Read the Revolution

curated collection of excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution


July 12, 2017

Summer Reading List


For this week's Read the Revolution, we've compiled a list of 45 books for kids of all ages to enjoy over the summer. Enjoy!

12 and Up

chains.jpgChains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

All About Benjamin Franklin

by Elizabeth Zuckerman, Illustrations by Molly Dykstra

A Voice of Her own: the Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet

by Kathryn Lasky, Illustrated by Paul Lee

Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Perserved to Win America’s Freedom

By Rosalie Lauerman

John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot

by Armstrong Sperry

Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

by Avi 

9781596434868_zoom.jpgThe Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

by Steve Sheinkin

The Patriot Papers: Bursting with Fun Facts about America's Early Rebels

By J. Prior and Emilia Whippie Prior

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives

by Kenneth C. Davis

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777


by Kristiana Gregory

Patriots of African Descent in the Revolutionary War

by Marion T. Lane

Ages 7 and 12

journey-one.jpgThe Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

by Judith St. George, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Farmer George Plants a Nation

By Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Layne Johnson

Sybil’s Night Ride

Written and Illustrated by Karen B. Winnick

George & George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides

By Rosalyn Schanzer

francis-marion.pngFrancis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox

by Kate Salley Palmer, illustrated by James H. Palmer, Jr.

Crossing the Delaware: A History in Many Voices

By Louise Peacock, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop

They Called Her Molly Pitcher

By Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies

By Cokie Roberts, illustrated by Diane Goode

Revolutionaryfriends.jpgRevolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette

By Selene Castrovilla, illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

By Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Peter M. Fiore

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution 

by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Diary of Sally Wister: A Colonial Quaker Girl

By Sally Wister

George: George Washington, Our Founding Father

by Frank Keating

let-it-begin-here.jpgLet It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution

by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Spies of the American Revolution: An Interactive Espionage

by Elizabeth Raum

George Washington's Spies

by Claudia Friddell

Paul Revere's Ride

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, edited by Elizabeth Encarnacion, illustrated by Charles Santore

King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

by Steve Sheinkin

The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat 

by Deborah Kalb, illustrated by Robert Lunsford

Bens-Revolution.pngBen's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill

by Nathaniel Philbrick, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Battle for a New Nation: Causes and Effects of the Revolutionary War

by Kassandra Radomski

Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War Began

by Lucille Recht Penner, illustrated by David Wenzel

Ages 2-7

goldern-book.jpgMy Little Golden Book About George Washington

by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

The Ride: the Legend of Betsy Dowdy

By Kitty Griffin, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

By Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Blue Sky, White Stars

By Sarvinder Nabehaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America

by Jonah Winter 

john-paul.jpgJohn, Paul, George and Ben

By Lane Smith

Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History 

by Don Brown

Cheer Up, Ben Franklin! 

by Misti Kenison

Independence Cake: A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown

by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Giselle Potter

Bonus: Graphic Novels

The Boston Massacre

by Michael Burgan, illustrated by Bob Wiacek, Keith Williams, and Charles Barnett III

The Boston Tea Party

by Matt Doeden, illustrated by Charles Barnett III and Dave Hoover

Nathan Hale: Revolutionary Spy

by Nathan Olson, illustrated by Cynthia Martin and Brent Schoonover

Read the Revolution is published biweekly by the Museum of the American Revolution to inspire learning about the history of the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.