AngieW in Texas
New lists for supplementing between Cores 1/2 and 6.
Supplementing up from Core 1
Books to go with a study of ancient times
This is the booklist I used with my 6yo and 9yo during our study of ancient times. My history
spine was Sonlight Core 6 with Story of the World book 1 and Usborne Encyclopedia of World
History. All the books and videos available at the Cedar Park library are noted with an "*". After
each book, I have noted the ages that I think will enjoy the book as a readaloud. The age
ratings are a total guess on my part based on my own kids.
Dig Magazine and Calliope Magazine have many issues that relate back to ancient times and
are available for checkout one week at a time.
Prehistoric
* Sunset of the Sabertooth (Osborne) - Jack and Annie travel back in time, ages 4 and up
Boy of the Painted Cave (Denzel) - boy wants to be a cave painter
Egypt
* So You Want to Be an Egyptian Princess (Morley) - even has a job interview, ages 4 and up
* Mummies Made in Egypt (Aliki) - ages 4 and up
* Mummies in the Morning (Osborne) - Jack and Annie travel back in time, ages 4 and up
* Mummies and Pyramids (Osborne) - nonfiction companion book to Mummies in the
Morning, ages 8 and up
A Place in the Sun (Rubalcaba), ages 8 and up
Kat and the Secrets of the Nile (Bradford) Kat travels back in time to help Howard Carter
excavate Tut's tomb, ages 8 and up
The Lost Diary of Tutankhamun's Mummy (Dickinson) spoof, ages 7 and up
* "Mummies Unwrapped" - video by National Geographic, ages 6 and up
Africa in general
* Lion's Whisker's (Ashabrannar) stories from Africa, ages 8 and up
Greece
* D'aulaire's Book of Greek Mythology - pretty intense, ages 8 and up
Tales of the Trojan War (Usborne) - my kids have enjoyed it at 6yo, ages 6 and up
Adventures of Ulysses (Usborne) - my kids have enjoyed it at 6yo, ages 6 and up
* Tales of the Odyssey (Osborne) - 6 book series, ages 8 and up
Jason and the Argonausts (Osborne) - story of Jason and the golden fleece, ages 7 and up
* Librarian Who Measured the Earth (Lasky) - picture biography about Eratosthenes, ages 4
and up
* Hour of the Olympics (Osborne) - Jack and Annie go back in time, ages 4 and up, ages 4
and up
Archimedes Takes a Bath (Lexan) - picture book story of Archimedes discovering the
principle of water displacement, ages 4 and up
* Archimedes and the Door of Science (Bendick) - not just a biography, lots of science and
very funny in parts, ages 8 and up
Lion in the Gateway (Renault) - battles between the Greeks and Persians, age 8 and up
* Alexander the Great (Green) - biography, ages 8 and up
Have a Hot Time, Hades (McMullan) - book 1 in Myth-O-Mania series, ages 8 and up
Phone Home, Persephone (McMullan) - book 2 in Myth-O-Mania series, ages 8 and up
Say Cheese, Medusa (McMullan) - book 3 in Myth-O-Mania series, ages 8 and up
Nice Shot, Cupid (McMullan) - book 4 in Myth-O-Mania series, ages 8 and up
Stop That Bull, Theseus (McMullan) - book 5 in Myth-O-Mania series, ages 8 and up
Aesop's Fables (Winter) - there are many different versions, but this is my favorite, ages 4
and up
Pandora of Athens (Denenberg) - young Greek woman meets Socrates, ages 8 and up
China
* Day of the Dragon King (Osborne) - Jack and Annie go back in time, ages 4 and up
Rome
* Vacation under the Volcano (Osborne) - Jack and Annie go back in time, ages 4 and up
* Thieves of Ostia (Lawrence) - four children solve a mystery in ancient Rome, 1st book in a
series, ages 6 and up
* Cleopatra (Stanley) - picture biography, ages 5 and up
* Royal Diaries: Cleopatra VII - book ages 9 and up, video ages 6 and up
* Galen: My Life as a Roman (Moss) - ages 7 and up
* Roman News (Langley) - ages 8 and up
Lost Diary of Julius Caesar's Slave (Barlow and Skidmore) - spoof, ages 7 and up
Mystery of the Roman Ransom (Winterfield) - sequel to Detectives in Togas, ages 6 and up
The Beast of Lor (Bulla) - boy finds an escaped elephant, ages 6 and up
Supplementing down from the 2nd half of Core 6 - I added a lot of Core 2 books
Books to go with a study of medieval times
This is the booklist I used with my 7yo and 10yo during our study of medieval times. My history spine was
Sonlight Core 6 with Story of the World book 2 and Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. All the books and
videos that are available at the Cedar Park library are noted with an "*". After each book, I have noted the ages
that I think will enjoy the book as a readaloud. The age ratings are a total guess on my part based on my own
kids.
Dig Magazine and Calliope Magazine have many issues that relate back to medieval times and are available for
checkout one week at a time.
Europe, 500-1400
Tales of King Arthur (Usborne) - ages 6 and up
* Ballad of Sir Dinadan (Morris) - one of 4 King Arthur stories by this author, excellent, ages 8 and up
* The Squire's Tale (Morris) - another King Arthur tale, ages 8 and up
* Favorite Medieval Tales (Osborne) - ages 8 and up
* String in the Harp (Bond) - wonderful story about a family falls apart after the mother was killed in a car wreck
and then moves to Wales. The son finds a harp key that belonged to a 6th century Welsh bard and sees his
life story through the key and the whole family pulls back together again. There is some language in this book,
so it's better as a readaloud where you can edit on the fly. ages 7 and up if you edit, ages 12 and up if you
don't
* "Merlin and the Dragons" - short video about Merlin as a young boy, ages 5 and up
Captured by Vikings (Hauger) - story of two Irish children captured and enslaved by Vikings, ages 7 and up,
but pretty intense in parts
The Saga of Erik the Viking (Jones) - historical fantasy adventure, ages 9 and up
* Favorite Norse Tales (Osborne) - ages 8 and up
* Gods and Goddesses of Vikings and Northlands (Ashworth) - ages 8 and up
Lost Diary of Erik the Red, Viking Warrior (Barlow and Skidmore) - spoof, ages 7 and up
* Viking Ships at Sunrise (Osborne) - Jack and Annie go back in time, ages 4 and up
* Viking It and Liking It (Scieza) - ages 8 and up
* Sea of Trolls (Farmer) - wonderful historical fantasy adventure, ages 10 and up
* Knights at Dawn (Osborne) - Jack and Annie go back in time, ages 4 and up
* Knights and Castles (Osborne) - Magic Treehouse research guide - ages 8 and up
* Castle Diary (Platt) - 11yo Tobias goes to his uncle's to serve as a page, ages 6 and up
* The Whipping Boy (Fleischman) - Prince Brat drags his whipping boy along when he runs away, available on
audiocasette, ages 6 and up
* How to Train Your Dragon (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) - ages 8 and up
* The Apple and the Arrow (Buff) - William Tell, ages 5 and up
* Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine (Royal Diary) - Eleanor becomes queen of France at 15yo, ages 9 and up
* Robin Hood (Bull) - easy reader, ages 4 and up
* Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest (McGovern) - deeper version of Robin, ages 8 and up
* Minstrel in the Tower (Skurzinski) - two children search for the uncle they never knew they had when their
father doesn't return from the Crusades and their mother gets sick, ages 5 and up
* Crispin (Avi) - boy must flee after being declared a "wolf's head", ages 8 and up
* Girl in a Cage (Yolen) - 11yo Marjorie, daughter of Robert the Bruce, is captured by King Edward and
displayed in a cage, part of a series of 4 books set during the English/Scottish wars, ages 10 and up
* Door in the Wall (De Angeli) - son of a knight is crippled by disease, but manages to save the day, also
available on audiocasette, ages 7 and up
Dragon: Hound of Honor (Edwards) - set in medieval France, ages 10 and up
* "Joan of Arc" - video about Joan of Arc in the children's video biography section
* "Princess Isabel of Castile" - Royal Diaries video, much better than the book
King Herla's Quest (Map) - collection of medieval folk tales by Walter Map, ages 10 and up
Asia and Middle East, 500-1400
Trolley to Yesterday (Bellairs) - two boys and a professor use a time trolley to go back in time, ages 8 and up
* Princess of the Moon and Stars - Royal Diaries series, set in 6th century Korea, ages 9 and up
Kat and the Emperor's Gift (Bradford) - Kat travels back in time and meets Marco Polo and Kubilai Khan, has
historical notes in the back, ages 7 and up
Books to go with a study of the Renaissance and Reformation
This is the booklist I used with my 7yo and 10yo during our study of the Renaissance and Reformation. My history
spine was Sonlight Core 6 with Story of the World book 2 and Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. All the
books and videos that are available at the Cedar Park library are noted with an "*". After each book, I have noted
the ages that I think will enjoy the book as a readaloud. The age ratings are a total guess on my part based on my
own kids.
Europe, 1400-1650
* Daughter of Venice (Napoli) - set in 16th century Italy, historically accurate, need to pre-read this one, ages 10
and up
* The Warhorse (Bolognese) - set during the battles between Italian city-states, ages 7 and up
Kat and the Missing Notebooks (Bradford) - Kat and her aunt use their time machine to go back to
Renaissance Italy and meet Leonardo da Vinci, ages 7 and up
* "Leonardo da Vinci" by Nest Entertainment in the children's video biography section - I didn't think this was
very well done.
* Galileo and the Universe (Parker) - biography, ages 8 and up
* "Galileo" by Nest Entertainment in the children's video biography section
* Breaking into Print (Krensky)- picture-book detailing the change in how books were printed over time, ages 5
and up
* Elizabeth I, Red Rose of Tudor (Royal Diaries series), ages 9 and up, also available on video
* Queen Elizabeth I (Greene) - nonfiction, ages 7 and up
* Assassin, Betrayal, Conspiracy (Finney) - first three Lady Grace Mystery books, Grace Cavendish is a maid of
honor to Queen Elizabeth, ages 9 and up
Deception (Finney) - fourth Lady Grace Mystery, ages 9 and up
* King of Shadows (Cooper) - boy in present-day Shakespearean acting company goes back in time and meets
Shakespeare, warning: parent committed suicide, pre-read this one, ages 10 and up
* Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Osborne) - Magic Treehouse series, Jack and Annie travel back in time to
see Shakespeare, ages 4 and up
* William Shakespeare and the Globe (Aliki) - Shakespeare, the original Globe and the rebuilt Globe, ages 4 and
up
* "Shakespeare Can Be Fun" series (Burdett) - series of storybook versions of Shakespeare's plays, ages 5 and
up
*Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (Hodges) - retelling of Don Quixote, ages 7&up
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Angie's 1/2/6 book list