Young Christopher Columbus by Eric Carpenter is one book I go to every year. It is an easy to understand nonfiction account of Columbus' life. Some Columbus biographies are a bit too wordy for my students. Young Christopher Columbus is concise, yet provides enough information.
On a side note, this book is part of a series of My First Biography books.
Columbus Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) by Christina Mia Gardeski is another great read aloud to use during your study of Columbus. There are facts about Columbus and information about why and how we honor him with his own special day. In contrast to the other books, this one uses photographs. Like the other books, it is brief but gets the point across.
Finally, is Junie B. First Grader, Shipwrecked by Barbara Park. Junie B. Jones, oh how I love you, let me count the ways . . .
This book follows Junie B. and her class mates as they put on a play about Christopher Columbus. There are a few facts about Christopher Columbus in this story, but mainly it is just fun. I recommend starting this book with your class during your study of Columbus.
There you have it, a Christopher Columbus reading list for your young learners. If you are interested in more social studies text recommendations, head over to Collaboration Cuties.
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