Another month, another laserlike focus on a fascinating 50-year period of U.S. history with seven-year-old S. With the turn of the 20th century behind us, we’ve gotten back around to 1900-1950, which is where we were last year when I started documenting our monthly book selections.
Last year, I described that period as “after Kitty Hawk and before Pearl Harbor,” and that’s still a good way of framing things — though I did forget last month and slip a WWI picture book into the mix. But if S didn’t read it, it’s like it didn’t really happen, right?
Here are the titles that I’ve either brought home or pulled from our own collection for more prominent display this month:
My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
José! Born to Dance: The Story of José LimÃ³n by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Raúl ColÃ³n
Harlem Stomp by Laban Carrick Hill
Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People by Bonnie Christensen
Advances in Technology/Engineering
Radio Rescue by Lynn Barasch
Sky Boys by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by James E. Ransome
Aliens Are Coming: The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy
The Great Depression
Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Down Cut Shin Creek: Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer
One other book that fits this period — and takes place in our own back yard — is You Can’t Do That, Dan Moody!: The Klan Fighting Governor of Texas by Ken Anderson. I read it for the first time this past weekend. It’s an engaging combination of Texas history, courtroom drama, and good whooping up on evil. It’s also a bit more than I want S to know about just yet.
Here are links to my previous posts on U.S. history reading, which is my main contribution to the homeschooling of my two sons. I always welcome your suggestions for new titles and older books I’ve overlooked.
Prehistory-1621: The List and The Wrap-Up
1622-1750: The List and The Wrap-Up
1750-1800: The List and The Wrap-Up
1775-1825: The List and The Wrap-Up
1800-1850: The List and The Wrap-Up
1825-1875: The List and The Wrap-Up
1850-1900: The List and The Wrap Up
1875-1925: The List and The Wrap-Up
1900-1950: List #1 and Wrap-Up #1
1925-1975: The List and The Wrap-Up
1950-2000: The List and The Wrap-Up
1975-present: The List and The Wrap-Up