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Independent Reading

EASY
Beneath the Stone
by Bernard Wolf. Orchard Books, 1994
Depicts the customs and daily life of a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico, as shown through the eyes of a six-year-old Zapotec Indian boy.
Days of Courage: The Little Rock Story
by Richard Kelso. Steck-Vaughn, 1993
Chronicles the experiences of the “Little Rock Nine,” the first African American students to integrate Arkansas schools.
The Great Depression
by R. Conrad Stein. Childrens Press, 1993
The economic and social consequences of the Great Depression in words and pictures.
A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy
by David A. Adler. Holiday House, 1991
Depicts the life and career of John F. Kennedy.
World War I
by Tom McGowan. Franklin Watts, Ltd., 1993
The background, battles, and consequences of World War I.
World War II
by Tom McGowan. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1993
A brief history of World War II in words and pictures.
AVERAGE
A Long Way to Go
by Zibby Oneal. Viking, 1990
The story of a young girl who gets caught up in the women's suffrage movement.
Mexico
by R. Conrad Stein. Childrens Press, 1984
Looks at the history, the land, and the people of Mexico.
The Origins of World War II
by Peter Allen. The Bookwright Press, 1992
Examines the events that led to World War II.
Tough Choices: A story of the Vietnam War
by Nancy Antle. Viking, 1993
A young girl's loyalty is torn between her two brothers -- one a soldier recently returned from Vietnam and the other a war protester.
The War in Vietnam
by Michael Gibson. The Bookwright Press, 1992
Examines the causes and legacy of the Vietnam War.
CHALLENGING
Canada
by Jennifer Shepherd. Childrens Press, Inc., 1987
An introduction to the history, geography, government, people, and culture of Canada.
The Civil Rights Movement in America
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. Children's Press, 1987
A comprehensive look at the civil rights movement in the U.S., including the struggles of African Americans and other minorities.
Journey to Topaz
by Yoshiko Uchida. Creative Arts Book Co., 1984
The story of the Japanese internment as seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old girl.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Jean Darby. Lerner Publications Company, 1990
A biography of the civil rights leader whose practice of nonviolent protest helped African Americans win many battles for legal rights.
Navajo Code Talkers
by Nathan Aaseng. Walker and Co., 1992
The story of the critical contribution of Navajo marines in World War II.
The United States in the Vietnam War
by Don Lawson. Thomas Crowell, Jr., 1981
An explanation of the political, social, economic, and military aspects of the Vietnam War.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Fire!
by Barbara Diamond Goldin. Viking, 1992
A young girl becomes involved in the struggle for better working conditions when fire destroys the Triangle Shirtwaist factory.
Hard Times
by Nancy Antle. Viking, 1993
How the Great Depression affects one family in Oklahoma.
I Have a Dream
by Jim Haskins. Millbrook Press, 1992
The life, words, and principles of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Discover Canada Series
by Isabel Nanton. Grolier Limited, 1994
A series of books, each dealing with the land and the people of a Canadian province.