We love to read books in this family – especially history books. When I started to think of my list of history books we want to read next year, the list quickly got overwhelmingly long . So as to not overwhelm myself (or anyone else), I’m going to break down the list by time period.
If you are someone who does Classical Conversations, I am going to include memory work week’s next to specific book, but you don’t have to read books certain weeks to “match up” with the memory work. My children love to read a book prior to memorizing a history sentence so that they know some background or after a history sentence so that they know information going into the book. Even reading a book months (or years) after memorizing a sentence can be great because it reinforces the memory peg.
This is a roughly chronological list. Anything that is a picture book is marked as such. Any Christian book (or one that talks about God and His Providence) will also be labeled. The picture books will be read to my younger kids (by me or my older ones). The chapter books will be read-alouds or assigned reading for the 3rd and 4th grader. Imagination Station books are absolute favorites and will also be read but I wrote about them previously.
Christopher Columbus (week 1)
- Christopher Columbus (Step into Reading) – easy reader with pictures
- Columbus – picture book
- Christopher Columbus: Across The Ocean Sea (Heroes of History) – chapter book from YWAM
- You Wouldn’t Want to Sail with Christopher Columbus!: Uncharted Waters You’d Rather Not Cross – part of the You Wouldn’t Want To Be series. (My son reads all of them every year for fun. I already wrote about them here.)
- For even more Columbus books, I wrote about new library finds here.
Pilgrims (week 2) – the extra bonus of these books is that if you don’t get to them at the beginning of the school year, you can always read them at Thanksgiving.
- Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving , Picture book, Christian
- Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation (The Time-Traveling Twins) Picture book
- If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 is not exactly a picture book, but we’ll look at it together and probably read parts of it since we already own it. It’s a series of questions and their answers.
- The Mayflower Secret (Trailblazer Books) Christian chapter book, historical fiction about William Bradford
- Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans chapter book, historical fiction
Other Colonial Times Reading:
- If You Lived In Colonial Times is not quite what I would call a picture book but has lots of questions with answers and pictures.
- If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days will be fun to compare to If You Lived In Colonial Times to see what was a bit different or the same.
- Captain John Smith: A Foothold in the New World YWAM Publishing, chapter book
- William Penn: Liberty and Justice for All (Heroes of History) YWAM Publishing, chapter book
- Hostage on the Nighthawk (Trailblazer Books) Christian, historical fiction about William Penn
Another great series:
- I shared about another great series that fits in with our studying of the U.S. here.
This is my plan of books. If we get really interested in a particular colony or event, we have library cards and aren’t afraid to use them. I’m also okay with us not getting to every book on the list, but having a starting place is always helpful. I hope this get be a good reference for you as well. (Look for other posts about U.S. History books in the coming weeks.)
Please share any other books you enjoy while you study this time period!