US History Books For Homeschooling

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us history books for homeschooling

The title is slightly misleading as these US history books do not need to be just from homeschooling families; public or private school families can also make use of this list.

But I know that homeschool families are the ones who are likely on the hunt for more book lists of great historical books to include in their history curriculum. 

If you are anything like me, you have about 5 tabs open with different US history book lists from homeschool parents across the internet. 

Yes, there will be lots of similar lists but you never know whose site will contain an amazing book suggestion for your family. 

Whether you call these books: US history living books, US history readers, US history read alouds, US history supplemental books…. it’s all the same. You are looking for historical fiction books (typically… there are a few non-fictions in here as well) that will help enhance your US history curriculum. 

Below you will find my own book list of US history books. I’ve split the list based on major school levels (picture books, elementary, middle school, high school). 

The books in the list are at levels that kids in that range can read on their own (generally speaking). 

However, if you are looking for books that you can read to your children (read alouds) then you can probably go up a level since you’ll be the one reading the book, (although maybe be cautious with the high school books as they often contain topics, events that your middle schooler might not be ready for.

While my book lists are definitely family friendly, I recommend you choose books after you’ve looked into them a bit. Each family (and kid!) has their own levels of sensitivity. 

US History Books For Homeschooling

US History Books For Homeschooling

US History Picture Books 

Leif the Lucky by D’Aulaires (pre-America)
Columbus by D’Aulaires 
Minn of Mississippi by D’Aulaires (Geo: Mississippi River)
Paddle to the Sea by D’Aulaires (Geo: Great Lakes)
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Revolutionary War)
George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz
Abe’s Fish by Jen Bryant
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Adler
A Picture Book of Sacajawea by David A. Adler
The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies (John James Audubon)
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine (Oregon Trail)
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (Underground Railroad)
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell (Mail 1914)
Coming to America by Betsy Maestro (US Immigration)
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (1960)
One Giant Leap by Don Brown (Space Race)
A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart by David A. Adler
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. by David A. Adler

* Note: David A. Adler has many picture books about many famous Americans.

US History Books for Elementary 

Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma (Native Americans)
Om-kas-toe: Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog by Kenneth Thomasma (Native Americans)
Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad (Columbus)
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (Jamestown)
History Smashers: Mayflower by Kate Messner (Mayflower)
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty 
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla 
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry (Artist during Revolutionary War)
Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady (Revolutionary War)
Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit (Revolutionary War)
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (Benjamin Franklin)
Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson (Revolutionary War)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (1707 Wilderness)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Richard L. Newberger
Who Was Sacajawea by Judith Bloom Fradin
Calico Bush by Rachel Field (1743 Maine)
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare (1750s)
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (1769)
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (late 1700s)
By The Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (California Gold Rush)
Only the Names Remain by Alex W. Bealer (Trail of Tears)
Bound for Oregon by by Jane Van Leeuwen (Oregon Trail) 
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (1860)
Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla (Pony Express)
Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling (Underground Railroad)
Go Free or Die by Jeri Ferris (Underground Railroad)
Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark (Underground Railroad)
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Little House of the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (late 1800s)
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (1860s)
Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson (late 1800s)
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (late 1800s)
The Great Wheel by Robert Lawson (1893)
The Wright Brothers by Quintin Reynolds (early 1900s) 
Esperanza Rising by Paul Munoz Ryan (Great Depression)
A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (early 1900s)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1920s)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (1950s)
Who Was Martin Luther King Jr. by Bonnie Bader
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bar Lord (1940s)
What Were the Twin Towers by Jim O’Connor
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L> Konigsburg (not US history but set in the US) 
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (somewhere between 1930-1950)

* Note: There are many “Who Was..” books that line up with US history. Also The History Smashers series has a few other books but I’ve not read any except for the Mayflower one.

US History Books for Middle School

Walk the World’s Rim by Betty Baker (1500s)
Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Salem Witch Trials)
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Revolutionary War)
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (mid 1700s)
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (1793)
Sacajawea by Bruchac (1804)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1840s)
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell (1863)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1860s)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (late 1800s)
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1844)
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (1860s)
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (Civil War)
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (1860s)
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (late 1800s)
Call of the Wild by Jack London (1890s)
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1930)
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (WWII)
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (1970s)
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (modern)

US History Books for High School

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1640s)
Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by David Crockett (early 1800s)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass (1800s)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (mid 1800s)
Co. Aytch by Sam Watkins (Civil War)
Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit (Civil War)
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (1800s)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1860s)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1930s)
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Great Depression)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1930s)
The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson (1950s)

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