• Bringing History Home: Local and Family History Projects for Grades K-6 by M. Gail Hickey (Allyn and Bacon)
• Genealogy for Children by Liana Brittain (Educational Support Personnel from <home.iSTAR.ca/˜ljbritt/>)
Books Just for Kids
A sampling of instructional and activity books to help children start exploring family history topics:
• Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids by Ira Wolfman (Workman Publishing)
• Family History: A DK First Activity Pack by Chris and Melanie Rice (DK Publishing)
• The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family’s Story by Ann Douglas (Firefly Books)
• The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are by Lila Perl (Clarion Books)
• Genealogy Just for Kids! by Sherrie A. Styx (Styx Enterprises)
• Kids and Grandparents: An Activity Book by Ann Love and Jane Drake (Kids Can Press)
• Me and My Family Tree by Joan Sweeney (Dragonfly)
• My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners by Rosemary Chorzempa (Dover Publications)
• My Grandmother and Me (Kids Can Press): Fill-in memory scrapbook; grandfather, mother and father editions are also available.
• Roots for Kids by Susan Provost Beller (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
• Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors by Maureen Taylor (Houghton Mifflin)
• Oryx American Family Tree Series (Oryx Press): Genealogical guides for students, covering 12 ethnic ancestries.
• Who’s Who in My Family? by Loreen Leedy (Holiday House)
• Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books)
• The American Girls Collection (Pleasant Co.): The adventures of seven “American Girls” and their families illustrate 19th-and 20th-century history.
• Children of the Gold Rush by Jane G. Haigh and Claire Rudolph Murphy (Roberts Rinehart Publishing)
• The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert (Chicago Review Press)
• Daily Life in a Covered Wagon by Paul Erickson (Puffin Books)
• …If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern (Scholastic)
• …If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (Scholastic)
• …If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine (Scholastic)
• Inside Laura’s Little House: The Little House on the Prairie Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson (HarperCollins)
• One-Day Trips through History, second edition, by Jane Ockershausen (Howell Press): Heritage adventure ideas in the Washington, DC, region.
• Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day (Lerner Publications)
• Picture the American Past series (Lerner Publications): Describes kids’ experiences on orphan trains, at Indian boarding schools, on the World War II home front and during the Civil Rights era.
• American Origins series (Avalon Travel Publishing): Traces the “roots” of Chinese, English, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese and Poles in the United States.
• The Peoples of North America series (Chelsea House, out of print): Books detailing the history, culture and achievements of nearly 50 ethnic groups, from The Afro-Americans to The Hungarian Americans to The West Indian Americans.
• Cultures of America series (Benchmark Books, out of print): Books on American ethnic groups, including African, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Polish and Puerto Rican.
• American Family Albums (Oxford University Press): Historical “scrapbooks” of African, Chinese, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Scandinavian immigrants in America.
Find it on the web
• America’s Story
<www.americaslibrary.com/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb>: The Library of Congress guides kids through American history with fun facts about people, places and pastimes.
• “Ancestors” Teacher’s Guide
<www.pbs.org/kbyu/ancestors/teachersguide/>: Tips for teaching kids about the lessons in each of the PBS series’ 13 episodes.
• Ask Jeeves Kids <www.ajkids.com>: Filtered search engine especially for kids.
• Boy Scouts Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements
• Canada GenWeb for Kids
• Cyndi’s List — Kids & Teens
<www.cyndislist.com/kids.htm>: Nearly 100 links.
• FamilyEducation.com Family History Package
• Fun & Easy Family Projects
• Genealogy for Kids
• Genealogy Instruction Beginners, Teenagers and Kids
• Genealogy Today — Junior Edition
• Helping Your Child Learn History
• Hometown History Program
<www.historychannel.com/classroom/>: Teaching Girl Scouts about their community’s past.
• INS Teacher and Student Resources
<www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/aboutins/history/teacher/>: Links to information about US immigration history. A kid’s corner is under construction.
• Kids’ Castle
<www.kidscastle.si.edu>: Explore history, personality and the world at this Smithsonian magazine site for kids.
<www.myfamilytales.com>: Create a personalized 32-page children’s book that tells the story of an ancestor or relative; for more information, call 866-MYTALES.
• My History Is America’s History Kids’ Corner
• National Genealogical Society’s Rubincam Youth Award
<www.ngsgenealogy.org/comrubincam. htm>: Annual award for 8th-through 12th-grade genealogists. The winner receives $500 and a one-year NGS membership.
• What is Genealogy?
<www.geocities.com/Enchanted Forest/5283/genekids.htm>: Instructions for getting started.
• World GenWeb for Kids