As part of the celebration of their 100th birthday, the US Department of Labor recently put together a list titled “Books That Shaped Work in America.” It’s an interesting list. And I will be the first to admit that more than several of the books are unfamiliar to me and that more than several of the books are . . . mmm . . . interesting selections.

I mean, I get why The Jungle made the list. Why Liar’s Poker made the list. Even Busy Busy Town (a personal favorite). But still scratching my head a bit on I’m a Frog and Madam Secretary. That’s the cool thing about lists – everyone has a different opinion. I also like the idea that the Department of Labor asked current and former employees to create the list.

But it got me thinking.

What are the books that have shaped and are continuing to shape social studies / history education?

What print or online resources can help us do our jobs better? Theories and research. Examples. Templates. Suggestions. Ideas. Strategies. And as much as I love Busy Busy Town, that’s the list of stuff that I want. Fun and practical.

But because it’s late Sunday night while I’m writing this, coming up with a list of 100 ain’t gonna happen. But I feel pretty good about these six:

What would you add to the list? Should websites be on the list? What about apps? And would you include content / foundational knowledge books such as America Aflame and Band of Brothers?