Thursday, May 19, 2016

Scholastic Roundup: Picture Books That Teach History!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

As homeschoolers, books are our most important tool for learning.  Our favorite place to find great books is Scholastic.  We can always count on finding wonderful books at affordable prices every time we shop.

For the next few weeks we will posting several roundup posts for some of our favorite Scholastic releases for Spring and early Summer reading.

This roundup features 3 of our favorite picture books for learning about history:


Everybody loves a pop-up book so it's no wonder that this book was a huge hit with my kiddos:


The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation's Home by Robert Sabuda

In this spectacular pop-up guide to the White House by bestselling paper engineer Robert Sabuda, readers can take a tour behind the scenes of the office of the executive branch and the residence of the president and his family. 


Travel through time as you open each spread and discover the North Face of the White House, the East Room, the Lincoln Bedroom, the Rose Garden, the Oval Office, and the South Lawn of the White House. The text includes the poem "Inauguration Day" by Richard Watson Gilder, adapted by Robert Sabuda.

Every American president since John Adams has lived in the White House. More than 1.5 million people visit the White House every year. According to First Lady Michelle Obama, "It's the 'People's House.' It's a place that is steeped in history, but it's also a place where everyone should feel welcome." 

The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation's Home is perfect for Presidents Day and the upcoming election.

Teaching my kiddos that no matter who you are, if you put your mind to it, you can do great things has always been super important.  This book is a great tool for teaching them about 50 women who did just that!


Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans by Laurie Calkhoven

Women have always played an important role in the history of the United States. But before they were women, they were regular girls just like anyone else. So how did these seemingly ordinary girls grow up to be such extraordinary women?


In Women Who Changed the World, you'll meet fifty of the most influential and inspirational American women who had a lasting impact on our nation and the world. Starting with some of America's "Founding Mothers" like Pocahontas and Abigail Adams, and continuing up to the present day with game changers like Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and Misty Copeland, the book features a unique and diverse cast from all walks of life. With a mix of photographs and quirky illustrations, Women Who Changed the World is a fun and exciting read that will inspire future generations of leaders for years to come!

Did you know about the real-life friendship of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass?  This beautifully illustrated picture book gives a peek into the friendship of these two amazing people and their contributions to the United States:


Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins

Some people had rights, while others had none.
Why shouldn't they have them, too?

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.


The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women's and African Americans' rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children. Two Friends is beautifully illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, the husband-and-wife team whose The Case for Loving received three starred reviews! Two Friends includes back matter with photos of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

Just because it's almost summer doesn't mean the learning has to stop!  
Stock up on great books to bust boredom and keep kids reading all summer long at Scholastic!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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