American Revolution: Book Recommendations

As regular visitors know, I am always looking for good books and magazines to accompany topics being examined in my classroom. I'd thought I'd share two of my latest finds to accompany the study of the American Revolution:

1. George vs George by Rosalyn Schanzer. 

In this cleverly crafted book about the two leaders on the opposite sides of the pond during the American Revolution, the author shows not only that George Washington and King George III had some things in common.
 I love that the story reveals not only similarities between the two leaders but also the revealing that people on both sides agreed and disagreed with the war. There were colonists who did not support the revolution, but sometimes we forget to teach it.  I also like that the story is a welcome reminder that often there are similarities between "enemies" which provides an opportunity for a bigger discussion about the world.

2. You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party by Peter Cook.  

My students love this series.  Students love seeing the Boston Tea Party from the perspective of a young boy who is too young to join the army.  I love that students see this important historic event within a story.  At the end of the day, history is a set of wonderful stories from which we can learn so much about who we are and where we are going.  This book is just one more way to share the "story" of history.

Grab additional ideas and resources for the study of the American Revolution here.