Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

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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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

By Sally M. Walker

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This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s.

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Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A story about Edna Lewis

By Robbin Gourley

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From the whippoorwill's call on the first day of spring through the first snowfall, Edna and members of her family gather fruits, berries, and vegetables from the fields, garden, and orchard on their Virginia farm and turn them into wonderful meals. Includes facts about the life of Edna Lewis, a descendant of slaves who grew up to be a famous chef, and five recipes.

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Maggie L. Walker: Pioneering Banker and Community Leader

By Candice F. Ransom

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"Let us be strong and make big plans." These famous words from Maggie L. Walker - best known as the first female bank president in the United States - effectively sum up her story. All her life, Maggie set about making and achieving big plans. She participated in the first black student strike in 1883, led an organization that helped poor African Americans, established a savings bank for them, and helped black people start their own businesses.

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Liberty or Death: A Story About Patrick Henry

By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

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A biography of the Virginia lawyer, politician, and patriot whose great powers of speech helped inspire colonists to support the cause of American liberty at the start of the Revolutionary War.

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Virginia Folk Legends

By edited by Thomas E. Barden

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What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included in the vast collection of legends gathered between 1937 and 1942 by the field workers of the Virginia Writers Project of the WPA. For decades following the end of the project, these stories lay untouched in the libraries of the University of Virginia. Now, folklorist Thomas E. Barden brings to light these delightful tales, most of which have never been in print. Virginia Folk Legends presents the first valid published collection of Virginia folk legends and is endorsed by the American Folklore Society.
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Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point

By retold by Mary Quattlebaum

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When Colonel Lightfoot and the Devil hold a lengthy dance contest to see who will control a plot of land along the James River in Virginia, the result is a surprise for both participants. Colonel Lightfoot is never modest, especially when it comes to his dancing or his fine Virginia land. One piece of that land is turning to mud, and the devil himself is rumored to live in that murky mess, for on dark nights sparks fly high. How to put an end to the devil's mischief? Why, a dance contest with the fiery fiend himself. The colonel bristles with confidence, but the devil is equally sure of himself, until, recognizing his own false pride in the devil's boasts, the colonel discovers the perfect way to outsmart him.

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A Picture Book of Patrick Henry

By David A. Adler

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Chronicles the life of Patrick Henry from his childhood on a tobacco plantation in Virginia to the American Revolution, when he spoke the famous words "Give me liberty or give me death," one month before the first shots rang out.

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When the Whipporwill Calls

By Candice Ransom

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A Blue Ridge Mountain family is displaced to the flatlands by the creation of the Shenandoah National Park.

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First People: The Early Indians of Virginia

By Keith Egloff and Deborah Woodward

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For students and general readers, Egloff (Virginia Department of Historic Resources) and Woodward, an editor and writing consultant, discuss the history of the Virginia Indians. They cover the tribes' everyday life, tools and other objects used (including illustrations), culture, contact with Europeans, and tribes today. This edition integrates recent events in the Indian community and new research.

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