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Reading the "First Grade" thread made me realize I'm so happy with what we're using that I'm growing bored with the boards. :w00t: So, clearly it's time to plan next year's history and lit! :lol:

 

I'm looking for history books and read-alouds for the second half of American history. My kids will be 7, 6 and 4 so we're keeping it light.

 

I'm particularly interested in anything great for...

 

artist biographies

musician biographies

railroads

cowboys

the Space Race and rockets

a great biography of Henry Ford (but not a fan of COFAs)

a perfect book about the 50s and the creation of suburbia

the Industrial Revolution (anything interesting and age-appropriate?)

 

Thanks!

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We loved Young Thomas Edison by Dooling. It was featured at the Edison museum in Florida, so it must be fairly accurate.

 

Julie

 

Ooh, thanks! This looks good! I especially like one of the quotes from the description. "Edison had only three months of formal education. After a teacher punished him for not paying attention, his mother homeschooled him." You have to love that!

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Reading the "First Grade" thread made me realize I'm so happy with what we're using that I'm growing bored with the boards. :w00t: So, clearly it's time to plan next year's history and lit! :lol:

 

I'm looking for history books and read-alouds for the second half of American history. My kids will be 7, 6 and 4 so we're keeping it light.

 

I'm particularly interested in anything great for...

 

artist biographies

musician biographies

railroads

cowboys

the Space Race and rockets

a great biography of Henry Ford (but not a fan of COFAs)

a perfect book about the 50s and the creation of suburbia

the Industrial Revolution (anything interesting and age-appropriate?)

 

Thanks!

 

I was wondering what books you may have used for the 1st half. Just looking for ideas.

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I was wondering what books you may have used for the 1st half. Just looking for ideas.

 

I've been on Amazon all morning looking at those for the second half. I'll have to switch gears for you. :) I wanted to wrap up an order before the holidays are over but I don't think that's going to happen. I've got to run now but later this afternoon, I'll try to put out a list of what I've used (and still plan to use in the 2nd semester) this year.

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(Sorry! I had to stop the links midway because it was taking waaaaay too long!)

I’m putting an asterisk next to the things we love best. Some of these are library items. Most I own. I’ve been library building and buying used for a long time. My MIL and mom also buy from the kids’ wish lists and yard sales, estate sales all the time. I don’t have a problem…I swear… :tongue_smilie:

I have not found a spine I like. I've given up. I have tried them all and I’m waiting for SWB to write one (we could still use it with SOTW). I’m using the America in the Time of… series as a factoid spine. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It’s fine for what it does, which is provide flow.

I also have on hand…

*From Sea to Shining Sea: A Treasury of American Folklore and Folk Songs (You must buy this book. For .28 used, you really must buy this book!)

The Rainbow Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong

*American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne

Scholastic Encyclopedia of Presidents and Their Times

*DK Children’s Encyclopedia of American History

The Children’s Book of America by William Bennett

 

For Texas, I also have…

The Story of Texas (Shearer)

A Child’s History of Texas

Texas Traditions: The Culture of the Lone Star State

Unsung Heroes of Texas by Ann Ruff

L is for Lone Star by Carol Crane

Round Up by Carol Crane

 

 

We started with 8 weeks of Native Americans. The first week was an overview. Weeks 2-6 were for regions noted below. Weeks 7-8 were specific to Texas.

*The Real Book of Indians (This was our spine. It’s from the 50s and remarkably devoid of derogatory language. The author clearly has a great deal of respect for Native Americans.)

If You Lived with the Cherokee (series…also Sioux, Iroquois, Hopi, and Indians of the NW)

*Learn About Texas Indians (free WONDERFUL pdf from TPWD Dept.)

*Indians Who Lived in Texas

*Hold Up the Sky (TX)

The Legend of the Bluebonnet (TX)

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (TX)

The First Strawberries (Cherokee)

*The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales

*In a Circle Long Ago: A Treasury of Native Lore from North America

DK North American Indian

More Than Moccasins

Children of the Longhouse

Birchbark House

Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America

*Native American Sign Language (DS loved this book.)

The Golden Book of Indian Crafts and Lore

We also used the Dover coloring books.

 

 

 

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We covered explorers very lightly because we’ll get into it big time when we do SOTW. We used The Real Book About Explorers, a few readers and Pedro’s Journal. DS also enjoyed You Wouldn’t Want to Sail with Christopher Columbus. (My mom bought us the series, so I just set them out at the appropriate time and let DS find and enjoy.)

*Year of Columbus: 1492 (Foster)

*Year of the Pilgrims: 1620 (Foster)

If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620

On the Mayflower: Voyage of the Ship’s Apprentice and a Passenger Girl

The Story of the Pilgrims (Ross)

If You Were at the First Thanksgiving

*Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Sarah Morton’s Day

Tapenum’s Day

Samuel Eaton’s Day

*Steve Caney’s Kids’ America

If You Lived in Colonial Times

*Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak

Hasty Pudding, Johnny Cakes and Other Good Stuff

A Sampler View of Colonial Life

Finding Providence

Kalman books about colonial life (the library is full of these)

Leonard Everitt Fisher series about colonial craftsman (again, library)

Science in Colonial America

The Flower Hunter

The Sign of the Beaver

The Secret Soldier

*The Story of Benjamin Franklin (Signature bio)

*The Story of George Washington

*The Story of Thomas Jefferson

The American Revolution (Bliven, Landmark book)

*Year of Independence: 1776 (Foster)

Revolutionary War Discovery Kit (Dover)

How to Be a Revolutionary War Soldier

*America’s Paul Revere by Esther Forbes

*King George: What Was His Problem (Sheinkin)

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

How the U.S. Government Works

The U.S. Constitution and You

DK American Revolution

*Pirate Diary by Richard Platt

How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning

The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Science Experiments

Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself

*Poor Richard’s Almanack (GREAT for copywork)

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares

Welcome to Felicity’s World (and all these books—dd especially loves them)

*George-isms (great for copywork, GW himself copied these as a child)

Benjamin Banneker: What Are You Figuring Now?

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon

*The Year of the Horseless Carriage: 1801 (Foster)

*Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805

*Which Way to the Wild West (Sheinkin)

*Lewis and Clark and Me

*The Lewis and Clark Expedition (by Neuberger, Landmark)

Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark

Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark

Sacagawea Speaks

The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Johmann)

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington (picture book about Dolley Madison that dd had to have because her lovey’s name is Dolley Madison) ;)

The Story of Davy Crockett (Signature bio)

A Day That Changed America: The Alamo

Wild West (Kingfisher)

Going West: Journey of a Wagon Train to Settle a Frontier Town

Westward Ho! (Carlson)

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

*How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail

*We Were There on the Oregon Trail (older reader, Landmark, great)

Skillet Bread, Sourdough, and Vinegar Pie

Papa and the Pioneer Quilt

The Quilt Block History of Pioneer Days

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet (can you tell I’m a quilter?)

*How to Get Rich in the California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush (Landmark)

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Lest We Forget (not for the young or sensitive child…I’m still debating this one for this year)

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Henry’s Freedom Box

The Last Safe House

Life on a Plantation (Kalman)

A Slave Family (Kalman)

Freedom’s Wings: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary (has two sequels)

Young Abe Lincoln (Harness—normally I think her books are too busy but I like these two.)

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington (Harness)

*Year of Lincoln: 1861 (Foster)

*Two Miserable Presidents (Sheinkin)

*The Story of Abraham Lincoln (Signature bio)

*Abraham Lincoln: Friend of the People (Judson, old Landmark, wonderful—will see if ds is ready for it because it’s my favorite.)

DK Civil War

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America

A Kids’ Guide to African American History

*The Story of Clara Barton (Signature bio)

 

Art Books

American Art and Artists

America’s Art: Masterpieces from the Smithsonian Art Museum

America: A History in Art

*Great American Artists for Kids

*Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin

Eastman Johnson: Painting America

*Indian Gallery: The Story of George Catlin (Haverstock)

 

 

Poetry (We like poetry a lot!)

*Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children’s Poems

*Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry

*Poetry for Young People: American Poetry

Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson

Poetry for Young People: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

*Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman

*Walt Whitman: Words for America (picture book bio)

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (bio, I got poetry online)

*Hiawatha

Paul Revere’s Ride

 

 

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Music

*The Glorious American Songbook

*Stories of Our American Patriotic Songs

Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies

The Star Spangled Banner (Spier)

Wee Sing America (I hate these but the kids love them.)

Christophorus Columbus Lost Paradises (listened to this when we were studying the explorers)

The Story of American Classical Music

Early American Choral Music (Vol 1 & 2)

Colonial and Revolution Songs

Sing We All Merrily: A Colonial Christmas

Colonial America

*Colonial Fair

*Pierre Cruzatte: A Musical Journey Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Voices from the Oregon Trail

Stephen Foster Songbook

The Story of Stephen Foster (Signature bio)

*Steal Away: Songs from the Underground Railroad

*Songs of the Civil War

*In High Cotton: Favorite Camp Songs of the Civil War

I also have a lot of American classical music from the Naxos collection. I have more music on my wish list. I acquire as I go. We pretty much listen to music all day around here so I consider this a separate budget item from homeschool stuff. (And that’s how I sleep at night!) ;)

 

I'm sure I've forgotten some stuff, like I know I have a bio of Frederick Douglass somewhere...and an Erie Canal book...no biggie.

 

Now, please... Someone help me find a decent bio of Henry Ford. :lol:

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OMG!!!!! Thank you soooooooooooo much for this. I do not know if I am more impressed with the fact that you to the time to type all of that or that you actually read all of those. Did you read all the content of each book? My Librarian will just love this list!! LOL:tongue_smilie:

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OMG!!!!! Thank you soooooooooooo much for this. I do not know if I am more impressed with the fact that you to the time to type all of that or that you actually read all of those. Did you read all the content of each book? My Librarian will just love this list!! LOL:tongue_smilie:

 

You're welcome. :001_smile: I have read everything on the list. Who knew first grade would give me a love for history that has never before existed? I'm learning that it's a great thing to get your feet wet with children's bios, although I'm bummed that I'm beginning to see many chinks in the armor of my beloved American heroes now that I'm branching out into history books for grown-ups. :lol:

 

Yes, your librarian is just going to love you if you give her this whole list! :lol:

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I thought this one was fine:

We'll Race You, Henry, by Mitchell

 

Oh, and we loved A Pocketful of Goobers, about G.W. Carver, also by Mitchell.

 

Julie

 

Thanks Julie! (Better late than never, right? Am I the only one who doesn't get e-mails 50% of the time when a thread has a new post?) I'm finding that I like that entire Creative Minds Biographies series. It's just great!

 

I'm looking for history books and read-alouds for the second half of American history. My kids will be 7, 6 and 4 so we're keeping it light.

 

I'm particularly interested in anything great for...

 

artist biographies

musician biographies

railroads

cowboys

the Space Race and rockets

a perfect book about the 50s and the creation of suburbia

the Industrial Revolution (anything interesting and age-appropriate?)

 

 

Is it wrong to quote yourself? :tongue_smilie:

 

I'm still looking for a few things. I have found some good stuff on space but could still use some rocket resources. I'm about to put together my final list and I'm trying to incorporate as much happy stuff as I can, as modern history can be such a downer. I continue to be thwarted in my search for a picture book about 50s suburbia and an absolutely perfect book about the early railroads. I've picked up lots of cowboy books but we're from Texas so we can always use more. :D Surely, someone can help?

 

:bigear:

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