Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

States and Regions

Unit 1 Bibliography: The Land of the United States

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Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Colorful paintings and text trace the changes that occur over centuries along an American river, from the arrival of the first people to the present day.

Maps and Plans
by Pam Robson
Millbrook, 2001
This introduction to maps and charts features photos, drawings, and easy-to-do geography projects.

Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest
by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
Color collage illustrations, maps, and text provide an exploration of the wonders of the natural world.

The Grand Canyon: The Widest Canyon
by Aileen Weintraub
Rosen, 2001
A wonderful introduction to the history of the Grand Canyon, including how it was created and its significance as a tourist attraction.

On Level

The Top of the World: Climbing Mt. Everest
by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
This award-winning title explores the history, geography, climate, and culture of Everest and provides information about some of the mountaineers who have climbed it.

by Christin Ditchfield
Children's Press, 2002
This look at an important natural resource describes how coal is found, processed, and used.

Mississippi River: A Journey Down the Father of Waters
by Peter Lourie
Boyds Mills Press, 2000
The author recounts his adventure down the Mississippi River, including facts about the river and the lands it flows through.

Weather Mania: Discovering What's Up and What's Coming Down
by Michael A. DiSpezio
Sterling, 2002
Information and projects about weather presented with lively and colorful illustrations.


The Coast Mappers
by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Chronicles the adventures of George Davidson, who was commissioned in the 1800s to chart all of the major points on the coast and the waterways in between.

Small Worlds: Maps and Map Making
by Karen Romano Young
Scholastic, 2002
A tour of many different kinds of maps, including how and why maps are used.

The Great Whale of Kansas
by Richard Jennings
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
In Melville, Kansas, the geographical center of the U.S., an 11-year-old boy finds a strange fossil in his backyard.

America's Great Disasters
by Martin W. Sandler
Harper, 2003
Brief examinations of some of America's worst disasters, including the Johnstown Flood, the Dust Bowl, and the Mount St. Helens Eruption.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Stockings of Buttermilk
by Neil Philip
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Traditional tales from European cultures have been given unique American twists in this collection of stories from 11 states.

Home to Me: Poems Across America
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Orchard Books, 2002
A collection of original poems set in diverse places, such as a prairie, ranch, farm, city, suburb, and an island.

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon & Schuster, 2000
Classic poems that celebrate each region's geography, climate, and features.

Legends of Landforms
by Carole G. Vogel
Millbrook, 1999
Geological explanations of landforms, including the Grand Canyon, are accompanied by the Native American legends that explain them.

Reference Books

Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History
by E. Leacock and S. Washburn
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
A visit to 20 significant places in American history, from the ancient city of Cahokia to Ellis Island.

The New York Public Library: Amazing United States Geography
by Andrea Sutcliffe
Wiley, 2002
Questions and answers provide information about the United States, its regions, and its states.

Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
Larousse Kingfisher
Chambers, 2003
This comprehensive encyclopedia provides geographical, physical, and cultural information on the countries of the world.