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"My studentsí primary texts are volumes in History of US by Joy Hakim (1993). I picked this series because it is lively, accurate, beautifully illustrated, packed with information, smart about causes and consequences..... In short, Hakimís writing style is inviting and accessible"
-Nancie Atwell, Winner, Global Teacher Prize 2015


Joy Hakim's books use an ancient teaching method: STORYTELLING. Today it is known as narrative nonfiction. THEY ARE INTENDED TO TEACH READING AS WELL AS HISTORY
THE VOICE OF AMERICA wanted to see how Joy's books work in classrooms. Here's a link to a story they sent worldwide:

A History of US is published by Oxford University Press, the series is constantly updated. The Story of Science, is published by the Smithsonian with coordinated "hands on" experiments and activities (from Johns Hopkins and NSTA's former president Juliana Texley). The Story of Science
won the Benjamin Franklin Award, a CBC/NSTA's Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and a Best Science Book of the Year award (topping all categories) from U.S.A. Books. This is world history with a physics backbone. Joy is now working on biology books.

Freedom: A History of US was written to accompany a 16-part PBS television series Freedom: A History of Us. The TV series is available on DVDs from PBS. The book works especially well in high school or freshman college history classes. Freedom: A History of US is narrated by Katie Couric with Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, and a bevy of well-known celebrities, this TV series was designed with classroom use in mind. Here's a link to the PBS teacher/student website: go to The book is available from Social Studies School Services.

Joy's recent works are ebooks: Reading Science Stories and "Free To Believe (Or Not)," the STORY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AMERICA. HOW DO YOU READ ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS? This book addresses that issue.

THE STORY OF SCIENCE is in beautifully illustrated ebook format and is also translated into Korean and Chinese. A HISTORY OF US is in a text-only ebook format.

Teaching materials to accompany A History of US are available from Oxford University Press, as well as from the teacher/educator CSOS team at Johns Hopkins University (on Amazon). That team has also done imaginative learning books to go with The Story of Science. Can you teach children about relativity and quantum theory? NSTA president Juliana Texley does that in an amazing NSTA teaching resource to accompany "Einstein Adds A New Dimension."NSTA has made teaching materials available on their website.

K12 has produced an abridged 4 volume edition of A History of Us.

When I told one little boy that I remembered Martin Luther King, Jr he gasped,
thought a moment, and asked me if I remembered George Washington.
Of course I do. There I am writing in colonial days.

Joy Hakim, Author Photo Credit: Brian Cairns

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A History of US
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The Story of Science
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Reading Science Stories
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