Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

Western Hemisphere & Europe

Unit 4 Bibliography: Europe, Russia, and the Independent Republics

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

Ancient Rome: A Guide to the Glory of Imperial Rome
by Jonathan Stroud
Kingfisher, 2000
This book presents information on ancient Rome, in a travel guide format.

Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan
by Jean Fritz
Puffin, 1998
Renowned author Jean Fritz provides a humorous and insightful look at ten explorers who ventured into the unknown between 1421 and 1522.

Russian Folk-Tales
by James Riordan
Oxford, 2000
Ten traditional folk tales are recounted here.

Welcome to the United Kingdom
by Meredith Costain
Chelsea House, 2001
The author presents a full overview of the United Kingdom, along with suggested activities.

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
by Carmen Agra Deedy
Peachtree, 2000
This book retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

On Level

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

Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Rome
by Joan D. Barghusen
Lerner, 1998
The author chronicles what it was like to live in Rome, from ancient to modern times.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends
by Nigel Kelly
Heinemann, 2001
Readers learn how the destruction of the Berlin Wall symbolized the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe.

Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World
by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Clarion, 2001
This biography vividly portrays Magellan's history-making circumnavigation.

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin, 1990
This is the story of a Danish girl and her family who help to smuggle Jews to safety during World War II.

Outrageous Women of the Renaissance
by Vicki León
Wiley, 1998
These women were the movers and shakers of the Renaissance.


The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome
by Peter Connolly and Hazel Dodge
Oxford, 2000
Detailed illustrations and descriptions bring these two ancient cities to life.

Catherine, Called Birdy
by Karen Cushman
Harper, 2004
This is a spirited fictional diary of a young noblewoman in medieval England.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance in World History
by Allison Lassieur
Enslow, 2000
This book traces the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci, showing his effect on the world of art and on the history of the Italian Renaissance.

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

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado
by Marc Aronson
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
This biography chronicles the triumphs and failures of sixteenth-century explorer Ralegh.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
Yearling, 1992
The myths of ancient Greece are retold in this classic volume.

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power
by Milton Meltzer
Penguin Putnam, 2004
This book portrays ten queens from Europe, Africa, and the East.

Reference Books

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century
by Mark Mazower
Knopf, 1999
Readers explore Europe, from World War I to the European Union.

The European Union
by John Pinder
Oxford, 2001
The author explains the EU in plain, readable English. He shows how and why it has developed, how the institutions work, and what it does.

The Handbook of the New Central and Eastern Europe
by Michael G. Kort
Twenty-First Century Books, 2001
The histories of Central and Eastern Europe are examined here.

The Industrial Revolution
by James A. Corrick
Lucent, 1998
Using more than 20 original documents, this work examines the Industrial Revolution, including its birth in England, its spread to Europe and the United States, and its effects on society.

Map Packs Continents Series: Europe
National Geographic, 1998
This guide features 65 map transparencies and suggested projects.