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Books for Independent Reading

EASY
The Discovery of the Americas
by Betsy Maestro. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1991
The story of hypothetical and historical voyages of discovery to the Americas, from the Phoenicians to Magellan.
Exploration and Conquest
by Betsy Maestro. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1994
Illustrated account of European exploration and conquest of the Americas.
In 1492
by Jean Marzallo. Scholastic, Inc., 1991
Rhyming text describes Christopher Columbus's first voyage to the New World.
Old Silver Leg Takes Over
by Robert Quackenbush. Prentice-Hall, 1986
A brief biography of the Dutchman who arrived in 1647 to be governor of New Amsterdam.
Pueblo Boy: Growing Up in Two Worlds
by Marcia Keegan. Dutton, 1991
The adventures of a boy growing up in a pueblo in New Mexico that looks today almost as it did when the Spanish arrived in the American southwest.
Sarah Morton's Day
by Kate Waters. Scholastic, Inc., 1991
Text and photos follow a Pilgrim girl through a typical day at Plimoth Plantation.
AVERAGE
Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition
by Russell M. Peters. Lerner Publications, 1992
A twelve-year-old Wampanoag native American learns from his grandfather how to prepare a traditional clambake.
The Double Life of Pocahantas
by Jean Fritz. Putnam, 1983
Biography of the famous young Native American woman from Virginia.
I, Columbus: My Journal 1492-93
by Peter and Connie Roop. Walker and Co., 1990
Columbus's voyage of discovery as recounted in the journal he kept of his travels.
Marco Polo
by Gian Paolo Cesarani. Putnam, 1982
The adventures of the 13th century Venetian merchant who wrote about his travels and life at the court of Kublai Khan.
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?
by Jean Fritz. Putnam, 1980
An engaging look at the voyages of Columbus who was determined to beat everyone in the race to the Indies.
Who Really Discovered America?
by Stephen Krensky. Hastings House, 1987
Examines the many sides of the controversy over who really “discovered” America.
CHALLENGING
Beyond the Mists
by Nathaniel Benchley. Harper Collins, 1975
The story of a young Viking boy as he survives battles and explores Greenland and Vinland (North America).
Christopher Columbus: How He Did It
by Charlotte & David Yue. Houghton Mifflin, 1992
A detailed description of Columbus's voyage to the New World in 1492.
Constance, A Story of Early Plymouth
by Patricia Clapp. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1968
Constance's voyage from England to America on the Mayflower and the struggles and triumphs of her new life.
Hakon of Rogen's Saga
by E.C. Haugaard. Houghton Mifflin, 1963
The saga of a young Viking as he comes of age and seeks his birthright.
Henry Hudson
by Ronald Syne. Morrow, 1955
A biography of Hudson, the sailor who explored the river and the Arctic bay that now bear his name.
Morning Girl
by Michael Dorris. Hyperion, 1992
Morning Girl and her brother, Star Boy, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Samuel Eaton's Day
by Kate Waters. Scholastic, Inc., 1993
Text and photos follow a young Pilgrim boy through a busy harvest day.
Thunder From the Clear Sky
by Marcia Sewall. Atheneum, 1995
The story of the meetings between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags that led eventually to King Philip's War.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Circling the Globe
Sue Grabham, ed. Kingfisher, 1995
This comprehensive cultural atlas tells about countries, their peoples, and their ways of life.
Columbus and the World Around Him
by Milton Meltzer. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1990
Describes the voyages of Columbus, the impact of the Spanish on the Native Americans, and finally the cultural influence of the Native Americans on Europeans.
Life in the Time of Montezuma and the Aztecs
by Roy Burrell. Raintree Publishers, 1993
The history, religion, social structure, and daily life of the Aztecs and their contact with the Spanish.
The Travels of Marco Polo
by Richard Humble. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1990
The journeys of Marco Polo, including his trip to the court of the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan.
The World's Great Explorers: Leif Erikson and the Vikings
by Charnan Simon. Childrens Press, 1991
The voyages of the Norse explorer who sailed west from Greenland in search of new land.