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A Charlotte Mason Approach to History

Living books bring depth and richness to your history studies. If you own a history textbook that you like, continue using it. But instead of the questions at the end of each chapter, ask your child to narrate. Supplement the textbook, which by its very nature summarizes history, with living books. It may take a couple extra years to get through the textbook but your children will acquire true learning and perhaps a passion for history. If you don’t own a history textbook, don’t bother investing in one. Rely on living books that were written by people passionate about history. Plan to cycle through history. Record people and events you read about into a timeline. A timeline may be across a wall, or the pages in a notebook, or even in a file box with an index card for each entry. Includehistory timeline notebook family history and current events. You may paste in book covers from catalogs of the books you read from that era. Another resource to make your timeline more visual is clip art of historic people from www.homeschoolinthewoods.com.

Charlotte Mason said, “The fatal mistake is in the notion that he must learn 'outlines,' of the whole history...of the world. Let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the life time of a single man, he isHistory of eastern Utah really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”

History Book List: (If you have a recommendation, please let me know. Disclaimer: I have not personally read every book on this list and do not guarantee these recommendations; your world-view will help you decide which books to use.)
Click here for a book about eastern Utah history: Tales from Indian Country--Authentic Stories and Legends from the Great Uintah Basin. NEW: Free packet of Utah folk songs from the 1800’s.

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General History (World & Americas):
A Little History of the World
Hillyer’s A Child’s History of the World
History of the World
Nat’l Geographic Almanac of World History
The Story of Mankind
The Discoverers: Man’s Search to ...
Rise of the West: ...Human Community
The Human Web: ...View of World History
The Mapmakers
The Ancient Mariners
Oars, Sails and Steam: A Picture Book of Ships
Wheels: A Pictorial History
Journey to Cahokia: A Boy’s Visit to the Great Mound City
Discovery of the Americas: Prehistory - Columbus
Exploration & Conquest: The Americas After Columbus
Atlas of North American Indians
Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans
The American Story: 100 True Tales
Children’s Encyclopedia of American History
Kids Make History; Journey’s for Freedom; Places in Time
A History of the United States and Its People
The Story of Liberty
Unsolved Mysteries of American History
One Night Stands with American History
Greatest Stories Never Told
A History of the American People (conser)
A People’s History of US (liberal)
The Making of America
Women Making America
Her Story: Timeline of Women Who Changed America
Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
A Browser’s Book of Beginnings
A New Economic View of American History
Ripples from Zambezi Rebirth...Economies
ReOrient: Global Economy in Asian Age

Ancient Eastern History:
Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
Great Civilizations of the East
Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam
Arab Seafaring
The Holy Land
Hittite Warrior
Ancient Egyptians...Neighbors: Activities
A Glorious Age in Africa
Shaka: King of the Zulus
Eyewitness: Ancient China
Science in Ancient China
Ancient China: 2,000 Years of Mystery to Unlock
Life Along the Silk Road
The Silk Road: 2,000 Years in the Heart of Asia
The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History
Marco Polo for Kids (also see Middle Ages)
Great Wall of China
Confucius: The Golden Rule
The Ch’I-Lin Purse: Ancient Chinese Stories
Children of the Dragon, Vietnam Tales
Find Out About Ancient Japan
The Samurai’s Tale; The Boy and the Samurai
A Single Shard (ancient Korea)
Step Into Ancient India
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
The White Stag

Tut’s Mummy
Tutankhamen’s Gift
Gift of the Nile: An Ancient Egyptian Legend
I Wonder Why the Pyramids Were Built & Other Questions
A Puzzling Day in the Land of the Pharaohs
The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale of Hieroglyphs
Step into Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Time of Pharoahs
The 5,000 Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Egypt
The Golden Goblet
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt
Pyramid: 50 Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt
Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt: Projects & Activities
Cat Mummies
Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself
Ancient Egypt (a mystery adventure)
Tales of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt
Cat of Bubastes
Cleopatra: The Queen of Kings
Riddle of the Rosetta Stone
Usborne’s Ancient World
Mummies Made in Egypt
The Wadjet Eye (graphic)

The Aesop for Children
Famous Men of Greece
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths pair with
Percy Jackson series
Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won
The Trojan War
Black Ships Before Troy
In Search of a Homeland: Story...Aeneid
The Wanderings of Odysseus
Ancient Greece (a mystery adventure)
Archimedes and the Door of Science
Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Alexander the Great
Plutarch’s Greek Lives

Famous Men of Rome
Pompeii...Buried Alive!
Last Days of Pompeii
The Ancient City: Life in Athens & Rome
The Romans (a mystery adventure)
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome in World History

Augustus Caesar’s World
Detectives in Togas
Mystery of the Roman Ransom
The Cavalryman
Roman Fort
Eagle of the Ninth; The Silver Branch
Lantern Bearers; Frontier Wolf
The Shining Company
Mark of the Horse Lord
Plutarch’s Fall of the Roman Republic

Middle Ages:
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
Idylls of a King
The Vikings: 350 Years of Adventure
The Brendan Voyage
Shield Ring
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
Sword Song
Famous Men of the Middle Ages
The Sword in the Tree
The Door in the Wall
The White Stag
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Son of Charlemagne
The Magna Charta
The Conquerors
Leif the Lucky; The Vikings
Marco Polo for Kids; Marco Polo
Leonard of Pisa: Fibonnaci
The Shield Ring
Otto of the Silver Hand
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston
Margarite Makes a Book
Beorn the Proud (relig)
St. Francis of Assisi; St. Valentine
St. Catherine of Siena; Joan of Arc
Twain’s Joan of Arc
Men of Iron
If All the Swords in England: Thom. Becket
The Red Keep: Burgundy in 1165
The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses
If All the Swords in England
Scottish Chiefs
Across a Dark and Wild Sea
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal
Fine Print: The Story of Johann Gutenberg

Starry Messenger
Along Came Galileo
Galileo and the Magic Numbers

The World of Columbus and Sons
Shakespeare and the Globe
Bard of Avon, Shakespeare
Good Queen Bess
Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne
Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day
Gutenberg: Master of Modern Printing
Daughter of Venice
Leonard da Vinci for Kids
Leonardo da Vinci

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science
Journal of the Plague Year
The Voyages of Henry Hudson
Lorna Doone
A Messenger for Parliament
Cromwell’s Boy
Three Musketeers
Twenty Years After (sequel to above)
I, Juan de Pareja
The Lion of the North
The New Americans 1620-1689
The World of Captain John Smith
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
The Thanksgiving Story
Three Young Pilgrims
Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth
Colonial Living
The Tavern at the Ferry
Colonial Craftsmen: Begennings of American Industry
Colonial Days (American KidsHistory)
Pocahontas and the Strangers
The Farm: Life in Colonial Pennsylvania
Witch of Blackbird Pond
Native Crafts: Inspired by North America’s First Peoples
With Pipe, Paddle & Song: French-Canadian Voyageurs
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
Robert Boyle: Founder of Modern Chemistry
The Dark Frigate

Peter the Great
Russia: Eyewitness Book
The Longitude Prize
Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Phoebe the Spy
Sarah Whitcher’s Story
Carolina’s Courage
The Kidnapped Prince: Olaudah Equiano
Struggle for a Continent: French & Indian Wars
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
The Cabin Faced West
Who Was Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone: Life and Legend of an American Pioneer
Ben and Me
Poor Richard
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
George Washington’s World
The Signers: Declaration of Indepedence
Johnny Tremain
The American Revolution for Kids
Liberty or Death: The American Revolution
Calico Bush
The Slave Who Bought His Freedom
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Captain James Cook
Explorations of Captain Cook in the Pacific
Can’t You Make...Behave, King George?
The Real Benedict Arnold
Mr. Revere and I
America’s Paul Revere
Toliver’s Secret
George Washington
George Washington’s Breakfast
Guns for General Washington
Thomas Jefferson: Man on a Mountain
My Brother Sam Is Dead
The Reb and Redcoats
Johnny Tremain
Time Enough for Drums
Treasure Island; Kidnapped
Les Miserables
Tale of Two Cities
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Junipero Serra, Brave Adventurer
By Wagon and Flatboat
Flaming Arrows
Make Way for Sam Houston
Samuel Johnson
Pioneer Children of Appalachia
Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain
Hornblower series

Frontier Living (Tunis)
What’s the Deal? (Louisiana Purchase)
Journals of Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark for Kids

The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark
Of Courage Undaunted (Lewis & Clark)
How We Crossed the West: Lewis & Clark
Undaunted Courage: Lewis and Clark
Off the Map: Journals of Lewis & Clark
An Indian Winter
Hans Brinker of the Silver Skates
Kim (Kipling)
Shipwrecked: True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
Man Without a Country
Tevye the Dairyman
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility ; Jane Eyre
British Chimney Sweeps
Seeing Fingers: Braille ; Out of Darkness: Braille
Louis Braille: Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
A Pioneer Sampler: Daily Life of a Family in 1840
Which Way to the Wild West?
The Birchbark House
The Game of Silence
Pioneer Days (American Kids in History)
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
Journal of Jedediah Barstow: Oregon Trail
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: Oregon Trail
On to Oregon
Heart and Soul: Florence Nightingale
Men to Match My Mountains
Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express
Buffalo Bill & the Pony Express
Caddie Woodlawn
Sarah, Plain and Tall; Skylark
Laddie; O Pioneers!
Life on the Mississippi ; Roughing It
Tom Sawyer; Huckleberry Finn
Journal of Jesse Smoke: Trail of Tears
Mountain Windsong: Trail of Tears
Patty Reed’s Doll (Donner party)
California Gold Rush: Search for Treasure
Gold Fever: Tales from the California Gold Rush
Frontier Lady’s Recollections of the Gold Rush
They Saw the Elephant: Women in the CA Gold Rush
Bandit’s Moon
In Plain Sight
By the Great Horn Spoon
Call of the Wild (Alaskan gold rush)
Coolies (transcontinental railroad)
Boss of the Plains: Hat That Won the West
Ten Mile Day: Transcontinental Railroad
Full Steam Ahead: Transcontinental Railroad
To Be a Slave

1800’s (continued):
Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett: His Own Story
Narrative of the Life of David Crockett
An American Bard: Longfellow
Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Doctor
A Pocketful of Goobers: George Washington Carver
The Story of George Washington Carver
The Frozen Water Trade (ice for refridgeration)
Madame Curie
The Story of Harriet Tubman
Walking the Road to Freedom
Cezanne Pinto: A Memoir
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Thread Across the Ocean, Trans Atlantic Cable
Civil War Days (Amer Kids in History)
The Civil War for Kids
Iron Scouts of the Confederacy
Tales of the South at War
Rifles for Watie
The Perilous Road
Across Five Aprils
Clara Barton: Founder of the Red Cross
Heart and Soul: Florence Nightingale
Civil War: A Narrative
Battle Cry of Freedom: Civil War
Abraham Lincoln’s World (Foster)
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House
This Hallowed Ground
Mr. Lincoln’s Army; Glory Road; A Stillness at Appomattox
Grant Takes Command; Grant Moves South
Indian Chiefs
Rolling Thunder in the Mountains
Once They Moved Like the Wind: Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache Wars
Son of the Morming Star (Custer)
Boots and Saddles: Life in Dakota with Custer (wife)
Crazy Horse
The Lance and the Shield: Sitting Bull
Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
Storm Warriors
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses
Henry David’s House
Helen Keller
Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
Always Inventing: Alexander G Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
Incident at Hawk’s Hill
Victorian Days (American Kids in History)
Michael Strogoff: A Courier of the Czar
Tree in the Trail; Pagoo
Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley
Travels in West Africa
Steamboat! Captain Blanche Leathers
Jack London: A Biography
Cheyenne Again

The Memory Coat (Ellis Island)
Last Days of St. Pierre: Volcanic Disaster
Tales from Indian Country: Uintah Basin
Monte Walsh
The Last Princess: Ka’iulani of Hawaii
Princess Ka’iulani
The Island-below-the-Star (Hawaii)
The Riches of Oseola McCarty
Alice Ramsey’s Grand Adventure
Immigrant Kids
Journey to Ellis Island
Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story
Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America
Immigrant Voices
If You Lived...San Francisco Earthquake
House of Sixty Fathers
Ruth Law Thrills a Nation
Far Beyond the Garden Gate: J to Lhasa
Rare Treasure: Mary Anning & her Discoveries
Paddle-to-the-Sea; Minn of the Mississippi
Mornings on Horseback: Theodore Roosevelt
First Flight: Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
Glorious Flight: Across the Channel w/Louis Bleriot
Picture Book of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart: Young Air Pioneer
Sky Pioneer: Amelia Earhart
West with the Night (autobiography of Beryl Markham)
Fate Is the Hunter
Andrew Carnegie: Steel King and Friend to Libraries
Freckles; Girl of the Limberlost
Prairie Boy’s Winter
Prairie Boy’s Summer
Letters from a Woman Homesteader
Zimmermann Telegraph (WWI)
Eddie Rickenbacker: Boy Pilot and Racer
Stilwell & the American Experience in China 1911-45
Zoli’s Legacy: Inheritance
John Muir: Nature Writings
The Wild Muir: 22 of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The Great Depression
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression
Rose’s Journal: Great Depression
Kids During the Great Depression
Mama’s Bank Account
A Day of Pleasure
The Wild Children
Story of Thomas Alva Edison
Who Was Albert Einstein?
Albert Einstein, Young Thinker
Desert Exile
World War II Days (Amer. Kids in History)
World War II for Kids with 21 Activities
The Winged Watchman
Their Finest Hour by Churchill
Baseball Saved Us
The Bracelet
Journey Home
Stones in Water
Jacob’s Rescue
Number the Stars
Snow Treasure
Girl with the White Flag
North to Freedom (I am David)
The Endless Steppe
A Place Not Home
The Good Master
The Singing Tree
A Conspiracy of Decency: Rescue of Danish Jews
Guadalcanal Diary
The Guns of Navarone
The Hiding Place (relig)
The Golden Thread (relig)
Journey through the Night (relig)
Journey to America ; Silver Days
Jacob’s Rescue: A Holocaust Story
The Rescue: How Gentiles Saved Jews
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl
We Die Alone: WWII Epic Escapes
Donald’s Story
Journey to America from Poland during WWII
Escape from Warsaw
Footprints in Courage
World War II: On the Homefront
Enigma: Battle for the Code
Black Rain (fiction)
Upon the Head of the Goat: Hungary 1939-44
Enemy Brothers
Wallenberg: Man Who Stopped Death
The Girl in the Red Coat: A Memoir
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
Weather Boy: A Story of D-Day
Don’t You Know There’s a War On?
High Flight: Canadian John Magee WWII
The Family Under the Bridge
So Far from the Bamboo Grove
My Brother, My Sister, and I
Plain Girl
The Lucky Gourd Ship (Korea)
The Korean War: The Forgotten War
A Single Square Picture: Korean Adoptee’s Search
China’s Son
Six Days of War: June 1967 & Modern Middle East
One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong
A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam
Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
Revolution in Eastern Europe:Collapse of Communism
Harvesting Hope: Cesar Chavez
Tomas and the Library Lady
Pumpkin Runner
Within Reach: My Everest Story
Summer 1990 (Gulf War)
Born to Fly: Downed US Navy Pilot Shane Osborn
Basher Five-Two: Capt. Scott O’Grady
My Palace of Leaves in Sarajevo
Girl of Kosovo
Adem’s Cross
Do Your Ears Pop in Space? and 500 other ?’s
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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