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Book recommendations pertaining to the Enlightenment (1600-1699).

The 1600s

Topics include The Enlightenment, Early Colonization of North America (Jamestown/Plymoth), French colonization in North America, Galileo, Qing Dynasty China, English Civil War Cromwell’s Commonwealth and the London fire of 1666, Taj Mahal completed by Shah Jahan, Louis XIV the Sun King, Peter the Great (Russia), Isaac Newton, Salem Witch Trials and Atlantic Slave Trade.


Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and LoveSobel, Dava2011YA
A
Enlightenment1600-1634EuropeItalyGalileo
Scientists
NF
Bio
N
You Wouldn't Want to Be a SamuraiMacdonald, Fiona2009LE
MG
Enlightenment1600–1699AsiaJapanSamuraiNFPB
SeeSaw GirlPark, Linda Sue2009MGEnlightenment1600-1699AsiaKorea17th Century KoreaFCB
Women of Colonial America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New WorldMiller, Brandon Marie2016YA
A
Enlightenment1600-1750North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNF
Bio
B
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial MarylandWalker, Sally M.2009UMG
YA
Enlightenment1606-1750North AmericaUnited StatesJamestown
Colonial America
NFB
Blood on the RiverCarbone, Elisa2006UMGEnlightenment1606-1610North AmericaUnited StatesJamestown
Colonial America
FCB
1607: A New Look at JamestownLange, Karen2007MG
UMG
Enlightenment1607North AmericaUnited StatesJamestown
Colonial America
NFPB
Colonial America: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2011MGEnlightenment1607-1775North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNFCB
A Lion to Guard UsBulla, Clyde Robert1981MGEnlightenment1609-1613North AmericaUnited StatesColonial America
Jamestown
FCB
I, Juan de ParejaDe Trevino, Elizabeth Borton1965UMGEnlightenment1610-1660EuropeSpainBaroqueFCB
Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?Fritz, Jean1975MGEnlightenment1620-1741North AmericaUnited StatesPlymouth RockNFPB
Squanto's JourneyBruchac, Joseph2000LE
MG
Enlightenment1620North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous Americans
Thanksgiving
Colonial America
NF
Bio
PB
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the MayflowerCook, Peter2013LE
MG
Enlightenment1620North AmericaUnited StatesMayflower
Colonial America
NFPB
Mayflower 1620Arenstam, Peter, Kemp, John, and O'Neill Grace, Catherine2007MG
UMG
Enlightenment1620North AmericaUnited StatesMayflower
Colonial America
NFPB
1621: A New Look at ThanksgivingO'Neill Grace, Catherine
Bruchac, Margaret M.
2001MG
UMG
Enlightenment1621North AmericaUnited StatesThanksgiving
Colonial America
NFPB
Sarah Morton's DayWaters, Kate1989LE
MG
Enlightenment1627North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNFPB
Samuel Eaton's DayWaters, Kate1989LE
MG
Enlightenment1627North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNFPB
Poison PriestessPopovic, Lana2021YAEnlightenment1640-1680EuropeFranceCatherine MonvoisinF
Bio
N
Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young ScientistLasky, Kathryn2017LEEnlightenment1642–1727EuropeGreat BritainScience
Isaac Newton
NF
Bio
PB
Finding WondersAtkins, Jeannine2017MGEnlightenment1647-1889Europe
North America
Great Britain
United States
Paleontology
Astronomy
Entemology
Women in Science
NFCB
TidelandsGregory, Philippa2019AEnlightenment1648EuropeGreat BritainEnglish Civil WarFN
The Golden Age of Pirates: An Interactive History AdventureTemple, Bob2016MGEnlightenment1650–1730Atlantic OceanUnited StatesPiratesNFCB
Out of Many WatersGreene, Jacqueline2002UMGEnlightenment1654EuropePortugalPortuguese Inquisition
Sea Travel
FN
Hour of the WitchBohjalian, Chris2021AEnlightenment1662North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsFN
A Parcel of PatternsPaton Walsh, Jill1992YA
A
Enlightenment1665-1666EuropeGreat BritainPlagues
Bubonic Plague
FN
Caleb's CrossingBrooks, Geraldine2012YA
A
Enlightenment1665North AmericaUnited StatesHarvard College
Wampanoag Tribe
F
Bio
N
Master CornhillJarvis McGraw, Eloise1995UMGEnlightenment1665-1666EuropeGreat BritainPlagues
Bubonic Plague
Fires
Great Fire of London
FCB
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the PlaguePaton Walsh, Jill1992YA
A
Enlightenment1665-1666EuropeGreat BritainPlagues
Bubonic Plague
FN
You Wouldn't Want to be in the Great Fire of LondonPipe, Jim2016LE
MG
Enlightenment1666EuropeEnglandGreat Fire of London
Fires
NFPB
Dark TidesGregory, Philippa2020AEnlightenment1670EuropeGreat BritainEnglish Civil War
Restoration London
FN
The Witch of Blackbird PondSpeare, Elizabeth George1958UMG
YA
Enlightenment1687North AmericaUnited StatesWitch Trials
Colonial America
FN
Dear America: I Walk in DreadFraustino, Lisa Rowe2011MGEnlightenment1691North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Salem WitchPipe, Jim2009LE
MG
Enlightenment1692–1693North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsNFPB
The CrucibleMiller, Authur1953UMGEnlightenment1692-1693North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsNFCB
The Salem Witch Trials: An Interactive History AdventureDoeden, Matt2011MGEnlightenment1692North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsNFCB
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in SalemSchanzer, Rosalyn2011UMG
YA
Enlightenment1692–1693North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsNFPB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel