Early American History Book List –
Part 1 (The Vikings through the Civil War)
If you’ve been following this series of great books and learning resources for history already, thanks and welcome back!
If you’re just finding it, the Free Ancient World History Curriculum series is a chronological history study that begins with Ancient Civilizations and travels all the way through the Middle Ages & the Renaissance.
This book list is intended to be a companion resource for a NEW part in this series focused on American History…. You can find it here
—> FREE Early American History Curriculum !
Were the Vikings really as treacherous as depicted?
What happened to the Lost Colony at Roanoke?
What did quilts have to do with the Underground Railroad?
I hope you’ll love this study as much as we did!
These History Book Lists are meant to offer you a quality selection of resources to help really make these studies come alive !
The list is arranged in categories so you can find what you need quickly!
*Early American History Literature (Historical Fiction/Biographies)
*Early American History Resource/Informational Books (Non-fiction)
*Activity Guides (Hands-On Learning Guides)
*Early American History Movies
Now on to the Early American History Book List !
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Early American History Book List
*Literature for Early American History :
*Voyage With the Vikings
*Follow the Dream
*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
*Felicity 1774 (There are 5 books in this series!)
*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
*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)
*Meriwether Lewis- Off the Edge of the Map
*The Captain’s Dog
*The Oregon Trail (Choose Your Own Adventure)
*By the Great Horn Spoon !
*American Tall Tales
*Harriet Tubman- Freedombound !
*The Civil War ! (An Interactive History Adventure)
*I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
*Two Miserable Presidents
*Early American History Resource/Informational Books:
*What Is…. ? Another great series with lots of Early American History choices-
–What is the Declaration of Independence ?
–What is the Constitution ?
–What Was the Underground Railroad ?
–What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?
–What Was the Lewis & Clark Expedition ?
–What Was the Wild West ?
*Indian Tribes of North America Coloring Book
*Exploration of North American Coloring Book
*Life in Colonial America Coloring Book , Story of the Revolutionary War,
Revolutionary War Heroes and Heroines
*Lewis & Clark Expedition Coloring Book
*Western Pioneers Coloring Book
*Story of the Civil War Coloring Book
*Activity Guides for Early American History Unit:
*The 21 Activities for Kids Series !
– Native Americans
– The American Revolution
– Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or George Washington
– Heading West and Lewis and Clark
– Abraham Lincoln , The Underground Railroad, and Civil War
*I also really like the Discover the Past series !!
These have less reading/information, but still TONS of great activities,
projects, recipes, etc.
– Colonial Days, Revolutionary War Days, Pioneer Days , Civil War Days
*Movies for Early American History:
*NOTE: As always please preview all movies. Every child/family is different in what they are ready to assimilate.
*Drive Thru History- Columbus Through the Constitution !
*Squanto! A Warrior’s Tale
*American Girl Felicity (DVD- Colonial Williamsburg)
* 1776 !
*Davy Crockett (2 Movie DVD Set)
*The Great Locomotive Chase
*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!)
*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)
*EXTRAS for Early American History:
*History of the United States Trivia Game
*Professor Noggin’s American Revolution Card Game and Civil War Game
*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!)
*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
*A Soldier’s Life in the Civil War , Davy Crockett & the Alamo (History kits !)
Wishing you and your family a great adventure in learning !
Hope this list is helpful !
I’d love to know what YOU are using too !
Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll add your suggestions !
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If you’ve just joined in, you may like to check out the first curriculum post
–> Free Ancient World History Curriculum or the others in this series…
Section 1: Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament & Book List
and the FREE Printable Ancient Civilizations History Cards
Section 2: Ancient Egypt (includes Ancient China) & Book List
Section 3: Ancient Greece & Book List
Section 4: Ancient Rome & Book List
Section 5: Middle Ages & the Renaissance & Book List