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Childhood of Famous Americans Books

The Childhood of Famous Americans series was published from the 1940's through the 1960's. Each book has an easy-to-read story about a boy or girl who grows up to be famous as an inventor, statesman, nurse, doctor, explorer, or some other worthy occupation. Many of these titles are out-of-print, but a few have been reprinted by Patria Press as the Young Patriots series. Please check with Alibris, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble to find the out-of-print treasures and new re-prints.

Aird, Hazel B. and Ruddiman, Catherine

  • Henry Ford: Young Man with Ideas


  • John Jacob Astor


  • John Deere


  • John Smith
  • Patrick Henry

Bebenroth, Charlotta M.

  • Meriwether Lewis: Boy Explorer

Borland, Kathryn and Helen Ross Speicher

  • Allan Pinkerton: Young Detective
  • Harry Houdini: Young Magician
  • Eugene Field

Bryant, Bernice

  • Dan Morgan: Wilderness Boy
  • George Gershwin

Burnett, Constance Buel

  • Lucretia Mott: Girl of Old Nantucket

Burt, Olive W.

  • Jed Smith: Young Western Explorer
  • John Alden: Young Puritan
  • John Wanamaker: Boy Merchant
  • Luther Burbank: Boy Wizard
  • The Ringling Brothers: Circus Boys

Clark, Electra

  • Osceola Young Seminole Indian
  • Robert Peary: Boy of the North

Cleven, Cathrine Seward

  • Black Hawk, Young Sauk Warrior
  • John Hancock New England Boy


  • Herbert Hoover Boy Engineer


  • Elias Howe Inventive Boy

de Grummond and Delanne

  • Babe Didrikson: Girl Athlete
  • Jeff Davis: Confederate Boy


  • Cyrus McCormick Farmer Boy
  • Lee DeForest

Dunham, Montrew

  • Abner Doubleday: Young Baseball Pioneer
  • George Westinghouse: Young Inventor
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Frisbee, Lucy Post

  • John Burrough: Boy of Field and Stream
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy: America's Youngest President

Govan, C.N.

  • Rachel Jackson: Tennessee Girl

Guthridge, Sue

  • Tom Edison: Boy Inventor

Hammontree, Marie

  • Albert Einstein: Young Thinker
  • A. P. Giannini: Boy of San Francisco
  • Will and Charlie Mayo: Boy Doctors

Henry, Joanne Landers

  • Andrew Carnegie: Young Steelmaker
  • Elizabeth Blackwell: Girl Doctor
  • George Eastman: Young Photographer
  • Robert Fulton: Boy Craftsman

Higgins, Helen Boyd

  • Alec Hamilton: The Little Lion
  • Juliette Low: Girl Scout
  • Noah Webster: Boy of Words
  • Stephen Foster: Boy Minstrel
  • Walter Reed: Boy Who Wanted To Know

Howe, Jane Moore

  • Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator

Hudson, Wilma J.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: Young Military Leader
  • Harry S. Truman: Missouri Farm Boy

Jordan, P. C.

  • Brigham Young: Covered Wagon Boy

Long, Laura

  • David Farragut: Boy Midshipman
  • Douglas MacArthur: Young Protector
  • George Dewey: Vermont Boy
  • Oliver Hazard Perry: Boy of the Sea
  • John Peter Zenger: Young Defender of a Free Press

Mason, Miriam E.

  • Dan Beard: Boy Scout
  • Frances Willard: Girl Crusader
  • Kate Douglas Wiggin: The Little Schoolteacher
  • John Audubon: Boy Naturalist
  • Mark Twain: Boy of Old Missouri
  • Mary Mapes Dodge: Jolly Girl
  • William Penn: Friendly Boy

Melin, G. H.

  • Dorothea Dix: Girl Reformer
  • Maria Mitchell: Girl Astronomer

Millender, Dharathula H.

  • Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial Patriots
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a Dream

Mitchell, Minnie Belle

  • James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet

Monsell, Helen Albee

  • Robert E. Lee: Young Confederate
  • Dolly Madison: Quaker Girl
  • Henry Clay: Young Kentucky Orator
  • John Marshall: Boy of Young America
  • Susan B. Anthony: Champion of Women's Rights
  • Tom Jackson: Young Stonewall
  • Tom Jefferson: Third President of the United States
  • Woodrow Wilson: Boy President

Moore, Clyde B.

  • J. Sterling Morton: Arbor Day Boy
  • Robert Goddard: Pioneer Rocket Boy

Myers, Elizabeth. P.

  • F. W. Woolworth: Five and Ten Boy
  • George Pullman: Young Sleeping Car Builder
  • Katherine Lee Bates: Girl Poet

Myers, H.

  • Carl Ben Eielson Young Alaskan Pilot
  • Cecil B. DeMille
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Young Artic Explorer

Newman, S. P.

  • Liliuokalani: Young Hawaiian Queen

Paradis, A.

  • Gail Borden

Parks, Aileen Wells

  • Bedford Forest: Boy on Horseback
  • Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman
  • James Oglethorpe: Young Defender

Parks, Edd Winfield

  • Teddy Roosevelt: Young Rough Rider

Peckham, Howard Henry

  • Nathaniel Greene
  • Pontiac and the Indian Uprising
  • William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe

Place, M.T.

  • Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Girl


  • Lew Wallace


  • Matthew Calbraith Perry

Seymour, Flora Warren

  • Bird Girl: Sacagawea
  • Pocahontas: Brave Girl

Smith, Bradford

  • Dan Webster: Union Boy
  • Stephen Decatur: Gallant Boy
  • William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy

Snow, Dorothea J.

  • Eli Whitney: Boy Mechanic
  • John Paul Jones: Salt-Water Boy
  • Raphael Semmes: Tidewater Boy
  • Samuel Morse
  • Sequoyah: Young Cherokee Guide

Steele, William O.

  • Francis Marion: Young Swamp Fox
  • John Sevier: Pioneer Boy

Stevenson, Augusta

  • Abe Lincoln: Frontier Boy
  • Andy Jackson: Boy Soldier
  • Anthony Wayne: Daring Boy
  • Ben Franklin: Boy Printer
  • Booker T. Washington: Ambitious Boy
  • Buffalo Bill: Boy of the Plains
  • Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross
  • Daniel Boone: Young Hunter and Tracker
  • Francis Scott Key: Maryland Boy
  • George Carver: Boy Scientist
  • George Custer: Boy of Action
  • George Washington: Young Leader
  • Israel Putnam: Fearless Boy
  • John Fitch: Steamboat Boy
  • Kit Carson: Boy Trapper
  • Molly Pitcher: Girl Patriot
  • Myles Standish: Adventurous Boy
  • Nancy Hanks: Kentucky Girl
  • Nathan Hale: Puritan Boy
  • Paul Revere: Boy of Old Boston
  • P. T. Barnum: Circus Boy
  • Sam Houston: Boy Chiefton
  • Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy
  • Squanto: Young Indian Hunter
  • Tecumseh: Shawnee Boy
  • U. S. Grant: Young Horseman
  • Virginia Dare: Mystery Girl
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright: Boy with Wings
  • Zeb Pike: Boy Traveler

Van Riper, Jr., Guernsey

  • Babe Ruth: One of Baseball's Greatest
  • Jim Thorpe: Olympic Champion
  • Knute Rockne: Young Athlete
  • Lou Gehrig: One of Baseball's Greatest
  • Richard Byrd: Boy of the South Pole
  • Will Rogers, Jr.: Young Cowboy

Wagoner, Jean Brown

  • Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days
  • Jane Addams: Little Lame Girl
  • Jessie Fremont: Girl of Capitol Hill
  • Julia Ward Howe: Girl of Old New York
  • Louisa Alcott: Girl of Old Boston
  • Martha Washington: America's First First Lady

Warner, Anne Spence

  • Narcissa Whitman: Pioneer Girl

Weddle, E. H.

  • Joel Chandler Harris: Young Storyteller
  • Walter Chrysler: Boy Machinist

Weil, Ann

  • Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice
  • Franklin Roosevelt: Boy of the Four Freedoms
  • John Philip Sousa: Marching Boy
  • John Quincy Adams: Boy Patriot

Widdemer, Mabel Cleland

  • Aleck Bell: Ingenious Boy
  • DeWitt Clinton
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe: Connecticut Girl
  • James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy
  • Peter Stuyvesant: Boy with Wooden Shoes
  • Washington Irving: Boy of Old New York

Wilkie, Katharine Elliot

  • Clyde Beatty: Boy Animal Trainer
  • George Rogers Clark: Boy of the Old Northwest
  • Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph
  • Mary Todd Lincoln: Girl of the Bluegrass
  • Simon Kenton: Young Trail Blazer
  • Will Clark: Boy in Buckskins
  • William Fargo: Boy Mail Carrier
  • Zack Taylor: Young Rough and Ready
  • Ernie Pyle: Boy From Back Home

Winders, Gertrude Hecker

  • Ethan Allen
  • James Fenimore Cooper: Leatherstocking Boy
  • Jeb Stuart: Boy in the Saddle
  • Jim Bowie: Boy with a Hunting Knife
  • Jim Bridger

Please use's links to purchase these books on Alibris, AbeBooks, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.