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Reading List


If you’d like to read more about people who lived in colonial times, during the Revolutionary War, in the years after the war, or in the days of the Underground Railroad, here are some books we recommend. We’ve put them in groups to show you which books go well with the different houses. For example, before or just after you’ve visited Cliveden, you might like to read Toliver’s Secret. All of them make great choices for independent reading, reading circles, or for read-to sessions.



If You Lived in Colonial Times, by Ann McGovern, 1964; Scholastic Books+
Farm Life in Colonial Pennsylvania, by James E. Knight, 1982; Troll Books+
The Story of William Penn, by Aliki; Aladdin Books
Freedom Seeker: A Story About William Penn, by Gwenyth Swain, 2003; Carolrhoda Books+
The Arrow Above the Door, by Joseph Bruchau, 1998; Puffin Books+ 
If You Lived With the Iroquois, by Ellen Levine, 1998; Scholastic Books+
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, by Mary Pope Osborne, 1998: Scholastic Books Dear America series (fiction)+


If You Lived During the American Revolution, by Kay Moore, 1997; Scholastic Books+
Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz, 1977; PaperStar Books+
Toliver’s Secret, by Ester Wood Brady, 1999; Yearling Books+
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern, 1975: Scholastic Books+
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James L. Collier and Christopher Collier, 1974; Scholastic Books+
George Washington and the General’s Dog, by Frank Murphy, 2002; Random House+


La Salle University Art Museum

The Ingenious Mr. Peale, by Janet Wilson, 1996; Atheneum  (Grades 6-9)

Help for Mr. Peale, by Barbara Morrow, 1990; Simon and Schuster  (Grades 2-6)

Mr. Peale's Bones, byTracey West, 1994; Silver Moon Press  (Grades 6+)


Johnson House

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad, by Ellen Levine, 1992; Scholastic Books+
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkinson and James Ransome, 1993; Knopf+
Steal Away to Freedom, by Jennifer Armstrong, 1993: Scholastic Books+
Steal Away Home, by Lois Ruby, 1994; Aladdin Books+
North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad, by Catherine Ayres, 2000, Yearling Books
Harriet Tubman, by Maryann N. Wendt, 2003; Barnes & Noble Books+
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky, by Faith Ringold, 1993; Crown Books



Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, 2000; Aladdin Books+
Thee, Hannah! By Marguerite deAngeli, 2002; Herald Press+
The Arrow Above the Door, by Joseph Bruchau, 1998: Puffin Books+



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