Issues/Trends: Book List

Book List



5th Grade:

  1. Sullivan, G. (2000). In their own words: Abraham Lincoln. New York: Scholastic.
  2. Venezia, M. (2009). Albert Einstein: Universal Genius. New York: Children’s Press.
  3. Polacco, P. (1994). Pink and Say. New York: Philomel Books.
  4. Venezia, M. (2009). Alexander Graham Bell: Setting the Tone for Communication. New York: Children’s Press.
  5. Gregory, J. (2013). Bill and Melinda Gates (A True Book™—Biographies). Scholastic.
  6. Venezia, M. (2010). Jane Goodall: Researcher Who Champions Chimps. New York: Children’s Press.
  7. Venezia, M. (2010). The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight. New York: Children’s Press.
  8. Fritz, J., & DePaola, T. (1997). Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution. New York: Putnam.
  9. Fritz, J., & Hyman, T. S. (1997). Will you sign here, John Hancock? New York: Puffin Books.


6th Grade:

  1. Venezia, M. (2010). Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Inventors & Scientists: Jane Goodall Researcher Who Champions Chimps. New York: Children’s Press.
  2. Sonneborn, L. (2012). Ancient China (The Ancient World). New York: Children’s Press.
  3. Yomtov, N. (2012). Ancient Egypt (The Ancient World). New York: Children’s Press.
  4. Lassieur, A. (2012). Ancient Mesopotamia (The Ancient World). New York: Children’s Press.
  5. Evslin, B., Evslin, D., & Hoopes, N. (1966). The Greek Gods. New York: Scholastic.


7th Grade:

  1. Jiang, J. (1997). Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
  2. McCollum, S. (2010). Joseph Stalin (A Wicked History™—20th Century). Franklin Watts.
  3. Price, S. S. (2010). Adolf Hitler (A Wicked History™—20th Century). Franklin Watts.
  4. Rinaldo, D. (2015). Julius Caesar: Dictator for Life. C. Press/F. Watts Trade.
  5. O’Connor, J. (2002). The Emperor’s Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China. New York: Viking.
  6. Wilhelm, D. (2015). Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World (A Wicked History). C. Press/F. Watts Trade.


8th Grade:

  1. Greitens, E. (2012). The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming A Man of Compassion and Courage. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  2. Copeland, M. (2014). Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Touchstone.
  3. Stone, T. L. (2013). Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers. Candlewick.
  4. Myers, W. D. (1993). Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary. New York: Scholastic Paperbacks.
  5. Wilson, C. (2010). Civil War Spies: Behind Enemy Lines. New York: Scholastic.
  6. Sheinkin, S., & Robinson, T. (2008). Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the Civil War. New York: Roaring Brook Press.
  7. Allen, T. B. (2006). Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
  8. Sheinkin, S. (2012). Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Flash Point.
  9. Swanson, J. L. (2009). Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Scholastic Press.
  10. Johnson, J. (2010). Gettysburg: The Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War. New York: Franklin Watts.
  11. Freedman, R. (1992). Indian chiefs. New York: Holiday House.


High School: Admittedly, some of these books would be used more for specific chapters or targeted readings as the complexity or length of the full books are more of a collegiate level.

  1. Wright, L. (2007). The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. New York: Vintage Books.
  2. Glain, S. (2011). State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire. New York: Crown.
  3. Sandler, M. W. (2014). Lost to time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot. New York: Sterling.
  4. Ellis, J. J. (2002). Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Vintage Books.
  5. Foner, E. (2010). The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. New York: W.W. Norton &.
  6. Wiesel, E. (1982). Night. New York: Bantam Books.
  7. Frank, O. M., & Mooyaart, B. M. (1997). Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Place of publication not identified: Bantam Books.
  8. Auerbacher, I. (1993). I Am A Star–Child of the Holocaust. Puffin Books.
  9. Johnson, J. (2009). The Vietnam War (Profiles). Franklin Watts.
  10. Murphy, J. (2009). Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting. Scholastic Press.
  11. Nardo, D., Sandmann, A. L., & Baxter, K. (2011). Migrant Mother: How A Photograph Defined the Great Depression. Mankato, MN: Compass Point Books.
  12. Olson, T. (2008). Leopold II: Butcher of the Congo (A Wicked History). Children’s Press.
  13. Blumenthal, K. (2002). Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 (Wall Street Journal Book). New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
  14. Sandler, M. W. (2013). Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II. Walker Childrens.
  15. Giblin, J. C., & Frampton, D. (1995). When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS. New York: HarperCollins.
  16. Dougherty, S. (2010). Pearl Harbor: The U.S. Enters World War II (24/7 Goes to War). New York: Franklin Watts.
  17. Swanson, J. L. (2013). “The President Has Been Shot!” The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Scholastic Press.
  18. Lester, J., & Feelings, T. (2000). To Be A Slave. Puffin Books.
  19. Stokes, J. A., Wolfe, L., & Viola, H. J. (2008). Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

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