America's Story from America's Library Website Poster Image

America's Story from America's Library



Quirky stories bring history to life.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the breadth of American history from 1492-present, including geography, cultural milestones, and important people. America's Story breaks down this historical information into sections like "Join America at Play." They can jump around to find subjects they like; under the "Play Ball" heading, kids can learn all about baseball in a historical context. After making discoveries about America's past, kids can use critical thinking skills to make sense of it. America's Story is a mini-encyclopedia of American history that lets kids have a little fun while learning.

Positive messages

Kids will leave America's Story with a new sense of their place in history, and an understanding of the highlights of this country's past.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that America's Story from America's Library is a colorful, engaging website that offers a peek into American history using text, video, and photographs to illustrate the past. The site is clear but doesn't go in-depth into subjects; kids may have questions about the more difficult parts of history that you can address in discussion or further research at the library or online. The site isn't as flashy or modern as some other online resources, but it's still fun enough to keep young history buffs engaged.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

The Library of Congress presents a window into its extensive collections with the view focused on kids' interests. The site is divided into five major sections: \"Meet Amazing Americans,\" \"Jump Back in Time,\" \"Explore the Capitol,\" \"Join America at Play,\" and \"See, Hear, and Sing.\" In the famous Americans section kids can read about Thomas Jefferson's penchant for pasta. \"Jump Back in Time\" gives kids a peek into New York's Radio City Music Hall and takes them to an interesting story about a car designer. Kids can experience information in a variety of formats, including text, voiceover, video, and games.

Is it any good?


There's not a tremendous amount of content on AMERICA'S STORY FROM AMERICA'S LIBRARY, but what's included is quirky, educational, and fun. Presenting information in several different formats caters to kids' different learning styles, and the interactivity will keep them engaged. Kids will like the ability to explore their favorite parts of history, and may find themselves interested in the unexpected as well. America's Story could use a visual update (it's a bit clunky and dated) as well as some new ways for kids to interact, but the content is accessible and clear to kid visitors. It would be nice if the games had a little more substance and presented more of a continued challenge.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about little-known American history. How do games, stories and activities help bring the past to life?

  • Have your kids create a timeline of their own history from birth to the present.

  • Ask your kids to imagine which era they'd like to visit if time travel existed. What would they do there? Who would they meet?

Website details

Subjects:Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, historical figures, history, timelines
Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension
Skills:Communication: asking questions, listening
Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, deduction, solving puzzles
Pricing structure:Free

This review of America's Story from America's Library was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byonlineshoppingstore June 3, 2013

Online Shopping Stores | Online Shopping Sites | Online Store in India | Perfumes | Boxers | Online Shopping Sites India | Women Nightwear | Buy Perfumes Online | Women Innerwear | Buy Perfumes Online in India | Buy Perfumes Online India | Men Nightwear | Men Innearwear | Men Sportwear

We are a team young fashion enthusiasts who strive to become the No.1 destination to meet your Fashion needs. We commit to provide unmatched service quality coupled with great products at a price, which are hard to believe!! ‘Value for Money for our customers’ is our Pursuit!! Our product range consists of Premium Brand’s Inner Wear, Renowned brands of perfumes and deodorants.Online Shopping Stores, Online Shopping Sites Online Shopping Stores, Online Shopping Sites, Online Store in India, Perfumes, Boxers, Online Shopping Sites India, Women Nightwear, Buy Perfumes Online, Women Innerwear, Buy Perfumes Online in India, Buy Perfumes Online India, Men Nightwear, Men Innearwear, Men Sportwear
What other families should know
Great messages


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?