With the last of the 1700s behind us, my sons and I have moved fully into the 19th century with this month’s batch of U.S. history books, which cover 1800-1850.

As with last month, we’ve got a mix of returning favorites and titles that are new to us, as well as a mix of nonfiction, historical fiction, and tall tale. I’ll report back in a few weeks on the titles that went over best with seven-year-old S and two-year-old F. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the bounty from our local libraries:

(A note about this one: One of the first results you’ll see in a web search for this title is a New York Times review by Christopher Paul Curtis casting doubt on the historical accuracy of Sanders’ tale of an early African-American settlement. However, I did find an article about New Philadelphia — the first such town — that suggests that A Place Called Freedom may not be farfetched after all. It’s too bad there’s no author’s note from Sanders to provide context or background for his story.)

I had already picked all these books when I discovered a suggested reading list of American Historical Fiction in Picture Book Format from the University of Iowa. I’ll undoubtedly turn to this list for ideas next month and beyond, and as always, I’d love to hear your suggestions of great books I missed this time around.