Book List: Civil War Era

Book List: Civil War Era

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!  Following is a list of titles (organized by grade level) that will be used for this semester’s unit study on the Civil War.  If your library does not carry these books, you may be able to obtain them through interlibrary loan.  Of course, all of these titles can also be purchased on Amazon.com or abebooks.com.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!

– Gwen

Grades K – 3:

  1. A Picture Book of Sam Houston by David Adler
  2. Gold Fever by Catherine McMorrow
  3. Harriet Tubman (Nest Animated Hero Classics) OR Read: A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler
  4. The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo
  5. Abraham Lincoln by Nest Animated Hero Classics OR A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David Adler OR Abe’s Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport OR Abraham Lincoln by Pamela Hill Nettleton
  6. A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass by David Adler OR Frederick Douglass by Suzanne Slade
  7. Samuel F. B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham
  8. Runaway Balloon by Burke Davis
  9. The Monitor by Gare Thompson
  10. Juneteenth by Vaunda Nelson & Drew Nelson
  11. If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War (Read only pgs 20 – 37; & 50 – 58) by Kay Moore
  12. Just A Few Words Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz
  13. Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross by Patricia Lakin
  14. The Code of the Drum by L.L. Owens
  15. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (read also “Author’s Note” on the last page) by Eleanor Coerr
  16. A Picture Book of Sitting Bull by David Adler

Grade 4:

  1. A Picture Book of Sam Houston by David Adler
  2. Gold Fever by Catherine McMorrow
  3. Go Free Or Die by Jeri Ferris
  4. Meet Addy by Connie Porter (Please also read “A Peek Into the Past” at the end of the book)
  5. Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary
  6. Frederick Douglass by Catherine Welch
  7. Samuel F. B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham
  8. Runaway Balloon by Burke Davis
  9. The Monitor by Gare Thompson
  10. Juneteenth by Vaunda Nelson & Drew Nelson
  11. If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War (whole book) by Kay Moore
  12. Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by C.M. Butzer
  13. Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne AND Clara Barton’s biography from this site: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/clara_barton.php
  14. The Code of the Drum by L.L. Owens
  15. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (read also “Author’s Note” on the last page) by Eleanor Coerr
  16. Sitting Bull by Susan Aller

Grade 5:

  1. The Mexican War by Carrie Nichols Cantor
  2. Gold Fever by Catherine McMorrow
  3. Go Free Or Die by Jeri Ferris
  4. Meet Addy by Connie Porter (Please also read “A Peek Into the Past” at the end of the book)
  5. Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary
  6. Frederick Douglass by Catherine Welch
  7. Read Samuel F. B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham AND View this Youtube video about the telegraph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo0hSZ9R_Xk AND Read this article on “Early American Railroads” by clicking on this link: http://www.ushistory.org/us/25b.asp
  8. Runaway Balloon by Burke Davis
  9. The Monitor by Gare Thompson
  10. The Emancipation Proclamation by Charles Carey
  11. If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War (whole book) by Kay Moore
  12. Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by C.M. Butzer
  13. Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne AND Clara Barton’s biography from this site: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/clara_barton.php
  14. The Code of the Drum by L.L. Owens
  15. Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (read also “Author’s Note” on the last page) by Eleanor Coerr
  16. Sitting Bull by Susan Aller

Grade 6:

  1. The Mexican War by Carrie Nichols Cantor
  2. The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung (My Name is America Series) by Laurence Yep Be sure to read Epilogue and “Historical Note” at the end of the book.
  3. Go Free Or Die by Jeri Ferris
  4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Young Folks’ Edition ISBN 9781617205163) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Note: This book is known as the book that started the Civil War. It is a very powerful book! However, the values and wording in the book reflect those of the times and would be very offensive to most people living in America today. Parents, please read this book prior to assigning it to your children so you can discuss it with them. Because it is a children’s version of the classic, it is a quick read. I also highly recommend reading the actual classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It is beautifully written and full of Christian themes. AND READ THIS ARTICLE FROM THE INTERNET: https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/utc/impact.shtml
  5. Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary
  6. Frederick Douglass by Catherine Welch
  7. Read Samuel F. B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham AND View this Youtube video about the telegraph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo0hSZ9R_Xk AND Read this article on “Early American Railroads” by clicking on this link: http://www.ushistory.org/us/25b.asp
  8. Runaway Balloon by Burke Davis
  9. The Monitor by Gare Thompson
  10. The Emancipation Proclamation by Charles Carey
  11. Growing Up in the Civil War by Duane Damon
  12. A Three-Minute Speech by Jennifer Armstrong
  13. Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne AND Clara Barton’s biography from this site: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/clara_barton.php
  14. Civil war Youtube videos:


    Parents: The following videos are a bit bloody. I recommend viewing them first before showing them to your children.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTsylumdKbU&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C&index=5
  15. Buffalo Bill Cody by Charles Shields
  16. Sitting Bull by Susan Aller

Grades 7 & 8:

  1. The Mexican War by Carrie Nichols Cantor
  2. The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung (My Name is America Series) by Laurence Yep Be sure to read Epilogue and “Historical Note” at the end of the book.
  3.  Go Free Or Die by Jeri Ferris
  4. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Young Folks’ Edition ISBN 9781617205163) by Harriet Beecher Stowe  Note: This book is known as the book that started the Civil War. It is a very powerful book! However, the values and wording in the book reflect those of the times and would be very offensive to most people living in America today. Parents, please read this book prior to assigning it to your children so you can discuss it with them. Because it is a children’s version of the classic, it is a quick read. I also highly recommend reading the actual classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It is beautifully written and full of Christian themes. AND READ THIS ARTICLE FROM THE INTERNET: https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/utc/impact.shtml
  5. Don’t Know Much About Abraham Lincoln by Kenneth C. Davis
  6. Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist and Author by Norma Jean Lutz OR Voice of Freedom by Maryann N. Weidt
  7. View this Youtube video about Samuel Morse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGs57VQHt7M AND View this Youtube video about the telegraph: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo0hSZ9R_Xk AND Read this article on “Early American Railroads” by clicking on this link: http://www.ushistory.org/us/25b.asp AND Read Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen (Read only Prologue “The Spirit of Invention”, Chapter 1 “Lincoln’s Secret Train”, & chapter 11 “Rails & Wires at War”)
  8.  Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen (Read only Chapter 5 “Riding the Wing of Battle”)
  9.  Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas B. Allen & Roger MacBride Allen (Read only Chapter 6 “The Ironclads”)
  10.  The Emancipation Proclamation by Charles Carey
  11. Growing Up in the Civil War by Duane Damon
  12. A Three-Minute Speech by Jennifer Armstrong
  13. The Story of Clara Barton by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack AND http://www.jlrmedicalgroup.com/about-anesthesia/agony-to-anesthesia AND Medical Innovations of Civil War: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31326/5-medical-innovations-civil-war
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouay0wh27mU&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C&index=3 AND https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujRfsdAKR34&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C&index=2 Parents: The following videos are a bit bloody. I recommend viewing them first before showing them to your children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=savPIGOSIoo&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C AND  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbpQgz_yZiE&index=4&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C AND https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTsylumdKbU&list=PL1C37DAD5FB279D1C&index=5
  15. Buffalo Bill Cody by Charles Shields
  16. Sitting Bull by Kenneth Davis

Copyright January 7th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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