Texas History is so hard to squeeze into our already packed schedules, so sometimes the only way to get it done is by incorporating books. Fortunately, there are a TON of awesome choices for Texas History books out there. Here are some of my favorites.
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I LOVE to read L is for Lonestar on the first day of school. It is a great introduction to all things Texas and gets students excited to learn more throughout the year. Another quick read from the same series is Round Up, all based on the numbers of Texas.
The Alamo is one of our students’ favorite topics, and that means any book they can get their hands on will be exciting. I like to provide a variety of titles that will continue to peak their interest and keep them learning.
Once students get hooked on the Alamo they start to venture more into the colonization of Texas and the Texas Revolution, and the leadership of the Texas Army including their leader, Sam Houston.
One series that both my students and I absolutely adore is the Bluebonnet books by Mary Brooke Casad. The author visited my school when I was in 3rd grade, and I still share my signed copy with students!
Legends and Myths
When learning about legends and tall tales of Texas I have a few favorites to share with students. They are The Legend of the Bluebonnet and Pecos Bill, but we throw in Armadillo Rodeo too, because who can pass up Jan Brett?
When we are talking about geography and regions I love to have books available that allow students to see the different cities around the state. Larry Gets Lost in Texas is a great book for just this reason because students connect to the story while hearing a little bit about many of the cities around the state.
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