American Girl History Books for unit studies

Books for American History Units

Great Books for
American History Units

At last !

Book lists for all the American Girl History Units…
all in one tidy place !

If you’re just visiting for the first time or you’ve recently subscribed, I hope you’ll also enjoy checking out these units.  I’ll link them below.
Are you a mom with boys ?  DON’T run !
You can definitely use these units with your boys too.  Just substitute some of the suggested American Girl books if they balk, with other books from this American History Booklist and the unit studies will work for your whole family !
Are you a mom with littles, high schoolers, and some everywhere in between ?
READ on !

These units are super flexible.  The spine is solid in all subject areas (minus math)-  just add in some activities (check out my corresponding Pinterest Boards),  adjust the reading requirements, and get ready for the most ENJOYABLE year of homeschooling ever !


American History Books Native America

Native America Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Native America –

*Kaya, An American Girl 1764 (6 Book Boxed Set)
*Kaya’s Short Stories
*The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
*Kaya:  An American Girl   (Audiobook)
*Buffalo Before Breakfast   (Magic Treehouse)
*Kaya, BeForever 3 Book Set    &    Kaya BeForever Mysteries
*The Birchbark House , The Game of Silence, and The Porcupine Year
*Chickadee   and  Makoons
*Lewis and Clark and Me
*Spirit of the Warhorse
*Dream Catcher
*Buffalo Woman
*Children of the Longhouse
*Sky Sisters
*The Rough Faced Girl
*Meriwether Lewis- Off the Edge of the Map
*The Captain’s Dog

*Native America Resource/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764
*DK: The North American Indian
*Salmon Stream
*The Magic School Bus Goes Upstream
*What Was the Lewis & Clark Expedition?
*First People: An Illustrated History of American Indians
*The Nez Perce  (A First Americans Book)
*Welcome to the World of Coyotes
*If You Lived With the Indians of the Northwest Coast
*If You Lived With the Sioux Indians
What Was the Lewis & Clark Expedition ?

*Activity Guides for Native America-

*More Than Moccasins: Kid’s Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life
*Native American History for Kids (with 21 Activities)
*Charting the World
*Draw, Write, Now: Book 3
*Lewis & Clark for Kids   (with 21 Activities)


*I Will Fight No More Forever
*Lewis & Clark Great Journey West

*You may also like –

*American Girl Doll Kaya and Book
*Kaya Mini-Doll and Book
*Discoveries !  The Journals of Lewis & Clark Board Game
(I haven’t tried this one- if your family loves games like Risk, this board game looks amazing!)
*Big Book of Horses to Color
*Kaya Paper Dolls
*Indian Tribes of North America Coloring Book
*Lewis & Clark Expedition Coloring Book

American History Books for Colonial America Unit Study

Colonial America Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Colonial America Study-

*Felicity, An American Girl 1774  (3 Book, Boxed set)
*Colonial America:  An Interactive History and  The Revolutionary War
*Felicity, BeForever Book Set  and  Felicity Mysteries (Traitor in Williamsburg)
*The Lost Colony of Roanoke
*The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple
*Shadows at Jamestown  & Spies at Mount Vernon (series!)
*Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims
*Our Strange New Land   and    Standing in the Light
*Problems in Plymouth
*Colonial America:  An Interactive History Adventure
*George Washington’s Breakfast
*Mr. Revere and I
*George vs. George:  The American Revolution
*Phoebe the Spy  and  Tolliver’s Secret 
*Five Smooth Stones
*Revolutionary War on Wednesday  (Magic Treehouse)
*American Revolution Fact Tracker
*And Then What Happened Paul Revere ?
*The Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim’s Progress)    &   The Pictoral Pilgrim’s Progress
*Colonial Caper:  Mystery at Williamsburg
*The Journal of William Thomas Emerson
*Susanna’s Midnight Ride !
*Spies of the American Revolution  (You Choose! series)
*I Survived the American Revolution
*William Penn: Liberty and Justice For All
*18 Roses Red
*George Washington’s Socks

*Colonial America Resource/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
*A Colonial Town: Williamsburg
*If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days
*Shhh…We’re Writing the Constitution
*You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist
*Science in Colonial America
*Spy Science
*Medicine in Colonial America
*Who Was George Washington ?
*The Dreadful, Smelly Colonies 
*The Declaration of Independence, What It Really Means
& The Bill of Rights   (Kids Translations series !)
*George  Vs.  George
*What is the Declaration of Independence ?
*What is the Constitution ?

*Activity Guides for Colonial America-

*Felicity’s Cooking Studio
*Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself
*Colonial Kids:  An Activity Guide
*Revolutionary War  (with 21 Activities)
*Felicity’s Theatre Kit

*You may also like –

*American Girl Mini Doll Felicity and Book
*Felicity: An American Girl Adventure   (full length movie )
*Johnny Tremain   (DVD)
*Drive Thru History- Columbus Through the Constitution !   (DVD)
*History of the United States Trivia Game
*Professor Noggin’s American Revolution Card Game
*Felicity Mini Doll and Book
*Colonial and Early American Fashions Coloring Book
*Life in Colonial America Coloring Book
*Liberty Kids DVD  (40 episodes !)
*The Dangerous Journey  (DVD)
*The American Girls Party Book
*1776  (If you like musicals 🙂
*Life in Colonial America Coloring Book , Story of the Revolutionary War,
Revolutionary War Heroes and Heroines
*US History Crossword Puzzles
*Gettysburg Jigsaw Puzzle   or  The Constitution Puzzle
(500-1,000 pieces for the older kiddos –  this is such a great activity to do while  listening to audio books or read alouds !)
*Hands-On History Tea Pot Bank Kit

*Colonial America Christmas Books-

*Christmas in Williamsburg
*An Early American Christmas
*Felicity’s Surprise
*American Girl Mini Doll Felicity and Book

American History Books for Frontier Unit Study

America’s Frontier Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Frontier America Study-

*Josefina:  An American Girl 1824   (6 Book, Boxed Set)
*Meet Josefina,  Josefina Learns a Lesson,  Josefina’s Surprise  (3 book set)
*Josefina BeForever 3 Book Set  and  Josefina Mysteries (Secrets in the Hills)
*A Right Fine Life:  Kit Carson on the Trail
*The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
*Tree in the Trail
*Arrow to the Sun
*Ghost Town at Sundown  (Magic Tree House)  &  Wild West Fact Tracker
*All the Stars in the Sky
*Josefina: An American Girl   (Audiobook)
*The Day It Snowed Tortillas

*Frontier Resources/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
*New Mexico – Hello USA
*Through Georgia’s Eyes
*Georgia O’Keeffe  (Getting to Know America’s Great Artists)
*The Pueblo
*Taos Pueblo Painted Stories

*Activity Guides for Frontier Unit-

*Josefina’s Cookbook  and  Josefina’s Craft Book
*Westward Ho!  An Activity Guide to the Wild West
*Pueblo Indian Cookbook
*Explore the Wild West:  With 25 Great Projects
*Wild West Days:  American Kids In History

*You May Also Like-

*American Girl Doll Josefina & Book
*Josefina Paper Dolls
*The American Girls Party Book
*Josefina Mini Doll and Book
* A Tall Tale   (DVD)
*Pueblo Village Paper Model
*Fun With Southwest Stencils
*How to Draw New Mexico’s Sights and Symbols

*Southwest Frontier Christmas Books-

*The Night of Las Posadas
*The Legend of the Poinsettia
*Josefina’s Surprise
*Las Posadas: A Christmas Musical for Children
*Nine Days to Christmas
*I Saw Santa in New Mexico
*The Glowing Heart
*Josefina:  Sunlight and Shadows
*Changes for Josefina

American History Books for Pioneer Unit Study

Pioneer America Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Pioneer Study-

*Kirsten: An American Girl 1854   (6 Book, Boxed Set)
*The Oregon Trail:  An Interactive History
*The Journal of Sean Sullivan:  My America
*Rachel’s Journey:  The Story of a Pioneer Girl
*The Great Railroad Race:  The Diary of Libby West
*The Cabin Faced West
*The Birchbark House  (This is a series of Books- also listed in Kaya Unit)
*The Courage of Sarah Noble
*Willa Cather, O, Pioneers !
*Twister on Tuesday (Magic Treehouse)  and  Twisters & Other Terrible Storms
*My Name Is Truth
*Captive Treasure
*Soft Rain
*Ghost Town at Sundown    and  The Wild West!  (non-fiction companion)
*Davy Crockett- Ever Westward
*Battle of the Alamo     and   Westward Expansion   (An Interactive History)
*The Oregon Trail   (Choose Your Own Adventure)
*By the Great Horn Spoon !
*American Tall Tales

*Pioneers Resources/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
*Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
*A Pioneer Sampler
*Westward Expansion  (A True Book Series)
*You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Pioneer
*If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
*Who Was Johnny Appleseed ?
*Who Was Helen Keller?
*Carl Larsson’s Home, Family and Farm 
*DK Wild West
*What Was the Wild West ?

*Activity Guides for Pioneer Unit Study-

*Pioneer Days  (American Kids in History)
*Kirsten’s Cook Book
*Kirsten’s Craft Book
*Heading West: Life With the Pioneers   (21 Activities Series)
*Carl Larsson Coloring Book

*You May Also Like-

*The American Girls Party Book
*Disney’s American Legends
*Tall Tale:  The Wildest Adventure the West Has Ever Seen
*Little House on the Prairie    (DVD set)
*My Little House Cookbook  &  My Little House Craft Book
*Kirsten Mini Doll & Book
*Western Pioneers Coloring Book
*Little House on the Prairie Cookbook    &  Craft Book   (LOVE!!!)
*Davy Crockett   (2 Movie DVD Set)
*The Great Locomotive Chase 
*Into the West
*How the West Was Won
*Little House on the Prairie
*Love Comes Softly   (Our family LOVED this series of movies! )
*America:  The Story of US
(This History Channel series is a more “text-bookish”  overview)
*Davy Crockett & the Alamo (History kits !)

*Pioneer Christmas Books-

*A Pioneer Thanksgiving  and  A Pioneer Christmas
*Lucia Morning in Sweden
*Kirsten’s Surprise
*Kirsten, Snowbound !
*Lucia, Child of Light
*The Tomten
*Little House Christmas Treasury
*Christmas in Noisy Village

American History Books Civil War

Civil War Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Civil War History Unit-

*Addy:  An American Girl  (6 Book Set)
*Meet Addy, Addy Learns a Lesson,  and Addy’s Surprise
*Addy BeForever 3 Book Set   and  Addy Mysteries (Shadows on Society Hill)
*The Civil War:  An Interactive History
*The Underground Railroad:  An Interactive History
*The Last Brother:  A Civil War Tale
*I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy a Freed Girl
*When Will This Cruel War Be Over ?
*Civil War on Sunday (Magic Treehouse)  
*Abe Lincoln At Last  & Fact Tracker Companion 
*Follow the Drinking Gourd
*Words Set Me Free
*Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
*Henry’s Freedom Box
*Pink & Say
*Harriet Tubman-  Freedombound !
*The Civil War !  (An Interactive History Adventure)
*I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
*Addy 1864
*Two Miserable Presidents

*Civil War Resources/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Addy’s World 1864
*If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
*If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America
*If You Lived At the Time of the Civil War
*Daily Life on a Southern Plantation  1853
*What Was the Underground Railroad ?
*Zoo in the Sky
*A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky
*DK Civil War
*What Was the Underground Railroad ?

*Activity Guides for Civil War Study-

*Addy’s Cookbook
*Addy’s Craft Book
*The Underground Railroad for Kids   (21 Activities Series)
*The Civil War For Kids   (21 Activities Series)
* Abraham Lincoln  (21 Activities Series)
*Civil War Fashions Coloring Book
*Civil War Days

*You May Also Like-

*American Girl Doll Addy and Book
*Addy Mini Doll & Book 
*American Girl Addy  Paper Dolls
*Story of the Civil War Coloring Book
*The American Girls Party Book
*Little Women   (set during the Civil War)
*Gone With the Wind
(Really shows culture of the time and potentially opens up chance for discussions on all sorts of things!)
*A Soldier’s Life in the Civil War
*Civil War Game

*Civil War Era Christmas Books-

*Litte Women   (DVD)
*Addy’s Surprise:  A Christmas Story
*Addy- A Heart Full of Hope
*Louisa May Alcott Christmas Treasury
*Christmas in the Big House,  Christmas in the Quarters
*Christmas Dreams: Portraits of Little Women
*Pennsylvania Dutch The Night Before Christmas 
*American Girl Doll Addy and Book

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Turn of the Century America Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for Turn of the Century America Study-

*Samantha:  An American Girl  (6 Book Set)
*BeForever Samantha  (3 Book Set)
*Samantha’s Ocean Liner Adventure
*American Girl Rebecca   (6 Book Set)
*Hear My Sorrow, Dreams in the Golden Country
and  A Time for Courage   (Dear America series)
*At Ellis Island:  A History in Many Voices
*The Journal of Finn Reardon:  A Newsie
*Orphan Trains:  An Interactive History Adventure
*The Titanic:  An Interactive History Adventure
*The Journal of Finn Reardon
*Samantha: An American Girl
*Dear America:  Hear My Sorrow
*Orphan Trains:  An Interactive History Adventure
*Madman In Manhattan
*Ellis Island:  An Interactive History Adventure
*Letters From Rifka
*Dreams In the Golden Country
*The Orphan of Ellis Island
*Bully For You, Teddy Roosevelt !
*The Memory Coat
*Tonight on the Titanic  and  Non-Fiction Companion
*Voyage on the Great Titanic
*Secrets On 26th Street

*Early 1900’s America Resources/Informational Books-

*Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904
*What Was Ellis Island ?
*What Were the Roaring Twenties ?
*What is the Statue of Liberty ?
*Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?
*Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
*Bully for You, Theodore Roosevelt !
*The Remarkable Life of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Empire America
*The Camping Trip That Changed America 
*John Muir
*National Geographs’ Kids Guide to the National Parks
*The Boy Who Drew Birds
*Birds, Nests, and Eggs : A Take Along Guide
*Who Was Henry Ford ?
*Who Were the Wright Brothers ?
*The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight
*Mistakes That Worked
*Thomas Edison: Inventor With a Lot of Bright Ideas
*DK Encyclopedia of American History
*DK Titanic – Eyewitness 

*Activity Guides for Turn of the Century Unit Study –

*Samantha’s Cookbook
*Samantha’s Craft Book
*Theodore Roosevelt for Kids- His Life & Times   (21 Activities Series)
*The Industrial Revolution – 21 Activities series
*The Kids’ Inventing Book
*Kids Invention Kit

*You May Also Enjoy- 

*American Girl Doll Samantha & Book
*Samantha Mini Doll & Book
*Samantha:  An American Girl Holiday    (Movie)
*Newsies    (Movie)
*Pollyanna  (Movie)
*Samantha’s Friendship Fun
*The Stolen Saphire – A Samantha Mystery
*Samantha Paper Dolls
*Fashions of the Roaring 20’s   (Coloring Book)
*Samantha’s Cookbook   
*Samantha’s Craft Book

*Turn of the Century Era Christmas Books-

*Samantha An American Girl Holiday Movie
*Victorian Christmas 
*Samantha’s Surprise
*Samantha:  Manners & Mischief
*An Ellis Island Christmas
*American Girl Doll Samantha & Book


Great Depression American Girl Kit Unit Study

The Great Depression Unit Study- Recommended Books 

*Literature for The Great Depression Unit Study-

*Welcome to Kit’s World 1934
*American Girl Kit: 6 Book Set
*The Jazzman’s Trumpet: A Kit Mystery
*A Thief In the Theatre:  A Kit Mystery
*Danger at the Zoo:  A Kit Mystery
*Kit, Read All About It!
*Blue Willow
*The Mighty Miss Malone!
*Bud, Not Buddy!
*Out of the Dust!
*The Gardener
*The Great Depression: Choose Your Own Adventure
*The Dust Bowl: Choose Your Own Adventure
*The Magic Tree House:  A Good Night For Ghosts 
*The Magic Tree House:  Blizzard of the Blue Moon
*Rocks In His Head
*The Boxcar Children
*Ruby Rides the Rails
*Ruby’s Hope
*Rose’s Journal
*Born and Bred In the Great Depression
*Sky Boys
*Dorothea’s Eyes
*The Hundred Dresses

*Kit Unit Resources/Informational Books-

*Children of the Great Depression
*Children of the Dust Bowl
*What Was the Great Depression?
*Voices of the Dust Bowl
*The Great Depression Wasn’t Always Sad
*The Great Depression: Experience the 1930’s
*Whatever Happened to Penny Candy
*Oklahoma!  Hello USA
*Ohio!  Hello USA
*DK Amelia Earhart
*Who Was Amelia Earhart?
*Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
*Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?
*Eleanor Roosevelt: Childhood of Famous Americans
*Getting to Know Great Artists: Dorothea Lange 
*What Are Stocks?
*Go Stock! Go!
*Investor Ninja

*Activity Guides for The Great Depression Unit Study –

*The Great Depression For Kids- 21 Activities
*Kids Guide To Photography
*Paper Airplane!
*Gardening For Kids
*New York City History- 21 Activities
*The White House For Kids- 21 Activities
*Clara’s Kitchen

*You May Also Enjoy- Movies, Games, Kits

*Kit Mini Doll & BeForever Book

*American Girl Kit Movie
*Shirley Temple:  The Little Princess Movie
*The Wizard of Oz
*The Journey of Natty Gann
*Singin’ In the Rain
*Places In the Heart

+Board Games-
*Sorry!  (Classic Version)
*Money Bags
*Pay Day
*Ticket To Ride

*Depression Era Christmas Books-

*Kit’s Surprise:  A Christmas Story
*Christmas After All
*Asleep On the Hay
*An Orange For Frankie
*It’s A Wonderful Life


American Girl History Units

*FREE Native America Unit Study-  AG Kaya
+Kaya Printable Power Pack    (Free!)
+Native America (Kaya) Unit Study- PDF Version

*FREE Colonial America Unit Study – AG Felicity
+Felicity Printable Power Pack
+Colonial America  (Felicity) Unit Study-  PDF Version
+Also be sure to check out Felicity’s Colonial Christmas Pinterest Board !

*FREE Southwest Frontier America Unit Study – AG Josefina
+Josefina Printable Power Pack
+Southwest Frontier  (Josefina) Unit Study-  PDF Version
+Also be sure to check out Josefina’s Southwestern Christmas Pinterest Board !

*FREE Pioneer America Unit Study – AG Kirsten
+Kirsten Printable Power Pack
+Pioneer America (Kirsten) Unit Study- PDF Version
+Also be sure to check out Kirsten’s Pioneer Christmas Pinterest Board !

*FREE Civil War America Unit Study – AG Addy
+Addy Printable Power Pack
+Civil War (Addy) Unit Study-  PDF Version
+Also be sure to check out Addy’s Civil War Christmas Pinterest Board !

*FREE 1900 Turn of the Century America Unit Study – AG Samantha
  +Samantha Printable Power Pack
+Turn of the Century (Samantha) Unit Study-  PDF Version
+Also be sure to check out Samantha’s 1900’s Christmas Pinterest Board !

*FREE Great Depression Unit Study- AG Kit

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*American Girl Christmas School-  Homeschooling Through the Holidays

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This would be a great resource to use with any of the above units…and there are lots of other great American History reading ideas for kids listed in that post as well!

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*Fields’s of Daisies’ History Book & Resources Lists:

*Ancient Civilizations & The Old Testament Books & Resources List
*Ancient Egypt Books & Resources List
*Ancient Greece Books & Resources List
*Ancient Rome Books & Resources List
*The Middle Ages Books & Resources List

*Early American History Books & Resources List
*Modern American History Books & Resources List
*Great Books & Resources for American History Unit Studies
(These go along with the American Girl Unit Studies, but have TONS of other resources as well.  You will also find a CHRISTMAS section with some super fun ideas for Holiday Homeschooling!)

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