Book Review: The Story of Alexander Hamilton by Christine Platt


The Story of Alexander Hamilton by Christine Platt

A Biography Book for New Readers

Rockridge Press (May 19, 2020)

Age: 6-8 years, Grade 3-4

Children’s Books on the US/Children’s Biographies


Discover the life of Alexander Hamilton―a story about working hard, blazing trails, and fighting for freedom

Alexander Hamilton became one of the most important Founding Fathers in American history. He helped win the Revolutionary War against England and invented our nation’s first banking system. Before that, he was a playful kid who loved to write and believed in hard work. Born on a Caribbean island, Alexander overcame many hardships to come to America and earn a name for himself.

Explore how Alexander Hamilton went from being a young immigrant boy with strong values to a celebrated American leader and icon.

This Alexander Hamilton chapter book for kids ages 6-8 includes:

  • Helpful definitions―Discover a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
  • His lasting legacy―Learn how Alexander shaped the world for future generations―including you!
  • Test your knowledge―Take a quick quiz at the end of the book to make sure you understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Alexander’s life.

How will Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable story inspire you?






Very well written biography of Alexander Hamilton. A complete account of his life written so children understand and will be engaged.  I really liked that it included his entire life from childhood to becoming one of America’s Founding Fathers.  Highlights how his work changed our world today. A lot of information but easy to understand. This beginner reader offers a Glossary, timelines throughout the book, Think About prompts, Myth vs Facts boxes, and an end of book quiz. I’ve been very impressed with this “The Story of” biography series. This is the second book written by the author and her books are outstanding. Wish these were out when my kids were in school and when I ran a childcare. Great reference book and reading book.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (May 27, 2020)

ARC provided by publisher/Callisto Publishing Club



pLATTChristine A. Platt is a historian and storyteller of the African diaspora. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African Studies from The Ohio State University and received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

Her debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, was published under the penname CP Patrick and won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction. The Truth About Awiti is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Christine’s highly anticipated children series, Ana & Andrew, will be published on December 15, 2018 (ABDO Books/Calico Kids).

Christine currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University under the leadership of National Book Award-winning author, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. She is a proud member of the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is also an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Additionally, Christine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

You can follow Christine on Instagram via @theafrominimalist, where she interacts with thousands of friends and fans on minimalism and, of course, books.



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