Inspired by the book list I’ve created for history next year, I’ve gone ahead and made a reading list for the remainder of Mystery of History for this year. (We’re stretching history out over the summer.) I need a range of books — from books to read to the 5 yr old, books to read to all of them, books the older ones can read by themselves or books they can read to the younger ones.

Yes, the textbook does have a list of books at the back of it. But there are tons!! I’ve gone through and picked some specific books (and some that weren’t on there) to look for at the library.


The New Complete Works of Josephus

Jerusalem, Shining Still

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Lynn Curlee

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Mary Hoffman

Aesop’s Fables (Illustrated Stories for Child.)

Twenty Jataka Tales


Confucius: Golden Rule, The

The Ancient Roman World (The World in Ancient Times)

Herodotus and the Road to History

Esther’s Story

Hadassah: The Girl Who Became Queen Esther

Explore Ancient Greece!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (Explore Your World series)

Wise Guy: The Life and Philosophy of Socrates

Hippocrates: Making the Way for Medicine: Life Science (Science Readers)

Ancient Greece: A guide to the Golden Age of Greece (Sightseers)

Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah (Living History Library)


You Wouldn’t Want To Be In Alexander The Great’s Army!: Miles You’d Rather Not March

Alexander the Great

The Life of Alexander the Great (Stories From History)

Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

Count Your Way Through India

Terra-Cotta Soldiers: Army Of Stone (High Interest Books)

The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China (Genius of China Close-Up Guides)

Forbidden City: China’s Imperial Palace (Castles, Palaces & Tombs)

You Wouldn’t Want to Be in the Forbidden City!: A Sheltered Life You’d Rather Avoid

Hannibal: Rome’s Worst Nightmare (Wicked History)

The Young Carthaginian: A Story of the Times of Hannibal

The Story about Ping (Reading Railroad Books)

The Ancient Chinese (People of the Ancient World)

Jason’s Miracle: A Hanukkah Story

Spartacus: The Life of a Roman Gladiator (Graphic Non-fiction)

The Ancient Roman World (The World in Ancient Times)

Explore Ancient Rome!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (Explore Your World series)

The Life of Julius Caesar (Stories From History)

Julius Caesar: Young Statesman (Childhood of World Figures)

Shakespeare’s Tales: Julius Caesar


You Wouldn’t Want to Be Cleopatra!: An Egyptian Ruler You’d Rather Not Be

Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

Herod the Great (Ancient Biographies)

(We already have books about Jesus and John the Baptist – and of course, the bible!)

Ben Hur (Young Readers Christian Library)


Ancient Rome for Kids

Ancient Rome – History for Kids!

Ancient Greece for Kids

Ancient Greece for Kids (2)

7 Wonders of the World

Aesop’s Fables

Ancient China for Kids

Ancient China – History for Kids

Movies on Netflix (you may need an account to see these links.)

Esther: The Bible

Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

Greece: Secrets of the Past

National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great

Inside the Forbidden City: 500 years of wonder, history and power.

Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Ancient China

5000 Years of Magnificent Wonders: Ancient Rome

Rome: Power and Glory

Colosseum: A Gladiator’s Story

Julius Caesar



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Hey, y’all! I’m Amber and I wear many hats. I drink a ton of coffee and I’m constantly sweeping crumbs off the floor. After 18 years of homeschooling, I’m getting close to graduating my third child and now we are starting over at preschool with our fourth, Lil Miss Mouse. She keeps us young and she’s the main reason for my excessive coffee consumption. Drink up!