According to Farris (1993), quality children's literature, especially picture books, can be very helpful in teaching social studies concepts to elementary and middle school students. Children's literature can also be instrumental when teaching mathematical concepts.
Stewart, L. M. (1997). Developing Basic Mathematics Skills Through the use of African-American Children's Literature. Reading Horizons, 37 (4). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol37/iss4/5