The Great Depression and Children's Literature

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Lesley Arnold

In the 1930s an economic depression took hold of the world. It started in the United States, but soon spread throughout the world. Those of you using the 7th grade social studies with Oak Meadow  study about the events and have the opportunity to interview someone that may have experienced this time in history. My own father was a young boy during this time and he has lots of stories to tell about lines at soup kitchens, and people losing jobs. His father was a farmer and survived mainly by planting and selling his crops. Interviewing and talking to people about their experiences can give one a strong connection to a period of time in history. The American Experience website, has remarkable stories and photographs from people. On the site, search “an American Experience” such as the Dust Bowl, and many options to look at will be presented.
If you are interested in reading stories from this time period, I’ve found some terrific books for you to enjoy!
Curtis, Christopher Paul Bud, Not Buddy
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
Koller, Jackie French Nothing to Fear
Peck, Richard Year Down Yonder
Peck, Robert Newton Arly’s Run
Phelan, Matt. The Storm in the Barn
Taylor, Mildred Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry