Childhood of Famous Americans

Childhood of Famous Americans
Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company
220 Total Books


The Childhood of Famous Americans Series opened a new field of juvenile reading when—over twenty-one years ago—it began to offer thrilling stories that brought young readers a vivid understanding of American life and ideas—and ideals. Written to the exacting standards of a unique tradition and plan, these stories have won the highest praise from parents, librarians, teachers, booksellers. But it is the children themselves who have made the series so enormously popular. They read the books, love them, reread them. They clamor for more.

Millions of copies have been sold and every year the sale is increasing. Every volume has been a success. The standard of excellence is carefully maintained.


Because they are so interesting that they make children good readers. The pleasure children find in these books—and the enlargement of their interests—open the whole world of books to them—and this is perhaps the greatest gift in your power to grant them.

Because they make the child of today the friend and playmate of great Americans of the past. He sees why they became famous, sees in them as children the traits which later earned them renown. He is inspired to imitate them, to develop the characteristics you want him to have. Thanks to these good stories—true to time, place and character—he meets great Americans as old friends whom he knew as children when later on he studies the details of our history.

Because they reflect true Americanism, a love of freedom, equality and fraternity, a strong distaste for racial or religious, economic or social prejudice. They radiate honesty, courage, ambition, kindness. They cover the whole panorama of American life in all periods and regions, showing the way our people lived, their hardships and their triumph.

Because their appeal is not limited by age. They have a low vocabulary level, the widest age-level range of interest the greatest variety of interest. Mary grabs them at eight, still loves them at fourteen. John may not catch the fever until he is twelve. Whatever a child's interests are, whenever they may develop whether he is a quick reader or a slow reader, he will find a book here to delight him—and lead him on to other books.

Because these books compete successfully with distracting interests less helpful to your child. Children don't have to be coaxed to read them. They always ask for more.


Because they are wonderful stories. Story—story—story—always story, told in simple words of action children can understand, told without preaching, without condescension, and without reliance on special knowledge the child doesn't yet have.

Because they are stories about children like themselves. They are not biographies, for which the young reader may not yet be ready. Each book introduces a famous American in a story about his childhood. Child readers put themselves readily into the places of the characters and enjoy experiences from the past—thrilling, amusing, instructive in the American values—as if it were all happening to them.

From the dust jacket of Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman, 1949 edition


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Books in this Series

A.P. Giannini: Boy of San Francisco
Abe Lincoln: Frontier Boy
Abigail Adams: A Girl of Colonial Days
Abner Doubleday: Young Baseball Pioneer
Adlai Stevenson: Young Ambassador
Albert Einstein: Young Thinker
Alec Hamilton: The Little Lion
Aleck Bell: Ingenious Boy
Allan Pinkerton: Young Detective
Alvin C. York: Young Marksman
Amelia Earhart: Kansas Girl
Andrew Carnegie: Young Steelmaker
Andy Jackson: Boy Soldier
Anne Bradstreet: Young Puritan Poet
Annie Oakley: Little Sure shot
Anthony Wayne: Daring Boy
Babe Didrikson: Girl Athlete
Babe Ruth: Baseball Boy
Bedford Forrest: Boy on Horseback
Ben Franklin: Printer's Boy
Benjamin West: Gifted Young Painter
Bernard Baruch: Boy from South Carolina
Betsy Ross: Girl of Old Philadelphia
Black Hawk: Young Sauk Warrior
Booker T. Washington: Ambitious Boy
Bret Harte: Young Storyteller
Brigham Young: Covered Wagon Boy
Buffalo Bill: Boy of the Plains
Carl Ben Eielson: Young Alaskan Pilot
Carl Sandburg: Young Singing Poet
Cecil B. DeMille: Young Dramatist
Chief Joseph: Boy of the Nez PercÚ
Clara Barton: Girl Nurse
Clyde Beatty: Boy Animal Trainer
Crispus Attucks: Boy of Valor
Cyrus McCormick: Farmer Boy
Dan Beard: Boy Scout
Dan Morgan: Wilderness Boy
Dan Webster: Union Boy
Daniel Boone: Boy Hunter
David Farragut: Boy Midshipman
David Sarnoff: Radio and TV Boy
Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman
DeWitt Clinton: Boy Builder
Dolly Madison: Quaker Girl
Dorothea Dix: Girl Reformer
Douglas MacArthur: Young Protector
Duke Ellington: Young Music Master
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Young Military Leader
Eddie Rickenbacker: Young Racer and Flyer
Edward Bok: Young Editor
Edward R. Murrow: Young Newscaster
Eleanor Roosevelt: Courageous Girl
Eli Whitney: Boy Mechanic
Elias Howe: Inventive Boy
Elizabeth Blackwell: Girl Doctor
Ernie Pyle: Boy from Back Home
Ethan Allen: Green Mountain Boy
Ethel Barrymore: Girl Actress
Eugene Field: Young Poet
F.W. Woolworth: Five and Ten Boy
Frances Willard: Girl Crusader
Francis Marion: Young Swamp Fox
Francis Scott Key: Maryland Boy
Franklin Roosevelt: Boy of the Four Freedoms
Frederic Remington: Young Artist
Frederick Douglass: Boy Champion of Human Rights
Gail Borden: Resourceful Boy
George Carver: Boy Scientist
George Custer: Boy of Action
George Dewey: Vermont Boy
George Eastman: Young Photographer
George Gershwin: Young Composer
George M. Cohan: Boy Theater Genius
George Pullman: Young Sleeping Car Builder
George Rogers Clark: Boy of the Old Northwest
George Washington: Boy Leader
George Westinghouse: Young Inventor
Glenn L. Martin: Boy Conqueror of the Air
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Connecticut Girl
Harriet Tubman: Freedom Girl
Harry Houdini: Boy Magician
Harry S. Truman: Missouri Farm Boy
Harvey S. Firestone: Young Rubber Pioneer
Helen Keller: Handicapped Girl
Henry Clay: Mill Boy of the Slashes
Henry Ford: Boy with Ideas
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Gifted Young Poet
Herbert Hoover: Boy Engineer
Hoosier Boy: James Whitcomb Riley
Israel Putnam: Fearless Boy
J. Sterling Morton: Arbor Day Boy
J.C. Penney: Golden Rule Boy
James Fenimore Cooper: Leatherstocking Boy
James J. Hill: Young Empire Builder
James Monroe: Good Neighbor Boy
James Oglethorpe: Young Defender
Jane Addams: Little Lame Girl
Jean Felix Piccard: Boy Balloonist
Jeb Stuart: Boy in the Saddle
Jeff Davis: Confederate Boy
Jessie Fremont: Girl of Capitol Hill
Jim Bowie: Boy with a Hunting Knife
Jim Bridger: Mountain Boy
Jim Thorpe: Indian Athlete
Joel Chandler Harris: Young Storyteller
John Alden: Young Puritan
John Burroughs: Boy of Field and Stream
John D. Rockefeller: Boy Financier
John Deere: Blacksmith Boy
John F. Kennedy: Young Statesman
John Fitch: Steamboat Boy
John Hancock: New England Boy
John Jacob Astor: Boy Trader
John L. Lewis: Young Militant Labor Leader
John Marshall: Boy of Young America
John Muir: Young Naturalist
John Paul Jones: Salt-Water Boy
John Peter Zenger: Young Defender of a Free Press
John Philip Sousa: Marching Boy
John Quincy Adams: Boy Patriot
John Sevier: Pioneer Boy
John Smith: Jamestown Boy
John Wanamaker: Boy Merchant
Joseph Pulitzer: Boy Journalist
Julia Ward Howe: Girl of Old New York
Juliette Low: Girl Scout
Kate Douglas Wiggin: The Little Schoolteacher
Katharine Lee Bates: Girl Poet
Kit Carson: Boy Trapper
Knute Rockne: Young Athlete
Langston Hughes: Young Black Poet
Lee DeForest: Electronics Boy
Lew Wallace: Boy Writer
Liliuokalani: Young Hawaiian Queen
Lotta Crabtree: Girl of the Gold Rush
Lou Gehrig: Boy of the Sand Lots
Louis Armstrong: Young Music Maker
Louisa Alcott: Girl of Old Boston
Lucretia Mott: Girl of Old Nantucket
Luther Burbank: Boy Wizard
Lyndon B. Johnson: Young Texan
Mahalia Jackson: Young Gospel Singer
Margaret Bourke-White: Young Photographer
Maria Mitchell: Girl Astronomer
Mark Twain: Boy of Old Missouri
Martha Washington: Girl of Old Virginia
Martin Luther King Jr.: Boy with a Dream
Mary Mapes Dodge: Jolly Girl
Mary McLeod Bethune: Girl Devoted to Her People
Mary Todd Lincoln: Girl of the Bluegrass
Matthew Calbraith Perry: Boy Sailor
Meriwether Lewis: Boy Explorer
Molly Pitcher: Girl Patriot
Myles Standish: Adventurous Boy
Nancy Hanks: Kentucky Girl
Narcissa Whitman: Pioneer Girl
Nathan Hale: Puritan Boy
Nathanael Greene: Independent Boy
Noah Webster: Boy of Words
Oliver Hazard Perry: Boy of the Sea
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: Boy of Justice
Osceola: Young Seminole Indian
P. T. Barnum: Circus Boy
Patrick Henry: Boy Spokesman
Paul Revere: Boy of Old Boston
Pearl S. Buck: Literary Girl
Peter Stuyvesant: Boy with Wooden Shoes
Phillis Wheatley: Young Colonial Poet
Pocahontas: Brave Girl
Pontiac: Young Ottawa Leader
Rachel Jackson: Tennessee Girl
Raphael Semmes: Tidewater Boy
Richard Byrd: Boy Who Braved the Unknown
The Ringling Brothers: Circus Boys
Robert E. Lee: Boy of Old Virginia
Robert Frost: Boy with Promises to Keep
Robert Fulton: Boy Craftsman
Robert Goddard: Pioneer Rocket Boy
Robert Peary: Boy of the North Pole
Robert Todd Lincoln: President's Boy
Sacagawea: Bird Girl
Sam Houston: Boy Chieftain
Samuel Morse: Inquisitive Boy
Sequoyah: Young Cherokee Guide
Simon Kenton: Young Trail Blazer
Sitting Bull: Dakota Boy
Squanto: Young Indian Hunter
Stephen Decatur: Gallant Boy
Stephen Foster: Boy Minstrel
Susan Anthony: Girl Who Dared
Tecumseh: Shawnee Boy
Teddy Roosevelt: All-Round Boy
Thomas Paine: Common Sense Boy
Tom Edison: Boy Inventor
Tom Jefferson: A Boy in Colonial Days
U.S. Grant: Young Horseman
Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Young Arctic Explorer
Vincent Lombardi: Young Football Coach
Virgil I. Grissom: Boy Astronaut
Virginia Dare: Mystery Girl
Walt Disney: Young Movie Maker
Walter Chrysler: Boy Machinist
Walter Reed: Boy Who Wanted to Know
Washington Irving: Boy of Old New York
Wilbur and Orville Wright: Boys with Wings
Will and Charlie Mayo: Doctor's Boys
Will Clark: Boy in Buckskins
Will Rogers: Young Cowboy
William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy
William Fargo: Boy Mail Carrier
William H. McGuffey: Boy Reading Genius
William Henry Harrison: Young Tippecanoe
William Penn: Friendly Boy
Woodrow Wilson: Boy President
Young Audubon: Boy Naturalist
Young Jed Smith: Westering Boy
Young Stonewall: Tom Jackson
Zack Taylor: Young Rough and Ready
Zeb Pike: Boy Traveler