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We've compiled a list of 45 books for kids of all ages to enjoy over the summer. Enjoy!

12 & Up

Chains (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 Persevered 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 

The 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 7-12

The 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 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

Revolutionary 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!: 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

Ben'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

My 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, 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

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