10 Time Periods for A Child’s History of the World: Reading List

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If you are looking for a not so boring history spine I’d like to share a book with you. I found it to be excellent, not the dry text book that kids can have no interest in whatsoever. Maybe there is a time for that, but why bore them before they even hit middle school, right? Instead, this book reads like a story giving the child a foundation of understanding of main world events that he can build on for years to come. It’s engaging and speaks directly to the child, something which my child loved, an excellent book and I highly recommend it.

Here are a few points worth mentioning:

1.  It is presented chronologically.

2.  It is Christian friendly and well presented to children with out “dumbing” down the content.

3.  It covers both Eastern and Western civilization.   AND

4.  It can be read with or independently of the parent, to much younger children as a read aloud or a child can read it independently.

5. All ages can take something from it.

Using it as our “spine” book, I compiled the Book List below and I invite you to follow it if you like. I have  listed both readers(R) – to be read by the child, and read alouds (RA)-to be read with or to the child, which corresponded to the chapters in some way. Some areas have more selections so you may want to simply choose one, and some areas have less so add something.  The list is presented as if you are doing small unit studies through out the reading of the text….so you can add or subtract as much as you want and adapt it to your time and learning needs. Feel free to use all or any part of the guide; add projects, substitute readers and make it your own. This course of study would introduce the child to World History from ancient civilizations to modern times, post WWII.

My student did this study during his 3rd grade year. The books range from easy readers to more advanced for established readers. I like to mix in different reading levels so that my student is both challenged as well as having times where the reading is easy so he can feel very successful as a reader.

1. Ancient Egypt:

Pyramid by McCauley (RA)
Mummies in the Morning-easyby Mary Pope Osborne (R)

2. Ancient Greece:

The Trojan Horse-easy step 5

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (RA)
For a chapter book read Archemedies and the Door of Science.

3. Rome:

City by McCauley (RA) {Series pictured above}

Detectives in Togas (R) This one is more difficult reading.

  4. Vikings:

Viking Adventure-beginner chapters (R or RA)by Robert Clyde Bulla

An Activity where we made Viking style weapons. The helmet is paper mache and the shield is cardboard. He had a blast with this unit.5. Middle Ages:Tons of books from the middle ages to choose from, here is what we used.

Robin Hood-(RA) or

Castle by McCauley (RA) {Series pictured above}
There is also a DVD which is amazing and easy to watch and less time consuming. It is animated and my son loved it. A few other books in the series can also be found on DVD.
Here is a link to a fun little offshoot we did as an unit study for the middle ages.


We made a castle from cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls. It was a good way to apply what he learned and later could play with knights and his castle.

6. Exploration:

Marco Polo-(R)

We did a simple activity with this book which quizzed him about Marco Polo’s travels while mapping out his route.

7. Renaissance to Reformation:

The Apprentice-(RA)

Michelangelo by Diane Stanley-(R)

 8. Revolutions:

Peter the Great(R)

The Whipping Boy (R)
My Brother Sam is Dead (RA)

9. Civil War and Industrial Revolution:

Many choices here as well. I chose this series from one of our field trips to Appomattox.

Good graphic book on the Civil War. We used this when we went to  Appomattox.


10. Modern:

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes {Hiroshima}(R or RA)

A really wonderful activity to go with is is Fun with Easy Oragami. Since I lived on Okinawa for four years this is close to my heart like many other Japanese studies. This one is very fun even if you have never before had any exposure to Origami and is a perfect hands-on  learning extension for the book.
I hope that you enjoy this course as much as we did.
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  1. says

    Great list! A LOT of these are already on our Amazon wishlist, but we haven’t actually read any of them except for Mummies in the Morning. Thank you for recommending the others.

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