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.

Charley Skedaddle

By Patricia Beatty

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In this powerful story, based on real-life Civil War records and memoirs, young Yankee deserter Charley Quinn learns that his flight from his first battle doesn't brand him a life-long coward.

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Children's Clothing of the 1800s

By Bobbie Kalman

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Introduces children's form of dress during the 19th century, including that of Native people, and the making of clothing and its care.
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Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes

By David C. King

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Discusses what life was like for Americans during the Civil War; follows a year in the lives of two fictional families: a white family from the South and a black family from the North; and presents projects and activities from that time period.

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Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker

By Carla Joinson

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A biography of Mary Edwards Walker was one of the first women to receive a medical degree in the United States and went on to serve as a doctor to the Union soldiers during the Civil War. Her unconventional and determined life paved the way for generations of women in medicine and beyond.

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Civil War Medicine, 1861-1865

By C. Keith Wilbur

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Dr. C. Keith Wilbur takes you on a detailed and fascinating tour through the medical history of this bloody and devastating war.

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Civil War Medicine: 1861-1865

By C. Keith Wilbur

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A good choice for getting a grounding in the subject or school reports. Many illustrations.

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Civil War Spies

By Tim O'Shei

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The Civil War marked the only time that U.S. citizens went to war against each other. Discover how spies on both the Union and Confederate sides used the element of surprise to outsmart the enemy and gather important information.

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Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids: The Official Ellis Island Handbook

By Ira Wolfman; foreword by Alex Haley

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"...the comprehensive, kid-friendly genealogical primer for the 21st century, and a dramatic story of how and why our ancestors undertook the arduous voyages of immigration to this nation. It teaches kids to track down important family documents, including ships' manifests, naturalization papers, and birth, marriage, and death certificates; create oral histories; make scrapbooks of photos, sayings, and legends; and compile a family tree. A full chapter is devoted to the online search, and relevant Internet information has been incorporated into all the other chapters."

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Colonial Crafts

By Bobbie Kalman

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Readers will find out how the artisans learned their trades through many years of apprenticeship, as their masters did before them.

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Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry

By Edwin Tunis

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An excellent source for learning a lot about hard-working craftsmen of early America.

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