History Books By Topic

Learning About The Settlers

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

The Oregon Trail

Early Settler Life

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


I haven’t purchased this, but there is a kit available for building a small, wooden covered wagon here.


For Elementary Students:
Ages 8 and up: One of our favorites! Great for listening to on a long car trip if you can get the audio version.  A 14-year-old boy takes over the homestead when his father has to leave for several months during the late 1860’s.

Of course, here’s the traditional favorite for learning about life on the prairie, great for family read-alouds. Laura Ingalls was born in 1867.

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Brink, set in 1864 in the back-woods of Wisconsin. This is the 1936 Newbery Medal winner we love for early elementary read-aloud:

This book set in 1906 has gotten rave reviews; we’ll be reading it aloud for the first time this school year as we study American history:



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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