After the previous collection I published featuring 20 of the best books on the American revolution, in this post, I share an equally important collection of books on the American Revolution but for kids. These are some amazing reads that will teach your little ones everything they need to know about this important part of the American history.
Drawing on several expert sources (e.g., Goodreads, Bookriot, etc), and after reading through piles of readers’ reviews, and checking sales history and ratings, I finally narrowed down my list to these 10 titles which I view as some of the best books on American Revolution for kids.
From stories of Paul Revere’s famous ride to tales of bravery and courage during the war, these books will not only immerse your kids in a world of captivating history but will certainly teach them valuable lessons about America’s past.
Dive into the exciting world of adventure with Rush Revere and his time-traveling crew as they explore some of the most iconic moments in American history. Or take a look at History Smashers which smashes everything you thought you knew about this period in time. Whatever book you choose, be sure to read it together – so that your child can gain an understanding on what makes America special today!
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The American Revolution: A Visual History, by DK is a chronologically organized visual reference book that brings to life the events of this important conflict. The book, written in association with the Smithsonian Institution, provides readers with an overview of the most significant moments and people involved in the war.
Readers can explore first-hand accounts from soldiers and civilians, get a detailed look at the weapons and uniforms used during the war, and understand more about the events that led to the birth of the American republic.
2. The Revolutionary War: An Interactive History Adventure, by Elizabeth Raum
The Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum is an interactive book that allows readers to travel back in time to the late 1700s and explore the events of The Revolutionary War.
The book takes readers through a series of scenarios and choices that can be made between helping the patriot spies in their city, fighting for independence as a patriot soldier, or working to keep the colonies under British rule.
The choices made can lead to different outcomes as readers explore The Revolutionary War from all angles and experience the conflict first-hand. The book is filled with engaging activities, vivid details about the events of The Revolutionary War, and fascinating facts about the people and places of that time period.
3. Black Heroes of the American Revolution, by Burke Davis
Black Heroes of the American Revolution by Burke Davis is a book that highlights the lesser-known Black individuals who played an active role in achieving U.S. independence during the Revolutionary War. It focuses on Black figures such as Crispus Attucks, Edward Hector, Austin Dabney and William Lee – all of whom made incredible contributions to the cause of U.S. independence during this time.
The book is a testament to the bravery and resilience of Black men and women who fought against tyranny, oppression and injustice in order to achieve freedom for all citizens of the United States.
4. Great Battles for Boys The American Revolution, by Joe Giorello
Great Battles for Boys by Joe Giorello is an exciting and informative book that takes readers through the major battles of the American Revolution beginning with the Boston Tea Party. This event sparked even more tyranny from King George III and led to a declaration of war against England.
With George Washington as commander of the Continental Army, major battles such as Long Island, Trenton, Valley Forge, Cowpens and Yorktown ensued. Great Battles for Boys profiles the Revolutionary War’s most fascinating leaders like Benedict Arnold and Francis Marion in addition to exploring the era’s complicated politics – including slavery.
5. The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities, by Janis Herbert
In The American Revolution for Kids, Janis Herbert brings to life the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution as well as the important principles of freedom and democracy that shaped the nation.
Through engaging activities such as creating a fringed hunting shirt, reenacting the Battle of Cowpens, and learning how Congress works, kids can explore the dramatic events of the Revolution and gain a deeper understanding of how our nation was founded.
The book also includes copies of the Declaration of Independence, biographical information on key players in the war, a glossary and Web site recommendations to help students further their knowledge.
6. George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides, by Rosalyn Schanzer
In George vs. George, author Rosalyn Schanzer engages readers with an in-depth look at both sides of the conflict between George Washington and George III. Through thorough research and vivid illustrations, Schanzer paints a complex picture of the events that led up to the American Revolution and the roles George Washington and George III played in it. George vs. George not only allows readers to understand the perspectives of both sides, but also teaches them an important lesson in history—that there are always two sides to every story.
7. History Smashers: The American Revolution, by Kate Messner
History Smashers: The American Revolution, by Kate Messner is an exciting nonfiction series that dives deep into the history of the American Revolution. The series begins with a fascinating retelling of the events of April 18th, 1775. History tells us that Paul Revere rode to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, shouting “The British are coming!” to warn townspeople – but History Smashers reveals the truth!
History Smashers follows up with a crash course in the timeline of events leading up to the Revolutionary War, which began more than a year after Paul Revere’s ride. The series goes on to explore how different nations were involved in the war and what led to the American victory.
8. If You Were a Kid During the American Revolution, by Wil Mara
If You Were a Kid During the American Revolution, by Wil Mara is an exciting adventure story for readers ages 7-9 that follows Samuel and Molly on their daring mission to save their fathers from the British soldiers.
Set during the early days of the American Revolution, this book gives readers a first-hand look at what life was like for children during this important moment in history. With thrilling moments, inspiring characters, and plenty of educational information, If You Were a Kid During the American Revolution is an excellent read for young kids!
Guts & Glory: The American Revolution, written by Ben Thompson, takes readers on a journey through the events of the American Revolution. This illustrated guide brings to life some of the most courageous and inspiring people of this time period, such as George Washington’s crossing of the icy Delaware River and Molly Pitcher’s bravely firing her cannon. Readers will have the opportunity to participate in a riot in Boston, join the Culper Spy Ring in stealing secrets, and witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
10. Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans, by Rush Limbaugh
Rush Revere and the American Revolution is a novel by Rush Limbaugh that follows Rush, his horse Liberty, and their friends Cam, Tommy and Freedom as they travel back to the year 1775 to meet some of the American Revolutionary War heroes.
Along the way, Rush and his crew witness events like the hanging of two lanterns in the Old North Church to signal Paul Revere’s midnight ride, grapple with danger at the battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill, and see the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Rush Revere is an inspiring tale that encourages readers to appreciate and honor those who fought for America’s independence.