Wednesday, November 5, 2008

American History & Civics Booklist


  1. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
  2. The U.S. Constitution and You by Syl Sobel
  3. A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
  4. . . . If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy and Joan Holub
  5. Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz and Tomie dePaola
  6. Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis
  7. Presidential Elections: And Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel
  8. How the U.S. Government Works by Syl Sobel
  9. The Declaration of Independence: How 13 Colonies Became the United States by Syl Sobel
  10. Our Pledge of Allegiance by Syl Sobel
  11. If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier and Lynne Avril
  12. Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics by Catherine Thimmesh
  13. So You Want To Be President by Judith St. George
  14. How to Be President of the U.S.A. by Murray I. Suid
  15. America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser
  16. America: The Making of a Nation by Charlie Samuels

Suggested Spines/ Main Readers
  1. The Complete Book of United States History Gr3-5 by School Specialty Publishing
  2. The Story of the U.S.A. series by Franklin Escher Jr (Educators Publishing Service)
  3. A History of US series by Joy Hakim
  4. The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong
The First Americans
  1. The Complete Book of United States History Unit 1
  2. The Story of the U.S.A. Book 1: Explorers and Settlers
  3. The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus by Betsy and Guilio Maestro
  4. Stories on Stone by Jennifer Owings Dewey
  5. A First Americans Book series: The Iroquois, The Sioux, The Hopis etc.
  6. You Wouldn't Want To Be A Mayan Soothsayer! by Rupert Matthews
  7. Leif the Lucky by Ingri D’Auliare
  8. You Wouldn't Want To Be An Aztec Sacrifice! by Fiona Macdonald
  9. The Aztec News by Philip Steele
US Historical Fiction/ Non-fiction
  1. Search American History for Little Folks at Google Books or click here. This is a 1918 publication written by Albert Blaisdell and Francis Ball. Short chapters range from the time of Columbus to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Also available for purchase from Queen Homeschool.
  2. Liberty's Kids TV series
  3. Once Upon America books
  4. This list courtesy of Angie W of the WTM Secular Yahoo Group:
    Christopher Columbus (SIR level 2)
    Small Wolf (ICRH)
    The True Story of Pocahontas (SIR level 2)
    Finding Providence (ICRH chapter book, RL3)
    Sam the Minuteman (ICRH)
    George the Drummer Boy (ICRH)
    The Boston Coffee Party (ICRH)
    The 18 Penny Goose (ICRH)
    Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (SIR level 3, RL3)
    Revolutionary War on Wednesday (MTH, RL2.4)
    Daniel's Duck (ICRH, already used in SL2RegReader)
    The Golly Sisters Go West (ICRH)
    The Golly Sisters Ride Again (ICRH)
    Hooray for the Golly Sisters (ICRH)
    Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (ICRH)
    Clara and the Bookwagon (ICRH)
    The Josephina Story Quilt (ICRH)
    Chang's Paper Pony, ICRH
    Secret Valley (Bulla)
    Follow the Drinking Gourd, ICRH
    Escape North, SIR3
    Clipper Ship, SIR3
    Abe Lincoln's Hat, SIR3
    Civil War on Sunday, MTH
    Wagon Wheels, ICRH, SL2 Reg Reader
    Abigail Takes the Wheel, ICRH
    The Big Balloon Race, ICRH, SL2 Reg Reader
    The Long Way to a New Land, ICRH
    The Long Way Westward, ICRH
    Twister on Tuesday, MTH
    Earthquake in the Early Morning, MTH
    First Flight, ICRH
    Dust for Dinner, ICRH
    Moonwalk, SIR4

    ICRH = I Can Read History series
    SIR = Step into Reading
    MTH = Magic Treehouse
Lewis & Clark
  1. Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Janis Herbert
  2. How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer
  3. The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory (Kaleidoscope Kids Book) by Carol A. Johmann and Michael P. Kline
  4. Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale by Laurie Myers
  5. Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland's Adventures With Lewis and Clark by Laurence P. Pringle
California History
  1. By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman (Historical Fiction)
  2. Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman (HF)
  3. Voices from Colonial America: California 1542-1850 (National Geographic Voices from ColonialAmerica) by Robin Doak


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