Category Archives: Books with social studies links

Real Cowboys

Real cowboys are quiet, gentle and safe. They listen and are patient. This beautiful picture book by Kate Hoefler and Jonathan Bean shows cowboys who do the long slow work of herding cattle, and the skills they need for that, which … Continue reading

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Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinocerous Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone…While She Ate Her Way Up and Down a Continent!

There aren’t nearly enough books about rhinoceroses. Clara, a pet rhino in India, went with a Dutch sea captain on his travels around the world. Captain Van der Meer thought he could make money showing off Clara all across Europe, … Continue reading

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I Am a Bear

Told from the perspective of a disoriented bear, lost in the city, I Am a Bear by Jean-François Dumont, is a sensitive and understanding picture book about a bear who lives on the street with cardboard and paper for a bed. After several … Continue reading

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Pool

I first picked up Pool by JiHyeon Lee because it was The Original Art Gold Medal Winner, and yes, the illustrations are gorgeous. What I found sticking with me, though, is the story. “But it’s a wordless book,” some might say. … Continue reading

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Nuts to You

Nuts to You is a highly entertaining and wise account of squirrels rushing around the forest, wondering what the humans are doing cutting down trees along the buzz path. When Jed, TsTs, Chai and Tchke figure this out, they are off … Continue reading

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Half a Man

When Michael’s grandfather comes to visit, he is told not to look at him and not to ask questions. All he knew was that Grandpa had been burned while serving in the merchant navy during World War II. When Michael grows … Continue reading

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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

A lovely Cuban folktale about spilling coffee on a suitor’s toes to reveal their true nature is retold by Carmen Agra Deedy in lively and interesting prose. Although the story is about finding a husband, it dispells other myths of … Continue reading

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Hidden

A historical graphic novel, Hidden, explores how one French Jewish girl was hidden during World War II. Dounia’s story encompasses the discrimination at school once she started wearing the Star of David, and the capture of her parents by the Nazis. Luckily, Dounia’s neighbours … Continue reading

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Separate Is Never Equal

I knew about Brown v. Board of Education, but I did not know about Mendez v. Westminster. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh is a gorgeously illustrated non-fiction picture book about a girl’s experience … Continue reading

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The Birchbark House

When I was a child, I read The Little House books, mostly because many raved about how good they were. My sister’s read them. I got through them all. Louise Erdrich has outdone them, though, with The Birchbark House, the story of Omakayas, an Ojibwa girl, as … Continue reading

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