I need to disclose that I love U.S. History. Eat it up. Devour it.
And I find there is no better way to learn about our nation (or anything, for that matter) than children’s books. I don’t need 500 page manuscripts spewing theories. I like good, informative, illustrated, fun picture books.
Perhaps, I have a short attention span…
Oh, and the adorables learn a great deal too.
Several months ago, Team Farmer was visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington’s illustrious home. I had to get to the gift shop because I knew there would be fabulous books that I hadn’t seen yet.
And there she was (not in person, mind you): Cheryl Harness with her brilliant children’s biography of George Washington.
And I met her again at the Smithsonian bookstores in D.C. with her series on our presidents.
And then I returned home and scoured Amazon and found her show-stopping chapter books, with a timeline on every page for readers to conceptualize what was also happening at the time. (Sorry I had to shorten the titles below – they wouldn’t fit! Here they are in full: The Remarkable Rough-Riding Life of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Empire America, The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail, and The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science and Invention in America.)
And I’ve been reading ever since. Ms. Harness’ books are marvelous: well-written, wonderfully illustrated, rich in historical detail. In short, she has created works of art.
The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin
Young Abe Lincoln : The Frontier Days
Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington
Young Teddy Roosevelt
The… Life of Theodore Roosevelt and… Empire America
… Narcissa Whitman and… the Oregon Trail
Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women
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