Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

States and Regions

Unit 2 Bibliography: The East

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor
by Marlene Targ Brill
Millbrook, 2001
Twelve-year-old Margaret invents a device to make the looms safer in the New Hampshire textile mill where she works.

From Dawn till Dusk
by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Season by season, the narrator recounts the reasons she and her siblings love their farm life in Vermont.

Snowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
This award-winning book tells the true story of a Vermont farm boy who grew up and developed a technique for photographing snowflakes.

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
by Leslie Connor
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A young woman begins a new life in America with the help of a common shovel.

On Level

Life in a Whaling Town
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2002
Photos and text provide an overview of the whaling industry and what life was like in a typical whaling town.

by Lynn Curlee
Atheneum, 2003
This history of Washington, D.C., provides information on the National Mall, its monuments, and its surrounding buildings.

Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area
by Gabrielle Tayac
Beyond Words, 2002
A glimpse into the history, celebrations, and culture of the Piscataway people.

Rosy Cole's Worst Ever Best Yet Tour of New York City
by Sheila Greenwald
Farrar, 2003
Rosy plans to give her small-town cousin a grand tour of New York City, but her plan goes awry.

by Larry Dane Brimner
Children's Press, 2000
Discusses the formation, movement, and impact of glaciers on the land.


Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America
by Jim Murphy
Scholastic, 2000
Newspaper and personal accounts provide the basis for this history of the massive snowstorm that hit the Northeast in 1888.

by David Macaulay
Houghton Mifflin, 1989
This award-winning book details the construction of a cotton mill in a nineteenth-century Rhode Island town, and its impact on the community's economic life.

A Real American
by Richard Easton
Clarion, 2002
A Pennsylvania boy becomes close to Italian immigrants who move to his coal-mining town in 1892.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems
by Kam Mak
Harper, 2001
New York's Chinatown comes to life through the poems of a young boy.

Faraway Summer
by Johanna Hurwitz
Avon, 1999
During the summer of 1910, Dossi, an orphan from New York City, spends two weeks with a farm family in Vermont.

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Puffin, 1991
A young boy relates his struggles to survive alone on a mountain in the Catskills, in this contemporary classic.

The World Before This One
by Rafe Martin
Scholastic, 2000
A collection of 14 Seneca legends told to a young boy describes how stories were passed on to the Seneca people.

Reference Books

The New Big Book of America
by Todd J. Davis and Marc E. Frey
Courage, 2002
Colorful maps and photographs enhance this guide to the history, geography, and culture of the 50 states.

The Wampanoag
by Raymond Bial
Benchmark, 2003
An overview of the Wampanoag includes information on their history, culture, and contemporary life.

Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
The book provides a glimpse into New York City tenements as they existed at the height of European immigration to the U.S.