Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

United States History: Early Years

Unit 4 Bibliography: The American Revolution

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

The Declaration of Independence
by Sam Fink
Scholastic, 2002
Each phrase of the Declaration of Independence is presented and accompanied by illustrations that help to explicate the meaning of the words.

George Washington
by Cheryl Harness
National Geographic, 2000
This picture book biography of Washington focuses on the Revolutionary War years and his presidency.

The Boston Massacre
by Dee Ready
Bridgestone, 2002
Reproductions of engravings, paintings, and documents supplement this brief introduction to the events of the Boston Massacre. See others in the series.

Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy
by Shannon Zemlicka
Lerner, 2002
Hale risked his honor and his life to become a spy for General Washington.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher
by Anne F. Rockwell
Knopf, 2002
Molly Hays became a legend by carrying water to wounded soldiers and firing a cannon during the Battle of Monmouth.

On Level

Growing Up in Revolution and the New Nation 1775 to 1800
by Brandon M. Miller
Lerner, 2003
Primary source material reveals the lives of young people during the Revolution and through 1800.

Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson
by Ann Turner
Scholastic, 2003
A girl chronicles the hardships British Loyalists face in western Massachusetts in 1774.

The Secret Soldier
by Ann McGovern
Scholastic, 1999
Deborah Sampson becomes a soldier in the Continental Army by dressing as a man, in this true story.

The Fighting Ground
by Avi
Harper, 1987
Thirteen-year-old Jonathan, eager to fight the British, discovers that war is not all fame and glory.


The Winter People
by Joseph Bruchac
Dial, 2002
An Abenaki boy sets off to rescue his mother and sisters, who have been kidnapped by the English, during the French and Indian War.

Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War
by Clinton Cox
Scholastic, 1999
A survey of African American participation in the Revolution tells of soldiers who fought at Lexington, Concord, Yorktown, and elsewhere.

Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats
by Susan Beller Provost
Twenty-First Century, 2003
Based on documents written by soldiers and others on both sides of the Revolutionary War, this book describes daily routines in the context of historical events.

Sarah Bishop
by Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin, 1980
Sarah struggles to make a new life for herself after the deaths of her father and brother in the Revolutionary War.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes
Houghton Mifflin, 1943
Forbes's classic tells the story of a young silversmith's apprentice in Boston at the time of the American Revolution.

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence
by Dennis Fradin
Walker, 2002
This collective biography introduces the signers of the Declaration of Independence and offers a short history of the 13 colonies.

Hour of Freedom
by Milton Meltzer
Boyds Mills, 2003
This collection of poems about America's history includes a section on the country's struggle for independence.

Reference Books

The French and Indian War: 1660–1763
by Christopher Collier and James L. Collier
Benchmark, 1998
This comprehensive look at the French and Indian War explains why it became a key steppingstone to the American Revolution.

Countdown to Independence
by Natalie S. Bober
Atheneum, 2001
Thirty-five brief chapters alternate between Britain and the colonies, from George III's 1760 ascension to the throne to the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776.

The United States Constitution
by Karen Price Hossell
Heinemann, 2004
This important document is clearly expounded for readers.

Free and Inexpensive Materials

The National Archives
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The National Archives Web site allows you to virtually visit the archives and see important documents from our nation's history.