Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Civil War to Today

Unit 6 Bibliography: Modern America

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

Escaping to America: A True Story
by Rosalyn Schanzer
Harper, 2000
A Jewish family flees the Nazis in their native Poland to come to America.

A Bus of Our Own
by Freddi W. Evans
Albert Whitman, 2003
An African American community of the early 1950s bands together to help its children get an education.

Tippy Lemmy
by Patricia McKissack
Simon, 2003
While the Korean War is being waged overseas, Leandra makes peace with a neighborhood dog.

Sweet Dried Apples: A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood
by Rosemary Breckler
Houghton Mifflin, 1996
Based on a true story, a girl narrates a tale of Vietnamese village life during the war.

Children of the Civil Rights Era
by Catherine A. Welch
Lerner, 2001
Welch recounts the courageous involvement of young people in the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr.
by Mary Winget
Lerner, 2003
This is a biography of America's most celebrated civil rights leader.

On Level

Growing Up During World War II
by Judith Josephson
Lerner, 2003
Primary sources show readers how American children experienced World War II.

Remembering Manzanar
by Michael L. Cooper
Clarion, 2002
Cooper examines life in a World War II relocation camp for Japanese Americans.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation
by Russell Freedman
Clarion, 2004
African American opera singer Marian Anderson used her voice to help bring racial equality to our nation.

When John and Caroline Lived in the White House
by Laurie Coulter
Hyperion, 2000
The domestic life of the Kennedy White House is juxtaposed with notes about the often turbulent political events of the time.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
by Ellen White
Scholastic, 2002
Molly volunteers at a VA hospital while her brother serves in Vietnam.

The Water Puppets: A Story from the War in Vietnam
by Clive Gifford
Barrons, 2002
Xuan, a Vietnamese boy, gets caught in the struggle between the American military and the Viet Cong.


Rosie the Riveter
by Sylvia Whitman
Lerner, 2001
Readers learn about the women who worked on the World War II home front.

Redtail Angels
by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
Walker, 1995
This is a detailed history of the only all-black flying unit of the Second World War.

Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration
by Dennis and Judith Fradin
Clarion, 2003
This is an engrossing biography of an acclaimed civil rights leader.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bantam, 1997
This Newbery honor book shows the impact that a racially motivated church bombing has on an African American family.

High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy
by Deborah Heiligman
National Geographic, 2003
This recent biography celebrates the life and legacy of our 35th President.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Run, Boy, Run
by Uri Orlev
Houghton Mifflin, 2003
This is the extraordinary account of one boy's survival of the Holocaust.

A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust
by Alison Leslie Gold
Scholastic, 2000
Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who put his career and life in jeopardy by issuing visas to save thousands of Jews in Lithuania.

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin, 1989
This award-winning novel is inspired by the evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark in 1943.

Remember: A Pictorial Tribute to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision
by Toni Morrison
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Morrison pairs archival photographs with storytelling to bring the history of school desegregation to life.

Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns
by Wilborn Hampton
Candlewick, 2001
The author relays his experience as a young reporter covering the Kennedy assassination.

Reference Books

Fighting for Honor: Japanese Americans in World War II
by Michael L. Cooper
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Cooper examines the contributions made by Japanese Americans and the prejudice they faced during World War II.

by David Downing
Heinemann, 2003
Communism's history, theory, and practice around the world are discussed here.

Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
by Zita Allen
Watts, 1996
Readers learn about African American women who fought for civil rights from 1900 to 1964.

The Vietnam War
by Debbie Levy
Lerner, 2004
All the major conflicts of the Vietnam War are chronicled here. See others in the series.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

International Information Programs of the U.S. State Department

USINFO—US Dept of State
Visit this Web site to find a valuable collection of links to information about civil rights and more.