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Independent Reading

EASY
James Madison & Dolly Madison and Their Times
by Robert Quackenbush. Pippin Press, 1992
This story of our fourth president and his wife is told with wit.
Tecumseh
by Zachary Kent. Children's Press, 1993 This biography describes the Shawnee leader who united a Native American confederacy against advancing armies.
Thomas Jefferson: Father of Our Democracy
by David A. Adler. Holiday House, 1987
This readable book gives a short version of the life and contributions of our third President.
The War of 1812: Second Fight for Independence
by Alden R. Carter. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1992
A beautifully illustrated and clearly told account of the war and its causes.
AVERAGE
Andy Jackson and the Battles for New Orleans
by Grant Lyons. Julian Messner, 1976
Besides giving an action packed account of the Battle for New Orleans, this book lays out the background for the War of 1812.
Book of the New American Nation
by M. Smith-Baranzini/H. Egger-Bovet. Little, Brown & Co., 1995
A collection of vignettes from the early days of the United States.
Jump Ship to Freedom
by J.L. Collier/C. Collier. Delacorte Press, 1981
Engrossing book about a 14-year-old escaped slave who delivers the important slavery compromise to the Constitutional Convention.
Tecumseh and the Dream of an American Indian Nation
by Russell Shorto. Silver Burdett Press, 1989
A detailed look at the life of the Shawnee leader who persuaded Native Americans to unite.
Thomas Jefferson
by Charles Patterson. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1987
A straightforward account of Jefferson's important contributions to independence and the new United States.
The Washington Way
by Jeffrey Morris. Lerner Publications, 1994
This book about Washington focuses on the decisions he made and how they affected our country.
CHALLENGING
George Washington and the Birth of Our Nation
by Milton Meltzer. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1986
A detailed account of the man behind the myth and how his character was formed by the times he lived in.
The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark
by Rhoda Blumberg. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1987
A wonderfully illustrated account of this famous exploration.
Jefferson
by Roger Bruns. Chelsea House, 1986
Accompanied by interesting photographs and illustrations, this book gives a detailed account of Jefferson's life.
Red Pawns
by Leonard Wibberly. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1973
Compelling story of the trek through Native American territory on the eve of the War of 1812.
1787
by Joan Anderson. Gulliver Books, 1987
Young Jared experiences the 1787 Constitutional Convention as an aide to James Madison.
The War of 1812
by Peter I. Bosco. The Millbrook Press, 1994
This book offers a detailed account of the war by a man who loved studying about it.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
George and Martha Washington at Home in New York
by Beatrice Siegel. Four Winds Press, 1989
This book describes Washington's inaugural entrance into New York, and the cultural aspects of the city that served as the first capital.
We the People: The Way We Were 1783-1793
by Suzanne Hilton. The Westminster Press, 1981
This book explains what it was like to be young at the time of the Constitutional Convention.
REFERENCE BOOKS
America at War: The War of 1812
by Miriam Greenblatt. Facts on File, 1994
Describes major objectives and strategies, key battles, and political and social context.
George Washington: Leader of a New Nation
by Mary Pope Osborne. Dial, 1991
A biography of our first President, illustrated with old prints, maps, and photographs.