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 Youme


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Illustrated by John Martínez


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Illustrated by Xiaojun Li


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By Nikki Grimes

Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon


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By Ngoc Dung Tran

Illustrated by Xuan-Quang Dang


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By Ching Russell


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By William Miller

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


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By Nancy Raines Day

Illustrated by Genna Panzarella


Blessing's Bead

By Debby Dahl Edwardson


Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto


Abuela's Weave

By Omar S. Castañeda

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


Armando and the Blue Tarp School

By Edith Hope Fine

Illustrated by Hernán Sosa


Amelia's Road

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


Around the World

By John Coy

Illustrated by Antonio Reonegro