Living Books for American History

American History Living Books


Native American


Walk the World’s Rim by Betty Baker


Om-Kas-Toe by Kenneth Thomasma




Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla




The Keepers of the Ring series by Angela Elwell Hunt

This Dear-Bought Land by Jean Lee Latham




Picture Books


Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas


Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac


Thunder from the Clear Sky by Marcia Sewall


Easy Reader


Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla


Pilgrim Voices: Our First Year in the New World by Connie Roop (expensive on Amazon)


The Story of the Pilgrims for Children by Roland Usher




Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey




The House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris




The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




Declaration of Independence American Revolution

American Revolution


Picture Books


George Washington by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire


We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney



Easy Reader


They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell


Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin


When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney



Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes


Great Battles for Boys The American Revolution by Joe Giorello


True to the Old Flag: A Tale of the American War of Independence by G. A. Henty (from the British perspective)


The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by Jim Murphy


Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (audiobook)

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen (paperback)


Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman


George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America by Brian Kilmeade


Colonial Life


Picture Books


Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson


How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer


Ox-cart Man by Donald Hall


Easy Reader


Charlie’s House by Clyde Robert Bulla




The Jefferson Lies by David Barton and Wallbuilders – Advanced


Thomas Jefferson’s America: Stories of the Founding Fathers by Jim Weiss – audiobook


Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade 


Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A Novel of Sacagawea by Scott O’Dell – Lewis and Clark Expedition


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry


Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates


Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham



Easy Reader


Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla


Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla


Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner




Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink


Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane (daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder)


The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare


Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling


Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Story of the Oregon Trail (Part of the Cornerstones of Freedom Series)
by R. Conrad Stein


Inside the Alamo by Jim Murphy


I Remember the Alamo by D. Anne Love


California Gold Rush


By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman


The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman


Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

Civil War


Picture Books


Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine


Nurse, Soldier, Spy: the Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss




Cry of Courage (Between Two Flags series) by Lee Roddy


Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt


Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink


Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor


Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder


With Lee in Virginia A Story of the American Civil War by G. A. Henty


And for some good British Adventure books


Horatio Hornblower series – Mr. Midshipman Hornblower is the first one


Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs


The Coral Island and other adventure books by R. M. Ballantyne


G.A. Henty – he wrote adventures about places all over the world


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