The Civil War is one of the most important periods in our nation’s history. It can be the most fascinating, too, if it’s handled the right way. Here is a collection of terrific books for kids, all dealing with the subject of the American Civil War.
Your child will be absolutely enthralled by these stories — both realistic fiction and fascinating nonfiction — and will become an even more avid reader than he or she already is. Ready to get started?
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Sometimes it’s easier to get started with a period in history by reading a fictional account of people who might have lived during those times. These fictional books for young readers will provide a good introduction to the American Civil War — and they’re fun to read, too!
The Bushwhacker: A Civil War Adventure
Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure
Secrets of Civil War Spies (Liberty Letters)
Hear the Wind Blow: A Novel of the Civil War
Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The War Within: A Novel of the Civil War
Sometimes true history can be just as astounding as fiction. These books for children are all great nonfiction accounts of events that occurred during the Civil War.
The Civil War: From Fort Sumter to Appomattox
A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War
Behind the Blue and Gray: The Soldier’s Life in the Civil War
Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction
Lincoln’s Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps
Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the Union During the Civil War
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the Civil War
The title refers to Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, two Presidents who were often unhappy during their terms of office. This book is filled with fascinating anecdotes, quotes, and often-overlooked stories that make learning about the Civil War fun.
To really learn about the Civil War, your child needs to do more than just read a book or two. These books are filled with fascinating activities for young people, all related to the subject of the Civil War.
The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities
The Civil War Kids 150: Fifty Fun Things to Do, See, Make, and Find for the 150th Anniversary
Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
There are many excellent biographies of Lincoln available. These are all targeted for young readers.
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
Lincoln: A Photobiography
Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered
Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
Lincoln and His Boys
Lincoln Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Life
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
How much does your child know about slavery? These kids books give an excellent overview of the subject.
Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man
Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
My Name Is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom
Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War
Perhaps as many as 20% of the fighting soldiers during the Civil War were boys under the age of 17. This book, intended for readers aged 8 to 12, tells their story.