Children's Books for Early Modern History

Children's Read-Aloud Books for Early Modern History (1500s-1800s)

This page has a list of beautiful children's picture books and chapter books for Early Modern History, from the 1500s to the 1800s. The books are listed on a timeline.


1500s


1503 – Leonardo da Vinci begins painting the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci, by Diane Stanley

Leonardo da Vinci, by Diane Stanley


April 21, 1509 –  Henry VIII becomes King of England

Brilliant Brits: Henry VIII, by Richard Brassey

Brilliant Brits: Henry VIII, by Richard Brassey


1511 – Raphael finishes painting The School of Athens, a mural on the upper floor of the Vatican palace commissioned by Pope Julius II

Raphael: Art for Children, by Ernest Raboff

Raphael: Art for Children, by Ernest Raboff


1512 – Michelangelo finishes painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo, by Diane Stanley

Michelangelo, by Diane Stanley


October 31, 1517: Martin Luther writes 95 theses (concerns) about the teachings of the Church and nails them to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  This starts the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther: A Man who Changed the World, by Paul L. Maier

Martin Luther: A Man who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier, illustrated by Greg Copeland


1526: William Tyndale publishes the first complete edition of his translation of the New Testament from Greek into English. He is tried for heresy and executed on October 6, 1536.

The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day, by Scott O'Dell

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day, by Scott O.Dell


1536 – John Calvin publishes the first edition of Institutes of the Christian Religion in Basel, Switzerland

John Calvin, by Simonetta Carr

John Calvin (Christian Biographies for Young Readers), by Simonetta Carr


1543 – Nicolaus Copernicus publishes his book, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, which states that the earth revolves around the sun

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth is a Planet, by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth is a Planet, by Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Cynthia Von Buhler


November 17, 1558: Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England and Ireland

Good Queen Bess, by Diane Stanley

Good Queen Bess, by Diane Stanley


1588 – The English defeat the Spanish Armada

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail in the Spanish Armada! An Invasion You’d Rather Not Launch, by John Malam

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail in the Spanish Armada! An Invasion You’d Rather Not Launch, by John Malam, illustrated by David Antram


1590 - John White returns to Roanoke Island after a supply-trip to England to find the settlement deserted

Roanoke: The Lost Colony, by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

Roanoke: The Lost Colony, by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, illustrated by Roger Roth


September 1593 - Grania O'Malley, Ireland's pirate queen, meets with Queen Elizabeth I to seek Elizabeth's aid.

The Pirate Queen, by Emily Arnold McCully

The Pirate Queen, by Emily Arnold McCully


1600s


1606 – The Virginia Company of England hires Christopher Newport to command the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery on a voyage to establish English colonies in America

Christopher Newport: Jamestown Explorer, by Sharon K. Solomon

Christopher Newport: Jamestown Explorer, by Sharon K. Solomon, Illustrated by Dan Bridy


1607 – The Virginia Company of England establishes Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America

Life in Jamestown Colony, by Janey Levy

Life in Jamestown Colony, by Janey Levy


1609: Galileo Galilei builds his first telescope

I, Galileo, by Bonnie Christensen

I, Galileo, by Bonnie Christensen

Galileo Lesson Ideas | History Read Alouds


1620 – The Mayflower travels from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts carrying colonists, now known as the Pilgrims, who found the first permanent European settlement in New England

The Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage, by Plimoth Plantation, Peter Arenstam, John Kemp, and Catherine O’Neill Grace

The Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage, by Plimoth Plantation, Peter Arenstam, John Kemp, and Catherine O’Neill Grace


November 11, 1620 – The Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sign the Mayflower Compact, the first agreement for self-government in what is now the United States

The Mayflower Compact, by Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Mayflower Compact, by Dennis Brindell Fradin


1621 – Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe, helps the Pilgrim settlers at Plymouth during their first winter in the New World

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, by Eric Metaxas

Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, by Eric Metaxas, illustrated by Shannon Stirnweis


1621 – The Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving, by Ann McGovern

The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving, by Ann McGovern

Word search puzzle and other resources for The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving


1632 -Construction begins on the Taj Mahal in Agra, India

The Taj Mahal, by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora

The Taj Mahal, by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora, illustrated by Rahul Bhushan


1637 - Tulip Mania hits its high point - Tulip bulbs in Holland sell for extraordinarily high prices.

The Great Tulip Trade, by Beth Wagner Brust

The Great Tulip Trade, by Beth Wagner Brust, illustrated by Jenni Mattheson


1665 - An outbreak of the plaque kills at least 75,000 people in London.

1666 - The Great Fire of London destroys more than 13,000 houses and 87 churches. Samuel Pepys, a member of Parliament, writes about the fire in his diary.

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London (Doomed!), by Sarah Machajewski


1666 –  Isaac Newton develops his theories of gravitation

Isaac Newton, by Kay Barnham

Isaac Newton, by Kay Barnham


April 9, 1682 - After canoeing down the Mississippi River and reaching the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle claims the whole Mississippi basin for France and names it Louisiana.

La Salle, by Jeff Donaldson-Forbes

La Salle, by Jeff Donaldson-Forbes


1700s


1703 – Peter the Great, the czar of Russia, founds St. Petersburg and makes it the new capital of Russia.

Peter the Great, by Diane Stanley

Peter the Great, by Diane Stanley


1703 - Johann Sebastian Bach is appointed the job of organist at the Neue Kirche (New Church) in Arnstadt, Germany.

Becoming Bach, by Tom Leonard

Becoming Bach, by Tom Leonard


1741 - George Frideric Handel writes the Messiah

Handel Who Knew What He Liked, by M. T. Anderson

Handel Who Knew What He Liked, by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes


1754-1763 – The French and Indian War

Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1689-1763, by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro

Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars: 1689-1763, by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro


December 16, 1773 – The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party, by Steven Kroll

The Boston Tea Party, by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Peter Fiore


1775 - The Wilderness Trail: Daniel Boone and about 35 other pioneers cut a path from northern Virginia through the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky.

A Picture Book of Daniel Boone, by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler

A Picture Book of Daniel Boone, by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins


April 19, 1775 – Battles of Lexington and Concord

Let it Begin Here! Lexington and Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution, by Dennis Brindell Fradin

Let it Begin Here! Lexington and Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Larry Day


January 24, 1776 – Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with around 120,000 pounds of artillery that he has transported across some 300 miles from Fort Ticonderoga

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, by Anita Silvey

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, by Anita Silvey, illustrated by Wendell Minor


July 4, 1776 - The Second Continental Congress approves the Declaration of Independence

The Fourth of July Story, by Alice Dalgliesh

The Fourth of July Story, by Alice Dalgliesh, illustrated by Marie Nonnast


September 22, 1776 - Nathan Hale, a Connecticut schoolteacher and a captain in the Continental army, is hanged by the British for spying in New York City

Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy, by Shannon Zemlicka

Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy, by Shannon Zemlicka, illustrated by Craig Orback


December 25, 1776 – Washington crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops and attacks Hessian troops in  Trenton, New Jersey

When Washington Crossed the Delaware, by Lynne Cheney

When Washington Crossed the Delaware, by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Peter M. Fiore


December 1777 – June 1778: The American Continental Army, led by George Washington, spends the winter at Valley Forge, enduring cold, sickness, and lack of proper clothing.

Valley Forge, by Richard Ammon

Valley Forge, by Richard Ammon, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth


September 23,  1779 - John Paul Jones captains his old warship Bonhomme Richard against the Serapis, a British warship.  After shouting "I have not yet begun to fight!" he loses his ship but wins the battle.

John Paul Jones: Hero of the Seas, by Keith Brandt

John Paul Jones: Hero of the Seas, by Keith Brandt, illustrated by Susan Swan


September 17, 1787 - The U.S. Constitution is signed

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, by Jean Fritz

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution, by Jean Fritz


1789:  George Washington is elected President of the United States of America.

Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington, by Anne Rockwell

Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington, by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Matt Phelan


September 30, 1791 – Mozart’s  The Magic Flute premiers in Vienna, Austria

Young Mozart, by Rachel Isadora

Young Mozart, by Rachel Isadora


October 16, 1793 – Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, is beheaded

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, by Mary Englar

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, by Mary Englar


1794 - Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin, a machine that greatly speeded up the process of removing seeds from cotton fiber.

Eli Whitney, by Catherine A. Welch

Eli Whitney, by Catherine A. Welch


March 4, 1797 – John Adams becomes President of the United States

The Revolutionary John Adams, by Cheryl Harness

The Revolutionary John Adams, by Cheryl Harness


November 9, 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte seizes power in France.

Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal, by Robert Burleigh

Napoleon: The Story of the Little Corporal, by Robert Burleigh


1800s


1801 – Thomas Jefferson is elected as the third President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography, by James Cross Giblin

Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography, by James Cross Giblin


February 16, 1804 - Stephen Decatur leads an expedition into Tripoli harbor and sets fire to the captured USS Philadelphia to keep the warship from being used by the Barbary Pirates.

The Story of the Barbary Pirates, by R. Conrad Stein

The Story of the Barbary Pirates, by R. Conrad Stein, illustrated by Tom Dunnington


July 11, 1804 – Alexander Hamilton is shot by Aaron Burr in a duel and dies the next day

The Duel, by Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Duel, by Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrated by Larry Day


April 7, 1805 –  Sacagawea, along with her husband and baby, heads west with Lewis and Clark and the rest of their expedition

Sacagawea, by Lise Erdrich

Sacagawea, by Lise Erdrich,  illustrated by Julie Buffalohead


1806  – Noah Webster publishes A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, the first truly American dictionary.

Noah Webster: Weaver of Words, by Pegi Deltz Shea

Noah Webster: Weaver of Words, by Pegi Deltz Shea, illustrated by Monica Vachula


August 17, 1807 – The Clermont, a steamboat designed by Robert Fulton, makes its first successful voyage up the Hudson River to Albany, New York.

Robert Fulton: From Submarine to Steamboat, by Steven Kroll

Robert Fulton: From Submarine to Steamboat, by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth


July 5, 1811 – Venezuela declares itself independent from Spain.

A Picture Book of Simon Bolivar, by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Simon Bolivar, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Robert Casilla


August 23, 1814 – Dolley Madison saves a  portrait of George Washington at the White House from being looted by British troops during the War of 1812.

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, by Don Brown

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington, by Don Brown


September 13, 1814 – Inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry after it was bombarded by the British during the War of 1812,  Francis Scott Key pens a poem which later becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner, by Steven Kroll

By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner, by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Dan Andreasen


May 7, 1824 - Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premieres in Vienna

Beethoven Lives Upstairs, by Barbara Nichol, illustrated by Scott Cameron

Beethoven Lives Upstairs, by Barbara Nichol, illustrated by Scott Cameron


October 26, 1825 – The Erie Canal opens

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, by Cheryl Harness

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal, by Cheryl Harness


1829 – Louis Braille publishes his first book explaining the system of reading and writing that we know today as braille.

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, by Jen Bryant

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov


1831 – Michael Faraday invents the transformer.

What would You Ask? Michael Faraday, by Anita Ganeri

What would You Ask? Michael Faraday, by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Neil Reed


March 6, 1836 – The Battle of the Alamo -Mexican troops led by Santa Anna kill the Texan defenders of the Alamo following a 13-day siege during the Texas Revolution.

Voices of the Alamo, by Sherry Garland

Voices of the Alamo, by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Ronald Himler


April 21, 1836: Sam Houston leads the Texas Army to a victory over Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto.

A Picture Book of Sam Houston, by David A Adler and Michael S. Adler

A Picture Book of Sam Houston, by David A Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Matt Collins


June 20,  1837 - Victoria becomes Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Queen Victoria, by Dorothy Turner

Queen Victoria, by Dorothy Turner

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine, by Gloria Whelan, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter


1838 –  The Trail of Tears –  The Cherokee nation is forced to give up its lands east of the Mississippi River and to migrate to an area in present-day Oklahoma

Life on the Trail of Tears, by Laura Fischer

Life on the Trail of Tears, by Laura Fischer


May 24, 1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse sends the first telegraphic message from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland: "What hath God wrought?"

Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy Line!: A Story of Samuel F. B. Morse, by Robert Quackenbush

Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy LIne!: A Story of Samuel F. B. Morse, by Robert Quackenbush


1845-1850 – The Irish Potato Famine

The Disaster of the Irish Potato Famine: Irish Immigrants Arrive in America (1845-1850), by Sean O’Donoghue

The Disaster of the Irish Potato Famine: Irish Immigrants Arrive in America (1845-1850), by Sean O’Donoghue


January 24, 1848 - The Gold Rush begins when gold is found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.

Gold! Gold from the American River!, by Don Brown

Gold! Gold from the American River!, by Don Brown


July 19, 1848 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton gives her first public speech at the Seneca Fall Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, calling for women's rights to equal education, equal treatment under the law, and the right to vote.

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote, by Tanya Lee Stone

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote, by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon


1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman doctor

Who Says Women Can't be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, by Tanya Lee Stone


1849 - Harriet Tubman escapes slavery.   She  becomes the most famous "conductor" on the Undergroud Railroad, returning many times to rescue hundreds from slavery.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson


May 29, 1851 - Sojourner Truth gives her "Ain't I a Woman" speech at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojouner Truth, by Ann Turner

My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojouner Truth, by Ann Turner, illustrated by James Ransome


1854 to 1929 - Orphan Trains - More than 100,000 children are sent on "orphan trains" from Eastern cities to new homes in rural America.

Train to Somewhere, by Eve Bunting

Train to Somewhere, by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald Himler


November 4, 1854 - Florence Nightingale arrives in Scutari, Turkey to manage and train nurses at a military hospital during the Crimean War.

Florence, Nightingale, by Demi

Florence Nightingale, by Demi


October 16, 1859 - John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry - Abolitionist John Brown and a small group of followers attempt to take over a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia with the goal of arming slaves for a revolt.

John Brown, One Man Against Slavery, by Gwen Everett

John Brown, One Man Against Slavery, by Gwen Everett, illustrated by Jacob Lawrence


April 3, 1860 to October 1861 - The Pony Express is the West's most direct means of east–west communication.

They’re Off!: The Story of the Pony Express, by Cheryl Harness

They’re Off!: The Story of the Pony Express, by Cheryl Harness


March 4, 1861 – Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln, by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Abraham Lincoln, by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire


April 12, 1861 – Confederate troops attack Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This marks the beginning of the Civil War.

Fort Sumter: The Civil War Begins, by Sabrina Crewe and Michael V. Uschan

Fort Sumter: The Civil War Begins, by Sabrina Crewe and Michael V. Uschan


April 22, 1861 – Robert E. Lee is appointed commander of the army of Virginia

A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, by David A. Adler, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallace


July, 1861 – Thomas Jackson, a Confederate general,  earns the nickname “Stonewall” at the First Battle of Bull Run.

Stonewall Jackson, by Don McLeese

Stonewall Jackson, by Don McLeese


January 1, 1863 – President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation.  This eventually leads to the end of slavery in the United States.

The Emancipation Proclamation, by Dennis Brindell Fradin

The Emancipation Proclamation, by Dennis Brindell Fradin


July 1 to  July 3, 1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg

Voices of Gettysburg, by Sherry Garland

Voices of Gettysburg, by Sherry Garland, illustrated by Judith Hierstein


November 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivers The Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Michael McCurdy

The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Michael McCurdy

Teaching Resources for The Gettysburg Address


1864 - Louis Pasteur discovers that heating beer and wine kills most of the bacteria that causes spoilage

Louis Pasteur, by Nick Hunter

Louis Pasteur, by Nick Hunter


April 9, 1865 – General Robert E. Lee surrenders his troops to General  Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War.

The Story of the Surrender at Appomattox Court House, by Zachary Kent

The Story of the Surrender at Appomattox Court House, by Zachary Kent


April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln is shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.. On April 21st, his body was boarded onto a train and transported to Springfield, Illinois, where he had lived before becoming president.

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, by Robert Burleigh

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendel Minor


1866 – Gregor Mendel, a friar from the Abbey of St. Thomas in what is now the Czech Republic, publishes his discoveries about plant hybridization in a scientific journal.

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, by Cheryl Bardoe

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, by Cheryl Bardoe, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith


May 10, 1869 - The Transcontinental Railroad is completed.

The Transcontinental Railroad, by John Perritano

The Transcontinental Railroad, by John Perritano


1871 – The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire, by Janet McHugh

The Great Chicago Fire, by Janet McHugh


March 7, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone

Listen Up!: Alexander Graham Bell’s Talking Machine, by Monica Kulling

Listen Up!: Alexander Graham Bell’s Talking Machine, by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Richard Walz


June 25, 1876 – Battle of Little Bighorn (Custer’s Last Stand) – Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in battle near Little Bighorn River in southern Montana

A Picture Book of Sitting Bull, by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Sitting Bull, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Samuel Byrd

Crazy Horse's Vision

Crazy Horse's Vision, by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by S.D. Nelson


1879 – Thomas  Edison develops the first practical incandescent lightbulb.

Young Thomas Edison, by Michael Dooling

Young Thomas Edison, by Michael Dooling


1880 - Vincent van Gogh decides to become an artist. He only sells one painting during his lifetime. (His paintings are worth millions of dollars today,)

Vincent van Gogh, by Eileen Lucas

Vincent van Gogh, by Eileen Lucas, illustrated by Rochelle Draper


May 21, 1881 – Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross

Clara and Davie: The True Story of Young Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross, by Patricia Polacco

Clara and Davie: The True Story of Young Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross, by Patricia Polacco


July 4, 1881 - The Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute opens in Tuskegee, Alabama with Booker T. Washington as its first principal.

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School, by Suzanne Slade

With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School, by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell


May 24, 1883 –  The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn with Manhattan, opens to traffic.

Brooklyn Bridge, by Lynn Curlee

Brooklyn Bridge, by Lynn Curlee


October 28, 1886 - The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in New York Harbor

The Statue of Liberty, by Mary Firestone

The Statue of Liberty, by Mary Firestone, illustrated by Matthew Skeens


March 3, 1887 - Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller

Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, by Doreen Rappaport

Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares


September 18, 1889 - Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr open the Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago, to help improve the lives of newly arrived European immigrants.

The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams, by Tanya Lee Stone

The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams, by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Kathryn Brown


January 1, 1892 - Ellis Island opens and serves as an immigration station until 1954. During that time, millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors.

At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices, by Louise Peacock

At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices, by Louise Peacock, illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

When Jessie Came Across the Sea, by Amy Hest, illustrated by P. J. Lynch


June 21, 1893 – The first Ferris wheel, invented by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.,  opens to the public at the Chicago World’s Fair.

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford


1895: Alfred Nobel signs last will and testament that gives his fortune for the  establishment of Nobel Prizes.

Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize, by Kathy Jo Wargin

Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize, by Kathy Jo Wargin, illustrated by Zachary Pullen


1896 – George Washington Carver begins teaching about methods of crop rotation at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

A Man for All Seasons: The Life of George Washington Carver, by Stephen Krensky

A Man for All Seasons: The Life of George Washington Carver, by Stephen Krensky


1898 – The Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War, by Katelyn Rice

The Spanish-American War, by Katelyn Rice


 

 

This site has a list of beautiful children's picture books and chapter books for Early Modern History, from the 1500s to the 1800s.  The books are listed on a timeline.