31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8

Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8

Looking for some living books on American history? This post is a list of living American History books that you can use in your homeschool for grades 1 to 8.

Learning history through living books has always been our favorite method in our homeschool. Textbooks can be dull and boring while they spout off facts about history that you’re probably never going to remember. But, living books bring history to life for kids.

My children seem to retain information so much better when they hear it from living books. That’s why when our History Curriculum turned out to be written in a textbook format this year, we quickly made the switch back to living books.

This list is filled with great books, so be sure to bookmark this list for later!

living books american history

This post contains affiliate links. This means I may receive a commission if you click on one of my links. (At no extra charge for you.) Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. To read more about how my affiliate links work, click here.

Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8

Let’s get to it! This is a list of what I consider the best living books on American History!

A Child’s First Book of American History

This book has beautiful illustrations and covers from 1000ad to 1945! You can also purchase it through Beautiful Feet Books.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2

William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy

Another book from Beautiful Feet books. A biography of William Bradford.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4

Amos Fortune

A story of a slave who dreamed of being a free man, and finally got to see it start coming to pass as an older adult.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 6

Stories of Great Americans

You can find this book for free on Kindle or you can purchase a reprint. This book was originally intended for 2nd grade.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 8

The Story of the Wright Brothers

A Christian Liberty Press book about the Wright Brothers.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 10

Journeys in Time

This book is about 20 different journeys that helped shape America’s past. Journeys in Time is a good read for middle schoolers.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 1131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 12

Pedro’s Journal

Pedro’s Journal is from the point of view of a boy who sailed with Christopher Columbus.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 1331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 14

The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 (The American Story)

The New Americans is filled with colorful illustrations and depictions of colonial times.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 1531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 16

Toliver’s Secret

Toliver’s Secret is set in the time of George Washington.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 1731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 18

Bud & Me : The True Adventures of the Abernathy Boys

Bud & Me is set in the early 1900s.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 1931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 20

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a good read for grades 4-7.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 22

By the Great Horn Spoon

Ages 8-12. An adventure set in the days of the Gold Rush.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 24

Once on this Island

Set during the time of the British-American war in 1812.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 26

Almost Home: A Story Based on the Life of the Mayflower’s Mary Chilton (Daughters of the Faith Series)

The journey of the Pilgrims to America through the eyes of a 13 year old girl.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 28

Pocahontas: Young Peacemaker (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Ages 8-12 or Grades 4-6.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 2931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 30

Abraham Lincoln’s World

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 3131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 32

Frontier Living

Grades 5-8.

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 3331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 34

Of Courage Undaunted

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 3531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 36

A First Book in American History

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 3731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 38

The Boy Who Drew Birds

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 3931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 40

The Year of the Horseless Carriage 1801

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 42

Esperanza Rising

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 44

Amistad

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 46

The Stout Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 48

Benjamin Franklin (D’aulaires)

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 4931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 50

Pocahontas (D’aulaires)

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 5131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 52

Columbus (D’aulaires)

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 5331 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 54

This Country of Ours

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 5531 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 56

Trial and Triumph

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 5731 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 58

Pilgrims Stories

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 5931 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 60

The Story of the World Vol. 3

31 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 6131 of the Best Living History Books: Living Books American History Grades 1-8 62

Living Books American History: Did I miss any?

Can you think of any more living history books on American History that should be on this list? Leave them in the comments! I’d love to add them to my list!

Subscribe to our email list for more posts like this!

living books american history

Leave a Reply