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Modern American History Reading List

This fall, Bug is jumping right into modern history. I can’t believe we have homeschooled long enough to be on the “final” year of the history cycle, but here we are! As eclectic homeschoolers with a classical bent, I can’t tell you how much I love historical fiction and learning history on a timeline. We have books (upon books, upon books) stacked three deep on our shelves (and overflowing off the top of the shelves). I love for the kids to be able to just walk over to the bookcase to grab what they need for school. I have all of our books organized with color-coded labels to make it easy for them to know exactly which books fit in which time period.

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These are the books I have written down for the Modern Era:

Late 1800’s-Early 1900’s
Shades of Gray
Good Master
Dear America- So Far From Home
Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco
You Want Women to Vote Lizzie Stanton-Jean Fritz
Bully for You Teddy Roosevelt by Jean Fritz
Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
We’ll Race You Henry: A Story About Henry Ford
Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
The Glorious Flight
The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America
Story of My Life-Helen Keller

1910-1920’s

Letters from Rifka
War Horse
Dear America: When Christmas Comes Again-The World 1 Diary of Simone Spencer
True Stories of the First World War (Usborne)
Doll Shop Downstairs
Private Peaceful
Gay Neck, Story of a Pigeon

1920’s-1930’s
Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero
Sky Pioneer: Amelia Earhart
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry –Taylor
Miracles on Maple Hill
Hard Times
Bud, Not Buddy
Al Capone Does My Shirts

1940’s-1950’s
Diary of a Young Girl
The Upstairs Room
Number the Stars
Escape From Warsaw
I am David
When My Name was Keoko
Don’t You Know There’s a War On?
Art of Keeping Cool
Devil’s Arithmetic
The Book Thief
Stealing Home- The Story of Jackie Robinson
Year of Impossible Goodbyes

1960’s
Red Scarf Girl
To Kill a Mockingbird
Watsons Go to Birmingham
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Outsiders
Children of the River
My Name is America- The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty

1970s
Summer of the Swans
Watership Down
Revolution is not a Dinner Party

1980s
Goodbye Vietnam
The Green Book

1990’s
Basher Five-Two: Capt. Scott O’Grady
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

2000’s
Born to Fly: Downed US Navy Pilot Shane Osborn
Breadwinner
Riders of the Pale Horse
Little Brother
Sunrise Over Fallujah

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I was able to purchase many of these books from Thrift Books where you can find out of print books, gently used books, and just about anything you want for a great price. We always try and stock our shelves as inexpensively as possible, and Thrift Books has a reward program (5 dollars back for every 50 spent) and free shipping for orders over 20 dollars. I was pleased that ALL of my books came quickly and exactly as described.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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