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 Book Poster Image
Stirring, poetic take on America and flag has majestic art.
By Sarvinder Naberhaus
(2017)
(2017)
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Crankee Doodle Book Poster Image
Yankee Doodle refuses to go town in silly takeoff.
By Tom Angleberger
(2013)
(2013)
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Of Thee I Sing Book Poster Image
Educational, inspirational profiles of 13 American heroes.
By Barack Obama
(2010)
(2010)
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Abe Lincoln's Dream Book Poster Image
Girl's journey with Lincoln's ghost applauds U.S. progress.
By Lane Smith
(2013)
(2012)
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Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles Book Poster Image
Two women stump for right to vote in fresh, upbeat story.
By Mara Rockliff
(2016)
(2016)
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Dear Mr. Washington Book Poster Image
Artist's kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.
By Lynn Cullen
(2015)
(2015)
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Abraham Book Poster Image
Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.
By Frank Keating
(2016)
(2017)
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Grace for President Book Poster Image
School campaign tale explains U.S. democracy in fun way.
By Kelly DiPucchio
(2015)
(2007)
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Book Poster Image
Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.
By Maira Kalman
(2014)
(2014)
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Bad Kitty for President Book Poster Image
Smart, savvy civics lesson served with lots of laughs.
By Nick Bruel
(2012)
(2012)
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Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies Book Poster Image
Fascinating profiles celebrate women of American Revolution.
By Cokie Roberts
(2014)
(2014)
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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future! Book Poster Image
Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.
By Kate Schatz
(2015)
(2015)
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The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America Book Poster Image
History this lively should be required reading in school.
By Jonah Winter
(2015)
(2015)
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Her Right Foot Book Poster Image
Inspiring, fresh take on the welcoming Statue of Liberty.
By Dave Eggers
(2017)
(2017)
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My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth Book Poster Image
Inspirational and informative intro to an American hero.
By Ann Turner
(2015)
(2015)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2013)
(2012)
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Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution Book Poster Image
Girl becomes spy in absorbing American Revolution tale.
By Avi
(2012)
(2012)
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Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America Book Poster Image
Succinct, kid-friendly bio of America's trendiest founder.
By Teri Kanefield
(2017)
(2017)
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Ghost Hawk Book Poster Image
Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
(2013)
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Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents Book Poster Image
Lively, engaging intro to each U.S. president through Obama.
By Ken Burns
(2016)
(2016)
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Lincoln's Grave Robbers Book Poster Image
Fascinating nonfiction account of little-known conspiracy.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
(2013)
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Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote Book Poster Image
Exciting history of women winning voting rights.
By Susan Zimet
(2018)
(2018)
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This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father Book Poster Image
Inspiring, thoughtful text on American ideals, government.
By Khizr Khan
(2017)
(2017)
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Alex & Eliza:  A Love Story Book Poster Image
Fun imagined tale of Alexander Hamilton's sweet romance.
By Melissa de la Cruz
(2017)
(2017)
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Johnny Tremain Book Poster Image
Sweeping tale of redcoats, revolutionaries, and brave boy.
By Esther Forbes
(2003)
(1943)
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The Red Badge of Courage Book Poster Image
Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.
By Stephen Crane
(2016)
(1895)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
(2003)
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Woods Runner Book Poster Image
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
(2010)
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Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary Book Poster Image
Challenging but engaging bio of the complex Founding Father.
By Martha Brockenbrough
(2017)
(2017)
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Hamilton and Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship Book Poster Image
Engaging mix of history, romance set in Revolutionary War.
By L.M. Elliott
(2018)
(2018)
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