Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

My World

Unit 4 Bibliography: Our Country, It's a Great Place

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Picture Books, Read Aloud, and Reference

Picture Books for Browsing

America the Beautiful
by Katherine Lee Bates
Putnam, 2003
The words of Bates's classic poem are accompanied by large, beautiful paintings of the American landscape.

The Bald Eagle
by Judith Jango-Cohen
Carolrhoda, 2002
Large photographs and easy-to-read sentences describe the bald eagle and how it became a symbol for America. See others in the series.

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

The Liberty Bell
by Lloyd G. Douglas
Children's Press, 2003
Brief text and photographs explain how the Liberty Bell came to be an important symbol of our country. See others in the series.

I Am America
by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Scholastic, 2003
Vibrant photographs of children and brief text celebrate America's diversity.

George Washington
by Philip Abraham
Children's Press, 2002
This simple biography tells the story of our nation's first President.

Fourth of July Mice!
by Bethany Roberts
Clarion, 2004
A group of mice celebrate July Fourth with a parade, a picnic, and a dip in a pond.

The Statue of Liberty
by Tristan Boyer Binns
Heinemann, 2001
Readers learn the story behind the Statue of Liberty and its importance as an American icon. See others in the series.

A Day with Police Officers
by Jan Kottke
Children's Press, 2000
Brief text and accompanying photographs reveal the many ways police officers help keep people in their communities safe.

The White House
by Jill Braithwaite
Lerner, 2004
This simple photo essay relates the history of the White House and its importance as an American symbol. See others in the series.

Read Aloud Books

Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney!
by Leslie Kimmelman
Whitman, 2003
The residents of Jenny's town all pitch in to prepare for a Fourth of July celebration.

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.

Thanksgiving in the White House
by Gary Hines
Holt, 2003
President Abraham Lincoln's son, Tad, doesn't want his pet turkey to become the main dish of the first official Thanksgiving celebration.

Firefighter Frank
by Monica Wellington
Dutton, 2002
Frank and his fellow firefighters spend busy days teaching fire safety to visiting children and courageously putting out fires.

Martin's Big Words
by Doreen Rappaport
Hyperion, 2001
The words of civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr., are woven into the story of his life.

I pledge allegiance
by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Candlewick, 2002
Word by word and line by line, this book explicates America's oath in kid-friendly language.

Abraham Lincoln
by Amy Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
Scholastic, 2002
Beginning with his humble start in a log cabin, Lincoln's life as a lawyer, politician, and President is related in homespun language.

Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble
By Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Whitman, 2003
When Mr. Tanen's school runs out of money for the new playground, he comes up with a creative way to raise money.

A Picture Book of Sacagawea
by David A. Adler
Holiday, 2000
This picture book tells the story of Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who played an important part in our nation's history.

Reference Books

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

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags
by James Giblin
Clarion, 2001
A spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July.

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

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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