History Books By Topic

Learning About George Washington and the Colonial Era

This post is for sharing “living” or great books on the following history topics:

George Washington

the culture of the Colonial Era

(For the list of all history topics addressed by this blog, click here.)

Greenleaf Press has a helpful page of resources about George Washington here and another about Colonial life here.

For Elementary Students:
This book is a War of Independence picture book, a great winter evening story about the General:

This Newbery Honor book is a family favorite.  It tells a great story about a boy living in a cabin in the late 1700’s who befriends an Indian Chief and his son:

This is another Newbery Honor book, quite short, set in 1707, about an 8-year-old girl living the the Connecticut wilderness:

It is a handwriting and copywork book designed to teach some of the maxims learned by young George:

Fever 1793, by Laurie Anderson:

Journey to Nowhere, by Mary Jane Auch:

Voyage of Midnight, by M. Torrey:

Give Me Liberty, by L. Elliott:

Where the Great Hawk Flies, by L. Ketchum:

Jump Ship to Freedom, by J & C Collier:

For something different, here’s a book with stiff paper dolls to cut out displaying the styles of the Colonial era:

Sarah Bishop, by scott O’Dell:

This hard-back Usborne book is a great spine for elementary students. It has 2-page spreads for a variety of different topics. The first several spreads cover basic archaeology and the earliest civilizations. The book covers basic elements of world history up to (but not including) World War I.

For High School Students:


What are your favorite history books on this topic? Feel free to share with a comment below.


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