Literature lovers, help us out! We’re looking for recommendations for great historical literature for kids ages 5 through 9 to read with an adult caregiver. The books can be historical fiction, biography, or nonfiction, as we’re planning to pick books to feature on our museum’s OurStory Web site.
We’re especially looking for books on the following topics:
Well, I'm not giving up hope on any ideas from the Community, but in the meantime...
Here are the suggestions I have heard from people within the Museum (and friends of the museum):
Any likes or dislikes on any of those titles?
And here's a New York Times article discussing that picture books are "languishing" as parents push for more "big kid" books. Any thoughts? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08picture.html?src=me&ref=general
I don't know how I missed this discussion the first time around, but here goes. These recommendations have all been tested time and time again, by me and my 7 year old daughter, so I totally stand behind each of them. They aren't necessarily tied to the themes, but are still great books about American History.
I taught a Reading Fluency online class recenty, and will attempt to attach a book list for early readers. I tried to attach more then one, but it didn't work. So I will have to make around 5 posts so you get all of them. I hope that this assists you.
Thanks Kingston, Kristin, and Laura for your suggestions!
Kristin, some of those books are already included in OurStory (http://americanhistory.si.edu/ourstory/) so it's great to hear they're favorites for your family.
Kingston, we've clearly got a lot of book browsing ahead of us to check out your links. At first blush, they look really helpful.
And Laura, September 12 is one of the books we're considering. When you read it with your class, what kinds of activities do you do? Are there any questions that students tend to ask?
Thanks for your help!
National Museum of American History
Many of my children were toddlers when this happened. We discuss the event and ask what if anything they remember. We discuss how they might have felt if they had been at school that day and then we draw pictures just like the authors.
I also have to share with you an Ellis Island story. My step-grandfather came through Ellis Island from Italy. His father had such a thick accent that my grandfather became Patsy instead of Pasquale. He very quickly learned that Pat wouldn't get him beat up on the playground!
Tune Into Good Character is a wonderful new children's book teaching children about strong character values! check it out at www.charactersofcharacter.org
it's not a 'history' book per say, but is a topic taught since the beginning of time
Here's a list of classic great books to read aloud or read with the 5 - 9 yr old age group from EDSITEment's Summertime Favorites list. I'd only add a couple of personal favorites here. Enjoy! Shelley NiTuama, EDSITEment Program Specialist
Zolotow, Charlotte Over and Over (exquisite illustrations by Garth Williams) my all time childhood favorite and a hit with my own daughters
White, E.B. Trumpet of the Swan (never fails to enchant boys and girls alike..used it years ago tutoring a 9 yr old dyslexic boy took us months to read cover to cover)
Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.
Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline.
Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup.
Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar.
Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Collodi, Carlo. Adventures of Pinocchio.
Crews, Donald. Freight Train.
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion.
dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona.
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia.
Flack, Marjorie. The Angus series.
Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West.
Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats.
Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon.
Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot.
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances.
Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day
Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer.
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.
Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense.
Lionni, Leo. Frederick.
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Lopshire, Robert. Put Me in the Zoo.
Marshall, James. George and Martha.
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings.
McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider.
Merrill, Jean. The Pushcart War.
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear.
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Rey, H.A. Curious George.
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.
---. Green Eggs and Ham.
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses
Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family.
Thurber, James. Many Moons.
Udry, Janice May. A Tree is Nice.
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear.
White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.
Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy.
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog.
Zolotow, Charlotte. William’s Doll.
Also from EDSITEment per Jenny's original request for books specifically on the themes of American Civil War and Immigration - here a several selections from the NEH We The People Bookshelf program over the years on these themes. I've also included links to some of the EDSITEment lessons that direclty relate and expand on them and may provide teachers with background information. Some of these lessons geared for older student may have activities that can be adapted for younger audience. Hope these are helpful for your OurStory website and for the general reference of other educators. Shelley
American Civil War:
The Great Migration: An American Story — Jacob Lawrence
So many great books!
My favorite all time Am Revolutionary book is Howard Fast: One April Morning.
I have two for the Civil War:
Irene Hunt Across Five Aprils
Rodman Philbrick The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
I will have to think about immigration to come up with "favorites."
I just saw your post so I haven't done any major research but a book that springs instantly to mind and is one of my favorites regarding immigration is Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. It is an older picture book that is ideal for grades 4-5. I think it is a bit long to read for younger students in one setting, but you could always break it up into parts. I love the illustrations that make the book appear to be as if the reader is looking through a family photo album.
I will keep looking. I love historical fiction and Booklist just came out with its top 10 list for 2011. I'll see if I can find that link.
Hope this is related to what you need,
For the Civil War, one of my favorites is Eve Bunting's The blue and the gray. Bunting is always precise and can be used with all grade levels to introduce difficult topics. Paired with the nonfiction Civil War Artist it is a great way to introduce the personal conflict and human side of the Civil War to students.
A longer read aloud, but the kids really like is Mary Pope Obsone's Civil War On Sunday. Once I used this with Special Education students and they remembered the facts of the Civil War better than their counterparts in an inclusion class.
This suggestion isn't actually tied to the three themes, but my second grade daughter is absoulely gaga over this book: "Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman". My daughter was especially awe-struck by the fact that Wilma is a real person and not just a fictional character.
Wilma Unlimited is a great book. I have used it with African American and Women's History themed story times/ activities in a public library setting and it was very well received by the participants. The participants consistently gave me a lot of positive feedback concerning the fact that Wilma Rudolph was able to overcome a physical disability to become a world-class athlete.