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   I have listed below some great books & tapes we have found to read & listen to during our American Revolution & the history slightly before that time study - and we are still reading. We thought our list may help you in your search for good reads - we found many available at the library.
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Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

Ben Franklin by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire ( we enjoyed this book so much)

If you lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds

William Penn (from the Childhood of Famous Americans)

Justin Morgan had a horse by Marguerite Henry

Calico Captive (based on true story of Suzanna Johnson who was captured by an Indian raid). by Elizabeth Speare.

Sign of the Beaver by E. Speare

George Washington by d'Aulaire

George the Drummer boy & Sam the Minuteman by Benchley (these are great easy readers)

What are you figuring Now? a story of Benjamin Banneker by Jeri Ferris

Paul Revere's Ride by Longfellow

Toliver's Secret by Esther wood Brady (A ten yr old girl crosses enemy lines during the American Revolutionary War to deliver a message for the patriots).

George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster ( We used this more for reference).

Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (We really liked this story).

George Washington (from the childhood of famous americans) - this was excellent. We laughed and just enjoyed this book.

The Story of Thomas Jefferson by Earl Schenck Miers (from the Signature Series). This book is so good. It is written similiar to the Childhood of Famous Americans Series. And this is just a great read aloud.

The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton (geared more for grades 7 & up).

Swift Arrow by Josephine Cunnington Edwards. This book isn't set during the American Revolution - though, that isn't part of the story. IT is excellent. I've written a unit study to go along with this and it is available FREE online. All you need is the book - A MUST MUST READ! Click here to go to the unit study/book info.

Day of Glory (The guns at Lexington and Concord) by Philip Spencer.

Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (A Stepup reading book)

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (A Stepup book)

From the Landmark series:

Ben Franklin of old Philedelphia by margaret Cousins

The Swamp Fox of the Revolution by Stewart Holbrook

Old Ironsides the fighting Constitution By Harry Hansen

Paul Revere and the minute men by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by Clifford Lindsey Alderman


Anthony Wayne by Stevenson

Ben Franklin, by Stevenson

Betsy Ross by Weil

Ethan All by Binders

Francis Marion by Steele

John Paul Jones by Snow

Martha Washington by Wagoner

Molly Pitcher by Stevenson

Nathanael Greene by Peckham

Patrick Henry by Barton

Paul Revere by Stevenson

Tom Jefferson by Monsell

Crispus Attucks

Bks by Jean Fritz

And then what happened, Paul Revere?

Can't you make them Behave, King George?

George Washington's Breakfast.

What's the big idea, Ben Franklin?

Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

Why don't you get a horse, Sam Adams?

Will you sign here, John Hancock?

Shhh! We're writing the constitution.

From the Sower Series

Daniel Webster by Robert Allen

George Washington by Norma Camp

Noah Webster by David Collins


We have found the Your Story Hour tapes excellent to listen to.

Most of these books we have read or will read. We have used many others for reference. Hope this list gets you started.

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