World History Resources

Here are resources we recommend for World History study. We suggest that you use real books as your primary history resources and use textbooks more for reference. The books we list aren’t necessarily Christian. For example, The Golden Goblet is set in ancient Egypt and the main character believes in Egyptian deities; but it is a story of justice and kindness triumphing over dishonesty and cruelty, a story of character, friendship  and responsibility. Other books, such as some about Vikings or American Indians, mention non-Christian belief systems. These books give children controlled exposure to different beliefs and allows us parents to explain why we believe in Jesus.

General World History Resources

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0753468751″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61slv9wNaeL._SL160_.jpg” width=”125″]The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. A phenomenal world history text for Jr/Sr high. Almost 500 full-color, beautifully illustrated pages contain just enough information on the 10 historical time periods. Features high-interest text, lots of colorful illustrations, simplified time lines, biographical  sketches, and inset boxes highlighting a particularly interesting facet of history.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0743270037″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SGS7EKBSL._SL160_.jpg” width=”124″]The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. What a wonderful resource! A huge (676 pages) year-by-year time  line in book form of over 30,000 significant events in history, literature, religions, music, science, philosophy, and more in all areas of the world through 1990.

The Daily Bible[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0736944311″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514Z3%2Bx0EKL._SL160_.jpg” width=”111″]. This is also our basic ancient history text.  It is arranged chronologically so the Bible can be read as a continuous historical story. Prophecy, Psalms, Proverbs, Ruth, Esther, Job, history, and New Testament letters are inserted in their proper places chronologically.

The Child’s Story Bible. Reviewers call this: “The best summary of the Bible in story form available anywhere.” “Truly magnificent…children will love it.” This beloved classic is written chronologically and gives historical overviews to each story.

Streams of Civilization: Earliest Times to the Discovery of the New World. This is a unique, biblically-based approach to history. It starts with creation and ends with the landing of the Pilgrims. It integrates  the Bible into the study of Egypt, Greece, and Rome and integrates church history into the study of later periods. Volume 2 covers the colonial period to the present. These books give a very thorough coverage of world history while tying it in with what is going on in the Bible or in the Church. Perfect as a core of history study for 6th  grade and up.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1581345364″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P2YkXY2kL._SL110_.jpg” width=”72″]How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer examines the ideas that shaped the course of history from Greco-Roman times to the present. He then challenges us with the Christian response to these influences. We think every teaching parent and home schooled high schooler should read this book along with their study of the different historical periods. This is a great book that everyone should read and could become the core of World History study.  For young adult and up.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0964380323″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518CRM0JSJL._SL160_.jpg” width=”118″]Books by Genevieve Foster

Each of Genevieve Foster’s books takes a historical character and then explores what was going on all over the world during the period in which the character lived. These books alone could be the core of a study of both American and World History from Columbus to Abraham Lincoln. Excellent! For grades 5 – 8.

Augustus Caesar’s World   •   The World of Columbus and Sons   •   The World of Captain John Smith   •   The World of William Penn   •   George Washington’s World   •   Abraham Lincoln’s World

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1933339098″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41x0d0r4KqL._SL160_.jpg” width=”102″]The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child by Susan Bauer takes a classical approach to world history and covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations. The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times fro the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor   •   The Story of the World, Volume 3:  The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance   •   The Story of the World, Volume 3: Early Modern Times   •   The Story of the World, Volume Four: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0801011566″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fDv4VZOzL._SL160_.jpg” width=”119″]Invitation to the Classics by Louise Cowan and Os Guiness. Subtitled, “A Guide to the Books You Always Wanted to Read,” the authors have prepared a history of literature by presenting, in chronological order, important literature in the history of Western civilization. They start with Homer, through the Greek poets, the Romans, the Middle Ages, and so on to the twentieth century. Each chapter analyzes a different author’s work from a Christian perspective, explaining his or her worldview, and summarizing the plot of some of his or her most important writings. Young adult and up.

Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide by Maggie Hogan and Cindy Wiggers is a non-consumable, “all-you-need-to-know” curriculum for teaching geograpy from kindergarten through 12th grade. It includes suggestions for geography unit studies, flashcards, activities and games for all ages, over 150 reproducible outline maps, a reproducible time line, 340 reproducible historical time line figures, and lesson plans.

Historical Time Periods

General Old Testament  |  Creation to 433 B.C.

The events of the Old Testament occurred from creation to 433 B.C. and coincided with the rise and fall of Anatolia, Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Assyria, and Greece.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”094031911X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z6CRJkYFL._SL160_.jpg” width=”123″]Genesis: Finding Our Roots. A unit study on Genesis that integrates history, literature, art, linguistics, geography and theology. Six flexible units can be used for family study or as junior high and up independent study. Can be counted as a semester of ancient history on high school transcripts. The book, Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times (below) is an integral part of the study.

Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide. This book briefly explains concepts/stories from the Old Testament (from Abraham to Nehemiah) and then gives a simple enrichment activity to help recreate a moment from biblical times. Fun activities include making a lyre, building a salt-dough map, creating a seal and reenacting a day at a Jerusalem market. A must for bringing the Old Testament to life. Ages 5 – 12.

 Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times by Ruth Beechick. An entertaining, informative book based on Genesis 1 through 12 that reads like a novel. Mrs. Beechick has extensively re searched linguistics, archeology, astronomy, and other sciences and woven her findings into this account.

What the Bible is All About Visual Edition[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0830743294″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/515Gbf-eq0L._SL160_.jpg” width=”119″]. This book covers both the Old and New Testaments, giving historical background, geographical and political setting, and an outline of the events in each chapter. For self-study by 6th grade up or parents to use with children.

Then and Now Bible Maps. Have you ever been frustrated  over figuring out how ancient empires relate to modern countries? This book solves that problem with maps of ancient Bible lands that have transparent acetate overlays that show the boundaries of modern countries. An invaluable Bible study and geography resource.

Creation to Joseph  |  Creation to 1915 B.C.

This time period covers from creation to the birth of Joseph in 1915 B.C. It includes the study of the “Patriarchs” (Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and coincides with ancient Anatolian, Mesopotamian, Phoenician, and Egyptian cultures.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0967271312″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ivx1vB7PL._SL160_.jpg” width=”120″]Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation, The Explorer’s Guide to the Awesome Works of God. This oversized, hardcover, fully illustrated book recounts the creation story and gives an excellent explanation of why the theory of evolution totally fails to explain the available data. The book’s layout and artwork are similar to Bill Gothard’s ATIA books. A super resource.

Genesis: Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick is a unit study on Genesis that integrates history, literature, art, linguistics, geography and theology. Six flexible units can be used for family study or as junior high and up independent study. Can be counted as a semester of ancient history on transcripts. Adam and His Kin (below) is an integral part of the study.

Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times by Ruth Beechick. An entertaining, informative book based on Genesis 1 through 12 that reads like a novel. Mrs. Beechick has extensively researched linguistics, archeology, astronomy, and other sciences and woven her findings into this account.

Noah’s Ark. Peter Spier’s amazing picture book of the building of the ark, the time afloat, and finally reaching dry land delight children.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) is an Usborne combined volume that includes the three books Early Civilization, The Greeks, and The Romans.

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3, contains seven discovery pockets. An introduction pocket gives an overview of the time periods studied. The other pockets focus on the food, shelter, clothing, and contributions of six ancient worlds. Each of the pockets contains: * a reproducible pocket label * four picture dictionary words * a fact sheet of background information for the teacher * a reproducible student information booklet complete with illustrations * a postcard of a famous monument * two puppets to show the clothing * arts and crafts projects * writing activities As a culminating activity, the students put together a passport of all the places they have visited. This passport gives students a chance to reflect on all they have learned. The book includes the following pockets: * What Is History? * Ancient Mesopotamia * Ancient Egypt * Ancient Greece * Ancient Rome * Ancient China * Ancient Aztec World

Eyewitness Mesopotamia.With its own clip-art CD and wall chart-DK shines its Eyewitness spotlight on vital topics about Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization

Joseph to Joshua  |  1915 B.C. to 1406 B.C.

Joseph died in Egypt in 1805 B.C. and the children of Israel stayed in Egypt until the Exodus (1446 B.C.). The last few chapters of Genesis and the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy cover the period of the Israelites’ sojourn in Egypt (1876 – 1446 B.C.) and their wanderings on the way to Canaan (1446 – 1406 B.C.). While studying these books of the Bible is the perfect time to also learn the history of ancient Egypt.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) is an Usborne combined volume that includes the three books Early Civilization, The Greeks, and The Romans.

History Pockets: Ancient Egypt – Grades 4-6+ contains nine discovery pockets. The introduction pocket gives an overview of the civilization. The other pockets give a comprehensive view of life in ancient Egypt. Each of the pockets contains: a reproducible pocket label a bookmark of short, fun facts about the subject an art reference page a fact sheet of background information for teacher and students arts and crafts projects writing activities Evaluation forms are provided at the end of the book for teacher and student assessment purposes. The book includes the following pockets: Introduction to Ancient Egypt Military Power Daily Life Government Religion and Mythology Work and School Art and Architecture Language and Literature Sports and Entertainment

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0756637651″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QF5rpTClL._SL160_.jpg” width=”121″]Eyewitness Ancient Egypt. In stunning pictures and wonderful explanations, this Eyewitness book covers different facets of life in ancient Egypt.

Mummies Made in Egypt (Reading Rainbow Books) by Aliki. A Reading Rainbow book with stunning illustrations adapted from paintings and sculptures found in Egyptian tombs. Clearly explains why Egyptians cared for their dead and how mummies were made. ➀ ➁ $6.95

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (Landmark Books). For more than 3,000 years, Egypt was a great civilization that thrived along the banks of the Nile River. But when its cities crumbled to dust, Egypt?s culture and the secrets of its hieroglyphic writings were also lost. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt explains how archaeologists have pieced together their discoveries to slowly reveal the history of Egypt’s people, its pharaohs, and its golden days.

The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin. For hundreds of years, archaeologists were unable to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics until an artifact was found with an inscription written in several languages, including Egyptian. This was the Rosetta Stone.

Tut’s Mummy: Lost…And Found (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4). Explains a lot about Egyptian history as it tells of the incredible discovery of Tut’s tomb.

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. The story of an Egyptian boy who longs to be a goldsmith for Pharaoh, but whose evil brother apprentices him to the stone cutters. Here he discovers a dangerous secret.

Pyramid by David Macaulay. Absolutely fascinating explanation of how the pyramids were built, with every page a huge illustration. All ages. $8.95

Fun with Hieroglyphs[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1416961143″ locale=”us” height=”108″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61HLoo8sGCL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]. Stamp kit and guide book includes 24 rubber stamps of hieroglyphs, an ink pad, and a key to the hieroglyph alphabet, all in a sturdy, reclosable box. Terrific reinforcement of Egyptian study and the Rosetta Stone.

Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide. Want to speak Hittite? Hold out a glass and ask for “wa-tar.” This unique activity book for children ages nine and up shows what life was like among the Nubians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, and their neighbors the Egyptians from around 3100 B.C., when Upper and Lower Egypt became one kingdom, to the death of Queen Cleopatra under the Romans, in 30 B.C. Projects such as building a Nubian irrigation machine, creating a Mesopotamian cylinder seal out of clay, making kilts like those worn by Egyptian boys and men, and writing in Hittite cuneiform help young readers to connect with these ancient cultures and see how profoundly they have influenced our own.

Judges to Malachi  |  1406 B.C. to 433 B.C.

Old Testament events following the conquest of Canaan fall into several time periods: the Judges (1400-1050 B.C.); the United Monarchy (1050-930 B.C.); the Divided Monarchy (930-586 B.C.); Captivity (586-539 B.C.); and Return from Captivity (539-433 B.C.). These biblical times coincide with the later Egyptian rulers, the rise and fall of Assyria and Persia, and the Golden Age of Greece. Since American culture is infused with Greek thought and we know so much about Greek culture, history study during this time period focuses mainly on the Greeks.

Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome. A great hands on resource that provides a multitude of hands-on activities for studying ancient Greece and Rome: art, math, cooking, science, history, and geography projects for ages 5 – 12.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) is an Usborne combined volume that includes the three books Early Civilization, The Greeks, and The Romans.

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3, contains seven discovery pockets. An introduction pocket gives an overview of the time periods studied. The other pockets focus on the food, shelter, clothing, and contributions of six ancient worlds. Each of the pockets contains: * a reproducible pocket label * four picture dictionary words * a fact sheet of background information for the teacher * a reproducible student information booklet complete with illustrations * a postcard of a famous monument * two puppets to show the clothing * arts and crafts projects * writing activities As a culminating activity, the students put together a passport of all the places they have visited. This passport gives students a chance to reflect on all they have learned. The book includes the following pockets: * What Is History? * Ancient Mesopotamia * Ancient Egypt * Ancient Greece * Ancient Rome * Ancient China * Ancient Aztec World

History Pockets: Ancient Greece contains nine memorable discovery pockets. The introduction pocket gives an overview of the civilization. The other pockets give a comprehensive view of life in ancient Greece. Each of the pockets contains: * a reproducible pocket label * a bookmark of short, fun facts about the subject * an art reference page * a fact sheet of background information for teacher and students * arts and crafts projects * writing activities Evaluation forms are provided at the end of the book for teacher and student assessment purposes. The book includes the following pockets: * Introduction to Ancient Greece * Military Power * Daily Life * Government * Religion and Mythology * Work and School * Art and Architecture * Language and Literature * Sports and Entertainment

Eyewitness Ancient Greece contains foldout maps and a CD with clip art and covers ancient Greece with stunning illustrations and wonderful explanations.

The Last Days of Socrates. Socrates’ discussions with his fellow Athenians.

The Greeks[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0794517455″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QbfYGA6GL._SL110_.jpg” width=”84″]. An Usborne illustrated world history book focusing in-depth on Greek civilization from the Minoans to Alexander the Great. Packed with colorful pictures, maps, and diagrams.

The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy by Padric Colum. Weaves together stories of The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of ‘The Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff is a suspenseful re-telling of the Trojan War (the Illiad). Sutcliff is a master-storyteller, and this is the kind of story boys won’t be able to put down.

The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff. Beautiful re-telling of the Odyssey, the story of Odysseus’ (Ulysses) long wanderings after the Trojan War as he struggles to reach home.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. The major Greek myths explained and illustrated in the D’Aulaires’ award winning, colorful style.

Intertestament Period

The Old Testament account ends in 433 B.C. with the book of Malachi and the New Testament record begins with the birth of Jesus in 4 B.C., so there is an “Intertestament Period” of approximately 400 years. During that time the Golden Age of Greek culture declined, Philip of Macedon defeated the Greeks, Alexander the Great overthrew the Persian empire, and the Roman Empire was in its infancy. The Jews left in Judea suffered at the hands of many foreign powers.

Celebrate the Feasts of the Old Testament in Your Own Home or Church tells how your family can celebrate seven Hebrew festivals together to enhance an understanding of Old Testament history. Includes menus, activities, historical background, more.

Jesus, Paul and the Early Church  |  1 to 300 A.D.

Although the Roman Empire began before Jesus was born, Israel was under Roman rule during Jesus’ lifetime, and the apostle Paul was a Roman citizen. You may want to have an in-depth study of Rome coincide with reading the New Testament.

Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson provides a multitude of hands-on activities for studying ancient Greece: art, math, cooking, science, history, and geography projects for ages 5 – 12.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) is an Usborne combined volume that includes the three books Early Civilization, The Greeks, and The Romans.

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3, contains seven discovery pockets. An introduction pocket gives an overview of the time periods studied. The other pockets focus on the food, shelter, clothing, and contributions of six ancient worlds. Each of the pockets contains: * a reproducible pocket label * four picture dictionary words * a fact sheet of background information for the teacher * a reproducible student information booklet complete with illustrations * a postcard of a famous monument * two puppets to show the clothing * arts and crafts projects * writing activities As a culminating activity, the students put together a passport of all the places they have visited. This passport gives students a chance to reflect on all they have learned. The book includes the following pockets: * What Is History? * Ancient Mesopotamia * Ancient Egypt * Ancient Greece * Ancient Rome * Ancient China * Ancient Aztec World

History Pockets: Ancient Rome, Grades 4-6+. The hands-on projects in Ancient Rome will take your students back to the days of Caesars and Roman legions, Pompeii and the Pantheon. You get information pages, maps, a timeline, arts and crafts projects, reading and writing connections, and evaluation forms. The teacher pages feature step-by-step project directions and photographs of the completed projects. The topics presented are: Introduction to Ancient Rome Daily Life Government Education The Roman Army Religion and Mythology Engineering Entertainment

Augustus Caesar’s World[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0964380323″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518CRM0JSJL._SL160_.jpg” width=”118″] by Genevieve Foster not only is a wonderful story about ancient Rome and Augustus Caesar, but also tells what went on in the rest of the world during his life and times. One of the finest books for children we’ve ever seen because it gives them a sense of the “big picture.”

Eyewitness Ancient Rome. The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today (An Uncle Eric Book.) by Richard Maybury. The astonishing extent to which the Roman view of the “state” still affects us today. Good reading.

Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ by Lew Wallace. The powerful story of Judah Ben Hur, a Jew whose bitter heart was transformed by Jesus Christ. Gives an excellent account of the tensions of first century life.

The Bronze Bow. Newbery Award winning book by Elizabeth Speare about a Palestinian boy whose hatred of Roman soldiers changes after he meets Jesus and learns that only love can bend a bow of bronze. A wonderful book.

Runaway by Patricia St. John. The powerful story of the Syrophoenician woman and Jesus told as only St. John can.

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay. Huge full-page illustrations take you through a Roman city and discuss its construction, its relationship to military camps, and the way different buildings were used. All ages.

Quo vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. This classic novel sharply characterizes first-century believers, focusing on their courage to testify of Christ in the midst of a disintegrating, degenerate society. ➃ $15.99

Encyclopedia of the Ancient World (Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia) is an Usborne combined volume that includes the three books Early Civilization, The Greeks, and The Romans.

Books by Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff is a master story teller whose books bring a period of history alive. Because the books are about characters in ancient Rome, there will be mention of belief in Roman gods and goddesses.

Outcast is about an infant rescued by a Celtic family from the wreck of a Roman ship who is eventually rejected by his village.

The Eagle is the story of the missing Ninth Roman Legion who marched into the wilds of Britain in 119 A.D. and disappeared. Fifteen years later the son of the unit’s commander sets out to recover the lost “eagle”—the standard of the legion.

The Silver Branch is the sequel to Eagle of the Ninth involving the grandson of the lost Ninth Legion’s commander. It is a time of Saxon raids and a declining Roman Empire.

The Lantern Bearers. It is 450 AD and the last Roman Auxiliaries are leaving Britain. Aquila, a young soldier, fights to keep alight the lantern of civilization during the barbarian invasions.

The Vikings

The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway is a classic Landmark title covering the voyages of Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky. Good literature.

The Vikings. Far from being just “wild, barbaric, ax-wielding pirates,” the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia, and made a major impact on European history through trade, travel, and far-flung colonization. This encyclopedic study brings together wide-ranging research on Viking art, burial customs, class divisions, jewelry, kingship, poetry, and family life, and, in this revised edition, recent discoveries. The result is a rich and compelling picture of an extraordinary civilization that flourished for three hundred years, well into the eleventh century.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0964380307″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51B-gj5MkfL._SL160_.jpg” width=”111″]Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire. Long out of print, this beautifully illustrated classic tells the refreshingly true story of Leif Erickson’s childhood, conversion to the Christian faith, discovery of North America, and evangelization of Greenland.

Sword Song by Rosemary Sutcliff is the swashbuckling epic of a young Viking swordsman, banished from his home for unintentionally killing a man, who takes up a new life as a mercenary.

Story of the Vikings Coloring Book creates representative scenes from Viking life.

Middle Ages

These books, like all Eyewitness books, are visual feasts: Knight   •   Days of the Knights – A Tale of Castles and Battles (Level 4: Proficient Readers)   •   Medieval Life   •   Arms and Armor

A Medieval Feast by Aliki. A Reading Rainbow book with stunning illustrations and clear explanations that give a feel for the period.

Design Your Own Coat of Arms: An Introduction to Heraldry. Step by step instructions for selecting the elements of a coat of arms based on your family name or names of ancestors. It also includes patterns for designing your personal coat of arms as well as sample coats of arms of many famous people.

Tristan and Iseultby Rosemary Sutcliff. Tristan defeats Ireland’s greatest warrior and gains the friendship of the King of Cornwall who entrusts him with a special mission: to search for a queen.

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray. Newbery Award winner about the adventures of a young minstrel separated from his father in 1294.

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. Boys especially love the stories of knights and fair maidens, castles, and the Round Table.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0316367958″ locale=”us” height=”143″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61lii%2BCntzL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges. This retelling of the old legend has the most intricately beautiful illustrations (by Trina Schart Hyman) of any book we’ve ever seen. A family favorite.

The Minstrel in the Tower. Roger and Alice have lost their father to the Crusades and their mother is ill. They set off in search of their mother’s long-lost brother and are kidnaped by two highwaymen.

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli. Newbery Award winner about the son of a nobleman who, because of an accident, must give up his dreams of becoming a knight. As a cripple he learns that whenever God builds a wall, He leaves a door.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an Arthurian tale of honesty and faithfulness. Good to read aloud to elementaries and discuss. $6.99

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. The classic story of Ivanhoe, the fair Rowena, and the mysterious Black Knight in 13th century England.

The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Sword at Sunset are two classic Arthurian stories by master storyteller Rosemary Sutcliff.

The Shining CompanyLife is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party. Prosper’s unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince’s attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield-bearer when he comes of age.  Adventure and heroism against impossible odds create a moving, robust tale set in Britain in the eighth century and based on actual events.

Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy. The Arthurian legend is one of the most enduring and powerful of myths, and Mary Stewart’s classic The Merlin Trilogy is one of its most beloved and acclaimed retellings. This set contains three best-selling books: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. Born the illegitimate son of a Welsh princess, Myrddin Emrys — or, as he would later be known, Merlin — leads a perilous childhood in The Crystal Cave, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man’s-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of UtherPendragon … and the conception of Arthur — king for once and always.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg. An ingenious and funny novel based on the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Told by Eleanor as she waits in heaven for her husband, Henry II.

The Magna Charta by James Daugherty. The signing of the Magna Charta in 1215 was a turning point in freedom for the Western world. Here is the story of three men whose heroic deeds are set against those of deceitful King John.

Explorers  |  1200 to 1700 A.D.

Around the World in a Hundred Years. With maps, charts, illustrations, and amusing anecdotes, Jean Fritz gives personality to the lives of ten explorers from Henry the Navigator to Magellan.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0964380307″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51B-gj5MkfL._SL160_.jpg” width=”111″]Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire. Learn of Leif’s childhood in Greenland, his voyage to Norway, conversion to Christianity, discovery of North America, and evangelization of Greenland.

Columbus by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire. “The Admiral of the Ocean Sea’s” story is told in detail with beautiful full-color lithographs.

The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster. Foster’s books are incredible because she weaves the pageantry of history surrounding the life of the title character. See also Foster’s other “World” books.

Renaissance and Reformation |  1300 to 1550 A.D.

The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E. L. Konigsburg. Why did Leonardo choose to paint the portrait of the second wife of an obscure merchant?  This story of the Mona Lisa gives a unique slice of Renaissance life. ➂ ➃   $4.99

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb is the classic revision of Shakespeare for children. A wonderful way to introduce children to Shakespeare.

The Ocean Of Truth: The Story Of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson. Isaac Newton is one of history’s most renowned scientists. He developed calculus, and discovered the Law of Gravity, and also had a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.

Morning Star of the Reformation. Story of John Wycliffe and his struggles to translate the Bible into English so that the common people of England could read it.

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell. The story of two daring smugglers, Tom Barton and his Uncle Jack. Their cargo is Bibles translated into English.

Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress. A retelling of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with some of the most beautiful and intriguing illustrations you’ll ever see. Hardback.

Renaissance Composers: Each of these high-quality Music Masters productions discusses a composer’s life and plays selections of his greatest works. The Story of Bach    The Story Of Handel     The Stories Of Vivaldi And Corelli

Modern Times  |  1700 to current

18th Through 20th Century Composers: Each high-quality Music Masters production discusses a composer’s life and plays selections of his greatest works. (18th Century) The Story Of Haydn   •   The Story of Mozart   •   The Story of Beethoven   •   The Story of Schubert   •   (19th Century) The Story of Mendelssohn       •   The Story Of Chopin   •   The Story Of Wagner   •   The Stories Of Schumann And Grieg(both on one CD)   •   The Story Of Berlioz    The Story Of Verdi   •   The Story Of Johann Strauss   •   The Story Of Brahms   •   (20th Century) The Stories Of Foster And Sousa (both on one CD).

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. If you read only one Dickens novel, let this be it. This is the story, not only of three people (Lucie Mannett, French aristocrat Charles Darnay, and the lawyer Sidney Carlton), but of two cities, London and Paris, and how all are affected by the French Revolution.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. “They seek him here, they seek him there!” During the worst of the French Revolution the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel engineers daring escapes for condemned French aristocrats. An exciting story with many twists and turns.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Considered one of the best stories of all time, this book tells of Jean Valjean, unjustly imprisoned, who escapes and struggles to redeem his past. Adventure in post-Napoleonic France that captures the mood of the times.

The Good Master and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy. Two Newbery Honor books that follow a Hungarian family before, during, and after the first World War. Family classics.

Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp is told in photos of children who were part of the vast migration of families from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl years of the Depression. This book shows the ingenuity of people who had little or nothing and how they formed a community and started a school that rivaled any in the nation.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Poignant, world famous diary kept by a teenaged girl while she and her family were hidden from the Nazis for over two years in a secret room. This book has become a modern classic.

Number the Stars. Newbery Award winner about a girl who helps the Danish resistance smuggle Jews out of the country. Did you know that Denmark refused to collaborate with the Nazis against the Jews?

The Hiding Place. “We must go everywhere. We must tell people that no pit is so deep that He is not deeper still. They will believe us because we were here.”The beloved story of Corrie Ten Boom’s family, their attempts to rescue Jews during the German occupation of Holland, and their resulting imprisonment. Filled with faith.

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. The daring true story of Norwegian children who smuggled nine million dollars in gold past Nazi sentries.

The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong. A Newbery Honor book. Tien Pao is all alone in enemy territory with only his pig for company. He is taken in by American airmen who help him search for his family.

A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert. World War II has devastated their city, but Anna needs a new winter coat. Anna and her mother show great resourcefulness as they barter for the materials and labor.

7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by D. Breese. Biographies of men whose ideas changed the course of history, and the effect of their ideas on us: Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Sigmund Freud, John Dewey, Soren Kierkegaard, and Julius Wellhausen.➃ $12.99

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig. True story of a Polish family sent to a Siberian labor camp who overcome almost insurmountable problems because of their strong relationships, humor, and incredible ingenuity.

Twenty and Ten. The true story of ten Jewish children who were hidden from the Nazis amongst the students of a small Catholic school in France.

This Eyewitness books are a visual feast and an insight into history: World War I   •   World War II   •   Vietnam War

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