Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 3 Bibliography: The English Colonies

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

Giants in the Land
by Diana Appelbaum
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
This is the story of how colonial New England's forests of giant white pine trees were cleared to build British warships.

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
by Kathryn Lasky
Candlewick, 2003
Wheatley, an African slave, became a widely recognized published poet in the United States and Europe.

Who Was Ben Franklin?
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Grosset, 2002
This lively biography shows Franklin in his roles as inventor, printer, writer, and statesman.

Life on a Southern Plantation
by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Heinemann, 2001
The many facets of daily life of both slaves and planters are explored in this book.

Finding Providence
by Avi
Harper, 1997
This is the fictionalized story of Roger Williams's founding of Providence, as told by his daughter.

On Level

African-Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
by Deborah Kent
Children's Press, 1996
Kent discusses the contributions of notable African Americans and the reasons slavery was able to exist in the 13 colonies.

The Printers
by Leonard E. Fisher
Benchmark, 2000
The history of printing in Colonial America is presented here. See others in the Colonial Craftsmen series.

William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania
by Steven Kroll
Holiday House, 2000
This is the biography of Quaker reformer and Pennsylvania founder, William Penn.

Anne Hutchinson: Religious Reformer
by Melina Mangal
Capstone, 2004
This is the biography of Hutchinson, who was banished from Boston to Rhode Island for her religious beliefs. See other Let Freedom Ring biographies.

Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets
by Patricia C. Smith
Scholastic, 2003
Weetamoo, leader of the Pocasset tribe, faces the challenge of coexisting with growing numbers of English colonists.


Good Women of a Well-Blessed Land
by Brandon Marie Miller
Lerner, 2003
Miller describes the Colonial life and vital roles of Native American women and European women, indentured servants, and slaves.

Leonard Calvert and the Maryland Adventure
by Ann Jensen
Tidewater, 1998
This biography focuses on the life of Leonard Calvert, founder of Maryland.

The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
by Heather V. Frederick
Simon & Schuster, 2002
Patience and her younger brother join their captain father aboard his Nantucket whaling ship for a three-year journey.

The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano, adapted by Ann Cameron
Random House, 2000
Cameron adapts the 1789 autobiography of Equiano, a boy who was kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery, and who eventually bought his own freedom.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Houghton Mifflin, 1959
This Newbery Medal–winning classic tells the tale of a girl, living in Puritan Connecticut, who is falsely accused of being a witch.

Ben Franklin's Almanac
by Candace Fleming
Atheneum, 2003
This anecdotal biography imparts bits of Franklin's wisdom, advice, and countless accomplishments.

Hasty Pudding, Johnny Cakes and Other Good Stuff
by Loretta F. Ichord
Millbrook, 1999
The author takes readers on an engaging tour of colonial American culinary matters, from cuisine to cooking methods to customs.

Reference Books

Making Thirteen Colonies, 1600–1740
by Joy Hakim
Oxford University Press, 2002
Hakim chronicles the development of the colonies, from Jamestown to the opening of the Appalachian Wilderness Road in 1775.

How We Lived in Colonial New England
by Deborah Kent
Benchmark, 2000
Extensive information about life in the early American colonies. See also How We Lived in the Middle Colonies and How We Lived in the Southern Colonies.

The New York Colony
by Barbara A. Somervill
Child's World, 2003
New York is explored, from its prehistory to its exploration by Henry Hudson to its ratification as the eleventh state in 1788. See others in Our Thirteen Colonies series.

Growing Up in a New World: 1607 to 1775
by Brandon Marie Miller
Lerner, 2003
Readers learn what life was like in America before the Revolution.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

National Park Service Headquarters
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National Park Service
Through the National Park Service's Web site, you can find information about colonial-era places that have been preserved as national historic sites.