Connecting Social Studies and Children’s Literature

Looking for some ideas for integrating children’s literature into social studies instruction? These sites offer some great starting points.

Thematic Book Lists from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
40 Books About Labor
40 Books About Peace and Social Justice
Global Reading: Selected Literature for Children and Teens Set in Other Countries
Literature for Children and Teenagers About WWII

Thematic Book Lists from Book Links Magazine
Around the World in 22 Books
Children Caught in War
Discovering the Bill of Rights Through Fiction
Ellis Island and American Immigration
Exploring the Civil Rights Movement
From the Dust Bowl to Harlem: The Arts in Depression-Era America
Get Out the Vote! Books About Elections
Huffing and Puffing Through Economics
Picture Perfect Geography
Recent History in Threes: Fiction, Nonfiction and the Web
Seeing the U.S.A. Through Books
Shrouded in Mystery: Mummies and Ancient Burial
Stories From the Silk Road
Struggle for Freedom: Slavery to Reconstruction

Other Resources
Carter G. Woodson Book Award Winners
Children’s Books That Build Character
Children’s Literature with Social Studies Themes
EconKids: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
Economics and Geography Lessons for 32 Children’s Books
Great Picture Books to Teach Social Studies, 4-6
Great Picture Books to Teach Social Studies, K-3
Growing Up Around the World: Books as Passports to Global Understanding
Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards
KidsEconPosters Literature Connection
Notable Trade Books for Young People (NCSS)
One Hundred Picture Books for Peace
Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children’s Literature
Pages of the Past: History/Social Science Literature K-6
PBS Teacher Recommended Books for Social Studies
Social Studies Literature Articles
Traveling Through American History (Children’s Fiction Books on 1492 through 1990s)

If you have a link to suggest, please leave a comment and I will review the site for inclusion on this list.

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