Virginia History for Kids

Browse selected books for children on popular topics, such as the Civil War, the American Revolution, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties. These titles are updated frequently, so check back often for more recommendations. Most books can be requested and checked out from your home library branch. Use the menu below to limit your search to areas that interest you.

1607: A New Look at Jamestown

By Karen E. Lange

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Life in the brand-new Jamestown colony in 1607 wasn't easy. The settlers arrived full of hope-then hard times brought despair. Now the latest archaelogical evidence offers us the clearest glimpse yet of one of the most fascinating chapters in American history.

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18th Century Clothing

By Bobbie Kalman

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The clothing of the eighteenth century was a colorful mix of fancy fashions from Europe and homemade threads created from wool, flax, and cotton.

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19th Century Clothing

By Bobbie Kalman

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Ready-made clothing was not always available to the settlers moving westward. Many people dyed, spun, and wove wool and flax to make the cloth from which they sewed their clothes. People worked hard and wore practical clothing.
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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery

By Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.
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A Child's Day

By Bobbie Kalman

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How would a boy named John have lived 150 years ago?
John's home does not have a sink or plumbing. Instead, John keeps a pitcher of water and a washbowl in his bedroom for washing his face and hands in the morning.
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A Colonial Town, Williamsburg

By Bobbie Kalman

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Take part in the founding of Williamsburg, Virginia and its restoration. Travel down its cobblestone streets at a time when Virginia was a colony of England.
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A Picture Book of Patrick Henry

By David A. Adler

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Chronicles the life of Patrick Henry from his childhood on a tobacco plantation in Virginia to the American Revolution, when he spoke the famous words "Give me liberty or give me death," one month before the first shots rang out.

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A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl

By Patricia C. McKissack

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In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.
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A Williamsburg Household

By Joan Anderson

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Focuses on events in the household of a white family and its black slaves in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century.
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