Social Studies and History Books for Elementary School

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Culturally Responsive Social Studies and History Books for Upper Elementary School

Culturally responsive teaching should happen across subject matters and themes, including in the teaching of social studies and history. Our diverse books for third through sixth grade span a wide range of topics, from geography and government to US and world history, paying special attention to the roles of people of color and other marginalized groups.

Browse our thematic collections to find nonfiction, historical fiction, and informational texts designed with your grades 3–6 social studies curricula in mind. Our books include extensive backmatter and references making them a perfect jumping off point for digging deeper into history and social studies concepts. Our focus on diversity will help you include a range of voices and perspectives when teaching.

Some of our popular topics and themes include:

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Amelia's Road

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez

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Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto

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¡Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

By Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Jonah Winter

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Hiromi's Hands

By Lynne Barasch

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Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler

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Knockin' On Wood

By Lynne Barasch

Illustrated by Lynne Barasch

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Heroes

By Ken Mochizuki

Illustrated by Dom Lee

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Flowers From Mariko

By Rick Noguchi

Illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata

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Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin

By Michelle Lord

Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

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Joe Louis, My Champion

By William Miller

Illustrated by Rodney S. Pate

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John Lewis in the Lead

By Jim Haskins

Illustrated by Benny Andrews

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The Bus Ride

By William Miller

Illustrated by John Ward

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Love to Langston

By Tony Medina

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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The Legend of Freedom Hill

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright

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Juneteenth Jamboree

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan