Although this ENTIRE site is dedicated to history book reviews, this page focuses on some of the authors of these books, as well as some history book series that your child might like.
Rather than review every individual book in a potentially long list of a particular author or book series, read below to get a general idea of what to expect in either category.
History Book Reviews: Authors & Series
Henty, G.A. Preston Speed Publications. JH+
Stories by G. A. Henty are unequalled in historical context, are full of action and adventure, and uphold honor and virtue as the standard for heroic living. Keep in mind, however, that they were written in the late 1800’s, which is reflected in the vocabulary, as well as some sections that are burdensomely wordy. Several Henty books are available FREE online at Many Books.
Rinaldi, Ann. JH-HS
Her historical novels are well researched and entertaining, and several are included in this listing. Her Quilt Trilogy series does not include enough history to warrant it as a school reading choice (based on review of Broken Days).
Childhood of Famous Americans series. Includes George Washington: Young Leader (Childhood Of Famous Americans). Varied authors and illustrators. Aladdin. UE
Short, easy chapter books with blackline illustrations. Kids like these! Offers a huge variety of (American) subjects–just click on the link to George Washington above to browse through the available selections.
Colonial Leaders series. Varied authors. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Sr. Consulting Editor. Chelsea House Publishers. UE+
These well-told biographies keep reader interest high. Includes plenty of color illustrations and slightly larger type. Includes Lord Baltimore, Benjamin Banneker, William Bradford, Benjamin Franklin, Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, William Penn, John Smith, Miles Standish, Peter Stuyvesant. See Revolutionary War Leaders series.
Landmark Books series. Varied authors. Random House, about 1950-1970. UE+
This series originally consisted of 122 books covering a wide spectrum of American history. Although not always easy to find, many of these are still recommended by classical educators. Click here for cover pictures of the series.
Revolutionary War Leaders series. Varied authors. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Sr. Consulting Editor. Chelsea House Publishers. UE+
These well-told biographies keep reader interest high. Includes plenty of color illustrations and slightly larger type. Includes Benedict Arnold, Nathan Hale, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, George Washington. See Colonial Leaders series.