Here is my list of early American historical novels for kids between 10 and 14. This is a great way to teach without a textbook by making the stories come alive!!

The list is in chronological order.

 

 

 

Text 1 - Adventure Tales of America: An Illustrated History of the United States, 1492-1877  - Jody Potts

 

Text 2 - An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book) - Jim Murphy

 

Text 3 - In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America’s Bill of Rights - Russell Freedman

 

Text 4 - Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities (For Kids Series) - Karen Bush Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

Walk the World’s Rim (pre-1600) - Betty Baker

 

Blood on the River, James Town, 1607 - Elisa Carbone

 

In Their Own Words: Pocahontas (1608) - George Sullivan

 

John Smith Escapes Again! (1608) - Rosalyn Schanzer

 

My Name is America: The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy (1620) - Ann Rinaldi

 

A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials (1692) - Ann Rinaldi

 

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem (1692) - Rosalyn Schanzer

 

Echohawk (1738) - Lynda Durrant

 

Calico Bush (1743) - Allen Lewis

 

Calico Captive (1754) - Elizabeth George Speare

 

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison (1758) - Lois Lenski

 

The Winter People (1759) - Joseph Bruchac

 

Follow the River (1755) - James Alexander Thom

 

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (1761) - Ann Rinaldi

 

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 - Mary Pope Osborne

 

The Light in the Forest (1765) - Conrad Richter

 

Sign of the Beaver (1768) - Elizabeth George Speare

 

John Treegate’s Musket (1769) - Leonard Wibberley

 

Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life - Candace Fleming

 

Benjamin Franklin (In Their Own Words) - Peter Roop

 

Johnny Tremain (1773) - Esther Hoskins Forbes

 

Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (1774) - Ann Turner

 

My Name is America: The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot (1774) - Barry Denenberg

 

April Morning (1775) – Howard Fast

 

Give Me Liberty (1775) - L.M. Elliot

 

Soldier’s Secret – (1775) - Sheila Solomon Klass

 

The Keeping Room (1776) - Anna Myers

 

1776 – David McCullough

 

America’s Paul Revere - Esther Hoskins Forbes

 

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides (1776) - Rosalyn Schanzer

 

George Washington for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities - Brandon Marie Miller

 

George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War - Thomas B. Allen

 

George Washington’s Socks (Time Travel Adventures) - Elvira Woodruff

 

George Washington’s World - Joanna Foster, Genevieve Foster

 

Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution - Seymour Reit

 

My Brother Sam is Dead (1776) - James Lincoln Collier

 

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy (1776) - Jim Murphy

 

Chains (Seeds of America) (1776) - Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Forge (Seeds of America) (1777) - Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Hang for Treason – (1777) - Robert Newton Peck

 

The Swamp Fox of the Revolution (Sterling Point Books) (1776) - Stewart H. Holbrook

 

Dear America: Cannons at Dawn (1779) - Kristiana Gregory

 

John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy (1779) - Evan Thomas

 

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery (1780) - Steve Sheinkin

 

Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South  (1780) - Ann Rinaldi

 

The Hessian (1781) - Howard Fast

 

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War (1783) - Maya Jasonoff

 

The Founders: the 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution (1787) - Dennis Brindell Fradin

 

The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789) - Ann Cameron

 

Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Amos Fortune, Free Man (1802) - Elizabeth Yates

 

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (1802) - Jean Lee Latham

 

Cabin on Trouble Creek (1803) - Jean Van Leeuwen

 

Going Along with Lewis & Clark (1803) - Barbara Fifer

 

The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark (1803) - Della Rowland, Richard Leonard

 

Lewis and Clark (In Their Own Words) (1803) - George Sullivan

 

Lewis and Clark for Kids: Their Journey of Discovery with 21 Activities (1803) - Janis Herbert

 

Meeting Natives with Lewis and Clark (1803) - Barbara Fifer

 

New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery (1803) - Allan Wolf

 

Make Way for Sam Houston (1812) - Jean Fritz

 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1832) - Avi

 

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker (1849) - The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

 

Children of the Covered Wagon (1850) - Mary Jane Carr

 

Annie, Between the States (1855) - L.M. Elliot

 

A Family Apart (Orphan Train Adventure) (1856) - Joan Lowery Nixon

 

Iron Thunder (I Witness) – (1862) – Avi

 

Rifles for Waite (1863) - Harold Keith

 

Soun Tetoken: Nez Perce Boy (Amazing Indian Children Series) (1877) - Kenneth Thomasma

 

 

 

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