Celebrate America’s Independence Day with this selection of non-fiction and historical fiction titles, geared for children ages 8-12. These books are set during the late 1700s to early 1800s.

  • The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution
    Stokes, Jonathan W.

    Provides useful information for the practical time traveler, including appropriate period dress, how to fire a musket, what to do if you are shot by one, and how to survive a stint in the Continental Army.

  • The American Revolution
    Cummings, Judy Dodge

    Shows readers how rebel soldiers fought in horrific conditions while their families faced their own hardships for the sake of freedom. Students examine wartime propaganda to discover the truth about events leading up to the war, and engage in vibrant debate, strategic planning, and literary deconstruction to understand the official documents upon which America is founded.

  • The American Revolution by the Numbers
    Lanser, Amanda

    "Describes aspects of the American Revolution using numbers, stats, and infographics"-- Provided by publisher.

  • The Road to War
    Hamilton, John

    In this title, readers will examine the events leading to the breakout of the American Revolution including the Seven Years War and the French and Indian War. Events in the colonies such as the Stamp Act, the Boston Massacre, the Gaspee Affair, and the Intolerable Acts are covered, as are Boston Tea Party the Sons of Liberty protests. The First and Second Continental Congresses and the creation of the Continental Army are introduced on the road to the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

  • Leaders & Generals of the American Revolution
    Hamilton, John

    Profiles leaders and generals from both the British Army and the patriots, including George Washington, King George III, and Samuel Adams.

  • Turning Points of the American Revolution
    Hamilton, John

    Discusses the most important battles of the Revolutionary War for the Patriot Army, including the Battle of Trenton, the Battles of Saratoga, and Valley Forge.

  • Who Was George Washington?
    Edwards, Roberta

    "In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution"--Amazon.com.

  • Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
    Fradin, Dennis B.

    A biography of the third president of the United States and writer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Who Was Ben Franklin?
    Fradin, Dennis B.

    A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, publisher, inventor, scientist, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

  • Action Presidents. #1, George Washington!
    Van Lente, Fred

    We all know that George Washington was our first president and a hero of the American Revolution. But did you also know that he didn't want to be president, never thought he would fight in a war, and had teeth so bad that he hated to smile? Told through bold and hilarious comic-style illustrations, the first Action Presidents book features the all-too-true history of the ultimate Founding Father, prime patriot, and awesome American George Washington.

  • Those Remarkable Women of the American Revolution
    Zeinert, Karen

    This book examines the changing roles of women through one of our country's most trying times, documenting the marks they left on the battlefields, on the home front, and in politics.

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Growing United States (1800-1811)
    Sharp, Constance

    The United States' boundaries have expanded over the centuries- and at the same time, Americans' ideas about their country have grown as well. The nation the world knows today was shaped by centuries of thinkers and events. Thomas Jefferson was one of the most important of these thinkers. During his presidency, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the geographic size of the United States. And perhaps most important, Jefferson helped define what is best about America. Book jacket.

  • Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation
    Thomas, Peggy

    Discusses Thomas Jefferson's efforts to grow the nation and his love of growing fruits, vegetables, and trees.

  • I Survived the American Revolution, 1776
    Tarshis, Lauren

    Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Knox had been heading to New York City to find his father. But now he was trapped in a terrible gunfight between American and British troops. -- But King George was like a snake with America gripped in his fangs - and he didn't want to let go. So now it was war - brutal, bloody war. All Nate wanted was to find his father... and to get out of here alive.

  • Sophia's War

    In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including be coming a spy.

  • Revolutionary War on Wednesday
    Osborne, Mary Pope

    Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.

  • Judy Moody Declares Independence
    McDonald, Megan

    After learning about the American Revolution on a family trip to Boston, Massachusetts, Judy Moody makes her own Declaration of Independence and tries to prove that she is responsible enough to have more freedoms, such as a higher allowance and her own bathroom.

  • Felicity, an American Girl
    Tripp, Valerie

    Felicity saves a mistreated horse, decides about the tea boycott, nurses her mother back to health, discovers a gunpowder plot, helps her friend, and faces the start of the revolution.

  • Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776
    Calkhoven, Laurie

    In 1776 Boston, twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott enjoys assuming his father's role in taking care of his mother and sister, as well as his work as a spy and messenger for the American revolutionaries, but the pleasure ends when he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand, and learns that a trusted patriot is actually a British spy. Includes historical notes, timeline, and glossary.

  • Johnny Tremain
    Forbes, Esther

    After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

  • Cannons at Dawn
    Gregory, Kristiana

    From the winter of 1779 until 1781, Abigail Stewart and her family follow the path of her father's Continental Army unit after their Valley Forge home burns down, enduring harsh winters and scarce food, and narrowly escaping danger time and again.

  • George Washington's Spy
    Woodruff, Elvira

    Ten-year-old Matt and six other children travel to 1776 Boston, living out American history as they meet Benjamin Franklin, learn about colonial medicine, and become part of a rebel spy ring.

  • Salt
    Frost, Helen

    Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.