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The American Revolution









When I asked my kids what they liked most about this unit, my older child couldn’t decide; she doesn’t like stories about war. My younger child answered immediately: the horses. Indeed, there are lots of horses in these stories. They and their riders, through acts of war and acts of non-martial bravery, shaped our nation. Since we live in an area rich with Revolutionary War history, we capped this unit with a visit to an historical site—Washington’s Headquarters.  There’s history and biography here to illustrate the incredible lives of our founding fathers and mothers and, of course, lots of horses.

  1. The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh and Marie Nonnast
  2. The 18 Penny Goose by Sally Walker and Ellen Beier
  3. Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History by Don Brown
  4. American Revolution: A Non-Fiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Bryce, and Sal Murdocca
  5. The American Revolution from A to Z by Laura Crawford and Judith Hierstein
  6. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz and Margot Tomes
  7. The Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport and Emily Arnold McCully
  8. The Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole
  9. Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts and Diane Goode
  10. George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley and Don Bolognese
  11. George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
  12. George Washington by Caroline Crosson Gilpin
  13. George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz
  14. George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, and Brock Cole
  15. Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky and Greg Harlin
  16. Haym Salomon: American Patriot by Susan Goldman Rubin and David Slonim
  17. Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown
  18. I am George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos
  19. If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore and Daniel O’Leary
  20. If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy and Joan Holub
  21. Independence Cake by Deborah Hopkinson and Giselle Potter
  22. Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson and Matt Faulkner
  23. John, Paul, George, & Ben by Lane Smith
  24. Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord, First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Larry Day
  25. Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation by Kristen Fulton and Holly Berry
  26. Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy by Shannon Zemlicka and Craig Orback
  27. Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris and Vincent X. Kirsch
  28. Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ted Rand
  29. A Picture Book of George Washington by David Adler, John Wallner, and Alexandra Wallner
  30. A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams by David Adler, Michael Adler, and Ronald Himler
  31. A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler, John Wallner, and Alexandra Wallner
  32. Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley by Ann Malaspina and Susan Keeter
  33. Rebel with a Cause: The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution by Kathleen Kudlinski and Rudy Faber
  34. Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
  35. The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowd by Kitty Griffin and Marjorie Priceman
  36. Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley and Arnold Lobel
  37. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell and Flyod Cooper
  38. Sybil’s Night Ride by Karen Winnick
  39. They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell and Cynthia von Buhler
  40. Who Was Abigail Adams? by True Kelley and John O’Brien
  41. Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley Jr. and John O’Brien
  42. Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren by Gretchen Woelfle and Alexandra Wallner
  43. Yankee Doodle by Steven Kellogg