Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

States and Regions

Unit 4 Bibliography: The Midwest

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

Ice Cream Cones for Sale!
by Elaine Greenstein
Scholastic, 2003
In this slice of Americana, five people at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis claim to have invented the ice cream cone.

If You Want to See a Caribou
by Phyllis Root
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Evocative text describes the natural sights one might see when setting out to look for a caribou on a remote island in Lake Superior.

Once Upon A Time in Chicago
by Jonah Winter
Hyperion, 2000
Benny Goodman, a poor immigrant boy in Chicago, grows up to become a jazz legend.

Prairie Town
by Bonnie Geisert
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
Panoramic illustrations and brief text offer a view of life in a small but thriving midwestern prairie town.

The Journey
by Sarah Stewart
Farrar, 2001
On her first visit to Chicago, an Amish girl keeps a journal of her impressions of the city.

On Level

The Buffalo Nickel
by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Sculptor James Fraser honors the buffalo by creating the buffalo nickel.

Farmer's Market
by Marcie Rendon
Carolrhoda, 2001
An overview of Minnesota farmers' markets and the cooperation needed to keep a farm going.

Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale
by Laurie Myers
Holt, 2002
Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, tells the story of Lewis and Clark's extraordinary expedition.

Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi
by Cheryl Harness
Aladdin, 2003
This biography of Samuel Clemens is interwoven with the story of the Mississippi River and the steamboats that worked its waters.

Wild Horses: Black Hills Sanctuary
by Cris Peterson
Boyds Mills, 2003
This is the story of Dayton Hyde, the cowboy who created a preserve in South Dakota for wild mustangs.


The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich
Hyperion, 2002
A year in the life of Omakayas, an Ojibwa girl who lives with her family on an island in Lake Superior.

by Debra Seely
Holiday, 2003
In the 1880s, Thomas endures many hardships after he moves west to live on a struggling Kansas farm.

Native Nations of the Western Great Lakes
by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree, 2002
This book describes the cultural similarities and differences between the many Algonquian-speaking peoples who inhabited the Western Great Lakes regions.

York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark
by Rhoda Blumberg
Harper, 2004
Readers learn how William Clark's slave York was vital to the success of the Corps of Discovery.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

On Sand Island
by Jaqueline Briggs Martin
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
With hard work and help from his neighbors, Carl builds a boat of his own.

Fair Weather
by Richard Peck
Puffin, 2003
A family from rural Illinois has many adventures when they visit Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair.

The Long Winter
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harper, 1953
In this classic story of pioneer life, Laura Ingalls and her family struggle through a hard winter in the Dakota Territory.

by Diane Siebert
Harper, 2001
Siebert's poetic tribute takes readers on a geographical and historical trip down the Mississippi River.

Stories from Where We Live: The Great Lakes
by Sara St. Antoine
Milkweed, 2003
Short stories, poems, and essays convey a sense of the natural history of this eco-region.

Reference Books

Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
The Corps of Discovery identified and described many new wildlife species they encountered on their explorations.

Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868
by Michael Bad Hand Terry
Clarion, 1999
The author uses photographs and informative text to authentically recreate the life of a Northern Cheyenne family in Montana.

Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair
By Robert Jackson
Harper, 2004
Profuse black-and-white photographs enhance this look at the planning, building, events, and historic impact of the 1904 World's Fair.