History Self-Education

The following is a list of nonfiction (and a few classic) books in approximate chronological order that I’d like to read for background and information as I prepare and teach my young elementary-aged son history. Note that I have no intention of teaching my son at this level of depth! I read these books for my personal enrichment as I also teach my son. Think of it as my personal post-graduate training following the same history schedule as my son (and, in the future, my daughter as well). Links to reviews if I have read the work. Lists are in progress!

American History

(Curriculum for my son’s K4 and K year 2012-2013)

Ancient History

(Curriculum for son’s 1st grade year, 2013-2014)

Jerusalem: The Eternal City by David Galbraith

A Passion for Victory by Benson Bobrick



Medieval History

(Curriculum for 2nd grade year, 2014-2015)

A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

The Discovers by Daniel Boorstin

Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary

The Maid and the Queen by Nancy Goldstone

Churchill’s History of the English-Speaking Peoples, abridged by Henry Steele Commager


Early Modern History and Modern History

(curriculum for 3rd grade year, 2015-2016)

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Ghost Walls by Sally Walker

Whatever Happened to the Metric System? by John Bemelmans Marciano

Before the World Was Ready by Claire Eamer

World Geography

(I teach generic geography before American history; I may revisit for son’s 4th grade year/Strawberry’s pre-k years, 2016-2017)


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