Virginia History for Kids

This is a non-fiction list.

Revolutionary Citizens: African Americans, 1776-1804

By Daniel C. Littlefield

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Chronicles the lives of African Americans during the Revolutionary War and the early years of the nation.
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USKids history: Book of the American Revolution

By Howard Egger-Bovet and Marlene Smith-Baranzini

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Highlights the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, life in the colonies during wartime, and important figures of the time. Includes ideas for related activities.

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The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart

By Kristiana Gregory

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Eleven-year-old Abigail presents a diary account of life in Valley Forge from December 1777 to July 1778 as General Washington prepares his troops to fight the British.

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The Revolutionary War: A Sourcebook on Colonial America

By edited by Carter Smith

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Describes and illustrates the historical, political, military, social, and cultural aspects of the Revolutionary War through a variety of images created during that period.
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Johnny Tremain

By Esther Forbes

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A young apprentice silversmith growing up in Boston during the Revolutionary War becomes involved with such patriots as Hancock, Otis, and Samuel Adams.

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Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox

By Kay Cornelius

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Born in South Carolina, 15-year-old Francis Marion signed up become a sailor on a doomed ship. He fought in the French and Indian War and became known for his guerilla-style fighting in the American Revolution. He often squared off with the hated British commander Banastre Tarleton.
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Lafayette: French Freedom Fighter

By JoAnn A. Grote and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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"The author presents a comprehensive account of the life George Washington beginning with his growing-up years and continuing to his retirement years as a farmer. The book includes many little-known details....The book is a well-organized, informative work that middle school students can easily understand."
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By the Sword: A Young Man Meets War

By Selene Castrovilla

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At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Tallmadge, a young school headmaster, joins George Washington's army and becomes one of his most trusted officers. The author employed many primary sources, including Tallmadge's memoirs, to retell the story of this early American soldier and spy.

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

By Zachary Kent

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This local battle was a turning point in the Civil War.
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African American Entrepreneurs

By Jim Haskins

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Profiles a variety of African American entrepreneurs, from the early years, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to modern times.
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