We use America's Story by Masterbooks as the backbone of our homeschool curriculum, but we LOVE adding other historical fiction, nonfiction, and picture books to our units. Here were some of our favorites during our study of the Civil War.
SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT
A sweet book about using your talents to help others. A young slave girl using her quilting talent and conversations she overhears about the Underground Railroad to create a quilt to freedom with a map that her master will never recognize.
PINK AND SAYA powerful book based on the true story of two boys who fought in the Civil War. It celebrates the shared humanity of people and showing kindness to others.
IF YOU LIVED DURING THE CIVIL WAR
The "If You Lived" series are a great introduction to the time period. Colorful illustrations and engaging questions make our children eager to learn more.
CIVIL WAR ON SUNDAYThe Magic Treehouse whisks Jack and Annie back to the Civil War days. Magic Treehouse books keep the attention of our boys and are great to assign to our younger readers.
WHAT WAS THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
I love the What Was series of books because they are quick reads and give an overview of historical events. I like to read these books aloud to give a background reference of the time period before reading other historical fiction novels. There are also many Who Was books to go with this time period.
CLARA BARTON: COURAGE UNDER FIRE
We listened to this book on Audible. A biography of Clara Barton and his courage to press on and save lives on the front lines.
SHADES OF GRAY
Recommended for ages 8-12, I read this book as a read-aloud. A story of a boy who wrestles with the views of his uncle. He sees him as a traitor for his beliefs, but grows in his understanding of the war, the Union, the Confederacy, and redefines his definition of courage.
TURN HOMEWARD, HANNALEE
Recommended for ages 8-12 years old, I assigned this book to our 5th grader to read independently. Set during the final days of the Civil War, Hannalee is sent north from Goergia to work in one of the Yankee mills.
ACROSS FIVE APRILS
Recommended for ages 8-12, I also read this book as a read-aloud. Jethro is just 9 years old when the war breaks out. Follow him and his struggles as he comes to age during the Civil War.
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