Favorite Civil War Books for Children

This year, I hope to post monthly about books and create curated book lists for specific historical topics and time periods. A friend asked me to put together a list of books for children about the Civil War, and I thought it’d make a great list for the blog. 

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Younger Elementary Books


**Top Pick**

Magic Treehouse #21 Civil War on Sunday

Check out my Travel with Books video about the locations you can visit from this book!

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Ranger in Time #3: Long Road to Freedom

The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale

Under the Freedom Tree

Henry’s Freedom Box


Upper Elementary Books


**Top Pick**

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

Watch my Travel with Books video about the locations from the book!

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Magic Treehouse Merlin Missions #19 Abe Lincoln at Last!

When Will This Cruel War Be Over? 

A Picture of Freedom

Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring

Great Escapes #3: Civil War Breakout


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales – Big, Bad Ironclad! and The Underground Abductor

Who was series (What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?, Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?, etc.)

DK Eyewitness Civil War 

The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

Tillie Pierce’s Civil War Story

Middle School Books


**Top Pick**

Little Women

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Across Five Aprils

Soldier’s Heart – by my older son’s favorite author!

Iron Thunder


Two Miserable Presidents 

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Soldier!

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Nurse During the American Civil War!

Teen/YA Books


**Top Pick**

The Killer Angels

Not written specifically for YA/teens but is the definitive novel of the Civil War!

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The Red Badge of Courage

Rifles for Watie

Two Girls of Gettysburg



Libby Prison Breakout

Blood and Germs

Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

For even more recommendations, be sure to visit my Bookshop.org shop.

What are your favorite children’s books about the Civil War? Add to my list in the comments! 

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