This series was written for Grades 1-3, but my fourth grade daughter enjoyed reading them as well. Even I learned a lot by reading these books. Below the books are broken out by time period so you can enjoy them with your history studies as well.
Westward Expansion (1801-1860)
1830—Hannah’s Fancy Notions: A Story of Industrial New England by Pat Ross
1840—Night Bird: A Story of the Seminole Indians by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
1845—Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
1847—Lone Star: A Story of the Texas Rangers by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
1868—Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco’s Chinatown by Barbara Diamond Goldin
1889—Beautiful Land: A Story of the Oklahoma Land Rush by Nancy Antle
1889—The Day It Rained Forever: A Story of the Johnstown Flood by Virginia T. Gross
1892—It’s Only Goodbye: An Immigrant Story by Virginia T. Gross
1898—Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush by Barthe DeClements
Industrialization & Immigration (1900-1914)
1917—A Long Way to Go: A Story of Women’s Right to Vote by Zibby Oneal
1918—Hero Over Here: A Story of World War I by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Between the World Wars (1920-1939)
1926—Child Star: When Talkies Came to Hollywood by Lydia Weaver
1933—Hard Times: A Story of the Great Depression by Nancy Antle
1941—Pearl Harbor Is Burning!: A Story of World War II by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Modern Era (1946-present)
1952—Close to Home: A Story of the Polio Epidemic by Lydia Weaver
1963—President is Dead: A Story of the Kennedy Assassination by Virginia T. Gross
1968—Tough Choices: A Story of the Vietnam War by Nancy Antle
See more living history book suggestions as well as the history sequence we follow.
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