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My Upper Elementary/Middle School American History Book List


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I've put together my list of materials that I've used to teach my children American History, and thought someone else may find it useful. It contains living books, documentaries, novels, and films to engage kids 3rd grade-8th grade in US History. I hope it helps someone! 


American History Upper  Elementary/Middle School Book List


Indigenous Stories:

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People by Yellowhorn

Birchbark House Series by Louise Eldrich

Kaya American Girl Series


Jamestown-Early Colonists:

Written in Bone by Walker

1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Lange

Pocahontas by Jones


Colonial Period:

Bound for America by Haskins

Building a New Land by Haskins

Women of Colonial America by Miller

Fort Moses by Turner


Revolutionary War:

King George: What Was His Problem? By Sheinkin

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Fritz



Yellow Fever:


An American Plaque by Murphy



Lewis and Clark Expedition:


Lewis and Clark PBS documentary



War of 1812:


The War of 1812 PBS Documentary


Star Spangled by Grove





Jefferson’s Sons by Bradley 


Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Petry


The Life of Frederick Douglas by Walker




The Civil War:


Two Miserable Presidents by Sheinkin


Pink and Say by Polacco


Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by Butzer


The Address Documentary





Rightfully Ours by Hollihan


Child Labor:


Kids at Work: Hines by Freedman


Newsies Movie


Counting on Grace by Winthrop


David Copperfield Masterpiece Theatre




World War 1:


The War to End All Wars by Freedman


Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Hale





What were the Roaring 20’s? by Mortlock


The Dragon’s Child by Yep


Against the Odds:  The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance PBS Documentary


Harlem Stomp by Laban Carrick Hill


Poetry for Young People Langston Hughes



Depression/New Deal:


What Was the Great Depression? by Pascal


Bud, Not Buddy by Curtis


Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken Movie



World War 2:


Attack on Pearl Harbor by Shelley Tanaka


What was Pearl Harbor? By Demuth


Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? By Smith


What Was D-Day? By Demuth


Diary of Anne Frank



Civil Rights Movement:


My Story: Rosa Parks Autobiography


Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges


Who Was Martin Luther King Jr.? by Bader


What Was the March on Washington? by Krill



The Cold War:


What Was the Berlin Wall? By Medina


The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Sis


The Butter Battle Book by Seuss


Balloon (movie)





What was the Vietnam War? By O’Connor




Space Race:


Who Was Neil Armstrong? By Edwards


Hidden Figures film


Apollo 13 film with Tom Hanks





Who Was Ronald Reagan? By Milton


What is the AIDS Crisis by Medina



90’s and 2000’s:


What Were the Twin Towers? By O’Connor


What Was Hurricane Katrina? By Koontz


President Obama’s Victory Speech


Dream Big Dreams by Souza


Who is Hillary Clinton? by Alexander


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