Children's Books about U.S. History (1800s)

Here are suggestions for books that might be helpful as you teach about U.S. History during the 1800s. Most of these books can also be found at your public library.


Picture Books

Thomas Jefferson
by Cheryl Harness
Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography
by James Cross Giblin
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
by John Perritano
American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by Laurence Pringle
Sacagawea: The Journey to the West
by Dennis Fradin
By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
by Steven Kroll
Dolley Madison Saves George Washington
by Don Brown
A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison
by David A. Adler
Brilliant Brits: Nelson
by Richard Brassey
America in the Time of Sitting Bull: The Story of Our Nation from Coast to Coast, from 1840 to 1890
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Young John Quincy
by Cheryl Harness
Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
by Cheryl Harness
Trail of Tears (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5)
by Joseph Bruchac
The Oregon Trail
by Mel Friedman
by Rhoda Blumberg
Follow the Drinking Gourd
by Jeanette Winter
A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman
by David A. Adler
Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)
by Monica Kulling
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
by Alan Schroeder
If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
by Ellen Levine
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth
by David A. Adler
A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass
by David A. Adler
Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass
by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by London Ladd
The Wagon
by Tony Johnston and James E. Ransome
Florence Nightingale
by Demi
Florence Nightingale (On My Own Biography)
by Shannon Zemlicka
They're Off! : The Story of the Pony Express
by Cheryl Harness
Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe?
by Dana Meachen Rau 
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
by Levine Ellen
Abraham Lincoln
by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days: 1809-1837
by Cheryl Harness
Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington: 1837-1865
by Cheryl Harness
Mr. Lincoln's Boys
by Stanton Rabin
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
If You Lived At The Time Of The Civil War
by Kay Moore
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Soldier!: A War You'd Rather Not Fight
by Thomas Ratliff
A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee
by David A. Adler
Ulysses S. Grant
by Ann Graham Gaines
The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor
by Wendy Towle, illustrated by Wil Clay
Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
by Mary Ann Fraser
Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize
by Kathy-Jo Wargin, illustrated by Zachary Pullen
Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott
by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
Chief Joseph
by Jane Sutcliffe
The Battle of the Little Bighorn
by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Buffalo Bill
by Ingri Parim D'aulaire
Shooting For The Moon: The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley
by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Bernie Fuchs
The Cowboy's Handbook: How to Become a Hero of the Old West
by Tod Cody
A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain
by Kathryn Lasky
Always Inventing: The True Story Of Thomas Alva Edison
by Frank Murphy
Young Thomas Edison
by Michael Dooling
A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver
by Aliki
Brooklyn Bridge
by Lynn Curlee
The Story of the Rough Riders
by Zachary Kent
When Jessie Came Across the Sea
by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt
by Don Brown

Chapter Books

Queen Victoria
by Robert Green
Maker of Machines: A Story about Eli Whitney
by Barbara Mitchell
Who Was Sacagawea?
by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Sid Fleischman
Moccasin Trail
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Turn Homeward, Hannalee
by Patricia Beatty
The Sign of the Beaver
by Elizabeth George Speare
Shades of Gray
by Carolyn Reeder
Across Five Aprils
by Irene Hunt
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
by Harriette Gillem Robinet
Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Up From Slavery
by Booker T. Washington
A Pocketful of Goobers: A Story about George Washington Carver
by Barbara Mitchell
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
by Hellen Keller
Builders of Our Country: Book II (Baldwin Project book - available to read online)
by Gertrude van Duyn Southworth

Spine Texts

All American History Student Reader Volume 2
bu Celeste W. Rakes
A History of US: The New Nation: 1789-1850 (Book Four)
by Joy Hakim
A History of US: Liberty for All?: 1820-1860 (Book Five)
by Joy Hakim
A History of US: War, Terrible War: 1855-1865 (Book Six)
by Joy Hakim
A History of US: Reconstruction and Reform 1865-1896 (Book 7)
by Joy Hakim


National Geographic - Lewis & Clark - Great Journey West (2002) - Available on Netflix

The History Channel Presents The War of 1812 (2004)

The Alamo (1960)

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (2012)

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)

Gettysburg (1993)

Ken Burns Presents: The West (2009)


Children's Books about U.S, History (1800s)


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