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Summer Reading: If You Liked Hamilton

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This one’s a bit of a spin, but with all the Hamilton fans out there, we thought it would be fun to round up some read-this-next books for people who just can’t get enough Ham.

YOUR NEXT PICTURE BOOk

Don Brown always does a brilliant job distilling complex information for younger readers (have you read his Hurricane Katrina book yet?), and Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History, a dual history of two of Hamilton’s key figures, is no exception.

 

YOUR NEXT MIDDLE GRADES CHAPTER BOOK

Think Hamilton-adjacent and dive into the life of the most famous traitor in Revolutionary history with The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery. Arnold is as fascinating a character as Hamilton.

 

YOUR NEXT READALOUD

Dig into a biography of Alexander Hamilton’s life that actually includes some of the best parts of the musical (including a reference to Angelica Schuyler who doesn’t show up in other Hamilton children’s lit). Jean Fritz’s Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider is the Ron Chernow equivalent for the elementary school set.

 

YOUR NEXT TEEN READ

Fever 1793
By Laurie Halse Anderson
 

Fever 1793 tells the story of one girl’s experiences during Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemic, which also affected Hamilton and his wife. This is gripping historical fiction based on real events.

 

YOUR NEXT GROWN-UP BOOK

Burr: A Novel
By Gore Vidal
 

Gore Vidal’s Burr isn’t just our next podcast read—it’s a complex, almost Shakespearean tale of the man behind one of history’s most famous duels. Read it with us!