Links for the First Half of History (Mostly in Picture Books)

Links for the First Half of History (Mostly in Picture Books)

history picture books

Last night I spent some time helping a homeschooler figure out some great picture books for the first half of world history.  Not wanting to duplicate this work again, I thought I’d put the links I rustled up last night here for anyone’s future reference.  This is by no means an exhaustive list but includes many of our favorites. These picture books are of high educational content, and are very visually appealing. Information here is imparted in creative and interesting ways. Also note that this list was done off the top of my head and I’m probably missing great stuff that I’d remember if I plowed through the boxes in my basement! These are not only great for elementary and middle schoolers; I learned my history best this way too as a parent right along with my kids. The order presented here is only approximate…

History Picture Books

A Child’s History of the World ( A well done chapter book overview)

Gilgamesh the King (picture book first in a series of three)

Moses (picture book)

The Cat of Bubastes (chapter Book)

Hieroglyphs (picture book with stencils)

Pyramid (picture book)

The Great Pyramid (picture book)

Mummies Made in Egypt (picture book)

Secret of the Mummies (Easy Reader)

Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found (Easy Reader)

Cleopatra (picture book)

Cleopatra Daughter of the Nile (chapter book)

Miss Lea’s Bible Stories for Children (picture book of Old Testament)

Joseph (picture book)

Exodus (picture book)

The Greek News (picture book of “newspaper” in Ancient Greece)

Growing up in Ancient Greece (picture book)

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (picture book)

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth (picture book)

The Parthenon (picture book)

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? (picture book)

The First Marathon (picture book)

Black Ships Before Troy (wonderful picture book version of the Iliad)

The Wanderings of Odysseus (wonderful picture book version of the Odyssey)

The Trojan Horse (Easy Reader)

Archimedes and the Door of Science (chapter book)

Theras and His Town (chapter book)

Detectives in Togas (chapter book)

Mystery of the Roman Ransom (chapter book)

Growing up in Ancient Rome (picture book)

The Bronze Bow (chapter book)

The Roman Colosseum (picture book)

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (picture book)

Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers (picture book)

The Parables of Jesus (picture book)

The Easter Story (picture book)

Story of Alexander the Great (picture book)

Pompeii… Buried Alive (Easy Reader)

The Great Wall (picture book)

A Single Shard (chapter book)

Marguerite Makes a Book (picture book about Medieval illuminated books)

Life on a Medieval Manor (picture book)

Cathedral: The Story of it’s Construction (picture book)

Joan of Arc (picture book)

Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine

Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam (picture book)

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (picture book)

The Making of a Knight (picture book)

Castle Diary (picture book)

The Sword in the Tree (Easy chapter book)

Tales of King Arthur: The Sword and the Stone (picture book)

Young Arthur (picture book)

Young Guinevere (picture book)

Young Lancelot (picture book)

Young Merlin (picture book)

Favorite Medieval Tales (picture book)

Medieval Feast (picture book)

Days of the Knights (easy reader)

Tales of Robin Hood (picture book)

The Three Musketeers / Robin Hood (audio; Jim Weiss storyteller)

King Arthur and His Knights (audio; Jim Weiss storyteller)

The Squire’s Tale (chapter book – first in a series – whole series is good)

Marco Polo (picture book)

Genghis Khan (picture book)

Viking Adventure (Early Chapter Book)

Leif the Lucky (picture book)

Flame over Tara (chapter book)

Michelangelo (picture book)

Leonardo Di Vinci (picture book)

Martin Luther: The Man Who Changed the World (picture book)

Thunderstorm in Church (chapter book)

Ink on His Fingers (chapter book)

Good Queen Bess (picture book)

Galileo (picture book)

Bard of Avon: The story of William Shakespeare (picture book)

The Shakespeare Stealer (chapter book – first in a series – whole series is good)

Master Cornhill (chapter book)

Shakespeare Stories (chapter book with pictures)

Shakespeare Stories II  (chapter book with pictures)

The Discovery of the Americas from Prehistory through Columbus (picture book)

Columbus (picture book)

Enjoy this wonderful journey with your children!

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