Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

My World

Unit 2 Bibliography: A Big Wide World

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Picture Books, Read Aloud, and Reference

Picture Books for Browsing

Everybody Works
by Shelley Rotner
Millbrook, 2002
Photos and brief text present people doing many different kinds of work.

Apple Farmer Annie
by Monica Wellington
Dutton, 2002
Annie tends her orchard, makes products such as applesauce and cider, and sells them at a farmers' market in the city.

Spring Song
by Barbara Seuling
Harcourt, 2001
Brief rhyming text and large illustrations invite children to think about how animals respond to the signs of spring.

Saving Money
by Tanya Thayer
Lerner, 2002
Photos and simple text show some ways to save money. See others in the series.

The Little Country Town
by Jandelyn Southwell
Holt, 2001
A group of children enjoy the simple pleasures of living in a country town.

A Cool Drink of Water
By Barbara Kerley
National Geographic, 2002
Lush photos and brief text focus on water use around the world.

I Live in the City
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
A girl describes her life living in an apartment in New York City.

Barn Raising
by Craig Brown
Greenwillow, 2002
An Amish community gathers to rebuild a barn that was destroyed by fire.

I Live in Tokyo
by Mari Takabayashi
Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Mimiko takes readers on a month-by-month tour of Tokyo, briefly describing festivals and customs.

Dot the Fire Dog
by Lisa Desimini
Scholastic, 2001
Dot and her firefighter friends know exactly what to do when the alarm bell rings at the fire station.

Read Aloud Books

It's My City! A Singing Map
by April Pulley Sayre
Greenwillow, 2001
As a brother and sister head to the market, they sing a song describing the sights and sounds along the way.

Just Enough and Not Too Much
by Kaethe Zemach
Scholastic, 2003
Simon discovers that the more possessions he acquires, the more he misses a simpler life.

by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin, 1999
As people settle along a river's banks and businesses grow, the river's resources are depleted and then renewed.

The Sun, the Wind, and the Rain
by Lisa Westberg Peters
Random, 1998
The geological concept of mountains is clearly explained as Elizabeth builds a mountain out of wet sand.

Everything Is Different at Nonna's House
by Caron Lee Cohen
Clarion, 2003
A boy discovers the differences between his home in the city and his grandparents' farm.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback
Viking, 2000
As Joseph's overcoat wears out, he recreates it—first as a jacket, then as a vest, scarf, tie, and handkerchief.

Seas and Oceans
by Miranda Ashwell
Heinemann, 1999
Photos, maps, and facts help children understand about the world's water. See others in the series.

William's House
by Ginger Howard
Millbrook, 2002
A family building a home in 1637 in New England discovers they can't make it exactly like the one they left in England.

Mapping Our World
by Janine Scott
Compass Point, 2003
This introduction to maps includes information on street maps and world maps.

It's Fall!
by Linda Glaser
Millbrook, 2001
A boy observes and experiences some of the changes that fall brings. See others in the series.

Seasons: A Book of Poems
by Charlotte Zolotow
Harper, 2002
Brief poems celebrate the changing seasons and the moods they inspire.

Reference Books

Birthdays Around the World
by Mary D. Lankford
Harper, 2002
Depicts birthday customs in seven countries.

Geography for Fun: People and Places
by Pam Robson
Copper Beech, 2001
Explores how geography impacts people and how they live.

National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas
National Geographic, 1999
Features of this atlas for primary-grade students include short descriptions of land regions and water, and information about countries and peoples.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

National Park Service Headquarters
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Phone: (202) 208-6843
Through the National Park Service's Web site you can find information about our nation's parks:

National Park Service

The United States Mint
801 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Use the United States Mint Web site to find activities related to our country's currency:

The United States Mint's Site for Kids