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by Stacey Carpenter

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Giant List of Homeschool History Living Book Lists and Resources

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!

Great Series

  • 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.

Great Authors

  • 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.

Homeschool Databases

Free 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

Online Booklists

Historical Fiction Lists



  1. Here is a link to the web archive of “Reading your way through history site” which is no longer up.

  2. Wow, Stacey, this is so cool! Found this from the Mere Motherhood Facebook group and I was like, ” Wait, I know who she is! ” : )

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