Keeping Things Civil

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Keeping Things Civil

Historical Tales of Adventure for Kids

blue&greyThe Civil War determined what kind of nation America would be by answering two major, unresolved issues:
Would America be a confederation of independent states or "an indivisible nation with a sovereign national government; and would this nation, born of a declaration that all men were created with an equal right to liberty, continue to exist as the largest slave-holding country in the world?”*  

From 2011 to 2015, our nation will continue to celebrate the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War to honor and preserve the importance of this defining time in American history. Many children’s authors have drawn inspiration from it to write fascinating historical fiction.

Below is a list of intriguing and exciting Civil War themed stories for school age readers.

Check them out!

Ghost Soldier
by Elaine Marie Alpin
Ghost SoldierLi’l Dan, The Drummer Boy
by Romaire Bearden
Li'l Dan, The Drummer Boy
by Patricia Beatty
The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier
by Lynda Durrant
My Last SkirtPromises to the Dead
by Mary Downing Hahn
Promises to the Dead
Freedom Stone
by Jeffrey Kluger
Freedom StoneThe War Within: A Novel of the Civil War
by Carol Matas
The War Within
The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish
by Claudia Mills
The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeishEscape By Night: A Civil War Adventure
by Laurie Myers
Escape By Night
Civil War Sunday
by Mary Pope Osbourne
Civil War SundayThe River Between Us
by Richard Peck
The River Between Us
Just In Time, Abraham Lincoln
by Patricia Polacco
Just In Time, Abraham LincolnPink and Say
by Patricia Polacco
Pink and Say
Happy Birthday, Addie!
by Connie Rose Porter
Happy Birthday Addie!Juliet’s Moon
by Ann Rinaldi
Juliet's Moon
Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule
by Harriette Gillem Robinet
Forty Acres and Maybe a MuleIf You Please, President Lincoln
by Harriette Gillem Robinet
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