Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

World Cultures & Geography

Unit 7 Bibliography: Southern Asia

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

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam
by Sherry Garland
Harcourt, 2001
Traditional Vietnamese tales are retold here.

Far Beyond the Garden Gate: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa
by Don Brown
Houghton Mifflin, 2002
This book describes the life and travels of Alexandra David-Neel, the first Western woman ever to enter Tibet's forbidden capital, Lhasa, after trekking thousands of miles.

Manu and the Talking Fish
by Roberta Arenson
Barefoot, 2000
This is the Hindu version of the story of the Great Flood.

Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam
by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Harper, 1997
A boy growing up in the central highlands of Vietnam finds companionship and comfort in the family water buffalo, Tank. Also see The Land I Lost by this author.

On Level

by Miriam Greenblatt
Children's Press, 2003
The history, culture, and geography of modern-day Afghanistan are detailed here. See others in the Enchantment of the World series.

Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan
HarperCollins, 2002
The book details life among the poor in modern India.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Random House, 2003
This is the story of a girl growing up in a nomadic Pakistani family.

The Taj Mahal
by Leslie A. DuTemple
Lerner, 2003
This book explains how and why the Taj Mahal was built and why it is such a significant building.

The Vietnam War
by Douglas Willoughby
Heinemann, 2001
The causes and consequences of the Vietnam War are discussed here.


The Ganges
by Michael Pollard
Benchmark, 1998
The physical features, history, and importance of the Ganges are detailed here.

In the Land of the Taj Mahal: The World of the Fabulous Mughals
by Ed Rothfarb
Henry Holt, 1998
The author explores the history and accomplishments of the Mughal dynasty.

Mahatma Gandhi
by Simon Adams
Raintree, 2002
This is a thorough biography of Gandhi.

Stolen Dreams: Portraits of Working Children
by David L. Parker
Lerner, 1998
The author explores child labor abuse in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale
by Hitz Demi
Scholastic, 1997
A clever girl tricks a selfish raja, using the doubling rule.

Reference Books

Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey across the India-Pakistan Border
by Stephen Alter
University of Pennsylvania, 2000
The author provides a look at the conflict and the people caught up in the struggle.

Endangered Peoples of Southeast and East Asia: Struggles to Survive and Thrive
by Leslie Sponsel, ed.
Greenwood, 2000
Essays address indigenous peoples facing economic, political, and environmental threats.

The Eternal Cycle: Indian Myth
by Charles Phillips
Time-Life, 2000
This book details Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology of India.

A New History of India
by Stanley A. Wolpert
Oxford, 2003
The history and civilization of India are presented here.

The Voice of Hope
by Aung San Suu Kyi
Seven Stories, 2004
Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, explains why she has chosen to lead the pro-democracy movement in Burma.