Tips for finding children's social studies and history literature focused on marginalized groups and additional narratives.
See the CA curriculum, and then use other items to teach the bigger picture.
Primary sources can be anything created at the time of the event.
"If your topic is Abraham Lincoln:
Do not limit these searches to Children's Collection, as many primary sources are found in our larger collection.
One easy-to-find primary source is a newspaper article. Try these:
Artstor is an excellent resource for primary images.
CSULB subscribes to many databases that provide primary documents. See this list:
There are many factors that determine the appropriate age to read a book, and it can be hard if you haven't read the book, or don't know the child. (Labeling books by age is a problem, since a child with lower reading skills having to select "little kid" books to find something they CAN read successfully can turn them off reading.)
Two major considerations:
Recommendations from teachers or librarians who know the child and the books, are an excellent way to find appropriate books.
Publishers usually assign an age range to the books. These are some of the designations you will see:
These publisher designations can not determine both content AND difficulty, only a suggested age range to sell the book.
Web Search Tools
Scholastic's Reading Counts HMH Book Finder designates both an Interest Level and a Reading Level:
Lexile Find a Book database can determine the difficulty level, but not the content level:
Scholastic Book Wizard allows you to search by reading level systems: