|Brown v. Board of Education: Equal Schooling for
||Harvey Fireside and Sarah Betsy Fuller
In managing disputes
|Historical overview of conflict surrounding school
desegregation, the Supreme Court's decision and the decision's
impact on both sides.
||Taking property away from people to make the Shenandoah
National Park. The Great Depression
||Carrie spends her summers with her grandparents in
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This particular summer they
must all grapple with the decision of the government to clear
all homesteads out of the area that is designated to become the
Shenandoah National Park. Grandpa uses every legal means to try
to stop the movement. Others are happy with the offer of a home
and land near schools and hospitals to replace their poorer accommodations
in the mountains. Economic themes as well.
|Hiawatha: Messenger of Peace
||Dennis Brindell Fradin
||Representative forms of government
||Real-life account of Hiawatha's role in bringing
together 5 warring Indian tribes which would form the Iroquois
Federation, a representative system of government that is often
credited with providing a model for American colonists three hundred
|Our Journey from Tibet: Based on a True Story
||Freedoms and government repression of those freedoms
||Story of a young girl who flees Tibet with her siblings
to escape oppressive Chinese rule. Children get split from their
parents and attend a camp for Tibetan refugee children. Also discusses
the role of the Dalai Lama.
||Authority, control, and government
||Owl has convinced a family of deer mice that only
he can provide them with protection from the porcupines. Heroine
of story finds out that the owl is lying and challenges his authority
to set the rules for her family.
|The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends*
||Communist vs. capitalist government
||This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted,
and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
|The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life
in Medieval Africa*
||Patricia and Frederick McKissack
||Medieval African governance
||This book accurately describes what life was like
in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view.
In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process
of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced
|We the People: The Constitution of the United States
|Author provides overview of Constitutional Convention
and ratification, then uses illustrations to make each phrase
in the preamble come alive for children.