Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Shades of Gray

By Caroline Reeder

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At the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and the uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.

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Charley Skedaddle

By Patricia Beatty

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In this powerful story, based on real-life Civil War records and memoirs, young Yankee deserter Charley Quinn learns that his flight from his first battle doesn't brand him a life-long coward.

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Pioneer Children of Appalachia

By Joan Anderson

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Text and photographs from a living history village in West Virginia recreate the pioneer life of young people in Appalachia in the early nineteenth century.

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Cadets at War: The True Story of Teenage Heroism at the Battle of New Market

By Susan Provost Beller

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On May 15, 1864, teenage students at the Virginia Military Institute left their desks and dormitories to join the field at the Battle of New Market alongside seasoned Confederate forces. Their cadet corps suffered a casualty rate of 24% while helping to successfully drive back a numerically superior Union force.

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Mosby and his Rangers: Adventures of the Gray Ghost

By Susan Provost Beller

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Describes how Colonel John Mosby and his partisan soldiers conducted successful guerrilla warfare on Northern troops during the Civil War.

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The Seventeenth Child

By Dorothy Marie Rice & Lucille Mabel Walthall Payne

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The oral history of the seventeenth child of black sharecroppers, describing her life in Virginia and New Jersey during the Depression.

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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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If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days

By Barbara Brenner

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More than two hundred years ago, two thousand people lived in the town of Williamsburg, Virginia. This book tells you what it was like to grow up in colonial days, before there was a United States of America.

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The Great Bridge-Building Contest

By Bo Zaunders

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Lemuel Chenoweth is a shy western Virginia furniture maker with only a third-grade education and a vision when he heads to Richmond, Virginia, to enter a bridge-designing contest. Lemuel stuns the judges and the highfalutin' competition by assembling an extraordinary bridge model-one that can support his own weight-and he wins. Built entirely without nails, his bridge became one of the most famous in the country and was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War.
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Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles

By Mary R. Furbee

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In 1755, young mother Mary Draper Ingles was captured by the Shawnee Indians in the Shenandoah Valley. This is the true story of how she survived and escaped to freedom.

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