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
Magic Treehouse #21 Civil War on Sunday
Check out my Travel with Books video about the locations you can visit from this book!
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
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
Across Five Aprils
Soldier’s Heart – by my older son’s favorite author!
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!
The Killer Angels
Not written specifically for YA/teens but is the definitive novel of the Civil War!
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!