History Books By Topic

Learning About the War of Independence

This post is for sharing great books on the following history topics:

the Boston Tea Party, the Continental Congress

the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War

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

Greenleaf Press offers a helpful list of related books here.

If you like large posters, I have these 17×24 inch posters featuring the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

For Elementary Students:
Saving the Liberty Bell, by Megan McDonald:

Recommended if you’re looking for a book with many crafts and hands-on activities to use while learning about the Revolutionary War:

A cute and informational picture book about the Declaration of Independence:

This is a unique picture book that contains all of the words of the Declaration, phrase-by-phrase, inscribed by hand artistically as well as illustrated:

A picture book about Paul Revere:

This picture book is old (1968) but tells the story well:

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

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:
This is a Newbery Honor Book about a family torn apart by the Revolutionary War. It is a personal favorite, and it does a good job of explaining (even through fiction) why there were pros and cons to fighting the Revolutionary War. It is a very sad book, with one use of the word “rape”, which is why I list it as a high-school level book. Some books for high school students make excellent read-alouds for elementary students, but certainly not all!

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


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