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America: A Patriotic Primer - We love Lynn Cheney!
Ages 4-8.
"America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish.

A is for America,
the land that we love.
B is for the
of this country of ours....

"To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney's words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people. This A to Z of America frames the story -- and the miracle -- of our country."

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The Big California Activity Book! icon
"The Big California Activity Book! 100+ activities, from Kindergarten-easy to Fourth/Fifth-challenging! This big activity book has a wide range of reproducible activities including coloring, dot-to-dot, mazes, matching. word search, and many other creative activities that will entice any student to learn more about California. Activities touch on history, geography, people, places, fictional characters, animals, holidays, festivals, legends, lore, and more."

Rand McNally Atlas of American History

Kate MAGEVNEY and the Christmas Miracle: A Child's Christmas in Memphis (1850) icon

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? First rate! Ages 9-12
My 12-year-old was really inspired by this one. Normally a reluctant writer, he was suddenly sitting down to pen patriotic speeches! (Your mileage may vary, though reading this very dramatically will certainly tip the balance in inspiration's favor.) This is a truly enjoyable book about one of my very favorite historical figures.

The American Boy's Handy Book: Turn-of-The-Century Classic of Crafts and Activities icon
Ages 9-12. Finally! Something to do that doesn't involve batteries or video screens or television! I have seen many of these activities excerpted in early 1900s newspapers, so this is the real deal. This is truly what boys (and probably girls, too!) did to fill the time before the dreaded Game Boy! When you've had it with the electronic media and you want your kids to explore something quite different, this book is a lot of fun. And these are the kinds of activities your grandparents might have involved themselves in, way back when.

USKids History: Book of the New American Nation icon Ages 9-12

Brown Paper School USKids History: Book of the American Indians icon Ages 9-12

George Washington's Teeth Ages 4-8

Roanoke: The Lost Colony--An Unsolved Mystery from History  Ages 9-12

The Civil War for Kids: A History With 21 Activities  Ages 9-12

The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities Ages 9-12

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution Ages 9-12.
"Using a lively question-and answer-format, the author explains the American Revolution not only as a war for freedom which the American colonies fought against the British, but also as a "civil" war between the Patriots and those colonists who remained loyal to King George III. Special attention is paid to the role of children in the war and to the issues affecting them: What was life like before the Revolution? How did your life change after the Declaration of Independence? Would you have seen a battle?...Gone to school? Colorful accounts of famous figures, and words and expressions (such as "cowboy" and "John Hancock") that were coined during the Revolution enliven the text and enable readers to feel some connection with the people of the period.

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book) Ages 9-12
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia's free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city—and all his papers—while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever's causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

"Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. Bibliography, map, index.

John Adams' Town (1614-1792); A Child's History of Old Braintree icon

The Pledge of Allegiance: The Story Behind Our Patriotic Promise

Children's Encyclopedia of American History
Another visual feast from Dorling Kindersley! Ages 9-12

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
Ages 9-12

World War II Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes
Ages 9-12

Victorian Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes
Ages 9-12

Wild West Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
Ages 8-12

Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World
Grades 4-6.

Revolutionary War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities and Recipes
Ages 9-12

Colonial Days: Discover the Past With Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series)
Ages 9-12

Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities & Recipes
Ages 9-12

The Day That Was Different: September 11, 2001: When Terrorists Attacked America 
Ages 9-12.

First Steamboat Down the Mississippi icon
Ages 9-12.

Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi icon
Ages 9-12.
"As a boy, Samuel Clemens loved it when a steamboat traveled up or down the Mississippi River to his town of Hannibal, Missouri. He'd run to the river bank and stare longingly at the boat that looked like a floating wedding cake, wishing he could be one of the lucky passengers or crew. As a young man, Clemens made his dream come true by working his way up to steamboat pilot. When the Civil War temporarily stopped the steamboats, Sam went west, where he began writing funny stories for newspapers. He signed one story "Mark Twain," a river term meaning two fathoms deep. It was a name he would eventually make famous through his lectures and books, the most popular of which were based on his boyhood days on the banks of the Mississippi. Mark Twain's life was curiously entwined with the Mississippi River and the majestic age of the steamboats. With a lively narrative sprinkled with quotes from Twain himself and dramatic panoramic paintings, Cheryl Harness has created fascinating portraits of America's biggest river and the great man it inspired.

Going to School in 1776

Meet the Allens in Whaling Days (Early American Family)
Ages 4-8

Meet the Webbers of Philadelphia (Early American Family)
Ages 4-8

Meet the Drakes on the Kentucky Frontier icon
Grades 3-5.
"These books are based on fact and depict the lives of the Drake family, who moved to the unsettled Kentucky frontier in 1781, and the Ward family, who traveled on the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. The Drakes' eldest son, Dan, dreamed of being a doctor, but was expected to follow in his father's footsteps and become a farmer. The Wards' youngest son suffered from chronic illness and was so weakened by the journey across the United States that he almost died, but was saved by herbs the family got from the Indians they met along the way. These personal experiences not only make the books more interesting, but also allow readers to identify with and understand the experiences of their ancestors. While there is some blurring between fact and fiction, and some of the vocabulary is too difficult for the intended audience, the books will appeal to young readers. They have attractive full-color illustrations and photographs of reconstructed sites, detailed indexes, and lists for further reading and historical places to visit, as well as songs and recipes from the time period. Although there are numerous books, fiction and nonfiction, on the early American experiences, these titles will satisfy school assignments and fill requests for recreational reading.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC

Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840
Ages 9-12.

Patriotic Favorites Coloring and Activity Books
Ages 4-8.

Historic Biographies for Kids

The Number on My Grandfather's Arm
Ages 4-8.

We Were There, Too! Young People in U. S. History
Ages 9-12.

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Book of the American Revolution
Ages 9-12.
"Based on primary source documents, a narrative history of the American Revolution chronicles the events of the war from the perspectives of rebels and British supporters alike and includes imaginative activities that bring the era to life."
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  USKids History: Book of the American Civil War icon
Ages 9-12.
"Using first-person narratives from the perspectives of both the North and the South, as well as a play and speeches delivered before and during the conflict, this involving, interactive approach to history is sure to hold the attention of even the most reluctant of history students."
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Book of the American Revolution (Brown Paper School USKids History) icon
Ages 9-12.
"Based on primary source documents, a narrative history of the American Revolution chronicles the events of the war from the perspectives of rebels and British supporters alike and includes imaginative activities that bring the era to life."
 We have it and we've loved it!


Yo Millard Fillmore (And All Those Other Presidents You Don't Know)
Ages 9-12.

Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 (My America)
Ages 9-12.

My Brother's Keeper: Virginia's Diary Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1863 (My America)
Ages 9-12.

Five Smooth Stones: Hope's Diary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776, (My America)
Ages 9-12.

Westward to Home: Joshua's Diary, The Oregon Trail, 1848 (My America)
Ages 9-12.

Freedom's Wings: Corey's Diary, Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 (My America)
Ages 9-12.

The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds: The Donner Party Expedition, 1846 (My Name Is America)
Ages 9-12.

The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838 (My Name Is America)

My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881 (Dear America)

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