Historical Chapter Books

Below is a list of chapter books for kids that pertain to various time periods in history. Some of these books are no longer in print, but I am still listing them because they can still be purchased used or perhaps found in local libraries.  If you click on the titles of the books, they are linked to either Amazon or other places where you can read more information about them. You will need to use the “back” button to return to the list if you click on any of the links. This list is a work in progress, so I will be continually adding more books to it. If you have any chapter books that you think should be on this list, send your suggestions as a comment, and I may add them to the list.

Historical Chapter Books

 American History

 Jamestown

Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book One by Patricia Hermes
The Starving Time: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book Two by Patricia Hermes
Season of Promise: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book Three by Patricia Hermes
Pocahontas: Young Peacemaker (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Leslie Gourse
Richard of Jamestown: a Story of the Virginia Colony by James Otis

Pilgrims

The Pilgrim Adventure (Our America Series) by Susan Kilbride
The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce (My Name is America) by Ann Rinaldi
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh
Mary of Plymouth  by James Otis

 King Philip’s War

The King Philip’s War Adventure (Our America Series) by Susan Kilbride

The Salem Witch Trials

        The Salem Adventure (Our America Series) by Susan Kilbride 

Colonial America

Stephen of Philadelphia by James Otis

American Revolution

The Revolutionary War Adventure (Our America Series) by Susan Kilbride
Justice for All: December 5, 1773-September 5, 1774 (Liberty’s Kids) by Amanda Stephens
Freedom at Any Price: March 1775-April 19, 1775 (Liberty’s Kids) by Amanda Stephens
Paul Revere: Boston Patriot (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)by Augusta Stevenson
Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer (Childhood of Famous Americans)by Augusta Stevenson
George Washington: Young Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)by Augusta Stevenson
Thomas Jefferson: Third President of the United States (Childhood of Famous Americans)by Helen A.  Monsell
Thomas: 1778, Patriots on the Run by Bonnie Pryor
Thomas in Danger: 1779 by Bonnie Pryor
Five Smooth Stones: Hope’s Revolutionary War Diary, Book One by Kristiana Gregory
My America: We Are Patriots: Hope’s Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two by Kristiana Gregory
Patriots by Gregory T. Edgar
Gone to Meet the British
  by Gregory T. Edgar
Johnny Tremain by Ester Hoskins Forbes
Rush Revere and the First Patriots by Rush Limbaugh
Rush Revere and the American Revolution by Rush Limbaugh

 

 Louis & Clark

The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804 (My Name is America) by Kathryn Lasky
Meriwether Lewis: Boy Explorer (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Charlotta M. Bebenroth
Sacagawea: American Pathfinder (Childhood Of Famous Americans) by Flora Warren Seymour

 Oregon Trail and Pioneers

The Pioneer Adventure (Our America) by Susan Kilbride
Westward To Home: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary
by Patricia Hermes
As Far As I Can See: Meg’s Prairie Diary by Kate McMullan (My America series)
For This Land: Meg’s Prairie Diary (My America series) by Kate McMullan
A Fine Start: Meg’s Prairie Diary by Kate McMullan
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Meet Kirsten (American Girl Series) by Janet Shaw
Martha of California by James Otis

Civil War and Slavery

The Civil War Adventure (Our America) by Susan Kilbride
The Journal of James Edmond Pease a Civil War Union Soldier
(My Name is America) by Jim Murphy

American Adventures: Joseph: 1861–A Rumble of War by Bonnie Pryor
American Adventures: Joseph’s Choice: 1861 by Bonnie Pryor
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator (Childhood of Famous Americans)by Augusta Stevenson
Harriet Tubman: Freedom’s Trailblazer (Childhood of Famous Americans)by Kathleen Kudlinski
Mystery of the Lost Canteen by Nancy Bestul
Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book One by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book Two by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
My Brother’s Keeper: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book One by Mary Pope Osborne
After the Rain: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book Two by Mary Pope Osborne
A Ballad of the Civil War by Mary Stolz
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Meet Addy (American Girl Series) by Connie Porter

 Gold Rush

Luke on the High Seas by Bonnie Pryor
Luke: 1849–On the Golden Trail by Bonnie Pryor

 Early 1900s

Little Britches by Ralph Moody An excellent book that I think should be required reading in school.  There is one problem; the name of one of their horses is “Nig.”  The book is so good though that it is worth having your child read it anyway, perhaps explaining to your child that back when this book was written that folks didn’t know any better.  This is the first in book in a series about this incredible family.

The Great Depression

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1634 (American Girl Series) by Valerie Tripp

World War II

Summer Spies by Nancy Bestul
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier

 Civil Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr. Boy With a Dream (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) by Dharathula H.  Millender

Chinese History

          China’s Son by Da Chen

Egyptian History

Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile (The Royal Diaries Series) by Kristina Gregory
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

English History

Patience, Princess Catherine (Young Royals Series) by Carolyn Meyer
Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals Series) by Carolyn Meyer
Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals Series) by Carolyn Meyer
Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals Series) by Carolyn Meyer
Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor (The Royal Diaries Series) by Kathryn Lasky
Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia (The Royal Diaries Series) by Anna Kirwan
When London Burned  by G.A. Henty
The Door in the Wall  by Marguerite De Angeli
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The Spanish Letters by Mollie Hunter

French History

Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles (The Royal Diaries Series) by Kathryn Lasky

 

Russian History

 Catherine: The Great Journey  (The Royal Diaries Series) by Kristiana Gregory
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautizg

Russian Revolution

Days of Terror by Barbara Smucker
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914  (The Royal Diaries Series) by Carolyn Meyer

Vikings

 The Viking Tales  by Jennie Hall

Disclosure: I have now become an Amazon Affiliate so if you purchase these books after clicking on their links, I will earn a small percentage of the profits.  I became an affiliate after some of my readers suggested it. (You can read the comments about it below.)

11 Responses to “Historical Chapter Books”

  1. M July 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Thanks, for the list. All though I don’t understand why you shouldn’t get $ if someone purchases a book through one of your links..I don’t get why..I mean you took the time & linked, why would that hurt anyone. Wondering if someone has given you crap in the past for something like that.

    • funtasticunitstudies July 8, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks for the comment! No one has bothered me about it. I guess part of it was that I didn’t want my readers to feel like I only wrote the list to earn money from it. I did look into becoming an Amazon affiliate, and there were also some privacy issues I was concerned with, but maybe I should re-think this. I’d love to hear what my other readers might have to say about this!

      Sue

      • funtasticunitstudies July 17, 2013 at 7:56 am #

        Thank you again for your comment! I’ve decided to apply to be an Amazon affiliate, so I’ve removed the information about not receiving money for the links from the description. I really appreciate your input about this.

        Sue

  2. Amy July 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    If you have gone to such lengths to compile this list and your blog, I don’t see why you shouldn’t be an affiliate. I love being able to help other home schooling families in any way I can. I have never seen the Young Royals series before and now I want to read them! Thanks!

    • funtasticunitstudies July 17, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      Thank you for your input!

      I’ve decided to apply to become an Amazon affiliate. I’m hoping that when my son is finished with homeschooling I can continue with my writing projects for homeschoolers, so any little bit of income will help with that.

      Sue

  3. tracy criswell March 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    My kids love your books regarding American History. They wish you would write ones regarding world history too (Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, etc.).

    • funtasticunitstudies March 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Hi Tracy!

      Thank you so much! I’ve been thinking that Finn and Ginny should do some traveling to other countries, but I can’t make any promises about it yet. However, I am working on the final edits to “The Civil War Adventure,” so keep a look out for that one! It should be published in just a few months.

      Sue

  4. Kelley August 1, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    This is incredible!!! I just found your link through Homeschool Freebie. I went to amazon, and saw you are a homeschooling mom. With being a homeschool mom myself I love to support another like minded mama. I am so excited to use your “Our America” Series along with the Activities. My son is 11, and I have a feeling that this will be just perfect for him!! I hope my daughter will like this as well. My older daughter wasn’t that much into History. Thanks so much for sharing, and I do really hope that I see more of these in the future. Thanks Again!!

    • funtasticunitstudies August 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Kelley!
      I’m so happy that you are excited about my series! It’s nice to know that homeschoolers like my books!

      Sue

  5. Kelley August 17, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    I purchased the first two books. I also have the activities downloaded, but what I am wondering is how do I know after which chapter to use the activities. Thanks.

    • funtasticunitstudies August 17, 2016 at 4:18 am #

      That’s a good question. I probably should have organized the activities that way.

      Looking over the activities for The Pilgrim Adventure, activities 1 & 2 could be done any time after chapter 3, activity 3 could be done any time after chapter 4, activity 4 could be done any time after chapter 3, activity 5 could be done any time after chapter 6, activity 6 could be done any time after chapter 22, and activity 7 could be done any time after chapter 25.

      As for the activities for The King Philip’s War Adventure, activities 1 & 2 could be done any time after chapter 4; activities 3, 4, 5, & 6 could be done any time after chapter 13.

      Hope this helps!

      Sue

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