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.

Liberty or Death: A Story About Patrick Henry

By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

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A biography of the Virginia lawyer, politician, and patriot whose great powers of speech helped inspire colonists to support the cause of American liberty at the start of the Revolutionary War.

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Life of the Powhatan

By Rebecca Sjonger & Bobbie Kalman

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Discusses the Powhatan, their daily activities, customs, family life, religion, and the story of Pocahontas.

 

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Living Through the Civil Rights Movement

By Charles George, book editor

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Responding to the school integration crisis in Little Rock / Dwight D. Eisenhower -- The nation faces a moral crisis in regard to race / John F. Kennedy -- The Civil Rights Movement threatens individual and states rights / George C. Wallace -- Blacks must have the right to vote / Lyndon B. Johnson -- "I have a dream" / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr -- Blacks must do whatever is necessary to secure their rights / Malcolm X -- Blacks must develop their own community / Stokely Carmichael -- Confronting racism at Little Rock's Central High School / Daisy Bates -- Black students take a stand : sit-ins and freedom rides / Diane Nash -- Attempting to vote in Mississippi / Fannie Lou Hamer -- Marching in Birmingham's Children's Crusade / Audrey Faye Hendricks, Judy Tarver, Bernita Roberson, and Larry Russell -- Bloody Sunday : the protest march that shocked the nation / John Lewis.

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Maggie L. Walker: Pioneering Banker and Community Leader

By Candice F. Ransom

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"Let us be strong and make big plans." These famous words from Maggie L. Walker - best known as the first female bank president in the United States - effectively sum up her story. All her life, Maggie set about making and achieving big plans. She participated in the first black student strike in 1883, led an organization that helped poor African Americans, established a savings bank for them, and helped black people start their own businesses.

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Maria's Story, 1773

By Joan Lowery Nixon

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In Williamsburg, Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, nine-year-old Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports and announcements of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper.

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Mary Geddy's Day: A Day in Colonial Williamsburg

By Kate Waters

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Mary worries that if the colony votes for independence, her best friend will have to go back to England

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Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture

By Gail Langer Karwoski

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In the summer of 1609 a fleet of nine ships left England bound for the Jamestown Colony. Days before landfall, the fleet was hit by a hurricane. Four nights later, the flagship, Sea Venture, ran aground on the reefs on Bermuda's northern coast. Miraculously everyone survived. This is their story.

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Monticello

By Michael Burgan

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Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

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Mosby and his Rangers: Adventures of the Gray Ghost

By Susan Provost Beller

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Describes how Colonel John Mosby and his partisan soldiers conducted successful guerrilla warfare on Northern troops during the Civil War.

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Most Loved in All the World

By Tonya Cherie Hegamin

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Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice. A picture book.

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