One thing I will share quickly: This year we are covering American history from just prior to the civil war on to more recent times. Reading about the civil war has been very heavy, but interesting. I was kind of surprised, but the kids seemed to really enjoy this book:
And asked to read this one along with it: By the way, we love the historical books by this author (Cheryl Harness) - lots of informative detail, with very detailed illustrations that give the children a lot to look at while listening.
And here is the read-aloud we are currently on:
Lots to absorb in all this.