Children's Books about American History
(1600s - 1700s)

Here are suggestions for books that might be helpful as you teach about American history during the 1600s and 1700s. Most of these books can also be found at your public library. You may also want to check out the chronological list of children's books for Early Modern History on this site.

 

Picture Books

  • 1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Michael L. Cooper
  • The Jamestown Colony by Brendan January
  • James Towne: Struggle for Survival by Marcia Sewall
  • Jamestown, Virginia (Turning Points in U.S. History) by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • John Smith Escapes Again! by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Smith: John Smith and the Settlement of Jamestown by Robin S. Doak
  • Pocahontas by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar d'Aulaire
  • Sam Collier and the Founding of Jamestown (On My Own History) by Candice Ranson
  • Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson (Great Explorers) by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
  • River of Dreams: the Story of the Hudson River by Hudson Talbott
  • If You Sailed On The Mayflower In 1620 by Ann Mcgovern
  • The Mayflower Compact (Turning Points in U.S. History) by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz
  • The Long Way to a New Land (I Can Read Level 3) by Joan Sandin
  • Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey by Jean Van Leeuwen
  • Colonial Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes by David C. King
  • If You Lived In Colonial Times by Ann Mcgovern
  • Stranded at Plimoth Plantation 1626 by Gary Bowen
  • Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams (I Can Read Level 4) by Avi and James Watling
  • William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Ronald Himler
  • Marquette & Jolliet: Quest for the Mississippi by Alexander Zeleny
  • Despite All Obstacles: La Salle and the Conquest of the Mississippi by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
  • Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1689-1763 (American Story) by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Giulio Maestro
  • Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
  • George Washington by Cheryl Harness
  • George Washington by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
  • Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Matt Phelan
  • Buttons for General Washington by Peter and Connie Roop
  • George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Martha Washington (First Ladies) by Joanne Mattern
  • Liberty or Death: The American Revolution: 1763-1783 (American Story) by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro
  • The Liberty Tree: The Beginning of the American Revolution by Lucille Recht Penner
  • The Boston Tea Party by Steven Kroll
  • Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman
  • A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David A. Adler
  • Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand
  • Heroes of the Revolution by David A. Adler
  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
  • Benjamin Franklin by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar d'Aulaire
  • A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Adler, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner
  • How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz
  • Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions: You Can Build Yourself by Carmella Van Vleet
  • Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
  • The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin, illustrated by Michael Dooling
  • So Said Ben by Michael McCurdy
  • Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz
  • And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
  • Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Anita Silvey, paintings by Wendell Minor
  • They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler
  • Valley Forge by Richard Ammon, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
  • When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney
  • Lafayette - Hero of Two Nations by Keith Brandt
  • I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: A Story about John Paul Jones by Elaine Marie Alphin and Arthur B. Alphin
  • Daniel Boone (On My Own Biographies) by Tom Streissguth
  • Daniel Boone's Great Escape by Michael P. Spradlin
  • The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the Road by Cheryl Harness
  • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
  • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
  • We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney
  • Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness
  • Thomas Jefferson by Cheryl Harness
  • Noah Webster: Weaver of Words by Pegi Deitz Shea
  • Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend by Will Moses

 

Chapter Books

  • A History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 A History of US (Book 2) by Joy Hakim
  • Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
  • Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage? by Jean Fritz
  • New Beginnings: Jamestown and the Virginia Colony 1607-1699 (Crossroads America) by Daniel Rosen
  • 1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Michael L. Cooper
  • The Paradox of Jamestown: 1585 - 1700 by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
  • Powhatan Indians by Melissa McDaniel
  • The Powhatan by Raymond Bial
  • My America: Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book One by Patricia Hermes
  • William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy by Bradford Smith
  • The Landing of the Pilgrims (Landmark Books) by James Daugherty
  • Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
  • Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady
  • Traitor: the Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz
  • Why Not Lafayette? by Jean Fritz
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson
  • Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse by Robert Lawson
  • Early Thunder by Jean Fritz
  • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Uncommon Revolutionary: A Story About Thomas Paine by Laura Hamilton Waxman
  • Liberty or Death: A Story About Patrick Henry by Stephanie Sammartino McPhersonn
  • Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution by Seymour Reit
  • Phoebe the Spy by Judith Griffin
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • True to the Old Flag: A Tale of the American War of Independence by G. A. Henty
  • George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
  • Johnny Appleseed by Gini Holland
  • Felicity's Story Collection (American Girl)
  • Of Plymouth Plantation (Dover Value Editions) by William Bradford
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • The Patriot's Handbook: A Citizenship Primer for a New Generation of Americans by George Grant

 

Chapter Books That You Can Read Online

 

Movies about Early American History:

  • Drive Thru History: American History, Special Edition 1-6
  • William Bradford - The First Thanksgiving - Animated Hero Classics
  • The Crossing (2000) (Preview before showing to younger children.)
  • Johnny Tremain
  • April Morning (Available to stream on Amazon)
  • America The Story of Us, Season 1

 

Children's Books about American History<br> (1600s-1700s)

 

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