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Independent Reading

EASY
The Pilgrims of Plimoth
by Marcia Sewall. Atheneum, 1986
Recreates the coming of the Pilgrims to Plimoth and tells the story of their daily lives in the early years.
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson
by Ann McGovern. Scholastic, 1975
Deborah realizes that her prospects as a woman are limited, so she dresses as a man and enlists.
Belinda's Hurricane
by Elizabeth Winthrop. Puffin, 1989
Belinda is excited as a hurricane approaches the New England coast.
Immigrants
by Martin Sandler. HarperCollins, 1995
The story of America is largely the story of immigrants.
The Story of the Erie Canal
by R. Conrad Stein. Childrens Press, 1985
The building of the Erie Canal was an amazing feat of engineering.
AVERAGE
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
by Jean Lee Latham. Houghton Mifflin, 1955
After many family members and friends are lost at sea, Nat Bowditch of Salem, Massachusetts, perfects a navigational method and writes a book that is still used today.
The Sign of the Beaver
by E.G. Speare. Dell Publishing, 1983
Thirteen-year-old Matt must survive on his own in the Maine wilderness.
Colonial People
by Sarah Howarth. The Millbrook Press, 1994
Identifies the different groups of colonial people and describes their lives.
Mill
by David Macaulay. Houghton Mifflin, 1983
Macaulay illustrates and explains how mills work.
From Abenaki to Zuni: A Dictionary of Native American Tribes
by Evelyn Wolfson. Walker, 1988
Information on 68 of the larger Native American groups is clearly presented and illustrated.
Stock Market ABC
by Joanne K. Friedlander and Jean Neal. Follett, 1969
A basic introduction to Wall Street and the stock market.
CHALLENGING
Sourcebooks on Colonial America
by Carter Smith. The Millbrook Press, 1991
A six-volume series on topics ranging from explorers and settlers to daily life.
This New Land
by G. Clifton Wisler. Walker, 1987
Richard sails with his family to the New World and finds a new life.
Sugaring Time
by Kathryn Lasky. Macmillan, 1983
Describes the making of maple syrup on a family farm.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
by Bette Bao Lord. HarperCollins, 1984
Shirley Temple Wong takes heart from Jackie Robinson's triumphs.
Waterway West
by Mary Kay Phelan. Crowell, 1977
The amazing engineering of the Erie Canal makes for dramatic reading.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
From Sea to Shining Sea
by Amy L. Cohn. Scholastic, 1993
Paints a portrait of this land where almost every family originated somewhere else.
People of the Breaking Day
by Marcia Sewall. Macmillan, 1990
A poetic evocation of the Wampanoag people.
Coming to America
by Katharine Emsden. Discovery Enterprises, 1992
This primary source describes coming to a new country.
Lyddie
by Katherine Paterson. Dutton, 1991
Lyddie tries to save the family farm by working as a “mill girl” in the mid-1800s.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Making Thirteen Colonies
by Joy Hakim. Oxford University Press, 1993
History of the United States from colonization to the eve of the Revolution told in a lively, engaging style.
National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Fifty States
National Geographic, 1991
Maps, text, and beautiful photos provide useful information.