There was a spirited exchange about the use and practice of K-12 teaching and teacher preparation and the full exchange can be found here, but I wanted to just compile a reading list.
Although I am not currently teaching grade school, in a previous career I was and so I am sympathetic to both the challenges and the needs for good, readable history. Many of these books could also work for undergraduates and I would love for our readers to continue to add to this list.
Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution
Steve Mintz, Moralists and Modernizers
Paul E. Johnson, The Early American Republic
Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher, The American West: A New Interpretive History
Ruth Schwartz Cohen, More Work for Mother
Brooke Hindle, Emulation and Invention
Carol Sheriff, Artificial River
Seth Rockman, Scraping By
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Age of Homespun
Linda Kerber, No Constitutional Right to be Ladies
Ann Greene, Horses at Work
William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis
Theda Perdue and Michael Green, Cherokee Nation and Trail of Tears