This coming school year will be our seventh as a homeschool family! We’ll be using Claritas Classical Academy’s Cycle 2 memory work as the backbone for most of our studies. As usual, I’ve put a reading list together to correspond with our history memory work. Also, I’ve included a list of books to compliment our astronomy and Earth science studies this year (at the bottom). The titles are mostly from what was already in our personal library, so there is certainly room to add. I’ve also added a few titles that don’t necessarily compliment history or science, but are book I’d like to read to my children at some point throughout the year.
Generally, I’ve meant these books to be read aloud, so they will work for a wide range of students. For reference, my children currently range in age from 12 to 5, so there is a lot of wiggle room with these titles. We read aloud together about 3-4 times a week, and everyone participates regardless of whether we’re reading a picture or chapter book. I keep quiet activities available (playdoh, legos, coloring, stickers, etc.) for the children who want something extra to do during that time.
Some of the weeks are quite heavy (especially the ones on Chinese history), but I do not intend to read all of the books listed. I generally choose which titles to read a few weeks prior, so I have time to order the ones that need to be purchased. This list gives me a great starting point so I’m not searching at the last minute to find corresponding material.
I typically buy all of the books from Amazon, but I try to get used copies and pay as little as possible for them. As you can imagine, we’ve amassed quite a library over the years! And the fun part is that we’ll be using many of them over again this year after studying most of these subjects a few years ago. I firmly believe in having a large variety of books available in my home, and I think of it as an investment. I know this isn’t for everyone, but it’s something I personally feel strongly about.
Dante’s Divine Comedy: As Told For Young People
Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems Selected and Translated
The Three Musketeers
A Walk in Wolf Wood
The Little Prince
The Shakespeare Stealer
Heroes of the Middle Ages
Famous Men of the Middle Ages (chapter on Charlemagne)
Getting to Know France and French
Son of Charlemagne
Who Were the Vikings?
Viking Ships at Sunrise
Voyages With the Vikings (Imagination Station)
D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village
A Medieval Feast
The Making of a Knight
A Year in a Castle
Barefoot Book of Knights
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Samurai
Heart of a Samurai
The Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
The Apple and the Arrow
Heroines: Great Women Through the Ages (chapter on Eleanor of Aquitaine)
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess
Who Was Genghis Khan?
Ancient China (Journey Into Civilization)
Ancient China Treasure Chest
The Great Wall of China
The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall of China
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled (chapter on Kublai Khan)
The Legend of MuLan: a Heroine of China
The Paper Dragon
A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road
Stories From the Silk Road
We’re Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road
The Picture History of Great Explorers
Who Was Marco Polo?
Medieval Medicine and the Plague
The Door in the Wall
If You Were a Kid in a Medieval Castle
Who Was Joan of Arc?
Don’t Know Much About the Kings and Queens of England
Great Events That Changed the World (account of Hundred Years War)
The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali
Mansa Musa: Leader of Mali
From Babylon to Timbuktu
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
Anansi the Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti
The Picture History of Great Explorers (chapters on Magellan, Vespucci, and Columbus)
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?
Follow the Dream
The Discovery of the Americas
Who Really Discovered America?
Who In the World Was the Forgotten Explorer?
Brendan the Navigator: A History Mystery About the Discovery of America
To the Edge of the World
Awesome Ancient Ancestors
Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs
The Ancient Maya
The Chocolate Tree: A Mayan Folktale
Machu Picchu: The Story of the Amazing Incas and Their City in the Clouds
Musicians of the Sun
The Aztec Empire
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World
Who In the World Was the Secret Printer?
Courage and Conviction
Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the Dumb Ox
Monks and Mystics
King Henry VIII
Doomed Queen Anne
Leonardo and the Flying Boy
Bard of Avon
Macbeth for Kids
Hamlet for Kids
Kids During the Renaissance
Galileo, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci
Crazy Inventions Made During the Renaissance
Ptolemy vs. Copernicus (from Jim Weiss’ Galileo and the Stargazers)
Copernicus: Founder of Modern Astronomy
Who Was Queen Elizabeth?
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots
The Picture History of Great Explorers (chapters on John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, and Sir Walter Raleigh)
Maps and Mapping
Sir Walter Raleigh: Famous Explorers
Cartier in Search of the Northwest Passage
The Kids Book of Canadian History
M is for Maple
Big Book of Earth and Sky
Usborne Book of Astronomy and Space
Living in Space
The Solar System
Glow In The Dark Constellations
A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky
God Made Outer Space
Meet the Planets
Midnight on the Moon
Mission to Mars
The Moon Book
What Makes Day and Night
An Illustrated Timeline of Space Exploration
The International Space Station
The Cloud Book
Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Ocean Tides and Tsunamis
What Is a Biome?
What Are Earth’s Biomes?
What’s For Dinner?
Secrets of the Garden
Food Chain Frenzy
Hey Diddle, Diddle: A Food Chain Tale
The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten
The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top
Rocks and Minerals
Rocks and Soil
Geology for Kids: A Biblical Approach to Earth Science and Earth History
Planet Earth Inside Out
Under Water, Under Earth
Jaw-Dropping Geography: Fun Learning Facts About Tetchy Tectonic Plates
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
The Magic School Bus Gets Wet All Over
Did a Dinosaur Drink That Water?
One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
The Nitrogen Cycle
The Carbon Cycle
Carbon, Oxygen, and Nitrogen Cycles
Maps and Globes