The American Revolution for Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 22, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: ANNO’S U.S.A. by Mitsumasa Anno

Why we love this book:

This picture book takes an interesting look at American History. The story begins as a traveler departs from Hawaii, first landing in San Francisco. The book uniquely moves from West to East and backward through time.


Join world famous artists Mitsumasa Anno as he illustrates his way through America and History including a stop here in Texas at the Alamo, The Boston Tea Party and Columbus approaching the east coast as the Santa Maria approaches the horizon.

The American Revolution for Children


I’m always the last to know when it comes to technology (no Joyce is actually the last to know!). But just in case, I thought I would share Recently, Grandson #2 introduced me to! It is fabulous fun for creating homeschool presentations and it is FREE! Zoom over and take a look.

prezi American Revolution

MacGyver, age 9, is currently using to create a presentation on the American Revolution. He is totally loving how he can design each frame including importing photos and videos from the web. It is currently in a rough draft form but he is super excited about taking it to a final product. This is a nice addition to our homeschool resources!

The American Revolution Recommended Books for Children

Big George

I was pleasantly surprised to find many terrific books for children on the American Revolution. It was hard for me to narrow my list to 10. The children and I have read a large variety of books on the American Revolution and I’m recommending the ones that were both a hit with me and the children.

Even if you are teaching older children, I would urge you to seriously consider picture books. Most of the picture books I’ve read with the children are written with advanced vocabulary and deal with serious themes about our American History. History is a very abstract concept for children. Picture books help bring our history to life. I have been very impressed with the quality of the art work included in these books on the American Revolution.

George Washington

  • We began our American Revolution study with getting to know George Washington. This put a face and personality to our American History.
  • The children are absolutely thrilled with the book Big George. George Washington immediately became a fascinating hero. We’ve checked this book out over and over again from the library.
  • On a much lighter note, they laughed their way through George Washington’s Teeth. No, George Washington did not have wooden teeth. But did you know he only had 2 teeth left when he became president!

Important Events of The American Revolution

  • American Revolution (Magic Tree House Research Guide) is an excellent chapter book for ages 7 and up. The book covers all of the basics beginning with the 13 Colonies and ending with the Treaty of Paris. The pictures act as a simple visual guide. Highly recommend this one for independent reading.
  • When Washington Crossed the Delaware and Valley Forge both illustrate the great hardship suffered by Washington and his men during the war. These battle stories also highlight their inspirational courage and the sacrifices they made for the freedom of our country.
  • Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride takes us much deeper into the story of the famous warning, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” I bet you’ll even learn some new facts!
  • The Declaration of Independence tells the story of how that famous document came to be written and how it changed our history.
  • The Fourth of July Story features old fashioned folk style illustrations that perfectly set the stage for The 4th of July Story. The  pictures make it accessible for younger children; however, again do not overlook this for your older students.

Heroes of the American Revolution

  • Heroes of the Revolution takes a serious look at our founding fathers and mothers.
  • Those Rebels, John & Tom takes a light-hearted look at two of our most important founding fathers.

 The Story of America for Young Children

  • The Story of America’s Birthday is a simple introduction for toddlers to our American History. Yes, even little ones can learn about America.

American Revolution David McCullough

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t learn as much as I should have about the American Revolution in school. Today I love history and always wonder how my teachers made it such a big bore! David McCullough’s Books 1776 and John Adams taught me everything I should have learned way back when. I especially liked experiencing the special relationship between John and Abagail Adams.

God Bless America! Enjoy the Presidential Debate tonight!

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  ANNO’S U.S.A. by Mitsumasa Anno

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Did you have a good History teacher?  How did he or she make History exciting? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, October 25, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, October 26, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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Brandy October 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I did not have any special history teachers and I hated history in school. But through teaching my own children I have come to love it immensely. We are studying Colonial America and The Revolutionary periods in history all year this year with a trip to Williamsburg/D.C. in the spring to wrap it all up. My 5 year old is obsessed with all things Revolutionary right now.

Tara H October 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I must admit that I didn’t enjoy history in school therefore I just memorized to get by. I am enjoying re-learning history with my kids now though. Right now my 5th and 3rd graders are both doing Heroes of American History.

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