Picture Books About the Great Depression

Rudy Rides the Rails by Chris Ellison This story from the Tales of Young Americans series is about the hoboes who road the rails during the Great Depression, and it is full of information about how they traveled, ate, worked, and lived.. We especially liked learning about the signs the hoboes would use to communicateContinue reading “Picture Books About the Great Depression”

10 Terrific Picture Books for Teaching Children About World War I

These excellent books make it easy to introduce even young children to the difficult topic of World War I. I learned a lot from reading them too!

Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food

Addy’s Food Slaves were given a weekly ration of food which typically included a few pounds of corn meal and a few pounds of fatty pork, which wasn’t much for an entire week. Slaves who worked on plantations like Addy did were almost always hungry. Some slave masters were more generous and provided some additionalContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food”

Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work

Addy’s story is part of one of the saddest chapters in American history. She grew up as a slave in North Carolina before and during the Civil War. While the atrocities and hardships of slavery are unimaginable to most of us, we can get a little insight into what life was like for African AmericanContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work”

16 Stellar Children’s Books About Slavery

This is a collection of excellent read-aloud stories for young and old. Most of them are true stories and give a lot of insight into the lives of enslaved people in America. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter I love this story! Tells the legend of Peg Leg Joe who helped lead slaves toContinue reading “16 Stellar Children’s Books About Slavery”

14 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement

This is a list of living books that tell the stories of the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement. While these are picture books, they are stories that all ages can appreciate. Some of my very favorite children’s books are on this list because they tell such inspiring stories of courage and determination.Continue reading “14 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement”

Learning About Pioneers with American Girl Kirsten, Part 4: The Dakota Native Americans

An important part of the story of the pioneers is the story of the Native Americans that lived in the land before them. In this lesson we will learn about the Dakota natives that lived in the Minnesota Territory before Kirsten and her family arrived.

American Girl Kaya Part 2: Nimiipuu Food

Learn about the way Native Americans got their food and how they cooked. Free lesson plan full of fun hands-on activities for learning about the Nimiipuu tribe!

Learning About Pioneer Life with American Girl Kirsten Part 2: Pioneer Food

Learn how to make Swedish pioneer food just like Kirsten would have eaten! Includes instructions on making butter!

Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing

Some of the early colonists were puritans and were known for their plain and somber style of dress. But not where Felicity lived! In the Virginia colony, people loved fashion! They imitated the latest styles in England and they liked to wear fancy and beautiful clothing, shoes, accessories, and wigs. The wealthier colonists imported muchContinue reading “Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing”