American History Collections


Unit 9 Supplies

Read-aloud - Choose one of the following books for read-aloud time:

Ben Carson: A Chance at Life by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge

Interest Level: Theta, Sigma, and Omega
This book takes a look at the inspiring life of Dr. Ben Carson. It takes a look at his struggles as a child of single mother, to life as an African American during the Civil Rights movement, and then to career as a doctor, readers will gain a deep respect and admiration for Dr. Ben Carson. Content notes: The book includes a reference to a murder by the Ku Klux Klan, the story of when Ben stabbed his friend in the stomach, and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Countdown : 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade 

Interest Level: All Ages
This beautifully illustrated picture book, coming in at 145 pages, details the successes and failures of NASA’s Apollo program, starting with President Kennedy’s call to put a man on the moon and ending with the Apollo 11 mission. It will appeal to all ages with its combination of science, history, and gorgeous artwork. There is one “Oh my G*d” said in reverence and awe at seeing the moon from space.

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The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright 

Interest Level: Alpha, Zeta, and Theta
This heartwarming series of four books navigates everyday life with a close-knit family from the mid-1900s. From Saturday excursions to the big city to living in an unusual house in the countryside, you will fall in love with all the Melendy children and their passion for finding adventure wherever they find themselves.

Available at AmazonAvailable at Internet Archive

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Interest Level: Alpha, Zeta, Theta, and Sigma
This beautifully told story of a dog named Winn Dixie will have your children begging you to read more. And with a storyline that is both heart warming and endearing, you will be glad you did!

Available at AmazonAvailable at Internet Archive

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Biography Book for New Readers by Christine Platt

Interest Level: Alpha, Zeta, Theta
This simple yet engaging look at the life of Martin Luther King Jr. introduces children to the segregation that plagued the South in the United States during the mid-1900s. Readers will discover Martin Luther King Jr.'s great faith and determination, the Civil Rights Movement that he courageously led, and the changes that came to the United States as a result of his work.

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Optional Read Aloud Picture Book:

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo by Helaine Becker

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