Three American History Books Recommended by My 11 Year Old

Yesterday, while a friend and I were discussing the secret to getting kids to read – finding books they LIKE – my 11 year old daughter pops up, goes to our Sonlight 3/4 (American History) shelf, and pulls off three books. She hands the books to my friend and says, “Here. These are really good!”   So, in case you are looking for some good living books for American History, here’s Kate’s picks:

(Note: Click on the book covers to see the Amazon reviews for the same books.)

Caddie Woodlawn - Recommended Living Book

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink - Set in the 1860s, this book is based on a real life 11 year old girl in Wisconsin. She’s adventurous, tomboyish, and full of spirt. After reading all of the Laura Ingalls books, this was a great look at another girl from the similar time period. 

The Great Turkey Walk - Recommended Living Book

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr – Also set in the 1860s, 15 year old Simon Green is told to go make his way in the world. He decides to herd 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Denver, and sell them. The book tells the tale of his journey and the lessons learned along the way.


Turn Homeward Hannalee - Recommended Living Book

Turn Homeward Hannalee by Patricia Beatty – Set at the end of the Civil War, 12 year old Hannalee is shipped to the north to work in the mills. The book tells her story of how she makes her way home again. Also full of adventure.


So, if you are looking for some good summer reading, or living history books for read alouds or to assign, Kate recommends these.



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One Response to Three American History Books Recommended by My 11 Year Old

  1. Andre says:

    I bought the ernite collection of books for my kids, and also for my nephews who live in California. The kids’ ages range from 4-10 yrs. old, and all of them enjoy the books. My kids find the books to be funny and fun to read. My husband and I appreciate the creative way that the books reinforce the Armenian language and culture to our kids. Great initiative by the author to capture in story-form what we as Armenian parents have experienced during our youth. As more and more generations of American-Armenians grow farther away from our foreign-born parents’ customs and rituals, these books allow us to bring the concepts back and share the funny anecdotes with our children so that they can continue to exist in their repetoire of the Armenian culture.

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