Presenting the Past
Peter and Connie Roop, award-winning authors and educators, travel through history in their non-fiction and historical fiction books for kids.
Why did President Abraham Lincoln grow a beard? What hardships did the Pilgrims face on the Mayflower? Who invented the Cherokee alphabet? And where can a curious kid read more? Never fear. Peter and Connie Roop have the answers.
The Roops have published more than 100 children’s books, including esteemed non-fiction and historical fiction stories. Their writing covers topics from Christopher Columbus’s voyage across the Atlantic to Abraham Lincoln’s run for office.
Continue reading below for a full timeline of historical events–and the titles that can help your kids learn more.
1492: Christopher Columbus Voyages to the New World
1620: Pilgrims Set Sail on the Mayflower
1775: The Revolutionary War Begins
1776: Congress Ratifies the United States Declaration of Independence
1803: President Thomas Jefferson Purchases the Louisiana Territory
1806: Sacagawea’s Journey with Lewis and Clark Ends
In historical fiction book Sacagawea, the title character narrates her life story, from youth to guiding Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. Off the Map, another must-read about this important historical journey, is a condensed version of the original eight-volume account written by Lewis and Clark that maintains the essence of the primary source.
1812: David Glasgow Farragut Fights in the War of 1812
Take Command, Captain Farragut! is told through fictional letters from David Glasgow Farragut, the youngest midshipman ever assigned to a warship in the US Navy, to his father while he is imprisoned during the War of 1812.
1821: Sequoyah invents the Cherokee alphabet.
1860: Abraham Lincoln runs for office.
Based on true events, Grace’s Letter to Lincoln tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who wrote to Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that if he grew a beard, he might win more votes to be elected president.