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Multcolib School Corps Picks Explorers of the Americas Grades 5-6

Leif Eriksson
Leif Eriksson Norwegian Explorer By Amoroso, Cynthia (Book - 2003 ) j B-L537k 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:A brief introduction to the life and accomplishments of the Norwegian explorer Leif Eriksson.

The Real Vikings
The Real Vikings Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders By Berger, Melvin (Book - 2003 ) j 948.022 B496r 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:This beautifully illustrated book reveals the full range of Viking life and culture and their notable accomplishments as skilled craftsmen, hardworking farmers, prosperous merchants, and explorers.

Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus The Voyage That Changed the World By Berne, Emma Carlson (Book - 2008 ) j B-C726b 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Christopher Columbus made the voyage that, for better and worse, changed history.

Cartier
Cartier Jacques Cartier in Search of the Northwest Passage By Blashfield, Jean F. (Book - 2002 ) j 910.9163 B644c 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discusses Cartier's voyage of Canada.

Leif Eriksson
Leif Eriksson Viking Explorer of the New World By DeFries, Cheryl L. (Book - 2010 ) j B-L537d 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines the life of Viking explorer Leif Eriksson, including his explorations, his discovery of North America, and his legacy in American history.

Coronado
Coronado Francisco Vazquez De Coronado Explores the Southwest By Doak, Robin S. (Book - 2002 ) j 979.01 D631c 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discusses how Corondo's quest for the seven cities of gold led to the Southwest.

Who Was First?
Who Was First? Discovering the Americas By Freedman, Russell (Book - 2007 ) j 970.01 F853w 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:For a long time, most people believed that Christopher Columbus was the first explorer to 'discover' America--the first to make a successful round-trip voyage across the Atlantic. But in recent years, as new evidence has come to light, our understanding of history has changed. We know now that Columbus was among the last explorers to reach the Americas, not the first.

Around the World in A Hundred Years
Around the World in A Hundred Years From Henry the Navigator to Magellan By Fritz, Jean (Book - 1998 ) j 910.9 F9196a 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:Examines the great wave of European exploration during the fifteenth century which resulted in more accurate maps.

Atlas Of Exploration
Atlas Of Exploration By Ganeri, Anita (Book Plus CD - 2008 ) j 910.9 G196a 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Follow in the footsteps of explorers from 2500 B.C. to the present.

10 Explorers Who Changed the World
10 Explorers Who Changed the World By Gifford, Clive (Book - 2008 ) j 910.92 G458t 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Everyone knows who Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus were. But do they know that Christopher Columbus owned a copy of Polo's book The Travels of Marco Polo, full of Columbus's own handwritten notes that served as inspiration and research for his famous journey?

Where Did Sacagawea Join the Corps of Discovery?
Where Did Sacagawea Join the Corps of Discovery? And Other Questions About the Lewis and Clark Expedition By Gondosch, Linda (Book - 2011 ) j 917.8042 G637w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the size of the United States almost doubled. Suddenly, the country stretched from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Rocky Mountains. But no one knew much about the new territory. Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore it and report on what they found.

Despite All Obstacles
Despite All Obstacles La Salle and the Conquest of the Mississippi By Goodman, Joan E. (Book - 2001 ) j B-L338g 2001 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A biography of the man who explored the St. Lawrence, Ohio, Illinois, and Mississippi rivers, and who claimed America's heartland for King Louis XIV and France.

The First Americans
The First Americans By Hakim, Joy (Book - 2003 ) j 970.1 H155f 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents the history of the Native Americans from earliest times through the arrival of the first Europeans.

The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone
The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone And How Early Americans Took to the Road By Harness, Cheryl (Book - 2007 ) j B-B724h 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Profiles the life and adventures of Daniel Boone; chronicling his childhood in Pennsylvania, service in the French and Indian War, journey across the Appalachians, and settlement of Boonesboro, Kentucky; and includes illustrations, maps, and primary source quotations.

Who Really Discovered America?
Who Really Discovered America? Unraveling the Mystery & Solving the Puzzle By Hart, Avery (Book - 2001 ) j 970.01 H325w 2001 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Hart and Mantell lead kids on a wonderful, enlightening journey about truth, brotherhood, humanity, wealth, freedom, and discovery.

Against All Opposition
Against All Opposition Black Explorers in America By Haskins, James (Book - 1992 ) j 910.92 H351a Available in some locations

Annotation:Surveys the lives and adventures of Black explorers who helped discover new worlds.

Francisco Pizarro
Francisco Pizarro By Ingram, Scott (Book - 2002 ) j B-Pi6895i 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire, consisting of 4 million people, with only 200 men and 60 horses. With a combination of trickery, treachery, and brutality, he then went on to plunder the Inca's riches and exploit the people for his own gain.

As Far as the Eye Can Reach
As Far as the Eye Can Reach Lewis and Clark's Westward Quest By Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody (Book - 2003 ) j 917.8 K49a 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:An account of the journey across the unexplored territory west of the Mississippi River undertaken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the early eighteen hundreds by order of President Jefferson.

The Look-it-up Book of Explorers
The Look-it-up Book of Explorers By Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody (Book - 2004 ) j 910.92 K49L 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Concise and interesting accounts of the men and women who have explored our world--and beyond.

Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet? Europeans Meet the Americans By Levy, Elizabeth (Book - 2001 ) j 970.01 L668a 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:The Vikings, Columbus, Cabot, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Cortes, Cartier, Coronado--from 1000 to the 1540s, Europeans explorers were making a mad dash to the Americas. They claimed they had "discovered" a "New World."

Explorers of the New World
Explorers of the New World Discover the Golden Age of Exploration By Mooney, Carla (Book - 2011 ) j 910.922 M8186e 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Offers a fascinating look at the explorers and their voyages during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Delve into the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, John Cabot, Hernán Cortés, and more. Using common household items and minimal supervision, kids enjoy 22 hands-on activities to help them learn about these legendary explorers and their voyages.

Birchbark Brigade
Birchbark Brigade A Fur Trade History By Peterson, Cris (Book - 2009 ) j 970.01 P4852b 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The North American fur trade, set in motion by the discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century, was this continent's biggest business for over three hundred years.

Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air By Ross, Stewart (Book - 2011 ) j 910.9 R826i 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys.

Cultures Collide
Cultures Collide Native American and Europeans, 1492-1700 By Rossi, Ann (Book - 2004 ) j 970.01 R831c 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cultures Collide begins its story with a mistake; but the mistake was made by Christopher Columbus. When Columbus sailed to find trade routes to Asia, he landed in the Americas instead, discovering a "new world." But this new world wasn't new to everyone.

Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson Ill-fated Explorer of North America's Coast By Saffer, Barbara (Book - 2002 ) j B-H885s 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:The English explorer charted the North American coast from North Carolina to Newfoundland.

John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America
John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America By Shields, Charles J. (Book - 2002 ) j B-Ca112s 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:This Italian explorer became the first European since the Vikings to reach the North American mainland.

Juan Ponce De Leon
Juan Ponce De Leon By Slavicek, Louise Chipley (Book - 2003 ) j B-P792s 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:While searching for the fountain of youth, Ponce de Leon became the first European to reach what is now the state of Florida.

The Conquistadores
The Conquistadores Building A Spanish Empire in the Americas By Stein, R. Conrad (Book - 2004 ) j 970.016 S819c 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Introduces the lives, actions, and impact of the Spanish explorers of the Americas, who were known as the conquistadors.

Magellan's World
Magellan's World By Waldman, Stuart (Book - 2007 ) j B-M191w 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:A biography of Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan, the man who discovered the Americas for the rulers of Spain.

We Asked for Nothing
We Asked for Nothing The Remarkable Journey of Cabeza De Vaca By Waldman, Stuart (Book - 2003 ) j 970.016 N972w 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:An account of the travels of Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca through Texas and Mexico from 1528 through 1536, looking particularly at his relations with the native people with whom he shared his journeys.

Who Really Discovered America
Who Really Discovered America (DVD - 2010 ) DVD 970.015 WHO All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Did a number of explorers discover the New World long before Christopher Columbus staked his claim in 1492? Explore the possibility that the Chinese, Japanese, Polynesians, Norse, Welsh, Irish, Ancient Hebrews, and the Solutreans all made it to the Americas earlier than Columbus. Rebuild the ships, trace the routes, test the artifacts, and analyze blood evidence to finally learn the answer to one of the greatest mysteries of all time: who really discovered America?

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A collection of non-fiction materials about Explorers of the Americas for students in grades 5 and 6. The library has already-prepared Buckets of Books on this topic that you can check out. The Buckets contain books similar to those on the list (though not every title is exactly the same) plus a teacher's guide. To see the list of Buckets, go to: http://web.multcolib.org/educators/school-corps/bucket-books .


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