Lewis and Clark (Corps of Discovery) Living Booklist

Lewis and Clark (Corps of Discovery) Living Booklist

This year my family is studying the 1800-1900 period of US history and we read so many good books during this time period that I simply cannot fit them into one blog post! So I’m breaking them down into individual topics, and this is just one of the many topics that can be studied during this time period.

Besides the Corps of Discovery I’m including our favorite books about Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Charlotte Mason book terminology…

  • Spine is an overview of a historical time period. It doesn’t focus on one person or event, but rather gives a broad view of people, events, and how history unfolds.
  • Biography focuses on the life of one person. It is based on primary sources.
  • Historical Fiction is based on a historical event or person, but fictional details are added to make the story longer and more literary.

We read the spine as a family during Gather time, but during individual learning time each boy read a book according to his ability and age. I read picture books to my 6 year old at any time of the day (usually bedtime), but you could also skip the spine and read only picture books — there are enough picture books to cover the most events. However, all three boys (10, 8, and 6) thoroughly enjoyed Which Way to the Wild West (including myself, if I’m being honest).

Did I miss any of your favorite books about this topic? If so, leave a comment below!


Which Way to the Wild West? By Steve Sheinkin (Corps of Discovery is covered in the first chapter)


Bones in the White House: Thomas Jefferson’s Mammoth by Candance Ransom

A Big Cheese For The White House by Candace Fleming

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock 

Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud

A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark by David A. Adler

Sacagawea by Lise Erdrich

The Journey of York by Hasan Davis and Alleana Davis

American Slave, American Hero by Laurence Pringle

Bad River Boys by Virginia Haw Sneve and Bill Farnsworth

The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark by Private Reubin Field (Member of the Corps of Discovery)

Seaman’s Journal by Patricia Reeder Eubank


Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (80 pgs)

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith (304 pgs)

Sacagawea by Joseph Bruchac (208 pgs)


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