Day 9: Book Lists
Book lists can be really useful for finding books to assign as part of your history curriculum. Looking through homeschool catalogues and browsing book lists can help you become familiar with books that are often recommended. When you go to a book sale or thrift store, you will find yourself recognizing books you’ve seen on various lists–”Hey that’s a Genevieve Foster book! What luck finding it here!”
I’ve already posted a Giant List of Homeschool History Book Lists and Resources (and I’m always adding to it) so check it out and feel free to pin it for future reference!
Next post: The Importance of Chronology
Day One: Index
I just came across this excellent article on Wildflowers and Marbles — “A Considered Booklist.” There are an endless number of history booklists out there already (for more on that, see my giant list of lists). At some point, however, you have to sit down and sift through all of these lists to decide which books you will read and schedule in your own homeschool. Jennifer Mackintosh’s article walks you through the process of deciding which books to read, based on your own goals, children, interests, time, etc. and how to schedule a reasonable amount of reading for each year, term, week, and day. Definitely worth a read!
Here is a list of online and in print book lists for your homeschool history studies, as well a recommended series, authors, places to find free e-books, and other sources for finding living books for history study. If you find this list helpful, please share or pin it on Pinterest. Thanks!
- Landmark Books. Landmark books are excellent living history books! Most of them were published in the 50s and 60s and are now out of print. They read like novels and adventure stories. If you cannot find them in your library, you can find them on e-Bay for $5-10 (sometimes more like $2 if you buy a bunch together).
- Signature Biographies.
- Childhood of Famous Americans. These are good for young readers, but please realize that they focus only on the childhoods of these figures and not on the main events that they were known for.
- Genevieve Foster. One of her books is titled Augustus Caesar’s World. She interweaves the history of the entire world (including the Far East and the Americas) during that time period with Augustus Caesar’s biography. She is a master storyteller and her books are a pleasure to read.
- Albert Marrin. Marrin’s books are definitely at a higher reading level than Foster’s. All of his books are worth reading. He explains the background for his topic well; for instance in America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger, he goes all the way back to the beginning of Vietnamese history to help his reader develop a much stronger understanding.
- Project Gutenberg. Endless source of FREE public domain works. (This means they have outlived their copyrights.)
- Heritage Online Library. Most of these books were published before the 1920s. Heritage History has made them available as e-books for homeschoolers. They also have their books organized into a curriculum, but I think they would be more useful as occasional resources.
- The Baldwin Online Children’s Project.
- Online Libraries of free economics e-books:
Curricula with Lists
You can purchase books from these retailers or you can browse their catalogs for lists of books to look for at your local library.
Booklists in Print Form
Historical Fiction Lists