Books for Teaching About Colonial America and Interdependence!
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
If You Lived In Colonial Times by Ann McGovern
This book answers many questions that young children have about living and working in Colonial Times. It's really too long for a class read-along, but it has a very complete table of contents, so that students can pick the sections they wish to read.
Colonial Times 1600-1700 by Joy Masoff
This book has great photographs and puts the child right in the middle of the century. It's full of all types of interesting information in short titled paragraphs. This is one of our favorites for sharing with the whole class.
Colonial America by Mary Kay Carson
This is a thematic unit (developed with Colonial Williamsburg) that has oodles of activities that you can use in any study of Colonial America. It even has a map of Williamsburg and tons of photos. We love this book!
Don't Know Much About Pilgrims by Kenneth C. Davis.
This is an extremely informative book and can be a read-aloud. While it deals specifically with the Pilgrims and not with all of Colonial America, the information is directly applicable.
Colonial Crafts by Bobbie Kalman
This is easy to read, well organized, and has short descriptions of various trades along with wonderful colored pictures. It's a great resource for the children's research, particularly lower level readers.
Colonial Times From A To Z by Bobbie Kalman
This is a fun alphabet book, with each letter revealing an interesting aspect of colonial life.
Historic Communities: Colonial Life by Bobbie Kalman
Once again, a lot of interesting information in a quick format with loads of photographs about colonial life. Good for a general background of the times.
Katie's Trunk by Ann Warren Turner
This is a touching story told from the point of view of a young Tory girl describing what it is like to have to hide from one's own neighbors. Hidden in the bottom of her mother's wedding dress trunk while a mob is tearing up the house, the girl is discovered by a neighbor who shows compassion and saves her life. This is a novel point of view (since usually it is the Patriots who are favored in American books) and leads up to he American Revolution.