Books About America

From picture books to novels, silly tales to serious ones, these titles draw on America's heritage to create entertaining stories for kids. Check out Bad Kitty for President, which does a great job of explaining the U.S. political system, and Grace for President, which clarifies the role of the electoral college. See how hard women fought for voting rights in Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. And find out what the founding fathers were really like in The Founding Fathers: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America. They're great selections for election season, Presidents' Day, the Fourth of July -- or anytime! Also check out our Books About the American Revolution and Historical Fiction lists.

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Blue Sky White Stars

age 4+

Stirring, poetic take on America and flag has majestic art.

By: Sarvinder Naberhaus (2017)
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Crankee Doodle

age 4+

Yankee Doodle refuses to go town in silly takeoff.

By: Tom Angleberger (2013)
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Of Thee I Sing

age 4+

Educational, inspirational profiles of 13 American heroes.

By: Barack Obama (2010)
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Abe Lincoln's Dream

age 5+

Girl's journey with Lincoln's ghost applauds U.S. progress.

By: Lane Smith (2012)
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Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

age 5+

Two women stump for right to vote in fresh, upbeat story.

By: Mara Rockliff (2016)
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Dear Mr. Washington

age 5+

Artist's kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.

By: Lynn Cullen (2015)
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Abraham

age 6+

Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.

By: Frank Keating (2017)
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Grace for President

age 6+

School campaign tale explains U.S. democracy in fun way.

By: Kelly DiPucchio (2007)
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I Am Benjamin Franklin: Ordinary People Change the World

age 6+

Fun, lively, info-packed intro to Founding Father.

By: Brad Meltzer (2020)
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

age 6+

Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.

By: Maira Kalman (2014)
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Bad Kitty for President

age 7+

Smart, savvy civics lesson served with lots of laughs.

By: Nick Bruel (2012)
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Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies

age 7+

Fascinating profiles celebrate women of American Revolution.

By: Cokie Roberts (2014)
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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future!

age 7+

Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.

By: Kate Schatz (2015)
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What's the Big Deal About Elections

age 7+

Info-packed, kid-friendly look at voting in the USA.

By: Ruby Shamir (2018)
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Her Right Foot

age 8+

Inspiring, fresh take on the welcoming Statue of Liberty.

By: Dave Eggers (2017)
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My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth

age 8+

Inspirational and informative intro to an American hero.

By: Ann Turner (2015)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

age 9+

Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.

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Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution

age 9+

Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.

By: Avi (2012)
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Abraham Lincoln: The Making of America, Book 3

age 10+

Compelling, engaging, and nuanced biography of Honest Abe.

By: Teri Kanefield (2018)