Social Studies and History Books for Elementary School


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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Illustrated by Jan Gilchrist


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Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi


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Illustrated by Genna Panzarella


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Illustrated by Yong-Shen Xuan