Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

States and Regions

Unit 3 Bibliography: The South

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

I've Seen the Promised Land
by Walter Dean Myers
Harper, 2004
A picture book biography of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My Mountain Song
by Shutta Crum
Clarion, 2004
Brenda spends the summer with her grandparents in the mountains of Kentucky and learns about creating her own kind of music.

George Washington Carver
by Andy Carter and Carol Saller
Lerner, 2001
This biography of Carver tells how his scientific work with peanuts turned them into a profitable staple for the South.

by Judy Alter
Compass, 2002
A tour of Williamsburg presents its history and its use today as an historical restoration site.

Life on a Southern Plantation
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
Here is an overview of the daily life of planters and slaves on a Southern cotton plantation in the 1850s.

On Level

How Animals Saved the People
by J.J. Reneaux
Harper, 2001
A collection of folktales from the South includes stories from the Appalachian, Native American, African-American, and Cajun traditions.

Cajun Home
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
This is an introduction to the history and culture of the French-speaking people of Louisiana.

Mists Over the Mountains: Appalachia and its People
by Raymond Bial
Houghton Mifflin, 1997
Beautiful photos and brief text offer an introduction to the Appalachian region and its people.

Children of the Civil Rights Era
by Catherine A. Welch
This book describes the courageous ways young people were involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.


Nobody Particular
by Molly Bang
Henry Holt, 2001
True story about shrimper Diane Wilson, who fights to protect a Texas bay from chemical plant pollution.

by Seymour Simon
Harper, 2003
Clear narrative and color photos explain how hurricanes are formed and convey their awesome destructive powers.

Fiddle Fever
by Sharon Arms Doucet
Clarion, 2000
Felix loves to fiddle and envisions a different life than the one he lives on his parent's farm in Louisiana.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bantam, 1997
In this award-winning book, a family from Michigan is altered by a visit to racially turbulent Alabama in the 1960s.

Misty of Chincoteague
by Marguerite Henry
Simon & Schuster, 1990
Efforts to win a Chincoteague pony are enhanced when a prized horse and her colt are up for auction.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Hold Up the Sky
by Jane Louise Curry
McElderry, 2003
A collection of 26 traditional tales from Native American groups of the South.

I Have a Dream
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scholastic, 1997
Paintings by award-winning children's book artists accompany the words of King's historic speech on equality and brotherhood.

I Dream of Trains
by Angela Johnson
Simon & Schuster, 2003
Lyrical text presents the story of a young sharecropper in Mississippi who dreams of a life working with famous engineer Casey Jones.

With A Whoop and A Holler
by Nancy Van Laan
Atheneum, 1998
This is an outstanding collection of folktales, rhymes, superstitions, and riddles from the Louisiana Bayous, the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Deep South.

Reference Books

The Everglades and the Gulf Coast
by Daniel Blaustein
Benchmark, 2000
Here is an overview of wetland ecology, focusing on Florida's Everglades.

Days of Jubilee
by Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack
Scholastic, 2003
Slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders and other documents chronicle the events leading to the end of slavery.

The Cherokee
by Raymond Bial
Benchmark, 2001
This is an overview of the Cherokee people, including information on their history, culture, traditions, and contemporary life.