Kids Book Lists

Booklists on the Kids Jr. page

There are lots of booklists on our Kids Jr. page, featuring books especially for kids 5 and under.

Kids Book Lists: Trails West

A selection of titles from our featured book list. Click on the book list title for the whole list.

Food and Recipes of the Westward Expansion

By George Erdosh

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"Looking closely at the environment, economics, eating habits, and favorite foods of our American forebears teaches us volumes about their world and ours. The 'gravy train' takes on new meaning as kids learn how the pioneers survived the long journey. Video games and television take a back seat as kids learn how to make a prospector's dinner of skillet bread and pork and beans."

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The American Way West

By Irene M. Franck and David M. Brownstone

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Traces the history of the following trade and travel routes: the Mohawk Trail, the Wilderness Road and other trans-Appalachian routes, the Mississippi Route, and the Santa Fe, Chihuahua, Oregon, and California Trails

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Singing Our Way West: Songs and Stories from America's Westward Expansion

By Jerry Silverman

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Gathers songs about the Cumberland Gap, the Erie Canal, the Mississippi, the Alamo, the Gold Rush, and the Old Chisholm Trail.

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Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

By David C. King

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"Join twelve-year-old Sam Butler and his nine-year-old sister, Liz, on the American frontier in 1843. Discover the hard work, fun, and adventure of their daily lives, and along the way learn how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform everyday activities just like Liz and Sam. You can make your own homemade soda pop and cook up a batch of johnnycakes. Use clay to create your own pottery and design a string of African trade beads, or learn the Native American art of sandpainting. You can even make your own holiday decorations out of dough or pinecones--if you're not too busy playing tangram, a Chinese puzzle game, or a beanbag target game. Pioneer Days is filled with interesting bits of historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different--and how similar--life was for American kids in history."

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