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.

Colonial Life

By Bobbie Kalman

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In Colonial Life, young readers will meet the hardworking people of a colonial community, learn about the importance of family members, and discover the roles that religion and education played in people's lives more than two hundred years ago.

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Colonial Living

By Edwin Tunis

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Describes the industries, schools, society, culture, and growth of the coastal settlements during the colonial period. Many illustrations.
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Colonial Williamsburg

By Sandra Steen and Susan Steen

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A look at Colonial Williamsburg, both from the historical point of view and from the viewpoint of its reconstruction so popular with tourists today.
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Come All You Brave Soldiers : Blacks in the Revolutionary War

By Clinton Cox

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Tells the story of the thousands of black men who served as soldiers fighting for independence from England during the American Revolutionary War.

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Daniel Boone: Beyond the Mountains

By Patricia Calvert

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The famous mountain man Daniel Boone was one of the first American folk heroes. In 1778 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. He served as a militia officer in the Revolutionary War, was captured and adopted by the Shawnee tribe, and served in the Virginia General Assembly. For a time, he and his family lived in Culpeper, Virginia.
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Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States

By Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

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Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia

By Patrick O'Brien

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A short book (36 pages) that is appropriate for elementary students who are just beginning to develop a taste for history.

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Early Artisans

By Bobbie Kalman

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An introduction to crafts in the 18th and 19th centuries, Early Artisans features the craftspeople who made the items the early settlers could not make for themselves. Furniture, barrels, and shoes for people and horses were among the items
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Early Christmas

By Bobbie Kalman

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Topics covered: How Christmas has changed -- Christmas in the wilderness -- Christmas at a trading post -- The story of a settler's first Christmas -- The religious side of Christmas -- Christmas in an early town -- Christmas fun in a pioneer village -- Decorations before the Christmas tree -- Wreaths, garlands, mistletoe and kissing boughs -- Christmas - family time -- Parlour games, pantomimes, ghost stories --Christmas fun in the great outdoors -- Love and marriage, Christmas style -- Preparations for Christmas -- Christmas dinner - trapped or bought? -- A change for children - People start to treat children as children -- The changing faces of Santa Claus
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Early Village Life

By Bobbie Kalman

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The farm began as a self-sufficient unit with neighbors sharing what resources they had with one another. As people congregated in an area, a village grew and businesses sprang up to meet the demand of a growing population.

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