Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

My World

Unit 1 Bibliography: Families and Friends

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Picture Books, Read Aloud, and Reference

Picture Books for Browsing

Lots of Grandparents
by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly
Millbrook, 2001
Pictures and brief text present grandparents working, playing, relaxing, and loving their grandchildren.

Being Responsible
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Photos and brief text show children being responsible in a variety of ways, including washing dishes and putting away toys.

Kite Flying
by Grace Lin
Knopf, 2002
On a breezy day, a girl and her family make and fly a kite.

Brothers and Sisters
by Laura Dwight
Star Bright, 2003
This photo essay introduces sibling groups who play together, fight with one another, and help one another.

Back to School
by Maya Ajmera and J.D. Ivanko
Charlesbridge, 2001
Photos and brief text show kids all over the world studying and sharing with teachers and classmates.

What Is a Family?
by Craig Hammersmith
Compass Point, 2003
This photographic description of what it means to be a family emphasizes that there are many different types of families.

Following Rules
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Photos and simple text show children following rules at home and at school. See others in the series.

In the Yard
by Dana Meachen Rau
Compass Point, 2002
As the seasons change, a family shares both fun and chores in their yard.

by Ann Morris
Harper, 2000
This photo essay celebrates many kinds of families all around the world.

I Love Saturdays y domingos
by Alma Flor Ada
Atheneum, 2002
A girl spends Saturdays with her English-speaking grandparents and Sundays with her abuelo and abuela.

The Saturday Escape
by Daniel J. Mahoney
Clarion, 2002
A bear, a rabbit, and a mouse duck out of their chores to sneak off to story hour at the library.

The Night Worker
by Kate Banks
Farrar, 2001
Alex's father, an engineer who works at night, takes Alex on a tour of his work site.

Read Aloud Books

Chicken Chickens Go to School
by Valeri Gorbachev
North-South, 2003
On the first day of school, a teacher helps two chickens overcome their fears and make friends.

Be a Good Friend!
by Jennifer Waters
Compass Point, 2003
Brief text and photos describe the qualities that make someone a good friend.

Alicia's Best Friends
by Lisa Jahn-Clough
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Alicia discovers that her four friends are all best friends in their own unique ways.

Elizabeti's School
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Lee and Low, 2002
A Tanzanian girl is excited and apprehensive about going to school for the first time.

Mama's Coming Home
by Kate Banks
Farrar, 2003
As Mama makes her way home from work, Papa and the boys get ready for her arrival.

Hunter's Best Friend at School
by Laura Malone Elliot
Harper, 2002
When his best friend starts acting up at school, Hunter the raccoon isn't sure what he should do.

Full, Full, Full of Love
by Trish Cooke
Candlewick, 2003
For Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Grandma's means tasty food and loving family members.

Teacher Appreciation Day
by Lynn Plourde
Dutton, 2003
Maybella is the only student in Mrs. Shepherd's class who can't decide what she'll give her favorite teacher for a thank-you gift.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, 1996
Lilly gets into trouble with her favorite teacher when she breaks one of his rules.

Reference Books

The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems
by Belinda Hollyer
Kingfisher, 2003
This diverse collection is a fine resource for finding poems on an array of family configurations, lifestyles, and interactions.

The Barefoot Book of Brother and Sister Tales
by Mary Hoffman
Barefoot Books, 2000
Tales from Germany, the Sudan, and other places around the world feature brothers and sisters.

A Grand Celebration: Grandparents in Poetry
by Carol G. Hittleman
Boyds Mills, 2003
The important relationships between grandparents and grandchildren are celebrated in these poems by diverse poets.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Children's Book Council Materials
568 Broadway, Suite 404
New York, NY 10012
Send for bibliography of Notable Children's Trade Books in the field of Social Studies.

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Washington, D.C. 20590