Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography

By James Cross Giblin

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"Builds on incidents from Jefferson's life to uncover the shy, quiet nature of the man who would become the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Important dates in his life are appended, as are quotes from his lectures."
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Monticello

By Michael Burgan

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Relates the history of Thomas Jefferson's home in western Virginia, including what life was like there for himself, his family, their slaves, visitors, and descendants, and how Monticello became a museum.

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The Great Little Madison

By Jean Fritz

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Traces the life and contributions of the sickly child with the small voice who grew up to become the fourth president of the United States.
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James Madison

By Jeremy Roberts

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A biography of the fourth president of the United States, who helped ensure ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

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While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.

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The Scrimshaw Ring

By William Jaspersohn

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A young boy living in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1710 enjoys imaginary adventures with make-believe pirates, until the day that real pirates come ashore for evil purposes and leave him a remarkable memento. Includes ideas for activities related to family heirlooms.
Based on a true story.
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The Man with the Silver Oar

By Robin Moore

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In 1718, fifteen-year-old Daniel leaves his guardian uncle's Quaker household to stowaway on a ship in pursuit of a pirate captain bent on raiding the coast of North America before returning to port in Hispaniola.
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Frontier Living

By Edwin Tunis

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Describes the daily lives of American pioneers who explored and settled the territories west of the Appalachians.
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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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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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