experience
by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Scholastic, 2003
Immigrants from America's beginnings to the present tell their stories in their own words.

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights
by Russell Freedman
Holiday, 2003
Freedman discusses the Bill of Rights as it applies to contemporary issues.

Reference Books

Failure is Impossible!
by Martha E. Kendall
Lerner, 2001
The history of American women's rights is chronicled from 1607 to 2000.

Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
by Zita Allen
Watts, 1996
Readers learn about African American women who fought for civil rights from 1900 to 1964.

by David Downing
Heinemann, 2003
Readers gain a deeper understanding of how democracy works in the United States and around the world.

Volunteering to Help in Your Neighborhood
by Claudia Isler
Children's Press, 2000
Readers learn how to volunteer and about the benefits of volunteering.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

International Information Programs of the U.S. State Department

USINFO—US Dept of State
Visit this Web site to find a valuable collection of links to information about civil rights and more.