Further Reading – American History

Optional Additional Reading for Introduction to American History (Levels 1 and 2)

General Reading

Level 1

Short Stories of Famous Men in History by James Reynolds — not just American history — Alexander the Great to Douglas MacArthur
Little People Who Became Great by Laura Large
Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston

Other Resources

Ballads of American History by Fred Cooper – CD

Year 1 – Term 1 (Explorers and Pioneers)

Christopher Columbus

Level 1

Columbus by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire
Where Do You Think You Are Going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz

Level 2

Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad
He Went With Christopher Columbus by Louise Andrews Kent

Other

By Right of Conquest by G.A.Henty

Year 1 – Term 2 (Stories of Virginia)

Virginia

Level 1

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla

Captain John Smith

TBA

Pocahontas

Level 1

Pocahontas by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire
Pocahontas by Brian Doherty
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla

Year 1 – Term 3 (Stories of New England)

Pilgrims

Level 1

If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz

Level 2

The Landing of the Pilgrims (Landmark Book) by James Daugherty

Maine

Level 2

Calico Bush by Rachel Field — young French girl becomes an indentured servant in Maine
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Connecticut

Level 2

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Other

Level 1

If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern

Year 2 -Term 1 (Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies)

Catholic History

Level 1

Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity [Vision Book Series] by Alma Powers-Waters
Priest on Horseback by Eva K. Betz

New York

Level 1 / 2

Peter Stuyvesant: Dutch Military Leader by Arthur M. Schlesinger

Pennsylvania

Level 1

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz

Ben Franklin

Level 1

Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins
What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson

Level 2

Poor Richard by James Daughtery

Year 2 – Term 2 (Stories of the French in America; The Struggle for Liberty)

Catholic History

Level 2

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maid [Vision Book Series] by Evelyn M. Brown
Louis Jolliet & Father Jacques Marquette by Daniel E. Harmon
Father Marquette and the Great Rivers [Vision Book Series] by August Derleth
St. Isaac and the Indians [Vision Book Series] by Milton Lomask

Mississippi

Level 2

La Salle and the Exploration of the Mississippi by Daniel E. Harmon

French and Indian War

Level 1

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds

Level 2

Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel Brill

Native Americans

Level 1

Om-Kas-Toe by Kenneth Thomasma

Level 2

The Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling
Indian Boyhood by Charles Eastman

Boston Tea Party

Level 2

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Paul Revere

Level 1

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson

Other

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

Year 2 – Term 3 (Stories of the Struggle for Liberty)

Level 1

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock by Jean Fritz
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz
The Winter at Valley Forge by James Knight
Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady
Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin

Level 2

The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven (Landmark Book)
Gettysburg by MacKinlay Kantor (Landmark Book)
Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
John Paul Jones by Norma Jean Lutz
Ethan Allen by Virginia Aronson
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery

George Washington

Level 1

George Washington by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire
Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner

Level 2

The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton

Year 3 – Term 1 (Stories of the US Under the Constitution)

Level 1

Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Thomas Jefferson

Level 1

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett

Other

Level 1

Susanna of the Alamo: a True Story by John Jakes
The Mexican Story by May McNeer and Lynd Ward — Catholic perspective

Year 3- Term 2 (Gold Rush; Civil War)

Level 1

Turn Homeward Hannalee by Patricia Beatty

Westward Expansion

Level 1

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Buffalo Bill by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire

Level 2

Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark by Rhoda Blumberg
Pioneers Go West by George R. Stewart (Landmark Book)

Gold Rush

Level 1

By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman — read aloud for younger children, independent read for Level 2

Underground Railroad

Level 1

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling

Abraham Lincoln

Level 1

Abe Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar D’Aulaire

Level 2

Lincoln: a Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Abe Lincoln by Sterling North (Landmark Book)

Civil War

Level 1

The Monitor and the Merrimac by Richard Conrad Stein
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
The Perilous Road by William O. Steele
This Hallowed Ground: The Story of the Union Side of the Civil War by Bruce Catton – gives a sense of the political forces behind events, all written in an accessible but engaging style. Out of print.

 

Year 3 – Term 3 (Civil War to World War I)

Catholic History

Level 1

Young Life of Mother Katharine Drexel by Claire Jordan Mohan
Mother Cabrini: Missionary to the World [Vision Book Series] by Frances Parkinson Keyes

World War I

World War I by Kent

Other

Level 1

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
The Terrible Wave by Marden Dahlstedt — Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood of 1889
Hero Over Here by Kathleen Kudlinski
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz

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