We the Kids...Deserve Great Books in Social Studies

Academic Article


  • Reading aloud, a component of a balanced, comprehensive approach to literacy, is well supported by decades of research. Unfortunately, just as reading aloud is often pushed aside for instructional techniques deemed more valuable for increasing student achievement, the reduction in the teaching of social studies has dramatic effects on a teacher’s ability to address the holistic needs of the students in their care. In this article, we hope to provide teachers with a list of quality picture books for serving dual purposes, reading aloud and teaching social studies in the early childhood/elementary classroom. We provide a rationale for incorporating children’s texts within each thematic social studies strand, a summary of the book, and ideas for connecting to curriculum.
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  • Children's Literature, Social Studies Integration, Picture Books, Read Aloud
  • Author List

  • Summerlin J; Hill K; Ponder J
  • Start Page

  • 85
  • End Page

  • 102
  • Volume

  • 5
  • Issue

  • 1