Mexico (Grade 5)

Mexico is the United States’ southern neighbor on the North American continent. The ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations are two of the great empires in Mexico’s rich history. Spain ruled Mexico for 300 years and Spanish is still the national language.

Nonfiction

The Country
J 704.03 CAM Campbell Hinshaw, Kelly. Art Across the Ages: Ancient Mexico. Chronicle Books. San Francisco. 2007.
J 745.0972 WEI Weill, Cynthia and K.B. Basseches. ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish. Cinco Puntos Press. El Paso, Texas. 2007.
J 909 Put Putnam, James. Pyramid. Alfred A. Knopf, distributed by Random House. New York. 1994.
J 917 Asi Asikinack, Bill and Kate Scarborough. Exploration into North America. Chelsea House Publishers, a subsidiary of Haights Cross Communications. Philadelphia. 2001.
J 917 FOS Foster, Karen. Atlas of North America. Picture Window Books. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2008.
J 917 Fow Fowler, Allan. North America. Children’s Press, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 2001.
J 917 SANDAK Sandak, Cass. North America. Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers. Austin, Texas. 1998.
J 917.2 BERG Berg, Elizabeth. Festivals of the World: Mexico. Gareth Stevens Publishing. Milwaukee. 1997.
J 917.2 BICKMAN Bickman, Connie. Mexico. Abdo & Daughters. Edina, Minnesota. 1994.
J 917.2 DAHL Dahl, Michael S. Mexico. Bridgestone Books, an imprint of Capstone Press. Mankato, Minnesota. 1997.
J 917.2 Fur Furlong, Kate A. Mexico. ABDO Publishing Company. Edina, Minnesota. 2000.
J 917.2 GANERI Ganeri, Anita and Rachel Wright. Topics for Craft Projects: Mexico [Things to Make, Activities, Facts]. Franklin Watts. New York. 1994.
J 917.2 Gra Gray, Shirley W. Mexico. Compass Point Books. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2001.
J 917.2 Gre Gresko, Marcia S. Letters Home from Mexico. Blackbirch Press, Inc. Woodbridge, Connecticut. 1999.
J 917.2 GRU Gruber, Beth. Countries of the World: Mexico. National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2007.
J 917.2 HARVEY Harvey, Miles. Look What Came from Mexico. Franklin Watts, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 1998.
J 917.2 Jer Jermyn, Leslie. Countries of the World: Mexico. Gareth Stevens Publishing. Milwaukee. 1998.
J 917.2 Jer Jermyn, Leslie. Welcome to My Country: Mexico. Gareth Stevens Publishing. Milwaukee. 1999.
J 917.2 JOH Johnston, Tony. P Is for Pinata: A Mexico Alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press. Chelsea, MI. 2008.
J 917.2 Kal Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico from A to Z. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 1999.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The Culture. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2009.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The Culture. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2002.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The Land. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2002.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The Land. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2009.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The People. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2002.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Mexico: The People. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2009.
J 917.2 Mar Marx, David F. Mexico. Children’s Press, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 2000.
J 917.2 Mei Meister, Cari. Mexico. ABDO Publishing Company. Edina, Minnesota. 2000.
J 917.2 KAL Kalman, Bobbie. Spotlight on Mexico. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2008.
J 917.2 KENT Kent, Deborah. Mexico: Rich in Spirit and Tradition. Benchmark Books, Marshall Cavendish. New York. 1996.
J 917.2 LAN Landau, Elaine. Mexico. Children’s Press, and imprint of Scholastic, Inc. New York. 2008.
J 917.2 ODO O’Donnell, Kerri. A Primary Source Guide to Mexico. The Rosen Publishing Group’s PowerKids Press. New York. 2004.
J 917.2 PARKER Parker, Edward. Mexico. Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers. Austin, Texas. 1998.
J 917.2 REI Reilly, Mary Jo and Leslie Jermyn. Mexico. Benchmark Books, Marshall Cavendish. New York. 2002.
J 917.2 Rum Rummel, Jack. Mexico. Chelsea House Publishers. Philadelphia. 1999.
J 917.2 STA Stalcup, Ann. Mexico in Colors. Capstone Press. Mankato, Minnesota. 2009.
J 917.2 STEIN Stein, R. Conrad. Mexico: Enchantment of the World. Children’s Press, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 1998.
J 917.2 STEIN Stein, R. Conrad. Mexico: Enchantment of the World. Children’s Press, a division of Scholastic, Inc. New York. 2007.
J 917.2 STEIN Stein, R. Conrad. Games People Play! Mexico. Children’s Press. Chicago. 1995.
J 932 SIM Simon, Seymour. Pyramids and Mummies. SeaStar Books. New York. 2003.
J 972 FON Fontes, Justine and Ron. A to Z Mexico. Children’s Press, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2003.
J 973.6 HAB Haberle, Susan E. The Mexican War, 1846-1848. Bridgestone Books, and imprint of Capstone Press. Mandato, Minnesota. 2003.
J 973.6 OCO O’Connell, Kim A. The Mexican-American War. MyReportLinks.com Books, an imprint of Enslow Publishers, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ. 2003.

 

Cities and Regions
J 917.253 STEIN Stein, R. Conrad. Cities of the World: Mexico City. Children’s Press, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 1996.
J 917.26 ANCONA Ancona, George. Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. New York. 1997.

 

Ancient Aztec Civilization
J 745 DAW Dawson, Imogen. Clothes and Crafts in Aztec Times. Gareth Stevens Publishing. Milwaukee, WI. 2000.
J 972 ENG Englar, Mary. Aztec Warriors. Capstone Press. Mankato, Minnesota. 2008.
J 972 LAN Landau, Elaine. Exploring the World of the Aztecs with Elaine Landau. Enslow Elementary, an imprint of Enslow Publishers, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ. 2005.
J 972 LOU Lourie, Peter. Hidden World of the Aztec. Boyds Mills Press. Honesdale, Pennsylvania. 2006.
J 972 MAC Macdonald, Fiona. How to Be an Aztec Warrior. National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2005.
J 972 SAN Santella, Andrew. The Aztec. Children’s Press, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2002.
J 972 WYB Wyborny, Sheila. Life During the Great Civilizations: The Aztec Empire. Blackbirch Press, an imprint of Thomson Gale. San Diego. 2004.
J 972.018 MAC Macdonald, Fiona. You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice!: Gruesome Things You’d Rather Not Know. Franklin Watts, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2001.
J 972.018 SON Sonneborn, Liz. The Ancient Aztecs. Franklin Watts, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2005.

 

Ancient Mayan Civilization
J 746.14 Sol Sola, Michele. Angela Weaves a Dream: The Story of a Young Maya Artist. Hyperion Books for Children. New York. 1997.
J 972.75 LOU Lourie, Peter. The Mystery of the Maya: Uncovering the Lost City of Palenque. Boyds Mills Press. Honesdale, Pennsylvania. 2001.
J 972.801 GARCIA Garcia, Guy. Spirit of the Maya: A Boy Explores His People’s Mysterious Past. Walker and Company. New York. 1995.
J 972.81 GAL Galvin, Irene Flum. The Ancient Maya. Benchmark Books, Marshall Cavendish. New York. 1997.
J 972.81 GEO George, Charles and Linda George. Life During the Great Civilizations: The Maya. Blackbirch Press, an imprint of Thomson Gale. San Diego. 2004.
J 972.81 LIE Lieurance, Suzanne. The Ancient Maya. MyReportLinks.com Books, an imprint of Enslow Publishers, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ. 2004.
J 972.81 PER Perl, Lila. The Ancient Maya. Franklin Watts, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2005.
J 972.81 Pre Press, Petra. The Maya. Compass Point Books. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2002.
J 972.81 TAK Takacs, Stefanie. The Maya. Children’s Press, a division of Scholastic Inc. New York. 2003.
J 972.81016 CROSHER Crosher, Judith. Technology in the Time of The Maya. Raintree Stecck-Vaughn Publishers. Austin, Texas. 1998.
J 972.81016 SHERROW Sherrow, Victoria. The Maya Indians. Chelsea House Publishers. New York. 1994.
J 972.81016 TUTOR Tutor, Pilar. Mayan Civilization. Children’s Press. Chicago. 1998.

 

Activities, Cooking and Crafts
J 641.5 D’AMICO D’Amico, Joan and Karen Eich Drummond. The Science Chef Travels Around the World: Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York. 1996.
J 641.568 WEBB Webb, Lois Sinaiko. Holidays of the World Cookbook for Students. Oryx Press. Phoenix, Arizona. 1995.
J 641.5872 WAR Ward, Karen. The Young Chef’s Mexican Cookbook. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2001.
J 641.59 Alb Albyn, Carole Lisa and Lois Sinaiko Webb. The Multicultural Cookbook for Students. Oryx Press. Phoenix, Arizona. 1993.
J 641.59 Bra Braman, Arlette N. Kids Around the World Cook! John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York. 2000.
J 641.59 COOK Cook, Deanna F. Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food and Fun Around the World. Kids Can! A trademark of Williamson Publishing Co. Charlotte, Vermont. 1995.
J 641.59 Cor Coronado, Rosa. Cooking the Mexican Way. Lerner Publications Co. Minneapolis. 1982.
J 641.5972 BURCKHARDT Burckhardt, Ann. The People of Mexico and Their Food. Capstone Press. Mankato, Minnesota. 1996.
J 917.2 GANERI Ganeri, Anita and Rachel Wright. Topics for Craft Projects: Mexico [Things to Make, Activities, Facts]. Franklin Watts. New York. 1994.
J 972.018 HEWITT Hewitt, Sally. The Aztecs. Children’s Press, a division of Grolier Publishing. New York. 1996.
J 980.07 Mer Merrill, Yvonne Y. Hands-on Latin America: Art Activities for All Ages. KITS Publishing. Salt Lake City, UT. 1997.

 

Holidays
J 394.2 LAN Lankford, Mary D. Birthdays Around the World. HarperCollins. New York. 2002.
J 394.262 COL Colon Garcia, Aurora. Cinco de Mayo. Heinemann Library. Chicago. 2008.
J 394.262 FLA Flanagan, Alice K. Cinco de Mayo. Compass Point Books. Minneapolis, Minn. 2004.
J 394.262 GIL Gillis, Jennifer. Las Posadas. Heinemann Library. Chicago. 2002.
J 394.262 HOY Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico. Holiday House. New York. 2008.
J 394.262 OTT Otto, Carolyn. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2008.
J 394.262 TOR Torpie, Kate. Cinco de Mayo. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2009.
J 394.266 GLE Gleason, Carrie. Day of the Dead. Crabtree Publishing Company. New York. 2009.
J 394.266 WAD Wade, Mary Dodson. El Dia de los Muertos. Children’s Press. New York. 2002.
J 394.2663 End Enderlein, Cheryl L. Christmas in Mexico. Hilltop Books. Mankato, Minn. 1998.
J 394.268 Ros Ross, Corinne Madden. Christmas in Mexico. Passport Books. Lincolnwood, Illinois. 1991.
J 394.26828 McD McDonnell, Janet. Christmas in Other Lands. Childrens Press. Chicago. 1993.
J 394.26972 Anc Ancona, George. Fiesta Fireworks. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. New York. 1998.
J 394.26792 Kru Krull, Kathleen. Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead. Macmillan. New York. 1994.
J 394.26972 Las Lasky, Kathryn. Days of the Dead. Hyperion Books for Children. New York. 1994.
J 394.26972 WAD Wade, Mary Dodson. Cinco de Mayo. Children’s Press. New York. 2003.
J 745.5941 Anc Ancona, George. The Pinata Maker = El Pinatero. Harcourt Brace. San Diego. 1994.

 

Multimedia 

Audio CDs
J CD LATIN PLAYGROUND Latin Playground. Putumayo World Music. New York. 2002.
J CD STEWART Stewart, Georgiana Liccione. Children’s Folk Dances. Kimbo Educational. New York. 1998.

 

DVDs (Fiction)
DVDJ CLASSIC Classic Caballeros Collection. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Burbank, CA. 2008.

 

DVDs (Non-fiction)
DVDJN 398.2 JUS Just A Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. By Yryi Morales and narrated by the author. Nutmeg Media. Guilford, CT. 2007.
DVDJN 917.2 CUL Culture of Mexico. Schlessinger Media, a division of Library Video Company. 2004.
DVDJN 917.2 GEO Geography of Mexico. Schlessinger Media, a division of Library Video Company. 2004.
DVDJN 917.2 HIS History of Mexico. Schlessinger Media, a division of Library Video Company. 2004.
DVDJN 917.3 MEX Mexican-American Heritage. Schlessinger Media, a division of Library Video Company. 1997.

 


Online Resources: Websites & Databases

Library Databases:

Kids Search


Web Sites:

Central America: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Accessed November 10, 2009.

Dumbarton Oaks Museum: Explore the Collection: Pre-Columbian Collection. Accessed November 10, 2009.

Mexico for Kids. Accessed November 10, 2009.

National Geographic Kids: Mexico Country Facts, Information, Photos, Videos. Accessed November 10, 2009.

National Geographic Magazine: Maya Issue. Accessed November 10, 2009.

Time for Kids | classroom | Around the World: Mexico. Accessed November 10, 2009.

Yale University Art Gallery: Art of the Ancient Americas. Accessed November 10, 2009.

 

Web Resources from the Books

(This is a compilation of the library’s materials that include Web resources. Because Web addresses change frequently, please check the links before using.)

Atlas of North America (J 917 FOS) includes a Web resource called "FactHound" that will look up websites related to the book using a code included on page 32 of the book.

A Primary Source Guide to Mexico (J 917.2 ODO) includes a Web address, maintained by the publisher, that provides links to websites that support the material presented in this book. The Web address for their pathfinder is http://www.powerkidslinks.com/pswc/psme/ and is also included on page 24.

Mexico in Colors (J 917.2 STA) includes a Web resource called "FactHound" that will look up websites related to the book using a code included on page 31 of the book.

Aztec Warriors (see Mexico: Regions, Non-fiction, J 972 ENG) includes a Web resource called "FactHound" that will look up websites related to the book using a code included on page 31 of the book.

The Ancient Maya (J 972.81 LIE) includes Web resources tied to each chapter on page 46; in addition, Internet links are kept up to date on www.myreportlinks.com, and information about using this website is found on page 4.

The Mexican War, 1846-1848 (J 973.6 HAB) includes a Web resource called "FactHound" that will look up websites related to the book using a code included on page 47 of the book.

The Mexican-American War (J 973.6 OCO) includes Web resources tied to each chapter on page 46; in addition, Internet links are kept up to date on www.myreportlinks.com, and information about using this website is found on page 4.

 

Fiction 

FLEISCHM Fleischman, Sid. The Dream Stealer. Greenwillow Books. New York. 2009.
Lee, Marie G. Lee, Marie G. Night of the Chupacabras. Avon Books. New York. 1998.
Montgo, R Montgomery, R. A. Mystery of the Maya. Grey Castle Press. Sharon, CT. 1987.
RYAN Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon. Scholastic Press. New York. 2004.

 

Paperbacks
RYAN Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising. Scholastic. New York. 2001.

 

Graphic Novels
JOLLEY Jolley, Dan. The Smoking Mountain: The Story of Popocatepetl and Iztacchihuatl: An Aztec Legend. Graphic
   
Reading Roundup
NAYLOR Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Eating Enchiladas. Marshall Cavendish. New York. 2008.
SCIESZKA Scieszka, Jon. Me Oh Maya! The Time Warp Trio Series. Viking. New York. 2003.

 

Children’s Readers
Geeslin, Campbell Geeslin, Campbell. On Ramon’s Farm: Five Tales of Mexico. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. New York. 1998.

 

Picture Books
Buntin, E Bunting, Eve. Going Home. HarperCollins Publishers. New York. 1996.
ELWELL Elwell, Peter. Adios, Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable. Blue Sky Press.
GROSSMAN Grossman, Patricia. Saturday Market. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. New York. 1994.
Joosse, Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara M. Ghost Wings. Chronicle Books. San Francisco. 2001.
KREBS Krebs, Laurie. Off We Go to Mexico!: An Adventure in the Sun. Barefoot Books. Cambridge, MA. 2006.
LEVY Levy, Janice. Celebrate! It’s Cinco de Mayo! Albert Whitman. Morton Grove, Ill. 2007.
MEUNIER Meunier, Brian. Bravo Tavo! Dutton Children’s Books. New York. 2007.
WINTER Winter, Jonah. Frida. Arthur A. Levine Books. New York. 2002.

 

Fairy Tales Collection
J 398.2 AAR Aardema, Verna. Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico. Alfred A. Knopf, distributed by Random House. New York.
J 398.2 AAR Aardema, Verna. Pedro and the Padre: A Tale from Jalisco, Mexico. Dial Books for Young Readers. New York. 1991.
J 398.2 DEP DePaola, Tomie. Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story. G.P. Putman’s Sons. New York. 2002.
J 398.2 Ehl Ehlert, Lois. Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale; Cucu: Un Cuento Folklorico Mexicano. Harcourt Brace. San Diego. 1997.
J 398.2 HAY Hayes, Joe. Pajaro Verde = The Green Bird. Cinco Puntos Press. El Paso, Tex. 2002.
J 398.2 MCD McDermott, Gerald. Musicians of the Sun. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. New York. 1997.
J 398.2 MOR Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale. Chronicle Books. San Francisco. 2003.
J 398.2 ROC Rockwell, Anne F. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Obey: A Mayan Legend. Greenwillow Books. New York. 2000.
J 398.2 RYA Ryan, Pam Munoz. Nacho and Lolita. Scholastic Press. New York. 2005.
J 398.208997 Obe Ober, Hal. How Music Came to the World: An Ancient Mexican Myth. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. 1994.
J 398.22 Kim Kimmel, Eric A. The Witch’s Face: A Mexican Tale. Holiday House. New York. 1993.
J 398.242 DeP DePaola, Tomie. The Legend of the Poinsettia: A Christmas Story. Putnam. New York. 1994.

 

Fairy Tales in Non-fiction
J 398.2 Bre Brenner, Anita. The Boy Who Could Do Anything and Other Mexican Folk Tales. Linnet Books. Hamden, Conn. 1992.
J 398.2 COB Coburn, Jewell Reinhart. Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition. Shen’s Books. Auburn, Calif. 2000.
J 398.2 MUT Muten, Burleigh. Grandfather Mountain: Stories of Gods and Heroes from Many Cultures. Barefoot Books. Cambridge, Mass. 2004.
J 460 Ada Ada, Alma Flor. Mediopollito = Half-Chicken: A New Version of a Traditional Story. Doubleday Book for Young Readers. New York. 1995.
J 460 Kou Kouzel, Daisy. The Cuckoo’s Reward: A Folk Tale from Mexico in Spanish and English = El Premio Del Cuco: Cuento Popular de Mexico en Espanol e Ingles. Doubleday. New York. 1997.

 

Fairy Tales in Teacher’s Resources
J 398.2 MAC MacDonald, Margaret Read. Three Minute Tales: Stories from Around the World to Tell or Read When Time is Short. August House. Little Rock, Ark. 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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