Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Civil War to Today

Unit 5 Bibliography: The Early Twentieth Century

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 Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iuliani of Hawaii
by Fay Stanley
Harper, 2001
This sensitive biography portrays the last princess of Hawaii before the islands were annexed by the United States in 1897.

The Daring Nellie Bly: America's Star Reporter
by Bonnie Christensen
Knopf, 2003
This is the biography of Bly, the first American war correspondent on the front lines of Austria during World War I.

Life in the Dust Bowl
by Sally Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
Readers are introduced to the hardships people faced during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Dust for Dinner
by Ann Turner
Harper, 1997
Jake narrates his family's journey from their ravaged Oklahoma farm to California during the Dust Bowl.

Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman
by Louise Borden
Aladdin, 2004
This picture-book biography depicts Coleman's perseverance to become the first African American female aviator.

On Level

Race for the Sky
by Dan Gutman
Simon, 2003
A boy writes about the Wright brothers' first flight, in this fictional journal.

Remember the Lusitania!
by Diana Preston
Walker, 2003
Readers learn about the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat, which precipitated America's involvement in World War I.

A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen
by Kathryn Lasky
Scholastic, 2002
Kat, a 13-year-old Washington, D.C., resident, juggles concerns about women's suffrage, World War I, and her life at home.

by Jonathan Scott Fuqua
Candlewick, 2002
Darby writes a newspaper article and unwittingly sparks racial tensions in her 1920s South Carolina town.

Six Days in October
by Karen Blumenthal
Atheneum, 2003
The author makes complex concepts accessible in this engaging story of the 1929 stock market crash.

Growing Up in the Great Depression 1929 to 1941
by Amy Ruth
Lerner, 2003
The author describes what life was like for young people during the Depression. See others in the series.


And in the Morning
by John Wilson
Kids Can, 2003
This fictional diary reveals the human side of a World War I soldier.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 1993
This award-winning biography traces Roosevelt's life, from her childhood to her role as a major American political figure.

The Wright Sister
by Richard Maurer
Roaring Brook, 2003
Readers learn about Katherine Wright's role in the success of her famous brothers Wilbur and Orville.

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Scholastic, 2000
Tragedy forces Esperanza to leave her good life in Mexico and join other Depression-era migrant workers in California.

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
by Elizabeth Partridge
Viking, 2002
This acclaimed biography chronicles Guthrie's life and career.

Headin' for Better Times: The Arts of the Great Depression
by Duane Damon
Lerner, 2002
Readers learn about the role of Depression-era arts and artists.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Cheaper by the Dozen
by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Harper, 2002
This is a classic and humorous memoir of a large American family adapting to the changes of the early twentieth century.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
Dial, 1976
Taylor's award-winning novel tells of one African American family fighting to stay together in the face of prejudice in the South of the 1930s.

Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa
Candlewick, 2002
Spare, simple poems tell a boy's moving story, in this short novel about baseball, family, and the American dream set in 1936.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Hyperion, 2002
This is a lyrical biography of the Harlem Renaissance's First Lady of Song.

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
by Langston Hughes
Knopf, 1996
A selection of Langston Hughes's classic poetry is collected here.

Reference Books

The Panama Canal
by Leslie DuTemple
Lerner, 2003
Primary source quotes and period photographs help to expound the history of the Panama Canal.

World War I
Lerner, 2004
All the major events of World War I are chronicled here.

Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
by Laban Carrick Hill
Little, Brown, 2004
Readers learn about the causes and accomplishments of the Harlem Renaissance.

Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s
by Michael L. Cooper
Clarion, 2004
Cooper examines the environmental and economic conditions that shaped this period in history.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20540

The Library of Congress
The library's Web site allows you to access the American Memory collections, which contain many primary sources for the study of the twentieth century.