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.

Jeb Stuart: Confederate Cavalry General

By Lynda Pflueger

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Traces the life of the famous Confederate general from his childhood in Virginia through his West Point education and brilliant military career to his death following the Battle of Yellow Tavern.

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Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy

By Lou Waryncia, editor

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Young Jefferson Davis -- A promising officer -- The colonel from Mississippi -- Family ties -- The statesman emerges -- A nation divided -- Secession! -- Map : the War Between the States -- The Confederate president : was Davis doomed to defeat? -- Raiders, cruisers, and blockade runners -- A spy in the Confederate White House -- The Confederate image : art of the Civil War South -- Symbol of the lost cause.
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Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House

By Rickey Pittman

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Based on a true story. Jim Limber Davis was rescued from an abusive guardian by Varina Davis when he was only five years old. Jefferson and Varina Davis welcomed him into their home, the Confederate White House, as one of the family, and Jim lived with them until the fall of the Confederacy.

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John Paul Jones

By Scott Ingram

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Contents: From apprentice to master -- From fugitive to lieutenant -- Early years of a new navy -- Across the Atlantic -- The wait and the great battle -- A forgotten hero.
John Paul Jones has a Fredericksburg connection through his family.
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John Smith Escapes Again!

By Rosalyn Schanzer

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Long before Harry Houdini thrilled the world with his impossible deeds, America had produced an escape artist whose biography reads like an adventure novel. Many readers will know John Smith as the man rescued from death by Pocahontas, but Smith's story included a series of fantastic episodes: escape from imprisonment, ambush by Indians, attacks by ruthless sea pirates, and more escapades than seem possible in one life.
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John Wilkes Booth and the Civil War

By Steve Otfinoski

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Sets the life story of the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln against the backdrop of the Civil War.

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Johnny Tremain

By Esther Forbes

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A young apprentice silversmith growing up in Boston during the Revolutionary War becomes involved with such patriots as Hancock, Otis, and Samuel Adams.

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Juneteenth

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Drew Nelso

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A simple retelling of the importance of Juneteenth. Part of a series of holiday books for kids.

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Juneteenth: Freedom Day

By Muriel Miller Branch

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"Juneteenth is the grandfather of all holidays for Black Texans

"From its spontaneous beginning on June 19, 1865, as slaves in Galveston, Texas, reacted to the delayed news of the Emancipation Proclamation, the holiday has spread nationwide among Black Americans. It is small gatherings on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, to immense crowds in Buffalo, New York. This ethnic holiday includes the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, retelling of legends about how it got its name, parades, parties, and family reunions.

"Join the author and photographer as they traveled to experience this celebration of freedom in various spots around the United States."

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Lafayette: French Freedom Fighter

By JoAnn A. Grote and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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"The author presents a comprehensive account of the life George Washington beginning with his growing-up years and continuing to his retirement years as a farmer. The book includes many little-known details....The book is a well-organized, informative work that middle school students can easily understand."
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