Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

States and Regions

Unit 6 Bibliography: Connections to Our World

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

The Declaration of Independence
by Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002
Each phrase of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by illustrations that help to explain its meaning.

The Flag Maker
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
In a story based on history, a girl helps her mother sew the enormous flag that flies over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry
Voyager, 2000
The animals and insects in the Amazon rain forest persuade a woodcutter who has fallen asleep not to cut down their tree.

Mexico from A to Z
by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree, 1999
An alphabetical introduction to the history, geography, industries, and culture of Mexico.

On Level

The Voice of the People: American Democracy in Action
by Betsy Maestro
Harper, 1998
A clear explanation of how our system of government works.

A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
DK, 2002
An exploration of the rights, living situations, and hopes of children in countries all over the globe.

The Kids Book of Canada
by Barbara Greenwood
Kids Can, 1998
Geographical, historical, cultural, and statistical facts for each of Canada's provinces and territories.

Understanding Human Rights
by Susan Watson
Smart Apple Media, 2003
This exploration of the basic needs of human beings addresses why these needs are not met in some parts of the world, and how groups like the United Nations help.


Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon
by Sy Montgomery
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
Readers join the author on a search for the elusive pink dolphins, found only in the Amazon River.

Governments Around the World
by Ernestine Giesecke
Heinemann, 2000
This is an explanation of the purposes and functions of governments and international organizations, such as the United Nations and NATO.

The Washington Monument
by Brent Ashabranner
Millbrook, 2002
An absorbing blend of facts and commentary relates the history of the memorial to our first President.

The United States Constitution
by Karen Price Hossell
Heinemann, 2004
This history of the Constitution covers how it was written, what it means, and its impact on people's lives.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Platero y yo / Platero and I
by Juan Ramón Jiménez
Houghton Mifflin, 1994
Autobiographical vignettes in English and Spanish present a picture of Jiménez's life in a remote mountain town in Andalusia, Spain.

Under the Moon and Over the Sea
by John Agard and Grace Nichols
Candlewick, 2003
Folklore and eclectic artwork accompany over 50 poems celebrating life in the Caribbean.

Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales
by Neil Philip
Clarion, 2003
This collection of 15 folktales draws on classic themes and fairytale elements, as well as Mexico's unique religious traditions.

Reference Books

The White House: An Illustrated History
by Catherine O'Neill Grace
Scholastic, 2003
More than 200 photos show the people and events that mark the history of America's most famous building.

North Across the Border: The Story of the Mexican Americans
by Lila Perl
Benchmark, 2001
This volume presents a picture of life in Mexico and Central America, from the sixteenth century through the present times.

National Symbols series
by Debra Hess
Benchmark, 2004
This series helps children appreciate the history and meaning of national symbols, such as the Statue of Liberty and the American flag.