As I’m working my way through U.S. history books for next year, I think my creativity in naming posts and coming up with interesting pictures is waning.
Just a reminder: Our family reads books about history for fun as well as for learning. The kids will read books below grade level to learn, and I’ll read books above grade level as read alouds.
Tycoons and the Industrial Age (week 14):
For this particular part of history, most of what I found at the library was far above my children’s reading level and dry textbooks. I did find one shorter informational book that I think they’ll enjoy.
Oil, Steel, and Railroads: America’s Big Businesses in the Late 1800’s is an informational book packed with great information and vocabulary. I think my 3rd and 4th graders will be able to read it easily. It mentioned Watt’s steam engine (from Cycle 2) as well as Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller. I appreciated the new vocabulary being defined during the text, the larger font of the book, and the glossary in the back.
You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Railroad!: A Track You’d Rather Not Go Down is a fun You Wouldn’t Want to Be book about building and working on the railroads. I thought it will fit in well this week (especially after the kids read Oil, Steel, and Railroads).
Thomas Edison: Inspiration and Hard Work is a longer chapter book biography that is part of the Heroes of History series I’ve mentioned before. I included it here since so many inventions were a part of the Industrial Age, and Edison’s work was so large.
There are actually tons of books about inventions and inventing that my son loves. I may write about this at a later time, but those type of books would also fit in here.
Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish American War (week 15):
There are a number of picture books and easy reader books about Teddy Roosevelt. I chose these two because of their simple chapters on the Rough Riders fighting in Cuba (as well as the explanation of the phrase “Remember the Maine!”)
Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President is an easy reader Time for Kids biography. I liked that the book uses actual photographs from that time period. There are lots of little facts and side captions in this book with interesting tidbits.
Teddy Roosevelt: The People’s President is an easier reader book with less busyness on the pages. It doesn’t have side captions or charts, but just has straight forward chapters with illustrations. If you don’t like busyness on the pages of your books, this might be a better pick.
Theodore Roosevelt: An American Original is a longer chapter book biography from the Heroes of History series. It includes 2 chapters that talk about the Spanish American War and the Rough Riders.
Have you found any books you want to read about these topics?