Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

World Cultures & Geography

Unit 1 Bibliography: Introduction to World Cultures and Geography

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

Hidden Under the Sea: The World Beneath the Waves
by Peter Kent
Dutton, 2001
This book on oceanography presents a brief look at whaling, shipwrecks, dredgers, laboratories and submarines, and underwater war and construction.

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
by Kathryn Lasky
Little, Brown, 1994
Over 2,000 years ago, a Greek librarian and geographer figured out a way to measure the distance around Earth.

by Robert Young
Carolrhoda, 1998
The history of money and the types of economies are presented here.

Satellites and the GPS
by Natalie M. Rosinsky
Compass Point, 2004
The authors explain how satellite technology makes Global Positioning Systems work.

Talking to the Sun: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People
by Kenneth Koch
Henry Holt, 1985
This international collection is illustrated with museum art and published in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On Level

How Maps Are Made
by Martyn Branwell
Lerner, 1998
This book describes how maps were once made, and how they are made today using computers, photography, satellite technology, and hand drawing.

The Longitude Prize
by Joan Dash
Farrar, 2000
In the eighteenth century, carpenter John Harrison won a prize for being the first person who invented a way to measure longitude at sea.

My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Simon & Schuster, 2000
This collection of poems describes seven geographical regions of the United States.

The Science Chef Travels Around the World: Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids
by Joan D'Amico
Wiley, 1996
This book on foods from around the world combines math and science with a multicultural viewpoint.


Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease
by Carter Smith
Franklin Watts, 2000
Thirty-two diseases and their geographical progressions are presented here.

Wildlife Atlas
by Robin Kerrod and John Stidworthy
Facts On File, 1998
Readers discover wildlife with full-color photos, maps, and diagrams.

Read Aloud Books

Math and Mathematicians: The History of Math Discoveries Around the World
by Leonard C. Bruno
Gale, 2002
This book provides a multicultural context for mathematics.

Reference Books

Janice VanCleave's Geography for Every Kid
by Janice VanCleave
Wiley, 1993
This book of activities helps students understand geographic concepts.

Making of the Earth: Geologic Forces That Shape Our Planet
by Jon Erickson
Facts On File, 2000
The creation of landforms is discussed here.

The National Geographic Desk Reference
Facts On File, 2000
This geographic reference covers mapmaking and the evolution of Earth's people and has hundreds of maps, charts, and graphs.

Anthropology 01/02
by Elvio Angeloni
McGraw-Hill, 2001
Forty articles cover cultures, structures, and perspectives.

The Interpretation of Cultures
by Clifford Geertz
Basic Books, 2000
This book explores what culture is, what role it plays in social life, and how to study it.