There are literally thousands of children’s books about different periods in American history. Some of them are interesting and well written, most of them are what Charlotte Mason calls “twaddle,” but all of them have a point of view interwoven into the story. Here are some common “threads” in historical children’s literature published in the past twenty or thirty years:
The “Dead white male” backlash. Books with this point of view focus on the achievements of women and minority groups, often making a particular contribution seem more historically significant than it really was. For example, a recent history textbook devoted more space to a movie star than to George Washington.
Multi-culturalism. Books with this point of view suggest that Western culture is not only inferior to other cultures, but has exploited them shamelessly. For example, Columbus may be portrayed as driven by greed and the desire to subjugate other cultures, even though his own journals declared that he considered his voyages a mission for God. Many of these books overlook the fact that Western culture, despite its shortcomings, is responsible for much of the great government, literature, art, science, and technology that free nations enjoy.
Socialism. Many children’s historical novels reflect the current politically correct stance against capitalism and the accumulation of wealth. They favor government subsidies to a free market economy.
A Victim Mentality. It is also politically correct to portray any disadvantaged minority group as victims of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant prejudice. Although children’s literature rarely uses terms such as bigotry, racism or homophobia, a book may subtly suggest that the W.A.S.P. inability to accept differences is the reason minority groups are disadvantaged.
We have tried to select books that have negligible overtones of these “strands,” that are historically accurate, that contain well written stories, and that do not conflict with biblical values. Here is a list of our favorite books about different periods of American history.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1930092938″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515Yz6jKRQL._SL160_.jpg” width=”123″]A Child’s Story of America. Cathy Duffey calls this “one of the most delightful history books I have ever come across. It reads like Hillyer’s Child’s History of the World…. The content is trustworthy in treatment of spiritual things. The book reads more like a story than a history text giving the reader a sense that the author is conversing personally with him.” (The Christian Home Educator’s Curriculum Manual). Upper elementaries.
The Timetables of American History. What happened and who did what in America at the same time in history, plus major concurrent events elsewhere. Most American history taught in school is unrelated to the whole picture of what is happening in the world. This timetable follows American history from 1000 AD to 2000 along with what happened elsewhere in the world.
A Documentary History of the United States. Here are the documents, speeches, and letters that have shaped American history from the Declaration of Independence to the present.
Critical Thinking in United States History
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0894554131″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51BrVzD3o9L._SL110_.jpg” width=”78″]We can never really know what the past was like because our records are colored by the biases of the people who recorded the events. This series of workbooks makes students analyze American history by studying conflicting viewpoints of key events from Colonial times to the Vietnam War. Differing interpretations of the events are taken from first person accounts and various other historical sources. For example, one lesson asks the question “Who fired first at Lexington Green?” and presents first person accounts from militiamen who said the British fired first and from the British saying the colonists fired first. Students are then asked to evaluate the two (or more) conflicting interpretations of the same event. In the process, students learn to analyze interpretations, evaluate evidence, recognize assumptions, identify faulty logic, find the main points of arguments, and develop writing skills. These books are as good as it gets at empowering students to really understand American history and to interpret current events. Each student book has 26 – 29 lessons, reproducible student worksheets with activities for analyzing the viewpoints, and general questions to develop critical thinking. The Teachers Manuals contain lesson plans, suggested answers, and lesson reinforcement activities. For junior high and up.
Colonies to Constitution: Critical Thinking in United States History Series /Book 1 • New Republic to Civil War: Critical Thinking in United States History /Book 2 • Critical Thinking in United States History: Reconstruction to Progressivism / Book 3 • Critical Thinking in United States History: Spanish-American War to Vietnam War / Book 4
If You Series
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0590451618″ locale=”us” height=”92″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61DQ6I%2Bl3nL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]These wonderful books teach history by asking and answering qustions such as: “How would you live?” “What would you eat?” “What would your family be like?” For K -3.
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 • If You Lived In Colonial Times • If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution • If You Grew Up with George Washington • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution • If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon • If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America • If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad • If You Lived At The Time Of The Civil War • If You Lived With The Sioux Indians • If You Lived With The Cherokees • If You Lived With The Iroquois • If You Lived With The Indians Of The Northwest Coast • If You Lived 100 Years Ago • If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island • If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0964380315″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51R9IlyjmeL._SL160_.jpg” width=”116″]Since 1932, the D’Aulaires’ beautiful picture books have delighted countless children. This husband and wife team meticulously researched the lives and times of the people they wrote about and captured the essence of their character and achievements in simple prose enhanced with vivid full-color illustrations. For up to sixth grade.
Books by Genevieve Foster
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”096438034X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kkn-AP%2BvL._SL160_.jpg” width=”118″]Each of Genevieve Foster’s books takes a historical character and then explores what was going on all over the world during the period in which the character lived. These books alone could be the core of a study of both American and World History from Columbus to Abraham Lincoln. Excellent! For grades 5 – 8.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0195327276″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AdmNwgYHL._SL110_.jpg” width=”84″]A History of US, 11-Volume Set. Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US. Hailed by reviewers, historians, educators, and parents for its exciting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history and critical reading skills to young people. And the kids themselves agree: Hakim has piles of fan letters as testimony. No matter which book they read, young people will never think of American history as boring again. Joy Hakim’s single, clear voice offers continuity and narrative drama as she shares with a young audience her love of and fascination with the people of the past.
American History Reading Lists by Time Period
Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan. With maps, charts, illustrations, and amusing anecdotes, Jean Fritz gives personality to the lives of explorers from Henry the Navigator to Magellan.
Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire. This beautifully illustrated classic tells the refreshingly true story of Leif Erickson’s childhood, conversion to Christianity, discovery of North America, and evangelization of Greenland.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0800719425″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pe88TQsBL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]The Light and the Glory: 1492-1793 (God’s Plan for America) by Peter Marshall researches the original documents to tell the story of a unique nation destined by God. Covers Columbus through the Pilgrims.
The Light and the Glory for Children : Discovering God’s Plan for America from Christopher Columbus to George Washington focuses on God’s intervention in the discovery and founding of America. A child=s version of The Light and the Glory.
The Light and the Glory : Children’s Activity Book has drawing, coloring, writing, and games for ages 5 – 8 that correspond to the older level books.
Columbus. Highly-acclaimed picture story book of Columbus’s life from earliest childhood to exploration of the Americas. An outstanding book with beautiful illustrations.
The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster. With Columbus as its principle character, this book explores what was going on all over the world–an era of religious, cultural, and scientific change that became the Renaissance and Reformation. Excellent!
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0195327152″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AdmNwgYHL._SL160_.jpg” width=”123″]The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 A History of US Book 1 is the first volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Bulla. Poignant tale of the founding fathers of Jamestown and the families they left behind.
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Elizabeth McGovern. What would you take with you? How would you keep clean? What would you eat? What did you do when you landed? Fascinating question and answer format. Lots of colorful illustrations accurately depict the people, places, and events.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1440067821″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41c5sjWMxpL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey. Reprinted from a turn of the century book, this will touch your heart as you and your children follow the Pilgrims in their long search for religious freedom.
The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster not only provides a fascinating biography of John Smith, but also puts his life into historical perspective by explaining what was going on in other parts of the world during his lifetime. Excellent!
The Landing of the Pilgrims (Landmark Books). A Landmark History book based on the Pilgrim’s own journals to give a moving account of their first hard years.
Three Young Pilgrims by Cheryl Harness is the most beautifully illustrated of all the Pilgrim stories. It follows the lives of three children who sailed on the Mayflower: Bartholomew, Remember, and Mary Allerton. The story and illustrations help you imagine what it was like to be a young Pilgrim.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh. Newbery award winning true story of an 8 year old girl in the Connecticut wilderness in 1707.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”059045160X” locale=”us” height=”97″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MqqrabwhL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]If You Lived In Colonial Times. Brightly illustrated question and answer format about what it would be like to live in pre-revolutionary America. What would you eat and wear? How would you live?
Colonies to Constitution: Critical Thinking in United States History Series /Book 1 presents conflicting viewpoints of colonial events and then asks students to analyze the different interpretations. Events that are studied are: Roanoake, John Smith and Pocahontas, Immigration to Colonial America, the Salem Witch Trials, the Stamp Act, the Battle of Lexington, Effects of the American Revolution, Shay’s Rebellion, Writing and Ratifying the Constitution, and The Bill of Rights and Freedom of Speech.
Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 A History of US Book 2 is the second volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
Revolutionary War Era
Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley. The Battle of Lexington experienced by a Minuteman.
George the Drummer Boy. The same battle seen through the eyes of a British drummer boy.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0394846966″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513-8dEnqTL._SL110_.jpg” width=”77″]The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven, Jr. This Landmark History Book presents a fast moving, dramatic, readable account of the battles, the generals, and the unrest of the Revolution.
Three interesting “If You…” books with appealing question and answer format. What would you eat? What would you wear? How would you live? • If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 • If You Lived In Colonial Times • If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution • If You Grew Up with George Washington
George Washington. The D’Aulaires charming writing style and wonderful illustrations delight children with interesting stories about George Washington from his youth to his presidency.
George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster. This remarkable book gives the life and times of George Washington along with a slice of history of everything else that was going on in the world during his lifetime.
Benjamin Franklin. Highly acclaimed picture book by the D’Aulaires that colorfully tells of Benjamin Franklin’s life.
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia. One of the acclaimed Landmark history series about the life and works of Benjamin Franklin.
Poor Richard is a biography of Benjamin Franklin by master story writer James Daugherty.
Paul Revere’s Ride. A beautifully illustrated telling of Longfellow’s famous poem. All ages.
Toliver’s Secret. A fast-paced, unusually good historical novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to sneak an important message through British lines. Has just the right amount of suspense.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0689718764″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zytCJZjZL._SL110_.jpg” width=”87″]The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh. From the author of The Courage of Sarah Noble.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. A Newbery Award winning fictionalized biography of an exciting maritime figure of the American Revolutionary era. Placed in involuntary servitude as a young boy, Nathaniel Bowditch educated himself. Don’t miss this one!
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Newbery Award winner about a young apprentice silversmith in Boston who becomes involved in the American Revolution. Contains a curse word.
If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution. Interesting question and answer format and colorful illustrations depict what it was like to be a part of the Constitutional Convention.
The Story of the Constitution, 2nd Edition. A revised edition of a turn-of-the-century book that traces God’s hand in the drafting of our constitution.A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulo Maestro is called Athe simplest and most accessible history of the Constitution for early elementaries. Well illustrated and explained.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0316103985″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Kz8ceMs5L._SL110_.jpg” width=”70″]Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention. Highly acclaimed story of the framing of the Constitution, the personalities involved, the ideas that shaped our nation. Clearly explains the world views involved and is more issues oriented than other books about this period. An excellent high school study.
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. These written defenses of the Constitution are widely considered to be the third most important documents in American History following the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Federalist Papers defended a strong central government and were directly responsible for persuading the states to ratify the Constitution at a time when chaos reigned throughout the former colonies.
The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates. There were those, such as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt, who saw in the Constitution threats to rights and liberties so recently won from England. These are their dissenting opinions. Cross-referenced to The Federalist Papers.
Colonies to Constitution: Critical Thinking in U.S. History / Book 1 presents conflicting viewpoints of colonial events and then asks students to analyze the different interpretations. Events that are studied are: Roanoake, John Smith and Pocahontas, Immigration to Colonial America, the Salem Witch Trials, the Stamp Act, the Battle of Lexington, Effects of the American Revolution, Shay=s Rebellion, Writing and Ratifying the Constitution, and The Bill of Rights and Freedom of Speech.
For those who would like an in-depth, high school level study of the Constitution, we recommend Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, The Federalist Papers, and The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates.
From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791 A History of US Book 3 is the third volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
The New Nation
From Sea to Shining Sea for Young Readers: 1787-1837 focuses on God’s intervention from colonial days to the Civil War. Sequel to The Light and the Glory for Children.
Streams to the River, River to the Sea. Scott O’Dell is a master storyteller, and this is one of his best! An excellent account of the travels of Lewis and Clark through the eyes of Sacagawea. Mentions Indian religions.
Pocahontas. Highly acclaimed picture book that chronicles the life of Pocahontas. The D’Aulaires wonderful text and outstanding illustrations tell the true story of this Indian Princess who converted to Christianity.
Of Courage Undaunted is master storyteller James Daugherty’s biography of Lewis and Clark.
Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloan. Few books are as satisfying for a father to read with his sons as this one. The real diary of a boy named Noah Blake is the basis for this story, but it is the detailed illustrations of the construction of an early American homestead that make this book so outstanding. Our boys enjoyed the story, and they were fascinated with the illustrations.
A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840by Barbara Greenwood is not only the interesting story of a family living on a backwoods farm, but it also is a visual guide to how they did everything from making maple sugar to building their house. Interspersed throughout the story are instructions for pioneer activities. A great book! Over 200 pages.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare. Newbery Honor book. Twelve-year-old Matt survives on his own in the Maine wilderness and encounters the Indians there. Contains a curse word.
I Can Read Books: Books for ages 4-8 about traveling West. Clara and the Bookwagon (America’s first “bookmobile”), The Josefina Story Quilt, The Long Way to a New Land (I Can Read Book 3) (to California in a covered wagon), The Long Way Westwardand Wagon Wheels (black settlers). .
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. When Caleb and Anna’s mother died, Papa advertised in the paper for a new wife. Touching story of prairie life. The book is much better than the recent TV movie.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0590451588″ locale=”us” height=”96″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jEo2jHoOL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon. Another of the fascinating “If You…” books that asks and answers: “What would you take along? How would you know where you were going? What would you see?” and many other interesting questions.
The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman. The classic report of Reverend Francis Parkman’s 1846 expedition into the American wilderness.
The New Nation: 1789-1850 A History of US Book 4 is the fourth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
Liberty for All?: 1820-1860 A History of US Book 5 is the fifth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
Slavery, Civil War
Note: Just as the history of America’s founding era has been distorted by modern historians, the history of the War Between the States has been rewritten to give the impression that slavery was the prevailing issue leading to war. This abolitionist viewpoint is found in almost all recent books and movies about this period (such as Spielberg’s Academy Award winning film Lincoln), including children’s books.
War was the culmination of many complex issues, the central issue being “states’ rights,” not slavery. The Southern states saw the continually increasing governmental encroachment into individual and state rights as a threat to their constitutional freedoms. Many Southern states reflected an anti-federalist viewpoint from the time of the Constitutional debates. (See The Anti-Federalist Papers.) When they exercised their constitutional right to secede from the union, federal troops were dispatched against them. Southerners interpreted this intervention as proof that the Northern controlled federal government would overextend its bounds in other areas as well. Many Southerners looked upon this war as a second American Revolution, a war fought to regain liberties for which their ancestors had died. The Civil War and its aftermath of Reconstruction set a precedent for federal intervention at the state, local, and individual level that affects all Americans to this day.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0982770073″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517bJiMMabL._SL110_.jpg” width=”71″]If you want to learn more about the Confederate issues surrounding this war (and you should!), we recommend you read Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War is Wrong, Ask a Southerner!
Critical Thinking in U. S. History Series / Book 2: New Republic to Civil War presents conflicting viewpoints of events that occurred during this period and asks students to analyze the interpretations. Covers: Early Industrialization, Andrew Jackson, Slavery, Who Fired First at Ft. Sumter, Causes of the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, Early Arguments for Women’s Rights.
Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War is Wrong, Ask a Southerner! What were the real causes of the Civil War? Was the War Fought Over Slavery? What are States Rights? Was Secession Treason? and Who Began the War? Was Abraham Lincoln really the hero portrayed by the media? This book is written from a distinctly Southern viewpoint and presents information missing from contemporary accounts. Revised and expanded.
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. The powerfully moving novel conveys the bitterness and drama of the Civil War through the lives of an ordinary Illinois family and their personal struggles. Newbery Honor book.
The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War by Jim Murphy. Young Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the Civil War (or the War Between the States), their feelings, their part in the battles, and what it was like.
Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit tells the remarkable true story of Emma Edmonds, who cropped her hair, donned men’s clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army as a spy. Posing as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, Emma became a master of disguise.
Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment by Clinton Cox tells the story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first black regiment in the Union army. They endured hostility from white Union soldiers, but finally proved themselves in a deadly assault on Ft. Wagner.
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates. Newbery Award winning true story of Amos Fortune, born the son of an African king, captured by slave traders, and who purchased his freedom at age 60. His tombstone says he “professed Christianity, lived reputably, and died hopefully.”
To Be a Slave. Newbery honor book about how it felt to be a slave, told in the words of men and women who lived through slavery.
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by F. N. Monjo. An AI Can Read@ book about how runaway slaves followed the Big Dipper (“The Drinking Gourd”) to freedom.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0590451561″ locale=”us” height=”94″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51lUj8VvohL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad. Another of the great “If You..” books that explains what it was like to be a runaway slave.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book that inflamed the Abolitionist movement and contributed to the War Between the States is also a powerful testimony to the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
If You Lived At The Time Of The Civil War is another great “If You…” book with questions and answers about what it was like to live during this time.
Abraham Lincoln’s World[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1893103161″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DHVxF1zXL._SL110_.jpg” width=”82″] by Genevieve Foster. Foster=s books are wonderful because they not only provide fascinating biographies of the famous figures in the title, but they also set the person=s life into historical perspective by explaining what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time. Ages 10 and up. .
Abraham Lincoln. Caldecott Medal winner and highly recommended picture story book about Lincoln’s life done in the D’Aulaire style.
Gettysburgby MacKinlay Kantor. A Landmark History book depicting all of the preparations, strategy, horror, and aftermath of this watershed battle.
The Red Badge of Courage. Stephen Crane’s classic story of a young man facing his first battle.
Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty. When General Sherman invaded Atlanta, he rounded up mill workers and shipped them North to work in the textile mills there. Hannalee, aged 12, was caught in this round up. At war’s end she heads south. True story.
Gallant Christian Soldier Robert E Lee Robert E. Lee was a Christian respected in the North and revered in the South. He was offered command of the Union Army, but chose instead to lead the army of Virginia, his home state.
War, Terrible War: 1855-1865 A History of US Book 6 is the sixth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0486217671″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PPEml9w3L._SL110_.jpg” width=”78″]The Indian How Book by Arthur C. Parker. Authentic information on how the Indians did things. How they made canoes, tipis, traps, bark lodges, how they married, talked, danced and dressed, etc. Any “how” you ever wanted answered is in this book. All ages.
The Very First Americans is a beginning reader about the different American Indian tribes. It describes Indians of each geographical area (Northwest Coast, Southwest, Woodlands, Plains).
D’Aulaire’s Pocahontas. Highly acclaimed picture story book of the life of Pocahontas.
Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell. Excellent account of the travels of Lewis and Clark told through the eyes of Sacagawea.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1556522134″ locale=”us” height=”84″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61Eks9mXgAL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]More Than Moccasins: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life by Laurie Carlson is a kid’s activity guide to traditional North American Indian life with more than 100 illustrated crafts and activities. It includes how to play many traditional Indian games, make headdresses, warbonnets, and more. There are sections on everyday life, things to wear, song and dance, toys, games, meals and snacks. Projects use everyday materials and are designed to make history exciting. A great supplement to any study of American Indians.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Caldecott Medal winner. The true story of an Indian girl who lived alone on an island off the California coast.
My Indian Boyhood. Luther Standing Bear was part of the last generation of Sioux boys to be trained in the old warrior ways. A fascinating insight into the Plains Indian culture of the late 1800s. Our boys loved this wonderful account of his boyhood and training.
If You Lived With The Sioux Indians • If You Lived With The Cherokees • If You Lived With The Iroquois • If You Lived With The Indians Of The Northwest Coast. What would you eat? Where would you live? What would happen if you got sick? Would your parents be strict? Fascinating question and answer books about life in different Indian tribes.
America’s Closing Frontier (1864 – 1910)
The Long Way Westwardby Joan Sandin. Sequel to The Long Way to a New Land.
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Connie and Peter Roop. While her father is away, young Abbie must keep her promise to care for her family and keep the lighthouse lights burning, even during a storm.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Newbery Winner about an adventurous tomboy on the Wisconsin frontier in 1864. Many readers like the Caddie Woodlawn books even better than Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0064400409″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51n66IG7zdL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set. Beloved books by Laura Ingalls Wilder tell of her pioneer life. Everyone, young and old, should read these books! Boxed set of 9 books
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. A very special book about a boy, a dog, and the dangers of the Texas wilderness. Fourteen-year-old Travis is left to protect his family while his father goes on a cattle drive and an ugly, yellow dog shows up. As much as Travis hated him in the beginning, that’s how much he loved him in the end.
If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island. Another of the wonderful “If You…” books with illustrations and questions about what it would be like to live then. Ellis Island opened in N.Y. harbor in 1892 and in 30 years, it processed more than 12 million immigrants.
Critical Thinking in United States History: Reconstruction to Progressivism / Book 3 has students analyze differing viewpoints of events from the close of the Civil War to 1900.
A Reconstructing America: 1865-1890 A History of US Book 7 is the seventh volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
[easyazon-link asin="0195327225" locale="us"]An Age of Extremes: 1880-1917 A History of US Book 8[/easyazon-link] is the eighth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
If You Lived 100 Years Ago. Another of the wonderful “If You…” books with illustrations and questions about what it would be like to live then.
Blue Willow. Award winning novel about the Depression years and the effect they have on a migrant family. The blue willow plate that Janey treasures is her only symbol of permanence in a life of change.
The Yearling by Marjorie K. Rawlings is the story of backwoods Florida in the 30s and a boy who unexpectedly finds a friend in a young fawn.
Books by Ralph Moody
This series is based on the author’s growing up years in the early 1900s. Families love the Moody saga for its lessons in good living, character in the face of adversity, adventure, and humor. Deeply inspiring and full of powerful lessons. (Contains a few curse words.)
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. The Moodys move from New England to Colorado in the early 1900s.
Man of the Family. When Ralph’s father dies, “Little Britches” becomes the head of the household.
[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0803282109″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Ag43Rx8UL._SL110_.jpg” width=”68″]The Home Ranch. At twelve years old, “Little Britches” signs on as a cowhand on a cattle ranch.
Mary Emma & Company. Ralph’s mother takes her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Ralph, no longer called “Little Britches,” comes into his own.
The Fields of Home. Ralph tried to be a city boy, but can’t make it, so he moves to his grandfather’s.
Shaking the Nickel Bush. Ralph, now eighteen, strikes out for the West again.
Horse of a Different Color. Ralph finds himself bankrupt through collapse of the livestock market.
The Dry Divide. Just turned 20, Ralph arrives in Nebraska with a dime in his pocket, but perseveres.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Beautifully written story of white Southern culture and the events surrounding a white lawyer’s defense of a black man. Told through the eyes of the lawyer’s daughter, a touching, thought-provoking book about love overcoming prejudice.
If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King. Covers the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement through a series of questions.
Critical Thinking in United States History: Spanish-American War to Vietnam War / Book 4 has students analyze differing viewpoints of events from 1890 to 1975.
War, Peace, and All That Jazz: 1918-1945 A History of US Book 9 is the ninth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.
All the People: Since 1945 is the fifth volume in the highly acclaimed A History of US series by Joy Hakim.