What better way to learn about pioneers than by reading a bunch of books about the pioneers? After our covered wagon craft, Strawberry has been excited to read books about covered wagons.
Raisin has also learned a lot from these picture books about covered wagon pioneers.
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- Covered Wagon, Bumpy Trails by Verla Kay and S.D. Schindler. (rhyming picture book)*My favorite
- Wagons Ho! by George Hallowell and Joan Holub. (picture book with then and now pages of two kids moving to Oregon, 1846 and today)* Strawberry’s favorite
- Pioneer Cat by William Hooks. (Early chapter book)
- Dandelions by Eve Bunting and Greg Shed. (picture book story)
- Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner. (early chapter book)
- Voices from the Oregon Trail by Kay Winters and Larry Day. (Fictionalized stories in the voice of travelers on the Oregon trail)
- Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson and Don Andreason. (lengthy picture book biography)
- Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter. (Folktale about the first fruit trees taken to Oregon)
- Roughing It on the Oregon Trail by Diane Stanley and Holly Berry. (Time-traveling kids picture book)
- If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine and Elroy Freem (information-packed nonfiction)* Most often referenced by Raisin
- If You Were a Pioneer on the Prairie by Anne Kamma and James Watling (information-packed nonfiction)
- You Wouldn’t Want to Be An American Pioneer by Jacqueline Morley and David Antram (information-packed nonfiction)
Here is a simple freebie we used for gathering information from If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon!
Not only did Raisin get practice in writing complete sentences, he learned about the Oregon trail and he learned how to use a Table of Contents and Index to find answers!