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.

Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War

By Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen

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Lincoln knew that winning the war would take more than the same old strategies and maneuvers. It would require using technology to create new ways of waging war. Lincoln worked to make sure his soldiers and sailors had the best and latest hardware. By combining new tools with time-tested tactics, he helped revolutionize warfare.

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Never Were Men So Brave: The Irish Brigade During the Civil War

By Susan Provost Beller

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Discusses the conditions in Ireland that led many to come to America in the mid-1800s, the formation of the Union Army's Irish Brigade, and the experiences of these soldiers during the Civil War, including the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog: Based on a True Story

By Elisa Carbone

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A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virginia to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

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No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Because he had been unable to fight off the gator which injured his father, fourteen-year-old Thrasher joins the Confederate Army, en route to Virginia, hoping to prove his manhood.
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No More! Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance

By Doreen Rappaport

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"A man who cannot swim leaps off a slave ship into the dark water. A girl defies the law by secretly learning to read and write. A future abolitionist regains his will to live by fighting off his captor with his bare hands: "I will not let you use me like a brute any longer," Frederick Douglass vows. Drawing from authentic accounts, here is a chronology of resistance in all its forms: comical trickster tales about outwitting "Old Marsa"; secret "hush harbors" where Africans instill Christian worship with their own rituals; and spirituals such as "Go Down Moses," whose coded lyrics signal not just hope for deliverance, but an active call to escape."
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O Is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet

By Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Troy Howell

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Explores the heritage and history of Virginia, offering historical facts for each letter of the alphabet. From Arlington National Cemetery, once part of Robert E. Lee's homestead, to magnificent Monticello, Virginia has always had a prominent place in American history. Jamestown, Williamsburg, and even the Pentagon are just a few of the many places highlighted in Old Dominion. Readers will also be introduced to such history makers as George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Booker T. Washington.

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Old-Time Toys

By Bobbie Kalman

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Old-Time Toys shows young readers the wonders of 19th century playthings using fascinating photographs from leading toy museums around the country. A history of toymakers in North America is featured along with such unusual and familiar toy

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On to Richmond: The Civil War in the East, 1861-1862

By James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener

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Discover the political, economic, and cultural implications of the war through the voices of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, former slaves, impassioned abolitionists, soldiers, and other participants in this fascinating series. Supports the national curriculum standards Time, Continuity, and Change; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; and Civic Ideals and Practices as outlined by the National Council for the Social Studies.
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Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth's Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609

By Patricia Hermes

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Nine-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World as she encounters Indians, suffers hunger and the death of friends, and helps her father build their first home.

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Pioneer Children of Appalachia

By Joan Anderson

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Text and photographs from a living history village in West Virginia recreate the pioneer life of young people in Appalachia in the early nineteenth century.

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