Read at least 2 books about Colonial America - fiction & nonfiction.

  • Some suggestions are listed below. These are books students have read and enjoyed in past years.

    If you want to find other choices online or at the library, try using the keywords below to search

    • "Colonial America" plus another word such as "slavery" or "jobs"
    •  a specific place such as "Plymouth" or "Roanoke"
    • "colonial" plus "Massachusetts" or 1 of the other 13 colonies
    •  a specific person such as "Pocahontas" or "William Penn"
    •  a specific event such as the "Salem Witch Trials" or "First Thanksgiving"

Roanoke, Jamestown, & Plymouth

  • fiction
    Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Lynn Carbone  GRL: W
    The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz  GRL: U
    Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary (Dear America Series - 3 books) by Patricia Hermes  GRL: O
    Enemy at the Fort by Sarah Masters Buckley  GRL: S
    The Journal of Jasper Pierce (My America Series) by Ann Rinaldi  GRL: S
    A Journey to the New World (Dear America Series) by Kathryn Lasky  GRL: X
    A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla  GRL: P
    Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac  GRL: Y
    The Serpent Never Sleeps by Scott O'Dell  GRL: X
    Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac  GRL: P

    Daily Life in the Pilgrim Colony, 1636 by Paul Erickson
    Hard Labor: The First African Americans, 1619 by Patricia & Fredrick McKissack
    The Jamestown Colony by Gail Sakurai  GRL: X
    Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage  GRL: V
    Roanoke: The Lost Colony by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple  GRL: Q
    Roanoke: The Mystery of the Lost Colony by Lee Miller  GRL: Y
    You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Mayflower! by Peter Cook  GRL: R
    1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neill Grace & Margaret M. Bruchac  GRL: Y

Life in the Colonies

  • nonfiction
    Colonial American Craftspeople by Bernardine Stevens
    If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern  GRL: Q
    If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner  GRL: P
    Going to School in Colonial America by Shelley Swanson Saferen
    Growing Up in Colonial America by Tracy Barrett
    Life in Colonial America by Russell Roberts
    You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist by Jacqueline Morley GRL: R

    Bobbie Kalman has also written a number of books about life in the colonies  GRL: Q-T


  • fiction
    Beyond the Burning Timeby Kathryn Lasky  GRL: T
    A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi  GRL: X
    I Walk in Dread (Dear America Series) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino  GRL: X
    The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble  GRL: T (this is about the author's ancestors)
    Tituba of Salem Village by Ann Petry  GRL: W
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears  GRL: W (not set in Salem)

    The Salem Witch Trials (graphic novel) by Michael J. Martin  GRL: U
    The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History by Jane Yolen
    Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer 
    You Wouldn't Want to be a Salem Witch! by Jim Pipe  GRL: Q