Adler, D.(Authors), & Himler, R. (Illustrator). (2003). A picture book of Lewis and Clark. New
York: Holiday House.
This is a new picture book on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This book has vibrant water color illustrations. It is a wonderful book for telling story telling to the primary level student. It is an excellent chronicle of the famous journey. A must have for the primary elementary level.
Adler, D.(Authors), Wallner, A., & Wallner, J. (Illustrator). (1990). A picture book of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Holiday House.
This is a simple picture book that introduces the young child to Thomas Jefferson, one of our greatest presidents. The book describes Jefferson’s decision to explore the western frontier and his desires to establish a trade route that would connect the eastern and western sides of the country.
Albers, E.(Authors), & Eslinger, K. (Illustrator). (2002). The saga of seaman: the story of the dog who went with Lewis and Clark. Bismark, North Dakota: Northern Lights, ND Press.
This is a book in verse form that details the expedition from the perspective of Lewis and Clark’s dog, Seaman. This is a great book to incorporate language arts and social studies to create cross curriculum lesson.
Ambrose, S. (1996). Undaunted courage. New York: Simon and Schuster.
This is one of the most well known biographies of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It is written by one of America’s greatest writers of history. It is a definitive narrative of one of the greatest accomplishments during 19th century America.
Betts, Robert B. (2000). In search of York. Colorado Springs. University Press of Colorado.
This book is excellent research and narrative on the accomplishment of York, the African American slave of William Clark. This book does a good job at focusing on someone who was not in the spot light of this expedition.
Bergen, L. (2000). The travels of Lewis and Clark. Austin: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers.
This book describes the expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It discusses their exploration of the unknown western regions of America that took place at the beginning of the 19th century.
Blumberg, R. (1987). The incredible journey of Lewis and Clark. New York: Lothrop Lee and
This is an informative and compelling book for young readers. It has a very good presentation on Native Americans. This book will easily grab the interest of young readers because of the sense of adventure that it presents through its text. This book has excellent and unusual pictorials.
Bruchac, J. (2000). Sacajawea. San Diego-New York-London: Harcourt, Inc.
This book details the important role that Sacajawea withheld throughout the expedition. It gives details to her role of being a translator, peacemaker, caretaker, and guide. It describes how she helped to make the Lewis and Clark expedition possible. This book alternates points of view between Sacajawea and Clark and includes authentic excerpts from Clark’s journal. It provides a first hand look of what it would have been like to be involved in this fantastic journey.
Burger, J. (2002). Lewis and Clark voyage of discovery. New York: Power Kids Press.
This is an excellent picture book for young readers. It has great illustrations that highlight the various aspects of the journey. It also has a glossary of the highlighted key words throughout the text.
Bursell, S. (2002). The Lewis and Clark expedition. Monkato: Bridgestone Books.
This book describes the travels of Lewis and Clark and their Corp of Discovery. It describes the importance of the relationships between Americans and the Native American tribes and the effect that it had on the western expansion of the United States.
Bursell, S. (2002). The Lewis and Clark expedition-let freedom ring. Capstone Press.
This book describes the travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery. It describes the important role that the Native Americans played in the western expansion of the United States. It contained a great time line and a list of some of the plant and animal discoveries that were made on the expedition.
Charbonneau, L. (1989). Trail. New York: Doubleday.
In this book, the author takes the readers along on the thrilling Voyage of Discovery. He retells the extraordinary tale of Seaman, Lewis, Clark, and their Indian guide Sacajawea and her infant son as they crossed the western frontier in search of the Pacific Ocean.
Chase, J. (2002). Louisiana Purchase: an American story. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co.
This book is in comic book form. The illustrations are drawn in cartoon form. This book describes the Louisiana Purchase and is written with a lighthearted perspective.
Crisman, R. (1992). Thomas Jefferson: man with a vision. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
This is an excellent biography of Thomas Jefferson. It describes the fact that he was the one with the vision of expanding America’s frontier into the west. It has excellent background information on his decision to complete the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States. It also gives background information that helped to prompt him to initiate the exploration of the western frontier.
Daugherty, J. (1991). Of courage undaunted-across the continent with Lewis and Clark. Lakeville: Grey Costle Press.
This book is an account of the resourcefulness and courage of Lewis and Clark on their journey through the wilderness. It is written from original diaries and records of the expedition. This book is organized into five main parts, which makes it easier to follow.
Dillon, R. (1988). Meriwether Lewis. Santa Cruz: Western Tanager Press.
This is a biography of Meriwether Lewis. It explains that he is the man who was considered to have opened the western portion of the United States. This is the first full scale biography of this great explorer.
Edwards, J. (1999). Lewis and Clark's journey of discovery. Springfield: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
This is a great book for the intermediate reader. It gives a thorough account of the Lewis and Clark expedition by describing the mishaps, adventures, and the impact of the expansion. It gives an accurate list of participates in the expedition.
Erdrich, L. (2003). Sacagawea. Minneapolis: Carol Rhoda Books, Inc.
This is a picture book that describes the ways of life during the early 19th century. This book contains brilliant illustrations. This book really brings Sacagawea to life.
Eubank, P. R. (2002). Seaman's journal-on the trail with Lewis and Clark. Nashville: Ideals
Kids will love this book. It details the life of the Newfoundland dog, Seaman that belonged to Lewis. Seaman went on the journey with Lewis and Clark. This book keeps an account of their adventure during their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Faber, H. (2002). Lewis and Clark: ocean to ocean. Tarrytown: Marshal Cavendish Co.
This is a well written, easily understood overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition. This book is presented in a clear format that flows smoothly. It is a great introduction that will spur the interest of young readers.
Giblin, J.(Authors), & Dooling, M. (Illustrator). (1994). Thomas Jefferson. New York:
This is a well done picture book biography of the visionary, Thomas Jefferson. This book contains excellent graphics which blend seamlessly with a well, written, interesting text. This book would provide a positive tool for incorporating American history into the primary levels of school.
Goso, P. (1958). Journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Minneapolis: Ross and Haines, Inc.
This is book that details the journal of Patrick Gass, who was one of the members of the Corps of Discovery. This book documents the exploits of the Corps from the mouth of the Missouri River through the interior of North America. This is the first book that was published by a member of the Corps of Discovery.
Gridley, Marion. (1939). Indian Legends of American Scenes. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co.
This book presents many Indian legends including the Shoshone tribe of Sacajawea. Legends of such tribes as the Yakima, Pwyallup, Shoshone, Blackfoot, Sioux, Mandan, Arikara and Hidasta are discussed. These stories and myths have been told down for generations.
Gunderson, M. (2003). The food journal of Lewis and Clark: recipes for an expedition. Yankton:
This book is a wonderful combination of recipes and facts from the Lewis and Clark journal entries. This is a wonderful informational book for this particular topic.
Gurdeison, M. (2000). Cooking on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Monkoto: Blue Earth Books,
This book discusses everyday life, such as cooking methods and foods that were eaten on the journey. This is a wonderful historical cookbook that demonstrates the types of foods that were eaten on Lewis and Clark’s expedition.
Hamilton, J. (2003). The corps of discovery. Edina: ABDO and Daughters.
This is a very good book for the young reader. The author joins the Lewis and Clark expedition in spring of 1804. He follows their journey and includes highlights and directions to historical points of interest.
Johnmann, C. A. (2003). The Lewis and Clark expedition. Charlotte: Williamson Publishing.
This book described the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown western regions of America at the beginning of the 19th century. This also includes more related activities which will provide hands on opportunities for the younger student.
Karowski, G. (1999). Seaman: the dog who explored the west with Lewis and Clark. Attonta: Peachtree Publishers.
Seaman, a Newfoundland, proves his value as a hunter, navigator and protector, while serving with the Corps of Discovery when it explores the West under the leadership of Lewis and Clark. This book gives a good description of what it is like for a dog to go on this expedition.
Kline, T. (2002). Lewis and Clark-discover the life of an explorer. Vero Beach: Rourke
This book is short and sweet with key words in bold print. This book is great for develop in discussion and vocabulary. There is also a glossary with definitions provided. It is an easy read for new readers.
Kozar, R. (2000). Lewis and Clark-explorers of the Louisiana purchase. Warminster: Chelsea House Publishers.
This is a biography of the team who explored the Louisiana Purchase territory while seeking the elusive Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. This book gives a good description of the expedition.
Kroll, S. (1994). Lewis and Clark-explorers of the American west. New York: Holiday House.
This is a thirty page book of excellent illustrations in full color. He recounts the highlights of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He provides fascinating details of the trip, from the provisions they took with them to the encounters they had with various Native American tribes including the Yankton Sioux.
Laskey, K. (2000). Journal of Agustus Pelletier-the Lewis and Clark expedition. New York: Scholastic, Inc..
This is a fictional journal kept by a twelve-year old, Augustus Pelletier, the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. This book will grab and hold the interest of the young adult who is looking for a book on historical events from the viewpoint of someone their own age.
Lee, R. (1979). The dialogues of Lewis and Clark: a narrative poem. Boulder: Colorado
Associated University Press.
This is based on the journals of Lewis and Clark. The narrative poetry starts from May 27, 1904 through November 23, 1805.
Les Indians. (Adapted by A.S. Publishing). (1994). American Indians myths and legends. Bath. Cherrytree Press Ltd.
Since time began, people have dreamed of strange gods, fantastic beasts, brave heros, and wicked villains. The myths and legends they have told bring these dreams to life. Lewis and Clark encountered many Native American tribes who lived by many of these legends and myths.
Lourie, P. (2002). On the trail of Lewis and Clark-a journey up the Mississippi river. Honesdole: Boyds Mill Press.
This has excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark guide the young adult through the ordeals with special emphasis on the Missouri River phase of their journey. The Striking photographs by the author accompany the text.
Mansfield, L. (2002). The Lewis and Clark cookbook. Berkeley: Celestial Arts.
This is a very informative collection the foods they ate on the trip. It also coincides with the journals of Lewis and Clark historical information.
Molzahn, A. (2003). Explorers: Lewis and Clark. Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers.
This is a newer book of children’s literature that discusses Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery to the Pacific Ocean. A vocabulary list and a time line is included in the text.
Montgomery, E. (1966). World explorers--Lewis and Clark. Champaign: Garrard Publishing.
This is an interesting book to compare and contrast the current range of books on Lewis and Clark. It is written in a much different language and pictorials.
Moore, R. J. (2003). Tailor made, trail worn: army life, clothing, and weapons of the corps of discovery. Helena: Farcountry Press.
This is an outstanding text on the equipment used and the lifestyle of the Corps of Discovery. It provides excellent background material for instruction.
Myers, L. (2002). Lewis and Clark and me. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
Kids will love this book. It is a view of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the eyes of Seaman, Clark’s famous Newfoundland dog. This fantasy tale is based on the explorers’ journals. Companionship and adventure form the basis of this wonderful book.
O'Dell, S. (1986). Streams to the river, river to the sea. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Through the eyes of Sacajawea, the reader sees Lewis and Clark’s great adventure. This young Shoshone girl is brought to life in an inspiring tale of intrigue and interest. An award winning must read book.
Patent, D. (2002). Animals on the trail with Lewis and Clark. New York: Clarion Books.
This is a very interesting book that retraces the Lewis and Clark journey. It blends their observations of previous unknown animals with modern information about those same animals today. This is an unusual and very interesting view of the expedition.
Patent, D. (2002). The Lewis and Clark trail-then and now. New York: Dutton Children's Books.
This is a children’s book that does an excellent job of contrasting the American West then and now. Old prints, photographs and paintings help bring the comparisons to life.
Quiri, P. (2001). The Lewis and Clark expedition. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books.
For the young reader, this book chronicles the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase
Quiri, P. (2001). The Lewis and Clark expedition. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books.
This book chronicles the expedition led by Lewis and Clark to explore the unknown Western regions of American at the beginning of the 19th century. It describes it mishaps, adventures, and imports of Western expansion.
Raphael, E., & Bolognese, D. (1994). Sacajawea: the journey west. New York: Scholastic.
In this book, the reader can learn about Sacajawea. Also, directions for drawing Sacajawea and other members of Lewis and Clark’s journey are in this book.
Redmond, S. (2003). Lewis and Clark: a prairie dog for the president. New York: Random
House Children's Books.
This is a combination picture book with easy to follow pictures. These pictures tell the story. This would be an excellent book for beginning readers in first or second grade.
Roop, P., & Roop, C. (1993). Off the map-the journals of Lewis and Clark. New York: Walker
What sets this book apart is that it is in a journal or diary format. This follows a time line beginning on May 13, 1804 and ending March 23, 1806.
Rowland, D.(Authors), & Leonard, R. (Illustrator). (1989). The Story of Sacajawea. New York:
This book chronicles the story of Lewis and Clark from Sacajawea’s perspective. It includes quotes from the journals of Lewis and Clark.
Sabin, F. (1985). Lewis and Clark. Mahwah: Troll Associates.
This is a brief overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition. This book contains thirty pages that will spur the interest of the young reader.
Schanger, R. (1997). How we crossed the west. New York: National Geographic Society.
The people who marched through history were made of flesh and blood, not cardboard. By using the actual words of the explorers, this book paints a realistic picture of the various members of the Corps of Discovery.
Stein, C. R. (1997). Cornerstones of freedom-Lewis and Clark. New York: Children's Press.
This book describes the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark expedition, which took the explorers from St. Louis to the Pacific. This short book is a good introduction to history.
Taylor, Colin. (1994). Native American Myths and Legends. New York: Smithmark Publishers,
This is an outstanding book for young adults. It lets the readers discover the fascinating variety of Native American myths and legends from the wealth of origin stories to their rich expression in fantastic rituals and ceremonies hundreds of years old. It has beautiful pictures, artifacts, and illustrations.
Van Steenwyk, E. (1997). My name is York. Hong Kong: South Sea International Press, Ltd.
A slave, York, describes the journey he makes with his master, William Clark, into the uncharted territory of the American West to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean. This is a wonderful multicultural addition to any primary library. It relates York’s pursuit and dreams of freedom.
Webster, C. (2003). The Lewis and Clark expedition. New York: Children's Press.
An excellent time line is included in this book. It is very smooth and interesting reading. It discusses Clark through the Louisiana Purchase and beyond for the purpose of exploring the land and establishing friendly relations with native people.