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Homeschool History Books

Ancient History

A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
by David MacAulay
Scott went through a construction phase where he loved watching new developments going in. He devoured this book! Even some things we take for granted, like street curbs and underground sewage systems were invented by the Romans. 1983 Paperback.

Food in Antiquity
A Survey of the Diet of Early Peoples
by Patricia Brothwell
Particularly appealing to hungry, teenaged males who would otherwise avoid the study of ancient history. 1998 Paperback.

Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece
by W. H. D. Rouse
This arrangement and translation of the classic Greco-Roman myths is enjoyable, absorbing, and unique. The translator has the rare gift of preserving the poetry of the original but still making the translation adapt to English vernacular. 1991 Paperback.

Rome Antics
by David Macaulay
Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Macaulay’s visually festive journey that tracks the whimsical flight of a homing pigeon through the archways, over the terra-cotta rooftops, and between the columns of this most ancient and vibrant city. 1997 Hardcover

Australian History

Breaker Morant
DVD Movie, On Demand. Australian director Bruce Beresford made a lasting impression with this compelling courtroom drama, considered one the finest films of the Australian new wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on a true story about three soldiers in the Boer War who are served up as political scapegoats of the British Empire.

Medieval History

Queen Eleanor : Independent Spirit of the Medieval World
A Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine
by Polly Schoyer Brooks
Born in 1122, Eleanor refused to be confined by the traditional gender roles of her time. She became well educated, gaining political and governing know-how from her father, William X, duke of Aquitaine, and armed herself with the skills necessary to become an influential queen-first of France, and later, England. 1999 Paperback.

Science History

The History Of Communication
(Major Inventions Through History)
by Michael Woods, Mary B. Woods
(Library Binding)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
The Noblest Invention : An Illustrated History of the Bicycle (Hardcover)
by Lance Armstrong
A unique history of the bicycle that illustrates, through personal essays and breathtaking photography, why this simple machine has captured the imagination of people of all ages around the world.
The Story of Science, Book One: Aristotle Leads the Way 
by Joy Hakim
Gr. 5-8. Hakim opens the new Story of Science series with a book guaranteed to kick the history of science up a notch. Dividing the text into manageable sections with zingy titles (“Why Mars Is a Little Loopy”), she livens the writing with questions, asides, and changes of tense; recaps, restates, and refers back to important points; strews color illustrations with substantial captions thickly throughout; and sprinkles it all with fresh insights. Best of all, she respects the ability of young readers to absorb difficult ideas–whether that’s early developments in physics, or the discovery and refinement of mathematics and geometry.

US History

American Kids in History Series
Colonial Days
Pioneer Days
Civil War Days
Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
by David C. King
Packed with historical information, this book lets kids discover for themselves what life was like for the children of early America. Paperback.

The Civil War for Kids
A History With 21 Activities
by Janis Herbert
History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. 1999 Paperback.

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
by Paul Erickson
Discover how a typical family from Indiana traveling to Oregon in a covered wagon really lived: how they dressed; what they ate; what they saw; how they survived the hazardous journey. 1997 Paperback

Hand in Hand
An American History Through Poetry
by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Editor)
A illustrated collection of poetry from and about America features selections arranged chronologically and divided into sections, with brief introductions providing historical context. 1994 Library Binding

A History of US: Eleven-Volume Set: Paperback Set

A History of US
Eleven-Volume Set

by Joy Hakim
Whether it’s standing on the podium in Seneca Falls with the Suffragettes or riding on the first subway car beneath New York City in 1907, the books in Joy Hakim’s A History of US series weave together exciting stories that bring American history to life. Individual copies may also be ordered as needed:

The First Americans: Prehistory-1600
(History of U.S., Book 1)
, Kindle edition

Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740
(History of U.S., Book 2)
Kindle edition

From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791
( History of U.S., Book 3)
Kindle edition

The New Nation: 1789-1850
( History of U.S., Book 4)
Kindle edition

Liberty for All?: 1820-1860
( History of U.S., Book 5)
Kindle edition

War, Terrible War: 1855-1865
( History of U.S., Book 6)
Kindle edition

A Reconstructing America: 1865-1890
( History of U.S., Book 7)
Kindle edition

An Age of Extremes: 1880-1917
( History of U.S., Book 8)
Kindle edition

War, Peace, and All That Jazz: 1918-1945
( History of U.S., Book 9)
Kindle edition

All the People: Since 1945
( History of U.S., Book 10)
Kindle edition

Sourcebook and Index
( History of U.S., Book 11)

Lies My Teacher Told Me
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James W. Loewen
Loewen surveys social issues misreported, ideas misrepresented, and encourages students of history to think about not only the facts, but the reporting which embellishes and colors their presentation. 1996 Paperback.

More Than Moccasins
A Kid’s Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life
by Laurie Carlson
Homeschooling a six year old, who is also a very hands-on learner, this book fits the bill. Each section, from Indian dwellings to pottery to traditional games, has activities that are fun and easy to do. 1994 Paperback.

Quick And Easy Study Guide For The U.S. Constitution
by Sally Ramsey
Many students and adults feel intimidated by the complexity of the U.S. Constitution, but the Quick And Easy Guide For The U.S. Constitution explains the U.S. Constitution using individual chapters, concepts, and vocabulary words that all individuals can understand. 2000 Spiral Bound.

Standard Deviants TV: American Government
The first step in fighting City Hall is to learn how it works! From Aristotle to John Locke, unearth the origins of democracy and the Constitution in this fun-filled romp through history. 2000 VHS.

Westward Ho!
An Activity Guide to the Wild West
by Laurie Carlson
Carlson gives a brief history of the North American westward movement as a framework for introducing more than 50 appropriate activities. 1996 Paperback.

World History

Around the World in a Hundred Years
From Henry the Navigator to Magellan
by Jean Fritz
Deftly navigating the politically correct waters of revisionist history, Fritz surveys the brief period, beginning early in the 15th century, during which most of the globe’s coastlines were first mapped. Ages 9-12. 1998 Paperback.

The Butterfly
by Patricia Polacco
Monique didn’t know that her mother was active in the French Resistance and was hiding a Jewish family in the cellar of her house. Told from the child’s viewpoint, the facts are spellbinding. 2000 Library Binding.

Glencoe World History, Student Edition
by Jackson Spielvogel and the National Geographic Society
Addresses student learning on many levels and encourages the reader to become actively involved with the beautifully presented content.

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
This lavishly illustrated global overview of historical events from 40,000 B.C. to 1993 is suitable for collections from middle school on up. Short essays, time charts, biographies, boxed articles, and comparative tables create a picture of what was occurring simultaneously in various cultures at any given time. 1999 Hardcover.

A Little History of the World
by E. H. GombrichIn forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind’s experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
by Jane Bingham
Tracing the history from the Big Bang to the Twenty-First Century, this comprehensive encyclopedia includes all the major civilizations, rulers and events in world history, and paints a picture of everyday life over thousands of years. Fabulous illustrations, photos, maps and a 12,000 year timechart and over 200 links to recommended websites this a valuable resource tool that is guaranteed to add an extra dimension to school work.

The Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
Revised and updated several times since 1921, van Loon’s inviting classic is filled with stories (and witty parenthetical asides) that bring history alive.

World Civilizations, Single Volume Edition: The Global Experience (4th Edition) (Paperback)
by Peter Stearns, Michael Adas, Stuart Schwartz, Marc Jason Gilbert
A truly global history– one that both discusses the development of the world’s leading civilizations and also emphasizes the major stages in the interactions among different peoples and societies.

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