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Curricula and Learning Links - History

Living History Book Lists

Living Books for World History

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Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Mara Daughter of the Nile by E.J. McGraw
Pyramid by David Macaulay
Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt by Lila Perl Yerkow
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin
Cat of Bubastes by G.H. Henty
Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley

Other Ancient Civilization

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson

Rome and Greece

Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum
The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Trojan War by Olivia E. Coolidge
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.
Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick
Famous Men of Greece by John H. Haaren and A. B. Poland
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire

Medieval Times

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay
Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard
If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket by Barbara Willard
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
Beorn the Proud by Madeleine A. Polland
Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett
Beowulf the Warrior by Ian Serraillier
The Magna Charta by James Daugherty
Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley
Castle by David Macaulay
Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Haaren
The Story of the Middle Ages by Samuel, B. Harding
Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall
Backyard Ballistics by William Gurstelle


Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang.
Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis.
Tales from China by Cyril Birch
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
Shipwrecked! : The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
Shen of The Sea: Chinese Stories for Children by Arthur Bowie Chrisman.

World War I

Key Battles of World War I by David Taylor
Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield
In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon (picture book)
Rascal by Sterling North

World War II

Backwards Into Battle, A Tail Gunner's Journey in World War II by Andy Doty
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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