Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

World Cultures & Geography

Unit 8 Bibliography: East Asia, Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica

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

Cool Melons Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa
by Matthew Gollub
Lee & Low, 1998
This biography is an introduction to the work of the Japanese haiku poet, whose love for nature finds expression in the more than 30 poems included in this book.

I Live in Tokyo
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
The author evokes the flurry and enchantment of daily life in Tokyo.

Lord of the Cranes
by Kerstin Chen
North-South, 2002
This is a Chinese wisdom tale that depicts virtue rewarded.

Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
by Rhoda Blumberg
HarperCollins, 2003
In 1841, 14-year-old Manjiro was shipwrecked and became the first Japanese to set foot in the United States.

Australian Animals
by Caroline Arnold
HarperCollins, 2000
The diverse habitats of Australia are explored here.

On Level

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale
by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Twelve-year-old Koji learns the ways of the Ninjas of sixteenth-century Japan.

Confucius: The Golden Rule
by Russell Freedman
Scholastic, 2002
Confucius's teachings on education, government, nobility, equality, and the right way and purpose of living influenced the great thinkers of the Enlightenment.

Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now
by John Stickler
Shen's Books, 2003
Ancient and modern Korean culture and traditions are described here.

A Single Shard
by Linda Sue Park
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
This award-winning author tells the story of a twelfth-century Korean orphan as he struggles to prove himself to a pottery master.

Whale Rider
by Witi Ihimaera
Harcourt, 2003
Kahu proves that it is her destiny to be the next leader of her Maori tribe in New Zealand.


Aboriginal Art of Australia: Exploring Cultural Traditions
by Carol Finley
Lerner, 1999
The author covers Aboriginal art, Aboriginal beliefs, and the contemporary works that reflect the Australian natives' struggle for equality.

Art of Japan: Wood-Block Color Prints
by Carol Finley
Lerner, 1998
Readers learn the history of woodblock prints and explore contemporary samples.

Lizard Island: Science and Scientists on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
by Sneed B. Collard
Franklin Watts, 2001
The author examines how scientists protect the reef and its wildlife.

The Yangtze
by Michael Pollard
Benchmark, 1998
The author explores how the river supports civilization and animal life.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Science in Ancient China
by George W. Beshore
Orchard, 1999
The ancient Chinese invented such things as anesthesia, calendars, and gunpowder.

Reference Books

A History of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific
by Donald Denoon
Blackwell, 2000
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the region.

Japanese Art and Culture
by Kamini Khanduri
Raintree, 2004
The art, architecture, and music of Japan are discussed here.

Life Along the Silk Road
by Susan Whitfield
University of California, 1999
This work examines the Silk Road, which linked Europe, India, and the Far East.

Life in the Australian Outback
by Jann Einfeld
Gale, 2002
The author provides a detailed look at the way people live in Australia's interior.

The Pacific Rim: East Asia at the Dawn of a New Century
by Elaine Pascoe
Twenty-First Century, 1999
Readers get a close examination of Japan, China, Taiwan, and the Koreas.