When my younger children study history, we usually read together from a main text, such as The Story of the World. I also like to supplement our reading with other books about the same subject. One of my favorite authors of children’s history books is Jean Fritz.
Fritz’s career as an author has spanned over fifty years and included more than twenty-five books, many of them from early American history. Most of the books are written for children in the upper elementary and early middle school grades. If you’re looking for a book for your student to read as an additional part of your curriculum, consider the books by Jean Fritz below:
For the youngest students (ages 4-8):
- Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
- George Washington’s Mother
For ages 9-12:
- Will You Sign Here, John Hancock
- The Double life of Pocahontas
- What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
- And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
- Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?
- You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?
- The Great Little Madison
- Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
- Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
- Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
- Around the World in a Hundred Years (Featuring 10 explorers between 1421 and 1522)
- Who’s Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?
- Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?
- Leonardo’s Horse
- Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?
- Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution
- Why Not Lafayette?
- The Lost Colony Of Roanoke
For the upper grades:
- Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt
Most of these books can be found in your local library in the children’s biography or non-fiction section, or you can purchase them from bookstores or online. Wherever you find them, make them a part of your child’s reading list. Not only will your child be learning history, but he’ll enjoy it as well.
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
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