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A few good American History books

2015, HomeschoolKim Brush9 Comments

History has always been my favorite school subject.  But I've learned more about history as we've home schooled for the past 17 years than I ever did when I was in school.

History with Literature Based Curriculum

Joshua & I are working our way through the beginning of American using Biblioplan this year. It is a literature based curriculum that has worked well for our family from the beginning. 

Reading has been a joy for every one of my kids.  They choose it every time over hands-on things. So it made sense for us to stick with book to work our way through history.

There are so many wonderful books for each era of history and the stories stick with the kids as they learn about important events and people from the past.

A few good American History books for literature based curriculum -

I thought I would share a few of the wonderful books that we have read this year.   Some of these books have been read over and over by my older kids—during free time not school time. 

There are 4 Biblioplan books. 

  • Ancients
  • Medieval
  • Early Modern
  • Modern. 

Each book takes a whole school year.  Bibilioplan combined with a Civics & Geography curriculum are the bulk of our History curriculum 

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However the awesome thing about Biblioplan is that we’ve worked through it three times with each child(3 different levels in each book).  This makes this curriculum VERY cost effective.  The books the children read get progressively more mature.  Each level has its own books & additional activities.

Our List of history through literature for the year . . .

Om-kas-toe by Ken Thomasma

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz

Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Daniel Boone by Laurie Lawlor

The Foundling by Linda Hayner

Cromwell’s Boy by Eric Christian Haugaard

Madeline Takes Command by Ethel C Brill

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry

Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes

John Paul Jones: Hero of the Sea by Keith Brandt

Shhhh We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz

Why Not Lafayetter? by Jean Fritz

Simon Bolivar by Frank de Varona

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley

William Carey:  Obliged to Go by Janet and Geoff Benge

The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson

Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman by Marguerite Henry

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton

David Livingston, Africa’s Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge

Pioneers Go West by George Stewart

By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Boy in the Alamo by Margaret Cousins

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman

Bold Journey, West with Lewis and Clark by Charles Bohner

Freedom Fighter: The Story of William Wilberforce by Betty Steele Everett

All Sail Set by Armstrong Sperry

Joshua looks forward to the new books to read each week.  He does many other things for history but the books are the best part he claims.  I believe he is right!

*I received nothing from Biblioplan to write this post.  All opinions are mine :)

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