Tag Archives: U.S. history

We’re Reading Through History

This summer, I plan to share my favorite children’s books about U.S. history with you. I hope that these booklists will be valuable for teachers planning lessons for the coming school year and for families visiting historic sites this summer. … Continue reading

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Read Through History VI: Frontier Life & Native Americans (1850-1900)

In this sixth installment of our Read Through History series, I share picture books about frontier life and Native Americans during the second half of the 19th century. This booklist includes stories about The Oregon Trail (e.g. Apples to Oregon … Continue reading

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Read Through History VII: Immigrants

This booklist features stories of people immigrating to the United States. These stories describe the various reasons people come to the United States (for job opportunities, to flee from war etc.) and the challenges they face when they arrive. The … Continue reading

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Read Through History V: Slavery & The Civil War

When I learned about slavery as a child, I remember being very inspired by the courage and strength of character of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and others. Today, there are some amazing picture book biographies available about … Continue reading

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Read Through History IV: Westward Expansion (1800-1850)

Next up, we have been reading about western expansion during the first half of the 19th century. The books below cover the Lewis and Clark Expedition (e.g. Seaman’s Journey and Sacagawea), the Indian Removal Act of 1830 (e.g. Soft Rain … Continue reading

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Read Through History III: The Revolutionary War & Founding of a Nation

Just in time for July 4th, here are our favorite books about the founding of the United States. July 4th marks the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed. Two fantastic books for teaching kids about the Declaration of … Continue reading

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Read Through History II: Early Explorers and Colonial Times

This booklist includes books about early explorers, the first English settlements (Jamestown and Plimouth), early interactions — both friendly and hostile — between Native Americans and colonists, and early colonial life. I have arranged the books below roughly in chronological … Continue reading

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