Modern American History
Turn of the Century to Turn of the Millennium
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This Great Books List is intended to be a companion resource for the NEWEST part in the FREE History Curriculum series-
Modern American History.
The list is arranged in categories so you can find what you need quickly!
*Modern American History Literature (Historical Fiction/Biographies)
*Modern American History Resource/Informational Books (Non-fiction)
*Activity Guides (Hands-On Learning Guides)
*Modern American History Movies
Now on to the
Modern American History Book List !
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Modern American History Book List
Turn of the Century to Turn of the Millennium
*Literature for Modern American History:
*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
*The Night Flyers
*Stubby, WWI’s Bravest Dog
*Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales- WW1
*Knit Your Bit: A World War 1 Story
*The Poppy Lady
*The Great Gatsby
*WW1, An Interactive History Adventure
*Five Children on the Western Front
*The Skylarks War
*10 True Tales- WW1 Heroes
*Moon Over Manifest
*The Dust Bowl – An Interactive History
*Survival In the Storm- A Diary of Grace Edwards
*American Girl Kit
*Grapes of Wrath
*The Great Depression An Interactive History
*Rudy Rides the Rails
*Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic
*Early Sunday Morning
*The House of Sixty Fathers
*A Spy On the Homefront
*Voices at Whisper Bend
*Number the Stars
*Escape to the Hiding Place
*Molly: An American Girl
*World At War, 1944 , Danger in the Darkest Hour , and World War II
*The Hiding Place
*I Am David
*Good Night, Mr. Tom
*Who Was Anne Frank? and Diary of Anne Frank / Young Readers Version
*Franklin & Winston: A Christmas
*The Attack On Pearl Harbor- An Interactive History Adventure
*When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
*The Boy In the Striped Pajamas
*The Book Thief
*The Boy on the Wooden Box
*Dear America: The Fences Between Us
*A Big Day for Baseball and Non-Fiction Companion
*Story of Ruby Bridges
*Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
*The Watson’s Go To Birmingham
*A Sweet Smell of Roses
*With the Might of Angels
*10 True Tales- Young Civil Rights Heroes
*My Name Is America: The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty
*Cracker, the Best Dog in Vietnam!
*Escape From Saigon
*Heroes Next Door- Hornet 24
*Dear America: Where Have All the Flowers Gone ?
*The Vietnam War- An Interactive History
*10 True Tales- Vietnam War Heroes
*Kiss the Dust
*I Survived the September 11th Attacks
*10 True Tales- Heroes of 9/11
*The War In Afghanistan- An Interactive History
*10 True Tales- War Heroes, Voices From Iraq
*Early American History Resource/Informational Books:
*DK Find Out! (for younger students) and DK Eyewitness Books (for middle school ages) , and DK Smithsonian Books (for older students and adults) are laid out similarly to the “Welcome to …” books above…
–DK Encyclopedia of American History
–DK Titanic – Eyewitness
–DK WWI- Find Out! or DK World War I- Eyewitness or DK Smithsonian WWI
–DK World War II- Eyewitness or DK Smithsonian WWII
–DK Vietnam War- Eyewitness or DK Smithsonian Vietnam War
–DK Universe- Find Out! or DK Space! -Eyewitness or DK Space! Smithsonian
There are also a whole series of DK Biographies, if your family enjoys them. My kids really liked the photos in the DK books. Just including a few so you can check them out.
–Martin Luther King Jr. DK Biography
–Albert Einstein DK Biography
–John F. Kennedy DK Biography
*What Is…. ? Who Is…?
Another great series with lots of Modern American History choices. I’m listing a few, but there are lots of other ones that would be a good fit.
–What Was Ellis Island ?
–What Were the Roaring Twenties ?
–What Was the Great Depression ?
–Who Was Theodore Roosevelt ? & Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
–What Was Pearl Harbor ?
–What Was D-Day ?
–Who Were the Tuskegee Airman ?
–What Was the Holocaust ?
–Who Was Anne Frank ?
–Who Was Rosa Parks ?
–What Was the Vietnam War?
–What Is NASA ?
–Who Was Neil Armstrong ?
–What Were the Twin Towers ?
–Who Is Barak Obama ?
*Fashions of the Roaring 20’s (Coloring Book)
*The Story of World War 1 (Coloring Book)
*Airplanes of World War 1 (Coloring Book)
*Color Your Own Patriotic Posters (Coloring Book)
*The Story of World War 2 (Coloring Book)
*Airplanes of the Second World War (Coloring Book)
*History of the Civil Rights Movement (Coloring Book)
*History of Space Exploration (Coloring Book)
*Apollo 11- First Men on the Moon (Coloring Book)
*Activity Guides for Early American History Unit:
*The 21 Activities for Kids Series !
– The Industrial Revolution- 21 Activities
– Henry Ford- 21 Activities
– Theodore Roosevelt – 21 Activities
– World War 1 – 21 Activities
– World War 2- 21 Activities
– Albert Einstein- 21 Activities
– The Civil Rights Movement- 21 Activities
– The Apollo Missions- 21 Activities
*Movies for Early American History:
*NOTE: Since many of these movies are most likely available at your local library, or to stream free or inexpensively if you have Amazon Prime, family movie night would be a great way to end each section of study! As always please preview all movies. Every child/family is different in what they are ready to assimilate.
*Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
*A Dog of Flanders
*War Horse –> PG-13
*The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
*Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
*The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
*Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
*The Journey of Natty Gann
*The Dust Bowl- PBS
*Molly: An American Girl On the Homefront
*The Sound of Music
*I Am David
*The Hiding Place (and Return to the Hiding Place)
*My Dog Skip
*Melody 1963- An American Girl Story
*The Watsons Go to Birmingham
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 !
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–> FREE Modern American History Curriculum !
Do you know what favorite American food was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair?
Would you have passed the naturalization exam at Ellis Island ?
Find out what the “D” in D-Day means.
Who won the great Space Race ?
Though this period of our history is wracked with terrible wars, we can find mixed in, the stories of some AMAZING and very inspiring people !
Happy learning !
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!
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