Book Recommendations for Social Studies


Notable Tradebooks for Young People: These books were evaluated and selected by a book review committee for the National Council for the Social Studies. A regular membership of $66 per year will give you access to the most current lists.
The Nonfiction Detectives Blog: Two intrepid librarians review nonfiction books for children.
Nonfiction Matters blog: The School Library Journal's blog about nonfiction publishing.
Nonfiction Monday blog: This series is hosted on a different blog each week. Weekly posting review nonfiction children's books.


Ideas for using novels in the content classroom:
  • Display books in the classroom that relate to the topic you are studying
  • Use picture books or passages from a novel as a warm up
  • Use literature circles with content related titles
  • Allow students to share book talks for titles that relate to your subject
  • Collaborate with the ELA teacher on class novels that connect to your subject

Reading in the History Classroom
This article gives strategies for evaluating your classroom for historical reading and resources on how to improve instruction.
What do the Common Core Standards Mean in the History Classroom
A panel of experts share how they believe the Common Core will affect the history classroom.

Web 2.0 Tools for the History Classroom
Browse this binder of web tools that can be used in your classroom. You will find websites that range from primary source documents to virtual field trips.

Kathi Cord's examples of differentiated learning using nonfiction:

Joe's Speakeasy Video: A stop motion animated project created by an eighth grade student in Kathi Cord's social studies class. This is an example of a student who was captivated by something he read, and extended his knowledge with further reading and this creative project.

Francis Marion Video Project: Again, an example of students who took learning beyond the confines of the classroom.