HISTORY: Our Favorite Picture Book Read-alouds

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I read dozens of picture books every month with my three children (12, 10, 8). This list includes only the very best of the history and other social science books we read together (books we gave 4 or 5 stars). Note that the amount of text in these books varies greatly. Some are short and sweet with little text, and others might require multiple sittings to finish. We hope you enjoy all of these books as much as we have!

While all of these books are wonderful, I have starred (*) those books that were special favorites of all four of us. These starred books were picture books we checked out again and again from the library, or eventually purchased for ourselves, and are not to be missed. If you are looking for a book about a particular time or person I have not covered, check out the works of some of my very favorite authors about history: Cheryl Harness, Kathleen Krull, and Mike Venezia. They have never disappointed.

This list is continually updated. 

Scroll down for U.S. History.

General World History

Ancient History 

Middle Ages

    Early Modern World History (1600 - 1850)

    Modern World History (1850 - 2000)

    **U.S History**

    U.S. Revolutionary War 

    (See this post for a more in depth description of 12 picture books about the Revolutionary War. There are so many amazing picture books about Revolutionary times. We really had trouble moving past this era!)

    Corp of Discovery

    California Gold Rush

    U.S. Civil War & Slavery


    Women's Suffrage

    Civil Rights Movement

    Other U.S. History
    Roughly Chronological

    General U.S. History

    These books cover many time periods. See also Biography below.

    Presidential History

    California History
    (not chronological)

    See other pages for MathScience, Art & Music, and Poetry-related picture book biographies.

    U.S. Government
    • I Voted
    • If I Ran for President
    • Grace for President*
    • Grace Goes to Washington
    • The President of the Jungle*

    U.S. Geography

    People, Places & Cultures

    All our favorite picture book read-alouds by subject:


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