Heart of Dakota: Bigger Book Basket

This year we are using Heart of Dakota's Bigger Hearts for His Glory for our main curriculum.  I have created a book list or "Book Basket" to go along with our studies. These books are geared for the 1st -3rd grade range, but you know your child. When dealing with issues like slavery or war, please use your judgment.

Unit 1:
·         Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
·         Follow the Dream by Peter Sis
·         Where do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus? By Jean Fritz
·         D’Aulaire’s Columbus by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
·         Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad
·         Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World (movie, Netflix Instant)
Unit 2
·         Cabot: John Cabot and the Journey to Newfoundland by Robin S. Doak
·         The European Rediscovery of America: How European Explorers Like Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Pedro Alvarez Cabral, and the Corte-Real Brothers Sailed to the Continents They Would Call the New World by Kelly Wittmann
·         John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America by Charles J. Shields
Unit 3
·         Why Did English Settlers Come to Virginia? By Candice Ransom
·         James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall
·         Smith: John Smith and the Settlement of Jamestown by Robin S. Doak
·         Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
·         Henry Hudson by Ruth Harley
·         Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
·         Hudson by Janice Weaver
Unit 4
·         Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire
·         Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
·         The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucile Recht Penner
·         The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
·         Pocahontas (2003, animated, not Disney, Netflix)
Unit 5
·         Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? By Jean Fritz
·         The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
·         The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
·         The Pilgrims of Plimouth by Marcia Sewall
·         A Plymouth Partnership: Pilgrims and Native Americans by Susan Whitehurst
·         Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness
·         On the Mayflower by Kate Waters
·         Tapenum’s Day by Kate Waters
·         Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters
·         Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters  

Unit 6
·         Colonial Times 1600-1700 by Joy Masoff
·         New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689 by Betsy, Giulio Maestro
·         The Pennsylvania Colony by Jean Kinney Williams
·         The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West by Barbara Brenner
             Unit 7
·         The South Carolina Colony by Susan E. Haberle
·         The South Carolina Colony by Jean F. Blashfield
            Unit 8
·         Thunder From a Clear Sky by Marcia Sewall
            Unit 9
·         Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
·         The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin
·         A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David Adler
·         The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin by Cheryl Harness
            Unit 10
·         Ben Franklin and His First Kite by Stephen Krensky
·         What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? By Jean Fritz
·         The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin by Aliki
·         How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
             Unit 11
·         Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in the Colonial America by Glenette Tilley Turner
·         If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America by Anna Kamma
·         The Village That Vanished by Kadir Nelson
·         The African Slave Trade by Shirlee P. Newman
            Unit 12
·         The Iroquois by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
·         Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
             Unit 13
·         Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian War, 1689-1763 by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
·         When Did George Washington Fight His First Military Battle? And other Questions about the French and Indian War by Francesca Davis DiPiazza
·         Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds

            Unit 14
·         The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
·         George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen From Both Sides by Rosalyn Shanzer
·         Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? By Jean Fritz
·         The Boston Tea Party: A Level Three Reader by Cynthia Klingel
·         Paul Revere’s Ride by Shana Corey
·         The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
·         Let It Begin Here!: Lexington and Concord, First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell
·         Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Anita Silvey
·         George Washington by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
·         George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin
·         George Washington Crosses the Delaware: Would You Risk the Revolution? By Elaine Landau
·         Katie’s Trunk by Ann Turner
·         The 18 Penny Goose by Sally M. Walker
Liberty's Kids Episodes 1-14

           Unit 15
·         Songs and Stories from the American Revolution compiled by Jerry Silverman
·         George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy
·         Battles of the Revolutionary War by Patrick Catel
·         Why Not, Lafayette? By Jean Fritz
Liberty's Kids Episodes 15-27
Unit 16
·         The Story of the Surrender at Yorktown by Zachary Kent
·         The Battle of Yorktown by Scott Ingram
·         Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
·         We The People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney
·         From Thirteen Colonies to One Nation by John Micklos, Jr.
·         A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
·         The Legend of Sleepy Hollow retold and illustrated by Will Moses
·         Rip Van Winkle retold and illustrated by Will Moses
Liberty's Kids Episodes 28-40
Unit 17
·         Daniel Boone by David and Patricia Armentrout
·         Daniel Boone: Frontiersman by Judy Alter
·         Frontier Settlements by Raymond Bial
Unit 18
·         The Wilderness Road, 1775 by Laura Purdie Salas
·         A Head Full of Notions: A Story About Robert Fulton by Andy Russell Bowen
·         Robert Fulton’s Steamboat by Renee C. Rebman
·         Steeeeeeamboat A-Comin! By Jill Esbaum
·         Steamboat: The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers by Judith Heide Gilliland
Unit 19
·         Thomas Jefferson: A Life of Patriotism by Tonya Leslie
·         A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler
·         The Back of Beyond: A Story About Lewis and Clark by Andy Russell Bowen
·         Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President by Shirley Rave Redmond
·         A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark by David Adler
·         A Picture Book of Sacajawea by David Adler
·         Sacajawea: Her True Story by Joyce Milton
·         Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West (movie, Netflix Instant)
Unit 20
·         William Henry Harrison: Ninth President, 1841 by Mike Venezia
·         Tecumseh: Chief of the Shawnee by C. Ann  Fitterer
·         The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
·         The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully
Unit 21
·         Andrew Jackson: Seventh President, 1829-1837 by Mike Venezia
·         Journey Through History: Modern Times by Gloria Verges
·         The War of 1812: Soldier at New Orleans by William R. Sanford and Carl R. Green
·         Andrew Jackson: A Photo-Illustrated Biography by Steve Potts
·         The History Channel Presents The War of 1812 (movie, Netflix)
Unit 22
·         Audubon: A Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier by Jennifer Armstrong
·         The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies
·         Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream by Robert Burleigh
·         Poetry for Young People by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
·         John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (movie, Netflix Instant)
Unit 23
·         Read American poetry and writers
Unit 24
·         Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy Line!: A Story of Samuel F.B. Morse by Robert Quackenbush
·         Samuel  F.B. Morse: Inventor and Code Creator by Judy Alter
·         Biography for Beginners: Inventors by Laurie Lanzen Harris
Unit 25
·         The California Gold Rush by Dennis Brindell Fradin
·         Gold Fever! Tales from the California Gold Rush by Rosalyn Schanzer
·         Pioneers: Life as a Homesteader by Emily Raabe
·         Going West by Jean Van Leeuwen
·         Josephina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
·         A Right Fine Life: Kit Carson on the Santa Fe Trail by Andrew Glass
·         Rachel’s Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl by Marissa Moss
·         Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails by Verla Kay
·         Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
·         Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days by Cheryl Harness
·         Into the West (movie, Netflix)
Unit 26
·         Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
·         Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner
·         Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington by Cheryl Harness
·         A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee by David Adler
·         The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by F.N. Monjo
·         A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler
·         Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling
·         DK Eyewitness Book Civil War by John Stanchak
·         Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
·         Clara Barton: I Want to Help! By Cathy East Dubowski
·         The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War by Robin Friedman
·         B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet by Patricia Bauer
·         The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale by Trinka Hakes Noble
Unit 27
·         The Chisholm Trail by Andrew Santella
·         Squirrel and John Muir by Emily Arnold McCully
·         John Muir: America’s Naturalist by Thomas Locker
·         Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro
·         If Your Name was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
·         Streets of Gold by Rosemary Wells
Units 28-32
·         Airborne: A Photobiography of Orville and Wilbur Wright by Mary Collins
·         The Wright Brothers: Inventors Who Really Took Flight by Mike Venezia
·         Eyewitness Books: Flying Machine by Andrew Nahum
·         Wright Brother: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman
·         The Wondrous Whirligig: The Wright Brothers’ First Flying Machine by Andrew Glass
·         Taking Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Stephen Krensky
·         Into the Air: The Story of the Wright Brother’s First Flight
·         First to Fly: How Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the Airplane by Peter Busby
·         Up in the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Philip S. Hart
·         Lindbergh by Chris L. DeMarest
·         Flight, The Journey of Charles Lindbergh by Robert Burleigh
·         Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan
·         Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Monica Killing
·         Amelia Earhart: The Pioneering Pilot by Andrew Langley
·         Wright Brothers' Flying Machine (movie, Netflix Instant)

Unit 33
·         The Panama Canal by Elizabeth Mann
·         A Horn for Louis by Eric A. Kimmel
·         If I Only Had a Horn: A Young Louis Armstrong by Roxanne Orgill
Unit 34
·         Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
·         Amelia’s Road by Linda Jacobs Altman
·         Migrant Worker: A Boy From the Rio Grande Valley by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
·         Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
·         The Wall by Eve Bunting
·         The Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Ted and Lola M. Schaefer
If any of you fellow Bigger users have found some resources that you are using feel free to let me know in the comments and I will add them to my list.

Getting the tree dwellers ready for a library run,



  1. Very cool list. Thanks so much for posting.

  2. great list! bookmarking and pinning!

    1. Glad it was helpful! Lots of good books on this list.