Best American Historical Fiction Books

There are so many great American Historical Fiction books available for children. This is a really short list and I would love for you to leave comments with your favorites.

Girl of the Shining Mountains: Sacagawea's Story
Sacagawea was a Shoshoni Indian girl who was kidnapped as a pre-teen and later became an important person in the Lewis and Clark expedition. The story, told from her perspective, gives the reader insight to what a difficult journey it was. From sickness, to encounters with grizzly bear, translation between languages and nightly meals, this book engages, educates and entertains.

Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran
When Sacagawea was captured she wasn't alone. Her friend she was captured with decided to escape. Naya Nuki is the story of what happened to her.

The Great Turkey Walk
A young boy too old to attend school decided to purchase a flock of turkeys in Texas and sell them in Denver where they would be worth much more money. Based on a true story this hilarious story gives the account of marching hundreds of turkeys hundreds of miles.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
A career aboard a ship is filled with inherent danger, and the danger is compounded when the tables used to calculate position are incorrect. Nathanial Bowditch was a young boy who was good at mathematics and grew up to be an expert sea navigator. This exciting story is filled with science, mathematics and adventure.

The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color)
My daughter was inspired to create hand-made Christmas gifts after reading this series of stories six years ago and has made them each year since. Pioneering was a way of life during the 1800's and this series gives us a sense of what life was like. I highly recommend it and can't wait to begin reading it again with my two younger children.


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  1. I like the regional books by Lois Lenski, "Strawberry Girl" being a very good one. The "All-of-a-Kind" series of books, set in the early 1900s are also quite good.

    1. Yes. Thanks for the reminder on the Lenski books. We read Blue Ridge Billy (I think it was called), several years ago and it was fantastic. I will have to check out the All-of-a-Kind. They sound familiar, but we haven't read them. I'm about to order the Noisy Village book you recommended.

  2. You have to read the Little Britches series! With a house full of boys these are a favorite. A Laura Ingalls type story but from a man's world.

    1. They have been on my wish list for a long time, but we haven't gotten to them yet. We used to live in Littleton, CO where the books are set so I'm looking forward to the series.


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