Recommended By: Kaitlin Taylor

We all know the basic story of the beginning of America, but what about the hidden secrets of American history? Which president was a fashion model? Why do we speak the same language of the people of England, but spell so many words differently? What odd-looking bird almost became the national bird of the country before the bald eagle was chosen? Celebrate American history by learning the answers to these questions and many more in the great books below.


Truth and Rumors: U.S. Presidents by Sean Stewart Price
We all have odd little secrets that we like to keep about ourselves, and the presidents of the United States are no exception. In this book, learn which crazy stories about our past leaders are true and which ones are just myths.









O, Say Can You See?: America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words by Sheila Keenan
There are baseball caps with stars and stripes, Liberty Bell-shaped erasers, and Uncle Sam posters all over the place. We see them everywhere, but what do they mean? This book explores the origins of dozens of American symbols, and throws some great jokes in, too.









Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta
What could two presidents that lived a hundred years apart possibly have in common? As it turns out, quite a bit! Take a gander at the spooky similarities between the lives of these two presidents, from their election years to their names to their deaths.









W is for Webster: Noah Webster and His American Dictionary by Tracey Fern
Noah Webster is one of the unsung heroes of America’s founding. In this book, learn about his love of words, and how it inspired him to create the first dictionary of American English–a collection of words that makes America truly unique.







The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock
The United States has dozens of beautiful national parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains. But for a long time, these areas were threatened by businesses who wanted more land. Read about the camping trip that made Teddy Roosevelt fall in love with the beauty of America and save its landscape for future generations.









Life On The Mayflower by Jessica Gunderson
Have you ever wondered what it was really like to be a pilgrim on a journey to a new world? In this book, you’ll read all about the true experiences of the pilgrims, from sharing the crowded ship with animals to babies being born on board!