Helping Your Child Learn History: Resource List (page 2)
- Web Sites
- Publications for Parents
- Books for Children
- Children's Magazines
- Federal Sources of Information
The following Web sites are some of the many that contain great links for both you and your child. Most provide you and your child with information about how to search for specific information and with links to other age-appropriate sites.
Bringing History Home, a K-6 history curriculum:
Council for Excellence in Government, Take Your Kids to Vote:
Family Education Network:
Global Schoolnet, Global Schoolhouse:
Internet Public Library, Kids Space:
National Constitution Center:
National Council for Geographic Education
National Council for History Education:
National Council for the Social Studies:
National Geographic Society:
National History Day:
- National Standards for Social Studies:
- Smithsonian Institute:
American Federation of Teachers. (2001). Helping Your Child Succeed: How Parents & Families Can Communicate Better with Teachers and School Staff. Washington, D.C. (available online at http://www.aft.org/parents/downloads/HYCS3.pdf)
American Library Association. (2002). Libraries, Children and the Internet. Chicago, IL. (Available online at http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=litoolkit&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=50669)
Cholden, Harriet, Friedman, John A. and Tiersky, Ethel. (1998). The Homework Handbook: Practical Advice You Can Use Tonight to Help Your Child Succeed Tomorrow. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Clark, Rosemary, Hawkins, Donna and Vachon, Beth. (1999). The School-Savvy Parent: 365 Insider Tips to Help You Help Your Child. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.
Hickey, M. Gail. (1999). Bringing History Home: Local and Family History Projects for Grades K-6. Boston: Pearson, Allyn & Bacon.
Hirsch, E. D., Jr. (1997). What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education. New York: Doubleday.
Kay, Peggy. (2002). Games with Books: Twenty-Eight of the Best Children's Books and How to Use Them to Help Your Child Learn—From Preschool to Third Grade. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
National Council for Geographic Education. (1998). How to Help Children Become Geographically Literate. Washington, D.C. (Available online at www.ncge.org/publications/resources/family/page7.html.)
Rich, Dorothy. (1992). Megaskills: How Families Can Help Children Succeed in School and Beyond (rev. ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Russell, William F. (1997). Family Learning. How to Help Your Children Succeed in School by Learning at Home. St. Charles, IL: First Word Learning Systems, Inc.
Wise, Jessie and Bauer, Susan Wise. (2004). The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. New York: W. W. Norton.
Wolfman, Ira. (2002). Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-Line Genealogy For Kids. New York: Workman Publishing.
The following is only a sampling of the many excellent books about people, events, and issues in American and world history and geography that your child might enjoy. Many of the books listed here are also available in languages other than English. Your local or school librarian can help you locate books in a particular language.
For additional titles, check your library for sources such as the listing of notable children's books prepared each year by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council (available online at www.socialstudies.org/resources/notable and at www.cbcbooks.org) and the theme-related listing of books chosen annually by the National Endowment for the Humanities for its We the People Bookshelf (available online at www.wethepeople.gov/bookshelf/).
We have divided the books into two groups, those most appropriate for you to read with your younger child and those that will appeal to your older child, who reads independently. However, you're the best judge of which books are appropriate for your child, regardless of age.
American History, Culture and Biography
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Sacagawea. Holiday House.
Bateman, Teresa. Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? The Stories Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols. Holiday House.
Catrow, David. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. New York: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.
Chandra, Deborah. George Washington's Teeth. Farrar Straus & Giroux.
Cheney, Lynne V. America: A Patriotic Primer. Simon & Schuster.
Cherry, Lynne. A River Ran Wild. Harcourt Brace.
Curlee, Lynn. Brooklyn Bridge. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Grant, R. G. and Dailey, John R. Flight. Smithsonian Institution.
Harness, Cheryl. Three Young Pilgrims. Aladdin Library.
Hudson, Wade. Great Black Heroes; Five Bold Freedom Fighters. Cartwheel Books.
Jakes, John. Susanna of the Alamo: A True Story. Harcourt Brace.
Jezek, Alisandra. Miloli's Orchids. Raintree/Streck Vaughn.
Johnson, Angela. Those Building Men. Blue Sky Press/Scholastic.
Monjo, F. N. The One Bad Thing about Father (biography of Theodore Roosevelt). Harper.
O'Kelley, Mattie Lou. From the Hills of Georgia: An Autobiography in Paintings. Little, Brown.
van Rynbach, Iris. Everything from a Nail to a Coffin. Orchard Books.
Waters, Kate. The Story of the White House. Scholastic.
World History, Culture and Biography
Bauer, Susan Wise. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1: Ancient Times. Peace Hill Press.
Berger, Melvin and Berger, Gilda. Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings. National Geographic Society.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850. Houghton Mifflin.
Fisher, Leonard E. Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon. Atheneum.
Ganeri, Anita. Emperors and Gladiators. Peter Bedrick Books.
Musgrove, Margaret W. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions. Dial Books for Young Readers.
Provensen, Alice and Provensen, Martin. The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot. Puffin.
Wells, Ruth. A to Zen: A Book of Japanese Culture. Simon & Schuster.
Zimlicka, Shannon. The Colors of Russia. Carolrhoda Books.
Historical Fiction, Drama, Poetry and Games
Atwell, Debby. Pearl. Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin.
Barnes, Peter. Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse: A Tail of the U. S. Supreme Court. Vacation Spot Publishing.
Bates, Katherine Lee. America the Beautiful. Putnam.
Benchley, Nathaniel. Sam the Minuteman. Harper Trophy.
Bunting, Eve. Smoky Night. Harcourt.
Guthrie, Woody. This Land Is Your Land. Little, Brown & Co.
Goble, Paul. Death of the Iron Horse. Macmillan.
Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man. Puffin.
High, Linda Oatman. A Humble Life: Plain Poems. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Jimenez, Francisco. The Christmas Gift. Houghton Mifflin.
Kurtz, Jane. River Friendly, River Wild. Simon & Schuster.
Kuskin, Karla. Jerusalem, Shining Still. Harper Trophy.
Le Sueur, Meridel. Little Brother of the Wilderness: The Story of Johnny Appleseed. Holy Cow! Press.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Hiawatha. (Various editions.)
Loomis, Christine. Across America, I Love You. Hyperion Press.
MacLachlan, Patricia. All the Places to Love. HarperCollins.
Panagopoulos, Janie Lynn. A Place Called Home. Sleeping Bear Press.
Paul, Ann Whitford. All By Herself. Harcourt Children's Books.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. The Flag We Love. Charlesbridge Publishing.
Swift, Hildegarde. Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Red Wagon Books.
Turner, Ann. Abe Lincoln Remembers. HarperCollins Children's Books.
Turkle, Brinton. Thy Friend, Obadiah. Puffin.
Zolotow, Charlotte. The Sky Was Blue. HarperCollins.
Geography and Reference
Doherty, Gillian and Claybourne, Anna. The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World. Usborne Publishing.
Hartman, Gail. As The Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps. Demco Media.
Knowlton, Jack. Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary. Harper Trophy.
Leedy, Loreen. Mapping Penny's World. Holt.
National Geographic Society. Our World: A Child's First Picture Atlas. National Geographic Society.
Rumford, James. Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354. Houghton Mifflin.
Reprinted with the permission of the U.S. Department of Education.
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