Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Civil War to Today

Unit 1 Bibliography: Our Land and Early History

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

United States of America
by Christine and David Petersen
Children's Press, 2001
This book provides an accessible overview of United States geography, history, people, and culture.

The Sioux
by Petra Press
Compass Point, 2001
Readers learn about this diverse group of Native American people who once widely populated the northern plains and woodlands. See others in the series.

Hard Labor: The First African-Americans, 1619
by P.C. McKissack and F.L. McKissack, Jr.
Simon, 2004
In 1619, 20 Africans came to Alexandria, Virginia, as indentured servants, ready to begin life anew in this new land.

Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony 1636
by Paul Erickson
Clarion, 2001
This fact-packed photo essay shows what life was like for Pilgrim families at the colony of New Plymouth.

On Level

The Midwest: Its History and People
National Geographic, 2003
A guide takes readers back in time to discover how each region of the United States came to be. See others in the series.

The Wonderful Sky Boat
by J.L. Curry
McElderry, 2001
Tales are told from 16 southeastern indigenous peoples. See other regional collections by this author.

We Are the Many
by Doreen Rappaport
Harper, 2002
The author chronicles the lives of 16 remarkable Native Americans, from the 1500s to the present day.

Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World
by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Clarion, 2001
This biography vividly portrays Magellan's history-making circumnavigation.

by Arlene B. Hirschfelder
Capstone, 2004
This is the biography of the Pawtuxet man who aided the Pilgrims. See others in the series.


Places in Time: A New Atlas of American History
by E. Leacock and S. Buckley
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
The authors put a geographical spin on United States history.

The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America
by Neil Philip
Clarion, 2001
The author provides extensive retellings and explanations of Native American myths and legends.

Minik's Story
by Jennifer O. Dewey
Cavendish, 2003
A 12-year-old Inuit girl comes of age at a time when her community is on the verge of change.

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado
by Marc Aronson
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
This biography chronicles the triumphs and failures of Ralegh, who sent a band of English settlers to Roanoke Island in 1587.

by Joseph Bruchac
Silver Whistle, 2003
The story of Jamestown is told in alternating chapters from Pocahontas's and John Smith's points of view.

Read Aloud Books

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon, 2000
Seven regions plus Washington, D.C., are explored through 51 poems by 40 different poets.

Sweet Land of Story
by Pleasant DeSpain
August House, 2000
Thirty-six regional tales are gathered from the six major regions of the United States.

A Braid of Lives
edited by Neil Philip
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Personal remembrances of 33 individuals from 22 different Native American nations are told here.

The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet
by Joseph Bruchac
Puffin, 1998
Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac writes poems about an American landscape as diverse as the Native American cultures that populate it.

by Karen Hesse
Aladdin, 2002
Hesse creates a fictional journal of the real boy, Nicholas Young, who stowed away on explorer James Cook's ship, the Endeavour.

The Serpent Never Sleeps
by Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin, 1987
An English castle maid, Serena Lynn, survives a shipwreck on her way to Jamestown, but that is only the beginning of the hardships she will face.

Reference Books

National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers
National Geographic, 2003
Students learn about the states in each of the five regions of the U.S.

by Christin Ditchfield
Children's Press, 2003
The author explains how this North American natural resource is formed, used, and preserved. See others in the series.

The Earliest Americans
by Helen Roney Sattler
Clarion, 2001
Readers discover how ancient artifacts can tell us who the earliest Americans were, where they might have come from, and how they adapted to this new land.

Early American Civilization and Exploration, 1607
by Helen Cothran and Brenda Stalcup
Greenhaven Press, 2003
Writings by contemporary historians and primary source information chronicle the exploration of the Americas, from prehistory to 1607.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

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