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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Social Studies Picture Books

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Social Studies Picture Books List

  • A is for America
    by Devin Scillian (Author), Devin Scillian (Author), Pam Carroll (Author)
    ISBN: 1585360155
    From the British and our Constitution that replaced their rule, to Yellowstone and Zane Grey's stories of the west, A is for America is a sweeping tribute to all we know and love about our country. With delightful poems that beg to be read aloud, and expository text to broaden a reader's horizons, this American alphabet will make you fall in love with the United States over and over again.
  • Abuela's Weave
    by Omar S. Casteneda
    ISBN: 1880000202
  • Alice Yazzie's Year
    by Ramona Maher, Shonto Begay (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1582460809
    Twelve free verse poems chronicle the events and feelings of a Navajo girl's eleventh year.
  • America the Beautiful
    by Katharine Bates (Author), Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0399238859
    Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than two hundred awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a "quiet genius" who creates with simplicity and elegance, a "master" at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.

    Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates's classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book-beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time-literally from sea to shining sea.
  • AMERICA: The Making of a Nation
    by Charlie Samuels
    ISBN: 0316031704
    AMERICA takes a fresh and compelling look at the birth of our nation, with lavish illustrations and interactive novelty spreads on every page.

    Revealed through the lens of an anonymous journal, readers will take a chronological journey through watershed moments of American History. From the Founding Fathers' signing of the Declaration of Independence through current events of the 21st century, AMERICA offers an in-depth look at the making of our nation in an accessible volume that will speak to readers of every age.

    Chockfull of innovative novelty components, including lift-the-flap postcards, removable song lyrics, and even a foldout replica of the Declaration of Independence, AMERICA offers readers a captivating exploration of the ideals and values our nation was built upon.
  • Buddy Boy Brooks Takes the Wheel: A Mile Wide Tale from the Mighty Mississippi
    by Glynn Singleton (Author), Carissa Carisse (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1570723206
    In the tradition of Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, and Paul Bunyan, Buddy Boy Brooks sails in as a new folk hero to children and parents alike. Born with a full-grown beard and an indomitable spirit, Buddy enters the world destined to be a riverboat captain. By the age of three, Buddy has charmed all the four-legged critters living in the swampy bayou. His dreams come true faster than anyone imagines when eight-year-old Buddy meets four old riverboat captains and accepts a challenge that will change his life. Join Buddy Boy Brooks as he navigates his way down the mighty Mississippi and into American history.
  • Buffalo Hunt
    by Russell Freedman
    ISBN: 0823411591
    Examines the importance of the buffalo in the lore and day-to-day life of the Indian tribes of the Great Plains and describes hunting methods and the uses found for each part of the animal that could not be eaten.
  • Caedmon's Song
    by Ruth Ashby (Author), Bill Slavin (Illustrator
    ISBN: 0802852416
    Long ago, when hardly anyone knew how to read or write, people recited stories by heart. They sat around the hearth at night, telling of heroes and monsters, great battles fought, and fortunes made and lost. On feast days, they passed the harp around the room so that everyone could sing a poem. But when the harp reached Caedmon, his thoughts dried up. He opened his mouth and nothing at all came out. It was embarrassing. No wonder he hated poetry.

    A quiet man who loved tending his cows, Caedmon couldn’t recite poetry because he thought he had no stories to tell. Then after one especially upsetting experience, Caedmon stormed home, fell asleep in the barn, and began to dream. That night, everything changed for Caedmon . . .

    With jovial, heartwarming illustrations and beautifully illuminated letters, this tale is based on the true story of Caedmon, the seventh-century cowherd who became known as the first English poet.
  • Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess
    by Richard Platt, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763621641
    What was it really like to live in a castle? Step back to the Middle Ages with CASTLE DIARY: THE JOURNAL OF TOBIAS BURGESS. Eleven-year-old Toby’s vivid diary entries offer an insider’s view of day-to-day castle life, including tips on etiquette (where do you spit at a feast?) and exciting descriptions of hunting, jousting, and harvesting. Complete with glossary, index, and detailed endnotes, this is a rich look at medieval life that informs as much as it entertains.
  • Castle: Medieval Days and Knights (A Sabuda & Reinhart Pop-up Book)
    by Kyle Olmon, Tracy Sabin (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 043954324X
    Over fifteen intricate pop-ups accompany Sabuda and Reinhart's fascinating text, which guides readers through the different aspects of life in a medieval castle. Readers will learn about knighting ceremonies, battles, and feasts. The true majesty of castles is fully realized when this book is opened to reveal a stunning 3-dimensional medieval world.
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak
    by Kay Winters (Author), Larry Day (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0525478728
    It’s December 16, 1773, and Boston is about to explode! King George has decided to tax the colonists’ tea. The Patriots have had enough. Ethan, the printer’s errand boy, is running through town to deliver a message about an important meeting. As he stops along his route— at the bakery, the schoolhouse, the tavern, and more—readers learn about the occupations of colonial workers and their differing opinions about living under Britain’s rule. This fascinating book is like a field trip to a living history village.
  • D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet
    by Elissa Grodin (Author), Victor Juhasz (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1585363286
    Democracy -- America has it and it seems like many other countries want it. But what exactly is a democracy and how easy is it to maintain? Despite the banter in today's media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. In refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodin takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government's structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation). Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artwork from illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of the subject. From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendment to the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy details the political processes, parties, and people of democracy, American-style.
  • Donkey of Gallipoli, The: A True Story of Courage in World War I
    by Mark Greenwood (Author), Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763639133
    When Jack Simpson was a boy in England, he loved leading donkeys along the beach for a penny a ride. So when he enlists as a stretcher bearer in World War I, his gentle way with those animals soon leads him to his calling. Braving bullets and bombs on the battlefields of Gallipoli, Jack brings a donkey to the aid of 300 Allied soldiers — earning both man and donkey a beloved spot in legend. This engaging nonfiction tale includes a map and brief bios of key characters.
  • Explorer: A Daring Guide for Young Adventurers
    by Henry Hardcastle (Author), Dugald A. Steer (Editor)
    ISBN: 0763636487
    The year is 1930, and the president of the Society of Intrepid Explorers — inspired by great explorers throughout history — has laid out essential tips for all young adventurers determined to go where no modern human has gone before. Whether the goal is uncovering a lost civilization, finding a strange new species, or making a chance discovery along the way, here are the crucial (and interactive) tools intrepid readers will need to prepare for, navigate, and survive all manner of expeditions, as well as to imagine the world of possibilities just waiting to be explored.
  • Farm Through Time, A
    by Eric Thomas (Illustrator), Angela Wickes (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0789479028
    Have you ever wondered what life on a farm was like hundreds of years ago? This beautiful book tells the story of one farm and the people who worked on it from medieval times to the present day.

    Evocative illustrations by Eric Thomas reflect the rhythm of the seasons and their accompanying tasks, from plowing and sowing to harvesting and haymaking, while flaps lift to reveal changing activities inside the farm buildings. Angela Wilkes's finely crafted text details the changing nature of life on a farm, capturing the atmosphere of days gone by.

    Follow the history of a farm as it develops from a small piece of land rented from the local lord of the manor in the 9th century, into a large, mechanized farm of the 21st century.

    A Farm Through Time is not only the story of a farm -- it is a portrait of country people, a changing landscape, and of disappearing crafts. It is a book to treasure and return to time and time again.
  • Goat in the Rug, The
    as told to Charles L. Blood and Martin Link
    ISBN: 0689714181
    Geraldine, a goat, describes each step as she and her Navajo friend make a rug, from the hair clipping and carding to the dyeing and actual weaving.
  • Hannah is My Name
    by Belle Yang
    ISBN: 0763622230
    It's a long way from Taiwan to San Francisco, but Hannah's family has made the journey because they want to make America their home. Here in America, Baba tells his daughter, people are free to say what they think, and children can grow up to be whatever they choose. And so Hannah takes a new name, begins a new school, learns a new language, and starts to adjust to a new way of life. Meanwhile, they all wait -- and hope -- for the arrival of the green cards that will assure they are finally home to stay.

    With Chinese-influenced paintings in jewel-like colors, Belle Yang tells an immigration tale that reflects one of the many facets of the American dream.
  • Honest Pretzels : And 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Cooks Ages 8 & Up
    by Mollie Katzen
    ISBN: 1883672880
    Ever separate an egg with a funnel? Ever make a grilled cheese and broccoli sandwich? Ever follow your kids into the kitchen and help them with recipes they have chosen to prepare? Mollie Katzen makes all this and more ever so painless. She wrote Pretend Soup for preschool cooks after working with young kids in a preschool setting. Honest Pretzels is the next step. These are more advanced recipes demanding more advanced techniques for children ages 8 and up. It's a kid's cookbook for a more sophisticated palate--those ready for Not-from-a-Box Macaroni and Cheese or Spunky Chili. All the recipes in the book are vegetarian.

    Typically, each recipe is introduced with a list of ingredients, the amount of time it's going to take, a list of tools, and a note about where a child might want to ask an adult for help. The actual directions are broken out into separate "cards," many of them illustrated. At no time and in no place is the language patronizing.

    Skills your child will develop include making and handling yeasted dough; making filled, shaped, healthy pastries; slicing, mincing, and grating; seasoning with herbs and spices; sautéing, pureeing, measuring, layering, assembling; dividing, estimating, timing, deciding; separating eggs, beating egg whites, folding a puffy batter; making simple, standard sauces; and basic kitchen safety and common sense.

    That's quite a list. How did you measure up when you were 8--let alone now? Here's a good chance to give your child a leg up in the kitchen, while staying out of the way. --Schuyler Ingle
  • Horse: A Genuine and Authentic Guide: The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians
    by Rosie Stoddard (Author), Phillip Marshall (Author), Various (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763635472
    A passion for horses inspires a desire not only to ride but also to care for these splendid creatures. And now two experienced stable hands pass on their hard-won knowledge about such tasks as grooming and feeding, tacking up, and keeping equipment in top shape, along with tips on how to mount and dismount and perfect your riding posture so it seems you were born with a set of reins in your hands. Among this book’s many novelty features are:
    * A lift-the-flap saddle
    * Ribbon stickers
    * Informative booklets
    * Pull-out cards
    Truly an equine extravaganza, this insider’s guide offers everything a weekend rider or aspiring horse owner would want to know.
  • How I Learned Geography
    by Uri Shulevitz
    ISBN: 0374334994
    A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book

    Having fled from war in their troubled homeland, a boy and his family are living in poverty in a strange country. Food is scarce, so when the boy’s father brings home a map instead of bread for supper, at first the boy is furious. But when the map is hung on the wall, it floods their cheerless room with color. As the boy studies its every detail, he is transported to exotic places without ever leaving the room, and he eventually comes to realize that the map feeds him in a way that bread never could.

    The award-winning artist’s most personal work to date is based on his childhood memories of World War II and features stunning illustrations that celebrate the power of imagination. An author’s note includes a brief description of his family’s experience, two of his early drawings, and the only surviving photograph of himself from that time.
  • How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A
    by Marjorie Priceman
    ISBN: 0375812555
    In this exuberant companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, our young baker sets her sights on a cherry pie. She heads off on a round-the-U.S.A. journey to find all the materials she needs to stock her kitchen: New Mexico for clay (mixing bowl), Washington for wood (rolling pin), Hawaii for sand (sand? to make the glass for her measuring cup, of course). In joyful art filled with small vignettes and sly humor, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman takes us on a cross country journey by riverboat, taxi, bus, train, plane—all in search of the natural resources of our country. Includes a brightly painted endpaper map of the U.S.A.—and a recipe for cherry pie, of course!
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
    by Marjorie Priceman, T. Gates (Editor)
    ISBN: 0679880836
    An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
    by Alison Jackson, Judith Byron Schachner (Illustrator), Byron Schachner (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0525456457
    In the awfully silly I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, children's librarian and author Alison Jackson bypasses pilgrims completely and cuts straight to the stomach of Thanksgiving in America--dinner. A slightly dizzying new spin on the well-loved cumulative rhyming song "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this madcap picture book stars a ravenously hungry relative who comes to Thanksgiving dinner with a pie. Since she eats the pie in its entirety before she even gets in the house, she has to swallow some cider (that "rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her"). If you must know, "She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie, / The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry, /Perhaps she'll die." The story continues in this vein, as we watch the hosts grow visibly alarmed--and the children visibly delighted-- by the old lady's surreal appetite and supernaturally increasing girth. Illustrator Judith Byron Schachner--creator of the acclaimed Willy and May--has masterfully captured this ludicrous tale in hilariously haywire pen-and-ink drawings, splashed with watercolor. Kids will love this romping, rhyming frolic through a familiar favorite.
  • If I Ran for President
    by Catherine Stier (Author), Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0807535435
    Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts!

    If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results-will you be the next president of the United States?

    A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story.
  • Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires
    by Geoffrey Sir De Lance (Author), Dugald A. Steer (Author)
    ISBN: 0763630624
    What if your father were held captive and it were up to you to strap on your armor and ride valiantly to his rescue? With just such occasions in mind, one noble knight pours his years of experience into this instructive volume. How to train and joust, ride off on adventure into battle, use and care for a knight’s weapons, and live by the code of chivalry–here is everything a knight-to-be could want to know. Girded with pops, flaps, booklets, and even a squire’s board game, this magnificently illustrated book, dressed in a shining foiled cover, gives courageous young squires a chance to fulfill their destiny.
  • Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North
    by Michael Bania
    ISBN: 0882405837
    On a beautiful Arctic morning, Kumak looks out the window of his house at the sun rising over the frozen river. "Ahhh, spring," says Kumak to his family. "The days are long, the nights are short, and the ice is still hard. Good day for fish." Eager to give Uncle Aglu's amazing hooking stick a try, Kumak packs up his family and heads out to go ice fishing. "Good day for fish!" they all agree. Hapless Kumac is the only one in his family without fish until the tug at the other end of his line incites a mighty battle. A clever ending reveals that the whale-sized fish that Kumak imagined was actually a line of small fish in tug o' war position. Kumak reigns, and there's plenty for everybody. Authentic details throughout the playful art and text, as well as endnotes on Inupiat fishing, provide young readers with a fascinating window into another culture in this follow up to KUMAK'S HOUSE a 2003 Children's Book Council Notable Trade Book in Social Studies.
  • Kumak's House: A Tale of the Far North
    by Michael Bania
    ISBN: 0882405403
    At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set in an Inupiat Eskimo village in the northwest Arctic, KUMAK'S HOUSE is a folktale that conveys a humorous lesson on life with Kumak as the foil. As Kumak treks again and again to elder Aana Lulu for advice, the book's charming illustrations incite laughter and introduce children to traditional Inupiat activities and animals of the Arctic.
  • Lady Liberty: A Biography
    by Doreen Rappaport (Author), Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763625302
    "Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

    It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulaye’s dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths — many of them immigrants — work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaport’s historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavares’s magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol — and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady.
  • Minty : A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
    by Alan Schroeder
    ISBN: 014056196X
    Many people know about Harriet Tubman's adult life--how she helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom along the Underground Railroad. But how know about Harriet Tubman's life as a little African-American girl? This dramatic portrayal will open the eyes of countless young readers and help them to know the little girl who would become one of America's greatest heroines.
  • Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog
    by Becky Hall (Author), Doris Ettlinger (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0807552844
    Morris Frank lost his sight in 1924, when he was only sixteen. But it wasn't just his sight that he lost-he lost his independence, too. Morris didn't want to be led around by a paid helper or find work making brooms, as was expected of blind people then. He wanted to lead a normal life.

    One day in 1928, Morris's dad read him an article about Dorothy Harrison Eustis, an American dog trainer living in Switzerland. She had been training dogs for police and army work, but had recently visited a German school where dogs were taught to help soldiers who had been blinded in World War I.

    Thrilled with this new possibility, Morris set off on his own to Switzerland to meet with Dorothy Eustis and her head trainer, Jack Humphrey. Morris had big ambitions-not only did he want to learn how to work with a guide dog, but he also wanted to start his own guide dog school in America! Morris began training with his dog, Buddy. While he struggled-stepping on Buddy's paws, not paying attention to her cues, and even walking into a gatepost-Buddy waited patiently at his side, allowing him to learn. At last Morris felt ready to return to America with Buddy at his side. But his biggest adventure still lay ahead-founding The Seeing Eye, an organization that has trained thousands of dogs to help other blind people lead independent lives.
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
    by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0786851759
    “I set the North Star in the heavens and I mean for you to be free. . . .”

    Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind and escape. Taking with her only her faith, she must creep through woods with hounds at her heels, sleep for days in a potato hole, and trust people who could have easily turned her in.

    But she was never alone.

    In lyrical text, Carole Boston Weatherford describes Tubman’s spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her North to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman, courageous and compassionate, and deeply religious, would take nineteen subsequent trips back South, never being caught, but none as profound as this first. Harriet Tubman’s bravery and relentless pursuit of freedom are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

    This is a unique and moving portrait of one of the most inspiring figures of the Underground Railroad. Kadir Nelson’s emotionally charged paintings embody strength, healing, and hope.

    Caldecott Honor Book
  • Mozart Question, The
    by Michael Morpurgo (Author), Michael Foreman (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763635529
    Like any young boy, Paolo becomes obsessed with what he can’t have — in his case, a violin. Hidden away in his parents’ room, it beckons the boy to release the music inside it. The music leads Paolo to a family secret, a story of World War II that changed the course of his parents’ lives. But once the truth is told, the family is reunited in a way no one had thought possible. From Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman comes a story about sharing the joy of music from one generation to the next and about music’s power to transform and heal.
  • No More!: Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance
    by Doreen Rappaport, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 076362876X
    A man who cannot swim leaps off a slave ship into the dark water. A girl defies the law by secretly learning to read and write. A future abolitionist regains his will to live by fighting off his captor with his bare hands: "I will not let you use me like a brute any longer," Frederick Douglass vows. Drawing from authentic accounts, here is a chronology of resistance in all its forms: comical trickster tales about outwitting "Old Marsa"; secret "hush harbors" where Africans instill Christian worship with their own rituals; and spirituals such as "Go Down Moses," whose coded lyrics signal not just hope for deliverance, but an active call to escape.
  • Once Upon a Time Map Book, The
    by B.G. Hennessy
    ISBN: 0763625213
    Once upon a time, fairy-tale kingdoms existed only in the realm of the imagination. But now, this mesmerizing book of maps brings lands like Neverland, Oz, and Aladdin's kingdom as close as kids' fingertips. Want to retrace Alice's steps through Wonderland? Start at the rabbit hole and follow the map past the Duchess's house to the croquet ground (just remember not to eat anything along the way!). With maps of six different lands to explore, each offering special points of interest, hidden objects to find, and dangers to avoid, young readers will be spending a lot of time in ONCE UPON A TIME -- and learning valuable map-reading skills along the way.

    Six comprehensive maps lead children on a tantalizing tour of their favorite magical kingdoms and introduce them to the way maps work.
  • Only Passing Through : The Story of Sojourner Truth
    by Anne F. Rockwell
    ISBN: 0679891862
    Only Passing Through is the inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Anne Rockwell combines her lifelong love of history with her well-known skill as a storyteller to create this simple, affecting portrait of an American icon.
  • Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America
    by Lynne Cheney, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0689867174
    Listening to her grandchildren's enthusiastic account of all they saw and did on a family road trip inspired Lynne Cheney to collaborate with Robin Preiss Glasser and create Our 50 States -- the greatest family vacation imaginable. Pack your bags and celebrate our diverse heritage state by state and sea to shining sea in this treasure trove of America's people, places, and history.
  • Over the River and Through the Woods
    by John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0590452584
    An illustrated version of the well-known text describing the joys of a Thanksgiving visit to grandmother's house.
  • Over the River and Through the Woods
    by Lydia Marie Child, David Catrow (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0805063110
    In this hilarious modern spoof of a favorite holiday song, the trip to Grandfather's house is no peaceful sleigh ride!
  • P Is for Passport: A World Alphabet
    by Devin Scillian
    ISBN: 1585361577
    From the vast variety of animals that populate the planet, to the many different types of homes people live in and the time zones that mark the days around the world, "P is for Passport" is a book to bring people together. Celebrating our differences as well as the things that unite us, this world alphabet will delight and fascinate parents, teachers, and especially children.

    The illustration for each letter of the alphabet has been done by a different artist, to further highlight how we each view the world from a unique perspective.
  • Patchwork Path, The: A Quilt Map to Freedom
    by Bettye Stroud
    ISBN: 0763624233
    The wagon wheel. The bear's paw. The flying geese. These are some of the squares in the quilt Hannah's mama helped her to sew -- before Hannah's sister was sold to another plantation and before Mama died of a broken heart. Now that Hannah's papa has decided to make the run for freedom, this patchwork quilt is not just a precious memento of Mama -- it's a series of hidden clues that will guide them along the Underground Railroad to Canada, where they'll finally be free. A fictionalized account of a fascinating oral history, THE PATCHWORK PATH tells the story of a brave father and his young daughter, two of thousands who escaped a life of slavery and made the dangerous journey to freedom -- a story of courage, determination, and hope.

    The images stitched into Hannah's patchwork quilt lead to secret signposts on the Underground Railroad as she and her father take flight from slavery on a perilous path to freedom.
  • Paul Revere's Ride
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ted Rand (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0140556125
    "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere ..." So begins one of the most stirring poems in American literature. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "Paul Revere's Ride" in 1861, nearly 100 years after the actual midnight ride that began on April 18, in 1775. The poem creates a suspenseful story as American colonist Paul Revere decides with his friend Robert Newman and others to avert a British attack on Concord, Massachusetts. The British had come from Boston in search of the colonists' arms supply. What Revere and his friends didn't know was whether the Redcoats would come by land (around the mouth of the Charles River) or by sea (across the river). Newman spotted the British "by sea" and signaled from the Old North Church tower to Revere, who was "Ready to ride and spread the alarm/Through every Middlesex village and farm,/For the country folk to be up and to arm." And, by morning, the country folk were ready, indeed. "Chasing the red-coats down the lane,/Then crossing the fields to emerge again/Under the trees at the turn of the road,/And only pausing to fire and load." This battle, the first of the American Revolution, drove the British back to Boston.

    Ted Rand--well-loved illustrator of The Hullabaloo ABC, Mailing May, Knots on a Counting Rope , and many other critically acclaimed titles--masters the mood and movement of the famous midnight ride, and children will love the power and drama of this historic American event. (Great read-aloud, ages 4 to 8)
  • Paul Revere's Ride: The Landlord's Tale
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Santore (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0688165524
    "Listen, my children, and you shall hear/Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere ..." So begins one of the most stirring poems in American literature. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "Paul Revere's Ride" in 1861, nearly 100 years after the actual midnight ride that began on April 18, in 1775. The poem creates a suspenseful story as American colonist Paul Revere decides with his friend Robert Newman and others to avert a British attack on Concord, Massachusetts. The British had come from Boston in search of the colonists' arms supply. What Revere and his friends didn't know was whether the Redcoats would come by land (around the mouth of the Charles River) or by sea (across the river). Newman spotted the British "by sea" and signaled from the Old North Church tower to Revere, who was "Ready to ride and spread the alarm/Through every Middlesex village and farm,/For the country folk to be up and to arm." And, by morning, the country folk were ready, indeed. "Chasing the red-coats down the lane,/Then crossing the fields to emerge again/Under the trees at the turn of the road,/And only pausing to fire and load." This battle, the first of the American Revolution, drove the British back to Boston.
  • Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, A
    by David A. Adler, John Wallner (Illustrator), Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0823408574
    His historic voyage and his experiences in the New World.
  • Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, A
    by David A. Adler, Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0823417352
    Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase in 1803 spawned their journey across the American West.
  • Pilgrims of Plimoth, The
    by Marcia Sewall
    ISBN: 0689808615
    After an abundance of prayers and tears we made farewells at dockside and boarded our small ship. Our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean "began with a prosperous wind," but the sea soon became "sharp and violent" and storms howled about us.

    When the pilgrims set out for America, they brought with them a dream for the future. Sickness, hardship, and heartache stood in the way of that dream. But the pilgrims worked hard, keeping their dream close to their hearts, until they were finally able to make it come true.
  • Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter
    by Richard Platt, Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763628654
    Curious about life on a pirate ship? Climb aboard this account of adventure on the high seas as told by a feisty nine-year-old carpenter’s apprentice, circa 1716. Historically accurate illustrations of ship and crew, a map of Jake’s travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating – and harsh – life of a pirate in the eighteenth century. Ships ahoy!
  • Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion
    by William Captain Lubber, Dugald A. Steer (Editor)
    ISBN: 0763631434
    Ahoy, OLOGISTS all! A new discovery from the publishers of DRAGONOLOGY, EGYPTOLOGY, WIZARDOLOGY . . . PIRATEOLOGY!

    Found in a sunken sea chest off the coast of Newfoundland, a buried journal revealing secret and complete knowledge of the piratical life!

    This facsimile of the hidden-in-sea-chest journal from 1723, recording the secrets of famed pirate hunter Captain William Lubber, tells of Lubber’s around-the-world voyage on the trail of the "verminous female pirate" Arabella Drummond - always one tantalizing step out of Lubber’s reach.

    Special features of PIRATEOLOGY include: * Foil-embellished and jewel-encrusted cover with a special surprise feature! * Envelop containing Lubber’s letter of marquee * Piece of an aged treasure map (find the missing piece!) * Foldout map showing Lubber’s route and the locations of pirates around the globe * Instructions and string for practicing sailor’s knots * Packet of gold dust * Ransom note * and much, much, more ….
  • Red Thread, The: An Adoption Fairy Tale
    by Grace Lin
    ISBN: 0807569224
    There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together. A king and queen rule a beautiful and peaceful land. They should be full of joy and contentment, but they both feel a strange pain that worsens every day. Then a peddler's magic spectacles reveal a red thread pulling at each of their hearts. The king and queen know they must follow the thread-wherever it may lead. Grace Lin's lovely adoption fairy tale is for all children-and the parents who would search the world to find them.
  • Rough, Tough Charley
    by Verla Kay (Author), Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1582461848
    Stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst spoke few words but rode many miles. Throughout the West, folks trusted and respected Charley despite his crusty demeanor. After years on the road and even losing an eye, Charley retired, bought a house, and joined the Odd Fellows. But only in death was Charley's life-long secret revealed.

    In their first collaboration, Verla Kay and Adam Gustavson share the inspiring story of a very able woman who lived life "as she would. Drove and voted, cause...he could."
  • Ships: A Pop-Up Book
    by Robert Crowther
    ISBN: 0763638528
    Take to the seas for a journey through nautical history! From an acclaimed 3-D master comes a fact-fi lled exploration of vessels ranging from canoes to clippers, steamships to supertankers. Loaded with flaps, pull-tabs, and pop-ups, this fascinating resource invites readers to make a Greek bireme's many oars row in rhythm, open up a luxury ocean liner to see the bustling activities on each deck, and even become the master of their own pop-up port. Ships ahoy!
  • Silent Witness, The
    by Robin Friedman (Author), Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0547014368
    At the beginning of the Civil War, Lula McLean's family home in Manassas, Virginia, is taken over by the Confederate army and used as its headquarters. Forced to flee by the oncoming Union army, Lula and her family and her favorite rag doll move south to a small village called Appomattox Court House. Then one day in 1865, Lula left her doll behind, and what happened next made history.
  • Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag
    by Sarah L. Thomson (Author), Bob Dacey (Illustrator), Debra Bandelin
    ISBN: 0060504161
    Schools, parades, post offices, and the moon. These are just some of the places we see the American flag.

    Fifty stars stand for the states that make up this country. Thirteen stripes remind us of the colonies that fought for their freedom. But the flag has not always looked the way it does today. Its history is as colored and rich as our country's past. Yet despite the ways the flag has changed in the past two hundred years, the pride, unity, and strength it inspires have never faltered.

    STARS AND STRIPES: The Story of the American Flag invites readers to travel back in time and witness firsthand how our flag came to be.
  • Story of Money, The
    by Maestro Giulio.
    ISBN: 0688133045
    An illustrated history of money traces the development of currency from early trade and barter systems, through the use of valuable substances--including salt and beads--to modern money, coins, and electronic transactions. Ages 4-8
  • Street Through Time, A
    by Anne Millard, Steve Noon (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0789434261
    Demonstrating the unfolding of history, panoramic views visiting a particular site every few centuries follow the evolution of a Stone Age riverside settlement into a twentieth-century city. A bold title and date with a few sentences describing significant changes appears in the upper-right-hand corner of each broad vertical scene. Added statements wind around the four borders, offering details about daily life of the period and inviting readers to search for significant activities among the many small vignettes in the larger view. Tiny figures busy at daily life offer an engaging chronicle of human experience over time as invaders and disease take their toll or more peaceful times bring prosperity and growth. The hypothetical street is in an unnamed European setting; Romans, Barbarians, Vikings, and the plague alter the fortunes of in-habitants. Some of the historical milestones represented by the fourteen segments are not so far apart, while long stretches of time separate others. It's a very telescopic view, compressing the rich complexities of history into a few glimpses, but there's plenty of human interest in the passing scene to keep readers poring over the shifting yet similar pursuits of people over time. The timeline construct is a useful demonstration for children, and the busy vistas would make a fine springboard for encouraging students to create scenes of local history.
  • Thanksgiving Door, The
    by Debby Atwell (Author)
    ISBN: 0618240365
    When Ed and Ann"s turkey dinner burns, they think their Thanksgiving is ruined. But what appears to be a disaster becomes a blessing in disguise when Ed and Ann unknowingly intrude on an immigrant family"s own Thanksgiving celebration at their new restaurant, The New World Café. Once Grandmother silences her despairing family and invites the unexpected customers to join them, they all share an evening of friendship, good food, and lots of dancing—reminding everyone that Thanksgiving is about opening one"s heart in welcome to the strangers who become friends and the disappointments that bring unexpected joys.
  • The Story of an Aviator
    by Marmaduke Randolph Calhoun (Author), Clint Twist (Editor), Nick Hardcastle (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763639060
    Step back to the 1930s, when an ambitious flying ace vows to claim the prize for the first solo around-the-world fl ight. While readying his aircraft, he offers a richly illustrated look at the exploits of aviation pioneers before him — from the Wright brothers' storied Flyer to Charles Lindbergh's cross-Atlantic flight, from airplane racing and aerial stunts to William Byrd's long-distance record and Amelia Earhart's breaking of the gender barrier. Filled with diagrams, charts, vintage photos, and maps, here is a lavish tribute to the early masters of the sky, who turned fl ights of fancy into real powered aircraft and soared straight into history.
  • Travel Through: America
    Elaine Jackson
    ISBN: 1420682776
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different country? Find out as you travel through amazing countries and learn about the cities, the landscapes, the people, and the cultures. Children146s journal entries and postcards add interest. Suggested activities promote skills in geography, literacy, and history. While in America, tour the Statue of Liberty in New York, travel across the Great Plains146 vast wheat fields, ride a cable car along the hilly streets of San Francisco, and more!
  • Travel Through: Egypt
    Elaine Jackson
    ISBN: 1420682814
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different country? Find out as you travel through amazing countries and learn about the cities, the landscapes, the people, and the cultures. Children's journal entries and postcards add interest. Suggested activities promote skills in geography, literacy, and history. While in Egypt, ride a felucca along the Nile River, investigate the Great Pyramids, shop in the bazaars of Cairo, and more!
  • Travels of Benjamin of Tudela, The: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century
    by Uri Shulevitz
    ISBN: 0374377545
    Imagine a time when streets were narrow and dirty, towns were surrounded by walls, brigands lurked alongside roads that were treacherous and few, bridges over rivers were rare, and a man setting out on a journey never knew if he would return alive. It was the year 1159 when the medieval Jewish traveler Benjamin left his native town of Tudela in northern Spain on an adventure to see the places he had read about in the Bible. He traveled for fourteen years - from Rome to Constantinople to Jerusalem to Baghdad, among others - by ship, by cart, and on foot, enduring great hardships in his quest for knowledge of other places and people.

    Working from Benjamin's original chronicle, written in Hebrew, as well as other sources on the period, Uri Shulevitz captures the true spirit of this amazing adventurer, using a text written in the first person and superlative illustrations.
  • Trouble with Henry, The : A Tale of Walden Pond
    by Deborah O'Neal, Angela Westengard, S.D. Schindler (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763618284
    Everyone in the bustling town of Concord loves buying grand new things and stylish clothes. Everyone, that is, except Henry David Thoreau. He would rather sit on a pumpkin than a velvet couch. He likes his old breeches patched and his shirts worn and soft. Henry even prefers fresh air and the song of whippoorwills to the hazy breath of smokestacks and the thunder of wagons. But when Henry builds himself a cabin — "not one inch bigger than I need" — near Walden Pond and speaks out against a ghastly plan to destroy his beloved Walden Woods, the town brands him a trouble-some rooster. Can Henry prove once and for all that nature is worth more than sooty factories and fancy parasols? An afterword provides historical details and context.
  • Voyage of Discovery, A
    by Francois Place
    ISBN: 1862052131
    The Land of Amazons is the first country we visit in François Place's award-winning, splendidly illustrated atlas. These fabulous stories are related by the geographers of the Orbae, who take us through nine maps, describing strange and exotic countries with unusual customs and bewitching landscapes. Each story conjures up the sort of fantasy place that one hopes, somewhere, some time, might actually exist.
  • Wall, The: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
    by Peter Sis
    ISBN: 0374347018
    “I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side—the Communist side—of the Iron Curtain.” Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sís shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sís learned about beat poetry, rock ’n’ roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities—creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed. By joining memory and history, Sís takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art.
  • We the People: The Story of Our Constitution
    by Lynne Cheney (Author), Greg Harlin (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 141695418X
    America had won the Revolution, but our troubles were far from over. The thirteen states were squabbling, the country could not pay its bills, and in Massachusetts farmers had taken up arms against the government. Was our country, which had fought so hard for its independence, going to survive? In May 1787 delegates from across the country -- including George Washington, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin -- gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States. Their efforts turned a shaky alliance of states into a nation that would prosper and grow powerful, drawing its strength for centuries to come from "We the people" and inspiring hope for freedom around the world.
  • When Abraham Talked to the Trees
    by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0802851916
    When Abraham Lincoln’s ma died, she left him a book and the wish to read it every day. The words were hard to figure sometimes, but he tried again and again when chores were finished and the quiet had come.

    Abraham Lincoln’s love for words—the reading, writing, and speaking of them—began when he was young. Though his early years were filled with hardship and loss, he had a hunger for learning and persisted in his determination to develop the skills he would need later in his life.

    When Abraham Talked to the Trees offers young readers an inspiring glimpse of a historical giant who at their own age had to struggle against the odds to learn the skills that they, too, are working to develop. Author Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s anecdotal story reveals the character of the boy who grew up to be an American president known for his brilliance, wit, and humanity; while Bill Farnsworth’s warm oil paintings beautifully capture the time, place, and circumstances of young Abraham’s life.
  • Where Do I Live?
    by Neil Chesanow, Ann Iosa (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0812092414
    Part of being a child is wondering. This charming book uses easy words and color illustrations to explain to children exactly where they live. It starts with their room, in their home, in their neighborhood, in their town, their state, their country-then moves out to the planet earth, the solar system, and the Milky Way galaxy. From there, children trace their way home again. (Ages 5-9)
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
    by Public Domain (Author), George M Cohan (Author), Norman Rockwell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1416917705
    Written in 1906 by George M. Cohan, "You're a Grand Old Flag" has been a favorite celebration song for generations of Americans. Now see it brought to life like never before as it is set with images of Americana, by the master of all things patriotic, Norman Rockwell. Children run to the swimming hole, families attend parades, a young couple kisses, and soldiers salute in this tribute to Norman Rockwell and the American culture, so beautifully immortalized in his art. With a foreword by Norman Rockwell's grandson, John Rockwell, this book is a treasure that families will love to sing along with.
  • You're a Grand Old Flag: A Jubilant Song About Old Glory
    by George M. Cohan (Author), Marsha Qualey (Author), Ann Owen (Author), Todd Ouren (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1404801731
    Presents the complete text of this patriotic song that was written for a Broadway musical, chronicles the history of the American flag, and recounts the life of the song's composer, George M. Cohan. Includes instructions for making a flag wind sock.
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