Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

The American Way West

By Irene M. Franck and David M. Brownstone

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Traces the history of the following trade and travel routes: the Mohawk Trail, the Wilderness Road and other trans-Appalachian routes, the Mississippi Route, and the Santa Fe, Chihuahua, Oregon, and California Trails

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Sir Walter Raleigh: Founding the Virginia Colony

By Nancy Ward

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"Examines the early life and explorations of Sir Walter Raleigh and Raleigh's legacy. When England's Queen Elizabeth I asked Sir Walter Raleigh to search for new lands to claim and colonize, her loyal subject pledged to found a colony in tribute to his Queen. This exciting recreation of the founding, loss, and reclamation of the Virginia colony in the late 1500s also describes Raleigh's unsuccessful search for the fabled wealthy kingdom of El Dorado, the deterioration of his relationship with the Queen, and his eventual execution."

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Elizabeth I -- The People's Queen: Her Life and Times: 21 Activities

By Kerrie Logan Hollihan

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Recounts the life and accomplishments of the people's queen, in a book with activities, from singing a madrigal and growing a knot garden to creating a period costume, to provide readers a taste of the Elizabethan age.

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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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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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The Yankee at the Seder

By Elka Weber; illustrations by Adam Gustavson

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As a Confederate family prepares for Passover the day after the Civil War has ended, a Yankee arrives on their Virginia doorstep and is invited to share their meal, to the dismay of ten-year-old Jacob. Includes historical notes about Corporal Myer Levy, on whom the story is based, and his prominent Philadelphia family.
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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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American Revolution

By Stuart Murray

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"It's all here in this ultimate visual guide that show you how it really was. See a continental solder's musket, a spy's hollow "silver bullet", Washington's sword, a bullet-riddled battle flag, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence. Learn why Washington was commander-in-chief, how the Declaration of Independence was written, how Benedict Arnold was at first a patriot hero, how solders were drilled, who the Loyalists were, how France helped win American liberty. Discover how Betsy Ross sewed the Stars and Stripes, the secrets of spies and traitors, why it was Breed's not Bunker Hill, why King George admired Washington, why Yorktown was not the end of the Revolution, and much, much more."
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The Story of the Surrender at Yorktown

By Zachary Kent

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Recounts the last military campaign of the Revolutionary War which culminated in the surrender of Cornwallis' men to the French and Americans in 1781.

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Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States

By Jim Hargrove

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Traces the life of the tall red-headed Virginian, from his early education and involvement in the American Revolution to his activities as the nation's third president and last years at Monticello.
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