What are the best California history books for 4th grade students?

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    #1Remembering the California Missions

    Remembering the California Missions

    Remembering the California Missions is written by Janice Stevens with illustrations by Pat Hunter. This book contains beautiful illustrations showing the beauty of California. This book was published in 2010.

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    Judith Mason
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is interest to read.."
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    #2Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

    Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

    Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party is a historical fiction novel for children written by Rachel K. Laurgaard with illustrations by Elizabeth Michaels. This was originally published in 1989.

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    Aaron Howard
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I'm not sure this is the best story to be telling 4th graders. Perhaps high school would be a better age, and even then I don't think a picture kiddie version of the story can really convey what's going on with the Donnor Party event. I have to question what the author and illustrator, and publisher, were thinking when they said "we'll take a horrific death tale that really happened and turn it into a book for nine and ten year-olds." I'm not normally a prude, but I seriously don't need my kids waking up with nightmares, or coming up to me asking tough questions about why all those people died."
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    #3Dragon's Gate

    Dragon's Gate

    Dragon's Gate is the third book in the Golden Mountain Chronicles series written by Laurence Yep. This historical fiction novel for young adults was originally published in 1993.

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    Albert Scott
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Dragon's Gate is the third book in the Golden Mountain Chronicles series written by Laurence Yep. This historical fiction novel for young adults was originally published in 1993. a very interesting read"
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    #4I, Juan de Pareja

    I, Juan de Pareja

    I, Juan de Pareja is a historical fiction novel for young adults written by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño. This book is told in the perspective of Velasquez's slave. This book was originally published in 1965.

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    Terry Young
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I needed to find a good California history book for 4th grade students and found I, Juan de Pareja. This is a very interesting story and is well written, but it did not seem to be about California. Instead, it was about people in Spain. Because its not directly about the history of California, I cannot recommend this book for people looking for this genre."
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    #5The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

    The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

    The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child is the first book in the Francisco series written by Francisco Jiménez. This cultural book for young adults was originally published in 1996.

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    Harry Howell
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Had to read straight through once started. It was hard for me to believe that people lived this way in the United States in the 50's. Being born 20 years after this took place, it gave me a clear picture of the need for the civil rights amendment as well as laws for fair working conditions. What 1000s of migrant families went through is impossible to understand without reading this account; of the migrant workers of America who made it possible for average citizens to enjoy the yummy food that went on tables in the 50's and previous. When I put this book down, I couldn't help but feel grateful (and unworthy) for the easy life I have had. The family is endearing and a testament of parents who try to do good for their children."
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    #6California History for Kids

    California History for Kids

    California History for Kids: Missions, Miners, and Moviemakers in the Golden State, Includes 21 Activities is a nonfiction book for children written by Katy S. Duffield. This was originally published in 2012.

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    Jacob Palmer
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The best part about this book is the activities and projects it contains to help your kids understand the history. It is very well written and there are plenty of facts and information about California that make this a great book for homeschooling or the classroom."
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    #7Riders of the Pony Express

    Riders of the Pony Express

    Riders of the Pony Express is a nonfiction history book written by Ralph Moody. This book is set before the Civil War. It was originally published in 2000.

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    Adam Elliott
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book was required reading for my grandson in the fourth grade. He loves this subject matter and enjoyed this book. It doesn't take that long to read. He finished it in 2 days. "
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    #8Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment is a nonfiction history book written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. This was published in 1972.

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    Alexander Henderson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This would be the best solution for this topic that I would recommend. The writing might be a little hard for a 4th grader to follow but the story is great and gives good incite on this topic. There is no other book I could think of that would fit this topic best."
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    #9The Cruise of the Arctic Star

    The Cruise of the Arctic Star

    The Cruise of the Arctic Star is a nonfiction history book written by Scott O'Dell. This book can be used for academic purposes. It was originally published in 1973.

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    María de Lourdes Uribe
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Very good California history book. Recommend for teenagers, 10-13 years old."
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    #10Esperanza Rising

    Esperanza Rising
    Esperanza Rising is a children's book written by the award-winning author, Pam Muñoz Ryan. It was first published in 2000, and it tells the story of a Mexican girl and the challenges she faced during the Great Depression.
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    Dennis Sanders
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "It's not really history. It just focuses on a specific time, rather than a more clear historical overview. However it details some aspects of the great depression in California. It is more of an immigration book."
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    #11By the Great Horn Spoon!

    By the Great Horn Spoon!
    By the Great Horn Spoon! is a historical fiction book written by Sid Fleischmann. This children's adventure fiction novel is first published in 1963. 
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    Joel Campos
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is receiving a low rating for multiple reasons. First and foremost it's historical fiction, rather than history, which I assume the topic requested reality. Secondly, the book isn't written all that well and I can't say it's outstanding at all."
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    #12One Crazy Summer

    One Crazy Summer

    One Crazy Summer is a historical fiction book written by New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia. This book tells the story of the abandoned three sisters as they meet their biological mother.

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    Cheryl Young
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is very interesting, it is based on a real story. Story is described vividly and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that is worthy reading this book, and knowing interesting stories of the past"

Summary

Best What are the best California history books for 4th grade students
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Remembering the California MissionsBooks 22 Paid
2Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner PartyBooks 19 Paid
3Dragon's GateBooks 19 Paid
4I, Juan de ParejaBooks 17 Paid
5The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant ChildBooks 16 Paid
6California History for KidsBooks 15 Paid
7Riders of the Pony ExpressBooks 14 Paid
8Farewell to ManzanarBooks 12 Paid
9The Cruise of the Arctic StarBooks 12 Paid
10Esperanza RisingBooks 10 Paid
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