Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Anne Bailey: Frontier Scout

By Mary R. Furbee

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During the Revolutionary War, scouts tracked enemy movements and carried messages to troops moving through the frontier. Most scouts were men, but occasionally women filled the role, doing their part in the fight for American independence. This is the exciting and true story of one such woman, Anne Bailey, who risked her life in the American Revolution.

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O Is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet

By Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Troy Howell

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Explores the heritage and history of Virginia, offering historical facts for each letter of the alphabet. From Arlington National Cemetery, once part of Robert E. Lee's homestead, to magnificent Monticello, Virginia has always had a prominent place in American history. Jamestown, Williamsburg, and even the Pentagon are just a few of the many places highlighted in Old Dominion. Readers will also be introduced to such history makers as George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Booker T. Washington.

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Who's saying what in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

By Jean Fritz

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A biography of Thomas Savage, one of the early colonists of Jamestown, Virginia, who was sent to live among the Indians in order to learn their language and become an interpreter.
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1607: A New Look at Jamestown

By Karen E. Lange

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Life in the brand-new Jamestown colony in 1607 wasn't easy. The settlers arrived full of hope-then hard times brought despair. Now the latest archaelogical evidence offers us the clearest glimpse yet of one of the most fascinating chapters in American history.

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Miracle: The True Story of the Wreck of the Sea Venture

By Gail Langer Karwoski

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In the summer of 1609 a fleet of nine ships left England bound for the Jamestown Colony. Days before landfall, the fleet was hit by a hurricane. Four nights later, the flagship, Sea Venture, ran aground on the reefs on Bermuda's northern coast. Miraculously everyone survived. This is their story.

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Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia

By Patrick O'Brien

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A short book (36 pages) that is appropriate for elementary students who are just beginning to develop a taste for history.

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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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Into the Land of Freedom: African Americans in Reconstruction

By Meg Greene

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This history book includes many illustrations and photos.
Contents: The day of jubilee -- How free is free? -- "Give us this, and we will protect ourselves" -- A second bondage -- Black spirit, black mind -- A new war -- Redemption and rejection -- Timeline.

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The Emancipation Proclamation

By Michael J. Martin

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Explores the events leading up to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which freed most slaves, and its effects on the course of the Civil War.

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