Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

My World

Unit 3 Bibliography: Long Ago and Today

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

Transportation Then and Now
by Robin Nelson
Lerner, 2003
Simple text and photographs compare methods of transportation long ago and today. See others in the series.

When I Was Five
by Arthur Howard
Harcourt, 1999
Jeremy discovers that the things he wanted to do when he was five are different from the things he likes now that he's six.

This Car
by Paul Collicutt
Farrar, 2002
Simple text exploring opposites is accompanied by large, dramatic illustrations of cars from all periods in history. See others in the series.

Homespun Sarah
by Verla Kay
Putnam, 2003
An eighteenth-century Pennsylvania farm girl has a busy day hauling water, gathering firewood, and doing other chores.

All Aboard! A True Train Story
by Susan Kuklin
Orchard, 2003
Large photographs show some of America's oldest steam engines traveling through Colorado's Rocky Mountains on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Send It!
by Don Carter
Roaring Brook, 2003
Simple text describes how a package is transported by all kinds of vehicles as it makes its way across the country.

Clothes in Colonial America
by Mark Thomas
Children's Press, 2003
Photos and brief text describe what clothing was like in America during colonial times. See others in the series.

Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails
by Verla Kay
Putnam, 2000
Brief rhyming verse describes a pioneer family's journey west to California on a wagon train.

by Anastasia Suen
Viking, 2001
Trucks and trains and ships and planes deliver all kinds of goods in this rhyming story.

Read Aloud Books

Wet Pebbles Under Our Feet
by Manya Stojic
Knopf, 2002
A girl's mother and uncles share their childhood memories of growing up on an island when a girl visits the place for the first time.

Song and Dance Man
by Karen Ackerman
Random, 2003
Grandpa, once a song-and-dance man on the vaudeville stage, dresses up and performs for his grandchildren.

Once Upon a Farm
by Marie Bradby
Orchard, 2002
Brief, rhyming prose relates the hard work and pleasures of a family's farm, and the eventual changes urban development brings.

A Home Album
by Peter and Connie Roop
Heinemann, 2001
Old photographs are paired with contemporary ones to show differences between homes from 100 years ago and homes today. See others in the series.

The Name Quilt
by Phyllis Root
Farrar, 2003
Sadie loves to hear her grandmother's stories about the family members whose names are sewn on a special quilt.

Life Long Ago
by Janine Scott
Compass Point, 2003
Aspects of life in the United States 100 years ago are compared to life today.

The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
Houghton Mifflin, 1942
Over time, the city gradually moves closer to a little house in the country in this classic story.

Alexander Graham Bell
by Wil Mara
Children's Press, 2003
This simple biography tells the story of the man who invented the telephone.

Mailing May
by Michael O. Tunnell
Harper, 2000
In 1914, a girl's parents come up with an unusual way of sending her to visit her grandmother—she's stamped and sent by a railroad mail car.

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression
by Kate Lied
National Geographic, 2002
This slice of family history written by an eight-year-old girl tells of some of the hardships her grandparents faced during the Depression.

Reference Books

Life in a Colonial Town
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
Readers learn about the hard-working people of a colonial community, including information on food, clothing, education, play, and family life.

How We Lived in Colonial New England
by Deborah Kent
Benchmark, 2000
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of everyday life, such as early settlers, home life, childhood, religion, and amusements.

Travel in the Early Days
by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree, 2000
The trials of travel in wagons, coaches, steamboats, trains, and early automobiles are described in this book.

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors
by Maureen Taylor
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
This introduction to discovering family history covers how to access resources and provides real anecdotes from families of many races and cultures.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

Smithsonian Institution Information
P.O. Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Smithsonian Institution
The Web site allows you to rummage about in the “Nation's Attic” and read selected articles from the “Smithsonian” magazine.