April 4, 2011

Books Suggestions Needed!



I'm going to break with tradition for this post.  Instead of posting an insanely long, passion filled and sometimes controversial post, I'm going to keep it short and sweet.

I am in the process of getting my next year's school schedule ready, and I need your help!  I need help with History.

I have a ridiculous quantity of books on the American Revolution.  I have books and activities for everyone from preschool age up to my age.

Beyond that, my history library is sorely inadequate.  Can you wonderful experienced mama's out there suggest some resources?

I need World Medieval History and American History AFTER the Revolution.

More specifically, I'm looking for picture books, historical fiction and biographies for ages 10 and under (and maybe for adults because I'm kind of a book hog ;)

Thanks for indulging me!

Courtney is an overly scheduled, overly stressed, overly sleep deprived and overly blessed homeschooling mom.  She has been married to the greatest (and best looking) man for nine years and has loved every minute of it (almost).  She has two girls, ages eight and six, and two boys ages three years and ten months.  She is in her second year of homeschooling and has decided there is no way she is going back.  Courtney knows it is selfish of her, but she feels that her children are entirely too much fun for someone else to enjoy their company all day long while she can't.  Courtney apologizes if this post is long winded and rambling.  She tends to feel very passionately about things and has a hard time ever shutting up.  You can find more of her and her musings over at My Ordinary, Every Day, Happily Ever After.

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Tristan said...

In no particular order:
my post for WWI books: http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2010/07/world-war-i-booklist-and-resources.html

My posts for Civil War books: http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-civil-war-plans.html and http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2009/12/booklists-for-history-part-2-civil-war.html


Books for the California Gold Rush : http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2010/05/california-gold-rush-unit-ideas.html

I also really like the Simply Charlotte Mason Free Curriculum Guide. Click on the history and each module will list books for family read alouds, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and so on. Look at Module 4 for the Middle Ages through the Reformation books. American history will be later modules than #4. Here is the front page of the curriculum guide http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/

and here is the history page front http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/history-modules-overview/

and here is module 4 (middle ages to reformation) http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/history-modules-overview/history-module-4/

Hope those help some!

Anaise said...

Wow! After Tristan's remarkable set of resources, I am reluctant to offer my paltry recommendations, but I will anyway. :)

Patricia Polacco wrote and illustrated a picture book about the civil war called Pink and Say--remarkable!

Mary and Conrad Buff created The Apple and the Arrow--an award winning picture book about William Tell (European medieval history)

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli is a charming chapter book about European medieval times.

A Grain of Rice by Helena Claire Pittman is a delightful chapter book about Chinese medieval history.

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop is another chapter book that we've enjoyed immensely. It's about WWII in Europe--not America--but it gave us so much to think and talk about as a family and our country's involvement in WWII.

Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells is a chapter book about America in Appalachia at the turn of the 20th century.

You cannot go wrong with The Little House series for life in rural America in the late 1800's.

Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla was a favorite for a very, very long time at my house. It is an easy reader/picture book about a boy in rural America near the turn of the 20th century.

Clyde Robert Bulla also has chapter books about medieval history and American life at various time periods--his work is superior and always worth reading.

There are more, but these are what I remember as being absolutely successful with my children (who were all 10 and under when we read them as a family)

JRoberts said...

I can't even offer any suggestions, but I can tell you that finding cheap books is fairly easy. I love to bring home some lovely little (big) boxes of books home and set them up in my library. When we moved it was food storage and library that took up all the boxes, can you see my priorities?! :) So if you need some suggestions on WHERE to find them, let me know!

Frankie said...

The series of books, "A History of US" by Joy Hakim continues into the 20th century. I have been surprised how my children have enjoyed these.

Also, if you are looking for world history, I have enjoyed "The Story of the World" series by Susan Wise Bauer. These are just a jumping off point, but if you get the activity books, she has huge lists of suggested literature and non-fiction books to go with each chapter. I have loved those lists.

And one more, the book "A Well Trained Mind" has wonderful books lists for history in both the English section and the History section. These books range from ancient history to modern history; they are also divided up by age (elementary, middle school, and high school.) Most libraries have this book. I don't recommend reading the whole book, but the resources are great.

I hope this helps a little!

heiditurtles said...

What we use in my house is called story of the world. It is basically history books for all ages but made mostly for kids like k through 6 grade I think. Anyway the have 4 volumes and you can get an activity book to go with it that has fun project ideas to go along with it plus extra ideas for other reading books if you would like to study more on a subject in that chapter. My family is working our way through volume 1 which Ancient times (like Egypt, Greece, Rome, and china). We are studying Rome right now and will be making chariots out of moving boxes this week. Vol. 2 is Middle Ages, Vol. 3 is Early Modern times from Elizabeth the first to the 49ers Vol. 4 is modern age from queen victoria to the fall of the USSR These books are easy to find they are sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, homeschooling stores extra. You can google them and found out more but my family loves them. The projects are also fun to get together with other homeschoolers and do them.

Courtney Wilson said...

I already have the Story of the World and Mystery of History that I use together.

I'm mostly looking for supplements :)

Thanks so much for all of your suggestions!

Dana ♥ said...

Hey Courtney,
I search for names we come across during that time period (Lewis & Clark, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander the Great) or topics (Vikings, Castles, Slavery) at my local library and also at Amazon.com. Once I find something I'm interested in I reserve it at the library or look through paperback swap for resources. :)

Rachel said...

We used the Story of US by Joy Hakim. It covers so much! it is 10 volumes, so we checked out the ones we needed from the library. It was very good and even covered "The Mormons" in a positive light.

Cellista said...

I second the suggestion to use the SOTW Activity Guide booklists. They have wonderful suggestions until volume 4 where I've really had to search to come up with picture books and books for younger students. I keep running booklists every year on my blog and I went through those and picked out our most favorites.

American History:
All Books by Cheryl Harness, especially her presidential bios--Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt

Abigail’s Drum by John A. Minahan (War of 1812)
The Battle for St. Michael’s by EmilyArnold McCully (War of 1812)
Lewis and Clark, Explorers of the American West by Steven Kroll
By the Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll
Susanna of the Alamo by John Jakes (excellent true story)
They’re Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln–the story of the Gettysburg Address by Jean Fritz
The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg by Linda Oatman High
The Silent Witness–a true story of the Civil War by Robin Friedman
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier by Thomas Ratliff (My boys have enjoyed all of the You Wouldn't Want to Be series)
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illus. by Michael McCurdy

Going to War in World War I by Adrian Gilbert
Fly, Cher Ami, Fly by Robert Burleigh
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Casey Over There by Staton Rabin
The Letter Home by Timothy Decker


Medieval:
Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges 11/14
A Medieval Feast by Aliki
Castle Diary, the Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page by Richard Platt (look for the older edition, it's larger and illustrated in color as opposed to black and white line drawings)
Castle and Cathedral by David Macaulay
Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, 1325-1354
The Queen’s Progress, An Elizabethan Alphabet by Celeste Davidson Mannis (gorgeous ABC book about Elizabeth I)
Joan of Arc by Josephine Poole
Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
Marco Polo by Demi
We've liked all bios by Diane Stanley and Demi.

Shelly said...

This is a link to my library system, and their recommended reading lists. At the bottom of the first column and top of the second there are suggestions for Historical Fiction from different time periods. http://www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/content/booklists/?type=Children

Rebecca said...

You might like the "My America" (for younger readers) and the "Dear America" (for older readers) book series. These would be great for American history past the Revolution. They are historical fiction.

We often read the "Dear America" books as family read-a-louds because I like them so much :D. This is the way we learned of the Dust Bowl in Okalahoma.

At the end of each book there is a short synapsis of the history from that time period coupled with old photos and maps from the same time period.

I also look for documentaries from netflix. We have to preview those first.