I just found a list of books that I want to read this summer. These books are about explorers of America, just like us! I thought you might be interested in reading them, too. Check out some of these books from the Muncie Public Library
and let me know if you read them! The entire list is here
, and you can check the library's web site to see if they have the book.
Little discoverers venture into the unknown and beyond with exciting and informative nonfiction books
Russell Freedman; ages 11 and up
Historian Russell Freeman explores the various claims to the "discovery" of the American continents. Every U.S. school child knows the story of Columbus, but what about the Chinese explorer, Zheng He? This lavishly illustrated volume traces explorers' journeys with archival maps, charts, and timelines. Freeman discusses the Native Americans, from the ancients to the pre-Columbian using archeological data and research. Families will enjoy discussing the competing theories.
by Christine Taylor-Butler; ages 8 and up
Europeans explored America for hundreds of years. What were they looking for? What is the Northwest Passage? This easy to read volume is good overview to think about why explorers came to the Americas. Can we figure out what their lives were like in their homelands and what compelled them to embark on these treacherous journeys into the unknown? Government structures, religion, and economics are simplified to help children develop their understanding of these complex issues.
written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott; ages 6 and up
Take a very personal look at the river that played its part in colonization of America. From Manhattan Island to the north beginning with the Indian peoples who held stewardship of the lands and waters before the arrival of Europeans like Henry Hudson. The double-page spread paintings interweaved with symbolic detail tell the story in a timeline fashion as we witness the development of the shoreline over the years.