Books on the Lewis and Clark
Expedition for kids

Kids love adventure stories, so teaching about the Lewis and Clark expedition can be a lot of fun!  This topic is usually part of an American Frontier unit, so its air of adventure and discovery is great for setting the tone for the whole unit.

Below are some of the best children's books depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition from a variety of vantage points--like a dog, a Native American, an African American slave, a young boy who desperately wanted to join... There are also a number of related activity books that can help you interject some hands-on learning activities into your unit.

To learn more about any of these books, just click on the title and you will be taken to a page with a book summary, reading levels, a peek inside, a list of awards won, and sometimes ideas for extension activities.

Books for Teaching about Lewis and Clark

Seaman's Journal
On the Trail with
Lewis & Clark
by Patricia Reeder Eubank

2nd grade - 5th grade

How We Crossed
the West

Adventures of Lewis & Clark
by Rosalyn Schanzer
2nd grade - 6th grade

The Captain's Dog
My Journey with the
Lewis and Clark Tribe

by Roland Smith
5th grade - 8th grade

A Picture Book of
Lewis and Clark

by David Adler
2nd grade - 5th grade

Lewis and Clark
for Kids

Journey of Discovery
with 21 Activities

4th grade - 7th grade

The Lewis & Clark Expedition   
Join the Corps of Discovery to
Explore Uncharted Territory

4th grade - 6th grade

York's Adventures
with Lewis & Clark

An African-American's Part
in the Great Expedition

by R. Blumberg

6th grade - 8th grade

by Joseph Bruchac
6th grade & Up

The Journal of
Augustus Pelletier

Lewis & Clark Expedition,
1804 (My Name is America)
by Kathryn Lasky

5th grade - 8th grade

The Great Expedition
of Lewis and Clark

by Private Reubin
Field, Member of the
Corps of Discovery

2nd grade - 5th grade

Streams to the River,
River to the Sea

A Novel of Sacagawea
by Scott O'Dell
6th grade - 8th grade

We are currently working on a review of Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President. So cute!  We imagine there are other great books on the that need to be added to this list. If you know of a good title, please let us know.

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
(the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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