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.
- Simply Charlotte Mason’s Bookfinder. Over 700 good history books listed! Each has an Amazon link and a “find at your library” link.
- 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
- All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. This book is a list of over 7,000 great living history books.
- Artner Reader’s Guide to American History.
- TruthQuest History. Curriculum with book lists.
- BiblioPlan. Curriculum with book lists.
- Let The Authors Speak: A Guide to Worthy Books Based on Historical Setting by Carolyn Hatcher
- Turning Back the Pages of Time: An American History Library Book List by Kathy Keller
- Sonlight book list arranged into chronological, 4-year cycles by Home’s Cool blog.
- Reading Your Way Through History.
- Literature for History.
- A Book in Time has extensive lists categorized by time period
- Simply Charlotte Mason. (click on “step-by-step guide” and then choose a history time period)
- The Best Children’s Books.org has lengthy lists categorized by subject with reading level information.
- An Old Fashioned Education has lists with lots of links to Gutenberg.org texts and other online resources.
- American History List by Outlook Academy.
- American History 1942-Present by Mt. Hope Chronicles.
- History Book List by Penny Gardner.
Historical Fiction Lists