Books About the U.S. Civil War

There's plenty of drama to be found in the 19th-century conflict that erupted after seven Southern states seceded from the United States of America. From 1861 to 1865, the Union Army of the North fought the Confederate Army of the South to reunite the country and eventually abolish slavery. The books on this list -- fiction, nonfiction, classics, and recent releases -- can help kids understand the Civil War and its legacy. For more books about history, check out our lists of Historical Fiction and Graphic Novels That Teach History.

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age 6+

Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.

By: Frank Keating (2017)
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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

age 6+

Poignant imagining of enslaved people learning of freedom.

By: Angela Johnson (2014)
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The Civil War

age 10+

Brings Civil War to life; some gruesome photos.

By: Martin W. Sandler (1996)
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Little Women

age 10+

Classic still charms despite outdated gender roles.

By: Louisa May Alcott (1868)
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The Red Badge of Courage

age 11+

Compelling Civil War novel questions morality of battle.

By: Stephen Crane (1895)
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The River Between Us

age 11+

Civil War realism for young readers.

By: Richard Peck (2003)
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My Name Is Not Friday

age 12+

Powerful tale of enslaved life near end of U.S. Civil War.

By: Jon Walter (2016)
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Crossing Ebenezer Creek

age 13+

Heartbreaking tale of newly freed folk on Sherman's March.

By: Tonya Bolden (2017)