Mid-Atlantic Guide Booklist

Studying the Mid-Atlantic states is a perfect opportunity to learn more about early presidents of the United States. 

In our new Playful Pioneers Volume 2 Mid-Atlantic guide we include four weeks of lessons for studying the events surrounding the Revolutionary War and the people who shaped the early documents of America. 

Each week you will read from engaging stories, enjoy nature explorations, copy poetry and primary documents, look at art by John James Audubon, make delightful recipes, and work on simple handcrafts. 

It's a great addition to any American history study, a fun diversion from more tedious schoolwork, or a perfect intro to literature based learning. 

Below is the list of books about presidents (and other people from the Mid-Atlantic states or Revolutionary War history) we will read from over the course of the four weeks. 

The Bible

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz

The 50 States by Gabrielle Balkan

Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz

The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz

Now and Ben by Gene Barretta

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz

They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell

Thomas Jefferson by Cheryl Harnes

Liberty or Death by Betsy and Giulio Maestro


Get the Playful Pioneers Volume 2 Mid-Atlantic Guide Here

 Each of our resources also include lists of books to continue learning about these subjects, sorted by grade. Here are a few great suggestions for free reading about the Mid-Atlantic states, the Revolutionary War, and early presidents.


Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley

This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie

Beddy Bye in the Bay by Priscilla Cummings

On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole

George Washington by Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire 



Molly Pitcher: Young Patriot (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Augusta Stevenson

Keeping Secrets: The Girlhood Diaries of Seven Women Writers by Mary E. Lyons

Anna All Year Round by Mary Downing Hahn

The Biggest (and Best) Flag that Ever Flew by Rebecca Jones

Captain John Smith’s Big and Beautiful Bay by Rebecca C. Jones

The Chester Town Tea Party by Brenda Seabrooke

What is the Declaration of Independence by Michael C. Harris

Parents/High School

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

The Real George Washington by Jay A. Parry