From Sea to Shining Sea Reading List


This reading list is keyed to the chapters in From Sea to Shining Sea, the recommended text for American history at Levels 2 (UK students) and 3 (US students).

Chapter 1

  • The Viking World (Usborne)
  • Leif the Lucky (D’Aulaire)
  • The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (French)
  • Beorn the Proud (Polland)
  • Myths and Legends of the Vikings (Bellerophon)
  • The Log of Christopher Columbus First Voyage to America (Dover)
  • Columbus (D’Aulaire)
  • He Went With Christopher Columbus (Kent)
  • The Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Sperry)

Chapter 2

  • We Were There With Cortez and Montezuma (Appel)
  • Cortez Conquers Mexico (Johnson)

Chapter 3

  • The Lady of Guadalupe (de Paola)
  • Saints of the Californian Missions (Bellerophon)
  • A Sketch of Eusebio F. Kino, S.J., Apostle to the Pimas (Bolton)

Chapter 4

  • Saint Isaac and the Indians (Lomask)
  • Father Marquette and the Great Rivers (Derleth)
  • Kateri Tekakwitha (Brown)
  • The Travels of Samuel de Champlain (Mattern)
  • LaSalle and the Exploration of the Mississippi (Harmon)
  • Madeleine Takes Command (Brill)
  • Hiawatha’s Childhood (Longfellow)

Chapter 5

  • Pocahontas (D’Aulaire)
  • The Double Life of Pocahontas (Fritz)
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims (Daughery)
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims (Bulla)
  • John Billington, Friend of Squanto (Bulla)
  • The Sign of the Beaver (Speare)
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh)
  • The Travels of Henry Hudson (Mattern)
  • Sarah Morton’s Day (Waters)

Chapter 6

  • George Washington (D’Aulaire)
  • Calico Captive (Speare)
  • The Colonial Wars (Carter)
  • Struggle for a Continent, The French and Indian Wars (Maestro)

Chapter 7

  • Benjamin Franklin (D’Aulaire)
  • Ben and Me (Lawson)
  • Early Thunder (Fritz)

Chapter 8

  • The American Revolution (Bliven)
  • The Winter at Valley Forge (Knight)
  • The Bulletproof George Washington (Barton)
  • The Swamp Fox of the Revolution (Holbrook)
  • Silver for General Washington (Meadowcroft)
  • George Washington’s Socks (Woodruff)
  • Paul Revere and I (Lawson)
  • Paul Revere’s Ride (Longfellow)
  • The Cabin Faced West (Fritz)
  • Toliver’s Secret (Brady)
  • Johnny Tremain (Forbes)
  • Guns for General Washington (Reit)
  • The Reb and the Redcoats (Savery)

Chapter 9

  • The Preamble to the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights

Chapter 10

  • Daniel Boone (Daughery)

Chapter 11

  • John Carroll, Bishop and Patriot (Lomask)
  • Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity (Power-Walters)
  • Kat Finds a Friend (Stromberg)
  • Priest on Horseback (Betz)

Chapter 12

  • Of Courage Undaunted (Daughery)
  • Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark (Blumber)
  • Streams to the River, Streams to the Sea (O’Dell)
  • Cleared for Action (Meader)
  • Minn of the Mississippi (Holling)
  • Paddle to the Sea (Holling)
  • Tree in the Trail (Holling)
  • Indian Boyhood (Eastman)
  • The War of 1812 (Carter)

Chapter 13

  • Voices of the Alamo (Garland)
  • Empires Lost and Won (Marrin)

Chapter 14

  • Rosie and the Bear Flag (Bellerophon)
  • Great Indians of California (Bellerophon)

Chapter 15

  • The Pioneers Go West (Stewart)
  • By the Great Horn Spoon (Fleischman)
  • The Oregon Trail (Parkman)
  • On to Oregon (Morrow)
  • Children of the Covered Wagon (Carr)

Chapter 16

  • Wanted Dead or Alive (McGovern)
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man (Yates)
  • Turn Homeward, Hannalee (Beatty)
  • Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee (Beatty)
  • Gettysburg (Kantor)
  • Across Five Aprils (Hunt)
  • Undying Glory (Cox)
  • The Civil War (Carter)
  • This Hallowed Ground (Catton)
  • Gettysburg Address (Lincoln)

Chapter 17

  • Abraham Lincoln (D’Aulaire)
  • Rifles for Watie (Keith)
  • The Boy’s War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War (Murphy)

Chapter 18

  • Caddie Woodlawn (Brink)
  • Little House Books (Wilder)
  • Buffalo Bill (D’Aulaire)
  • Old Sam, Dakota Trotter (Taylor)
  • I Will Fight No More Forever (Beal)
  • Trail of Tears 

Chapter 19

  • Great Lives, Inventors (Lomask)
  • Usborne Book of Discovery: Inventors

Chapter 20

  • Dorothy Day
  • Mother Cabrini, Missionary to the World (Keyes)
  • The Orphans Find a Home (Stromberg)
  • Thomas Finds a Treasure (Stromberg)
  • St. Katherine Drexel, Friend of the Oppressed (Tarry)

Note: We would like to thank Maria Rioux for providing this reading list.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email