Recommended Books

Looking for books to help your class learn about and understand the world of the pioneers? Check out our selection of recommended titles.

All of the books listed below are available via the Black Creek Pioneer Village gift shop. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members can help you choose the titles best suited to your students’ needs and interests. Contact the gift shop at 416.736.1733 x 5412.

GENERAL

cover of the book 19th Century Girls and Women 19th Century Girls and Women
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines various aspects of lives of girls and women during the nineteenth century, including educational, employment opportunities, clothing, pastimes, and marriage.
cover of the book A Pioneer Story A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? Meet Sarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)
cover of the book Customs and Traditions Customs and Traditions
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the customs and traditions of 19th-century North American communities.
cover of the book Roughing it in the Bush Roughing it in the Bush
Moodie, Susanna
In 1832, Susanna and John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie emigrated from England to Canada. After living for 17 months on cleared farmland near Port Hope, they moved to a bush farm in Douro Township. Roughing it in the Bush offers a memorable account of their experiences as settlers.
cover of the book Travel in the Early Days Travel in the Early Days
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book introduces readers to transportation used by settlers in North America. Topics include covered wagons, canal boats, steam power, and hazards that early travelers faced.

 

CHILDREN IN THE 19TH CENTURY

cover of the book A One Room School A One-Room School
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines daily routine of the one-room school and includes stories and activities.
cover of the book Classroom Games Classroom Games
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines classroom games for different subjects, including mathematics, spelling, geography, and history, as well a art and music, played by children in 19th-century North America.
cover of the book Old Time Toys Old-time Toys
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the different toys with which children played in the 19th century.
cover of the book Schoolyard Games Schoolyard Games
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the different types of outdoor schoolyard games, including dodge ball, tag, and skipping, as well as recess activities played by children in 19th-century North America.

 

CLOTHING

cover of the book 18th Century Clothing 18th Century Clothing
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the clothing styles, accessories, and hygiene habits of men, women and children in 18th-century North America.
cover of the book 19th Century Clothing 19th Century Clothing
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the clothing and accessories worn by 19th-century men, women and children in North America.
cover of the book Charlie Needs A Cloak Charlie Needs a Cloak
dePaola, Thomas Anthony/ Aladdin Paperbacks
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red clock. (Ages 5 to 9)
cover of the book Childrens Clothing of the 1800s Children’s Clothing of the 1800s
Schimpky, David / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines the clothing styles and accessories of children in 19th-century North America.
cover of the book Hooray for Sheep Farming Hooray for Sheep Farming
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company
This book introduces the farming of sheep for wool, covering such aspects as shearing, lambs, sheep dogs, wool processing, farm maintenance and the proper care of sheep.

 

CRAFTS

cover of the book Corking Corking
Sadler, Judy Ann / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids Can Do It)
Recycle bathroom tissues rolls and tin cans into corkers, and you’re on your way to making more than 20 original projects.
cover of the book Home Crafts Home Crafts
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
A wide variety of home crafts are examined, including spinning and weaving, soap and candle making and quilting.
cover of the book Native Crafts Native Crafts: Inspired by North America’s First Peoples
Trottier, Maxine / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids Can Do It)
The First Peoples of North America turned to the natural world to make everything from clothing to cooking utensils to ceremonial items. In the same tradition of using materials and designs found in nature, you can make your own beautiful crafts.
cover of the book Pioneer Crafts Pioneer Crafts
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids Can Do It)
Pioneer children made almost everything they used, wore or played with. Now you can make your own traditional crafts.
cover of the book Pioneer Projects Pioneer Projects
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book presents instructions for handicrafts and activities in the spirit of the pioneers, including decoupage, hooked rugs, cornhusk dolls, and making a Jacob’s Ladder.
cover of the book Quilting Quilting
Storms, Biz / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids Can Do it)
What traditional handicraft lets you tap into your creativity and imagination? Quilting! By mixing your favorite colours, fabrics and textures, you can design one-of-a-kind gifts and accessories.

 

EXPLORERS

cover of the book Christopher Columbus Sailing to a New World Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World
Morganelli, Adrianna / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
On an expedition to discover a new trade route to the Far East for Spain, Christopher Columbus landed in a “New World.” Young readers will enjoy this sensitively written new book about Columbus’ famous journey and the results of his interaction with the indigenous people.
cover of the book Ferdinand Magellan Circumnavigating the World Ferdinand Magellan: Circumnavigating the World
Bailey, Katharine / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan took five ships and 200 men on an epic journey around the world on behalf of Spain. This colorful new book follows the world’s first circumnavigation by sail through a dramatic passage of disease, starvation, and death.
cover of the book Francisco Pizarro Journeys Through Peru and South America Francisco Pizarro: Journeys through Peru and South America
Zronik, John Paul / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
Inspired by Cortés’ discovery in the early 1500s of gold in Mexico, Francisco Pizarro sought like many to seek his fortune through expedition. This interesting new book describes the life and travels of Pizarro as a soldier for Spain and of his eventual conquest of Peru.
cover of the book Henry Hudson Seeking the Northwest Passage Henry Hudson: Seeking the Northwest Passage
Gleason, Carrie / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
In the early 1600’s, England was among the many countries in search of a northern passage to trade with the Far East. After many explorers failed, Henry Hudson was asked to try. This fascinating new book describes Hudson’s exciting voyages and the many hardships he encountered.
cover of the book James Cook The Pacific Coast and Beyond James Cook: The Pacific Coast and Beyond
Beales, R.A./ Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
In the 1700’s, the voyages of British Captain James Cook shed light on what life was really like in the uncharted Pacific. Hired to seek an undiscovered continent known by astronomers and geographers as Terra Australis Incognita, or unknown southern land, Cook proved that it didn’t exist, dramatically changing Europeans’ understanding of their world.
cover of the book Lewis and Clark Opening the American West Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West
Roger, Ellen / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
In 1804, on their famous expedition to explore the uncharted American West, Lewis and Clark promised the Missouri Indians peace and prosperity if they didn’t make war. This fascinating new book follows Lewis and Clark and the members of their Corps of Discovery expedition describing the effects of their encounters with various Native nations along the way.
cover of the book Marco Polo Overland to China Marco Polo: Overland to China
Zelenyj, Alexander / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
Relive Italian voyager Marco Polo’s adventures in China in 1275, including his legendary meeting with Kublai Khan, emperor of the powerful Mongol Empire. This exciting new book separates fact from myth using excerpts from Polo’s actual journals and vivid illustrations and photographs to portray Polo himself and his impressions of the unique traditions and customs of the Mongols.
cover of the book Ponce de Leon Exploring Florida and Puerto Rico Ponce de León: Exploring Florida and Puerto Rico
Eagen, Rachel / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
Famous for his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth, Spanish conquistador Ponce de León is credited with the discovery of Florida in 1513 as well as making Puerto Rico and the Gulf Stream known to the Spanish world. This sensitively written new book describes his encounters with the Calusa, the native inhabitants of Florida, and the Taino, natives of Puerto Rico.
cover of the book Samuel de Champlain from New France to Cape Cod Samuel de Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod
Morganelli, Adrianna / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)
Brave the stormy seas of the Atlantic Ocean to join Samuel de Champlain’s expedition to North America in the early 1600s. This exciting new book follows the footsteps of the “Father of New France” in his mission to colonize what would later become Quebec.
cover of the book Sieur de la Salle New World Adventurer Sieur de La Salle: New World Adventurer
Zronik, John Paul / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the Footsteps of Explorers)

Hungry for adventure, young Sieur de La Salle didn’t think twice before leaving the priesthood in France and setting sail for the New World at the tender age of 22. Young readers will be fascinated by this new book which chronicles his success leading a colony in New France in the late 1600s and his search for an easy route through North America to the Pacific Ocean.

 

FOOD

cover of the book Food for the Settler Food for the Settler
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The Early Settler Life series)
Nature’s bounty usually provided the settler with everything they needed. Whatever these new farmers didn’t know, the Native peoples taught them. Food for the settler shows how they caught it, grew it, and prepared it.
cover of the book The Gristmill The Gristmill
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book examines features of 19th-century mills, including building, grinding, gears, and the story of wheat. It also looks at the problems and fun at the mill and the role of the miller.
cover of the book The Kitchen The Kitchen
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book takes a close look at a pioneer kitchen and examines the utensils used. Cooking, making bread and butter, and preserving food are among the topics discussed.
cover of the book Pioneer Recipes Pioneer Recipes
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic Communities series)
This book presents information on pioneer cookery and instructions for recopies prepared in the spirit of pioneers, including multicultural dished, historical methods, and current adaptations.