I have spent way too much time looking through our local children's library for books that would accompany each lesson (I can do this all online!). We have already read so many great books this year that I needed a place to document them so that I know what books to borrow when we cycle back around in four years with my younger children. I have also found books online that are highly recommended that I wish our library had. Some I was able to purchase, others I have not. I've included those here as well.
While I am currently only homeschooling a child in the grammar stage, I have come across a few books that are more appropriate for the logic stage and am recording them here for my own future use.
If you are unfamiliar with classical education, the "Grammar Stage" refers to grades 1-4 (or ages 6-9) and the "Logic Stage" refers to grades 5-8 (or ages 10-13). Books appropriate for the Grammar Stage are marked as "(G)" and books appropriate for the Logic Stage are marked with "(L)".
This list is still a work in progress.
Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened?
What is History?Me and My Family Tree by Paul Showers (G) (L)
What is Archaeology?
Archaeologists Dig for Cluesby Kate Duke (G)
The Magic School Bus Shows and Tells:A Book About Archaeology by Joanna Cole (G)
Chapter 1: The Earliest People
One Small Blue Bead by Byrd Baylor (G)
The First Dog by Jan Brett (G)
Little Grunt and the Big Egg by Tomie dePaola (G)
Discovery in the Cave by Mark Dubowsky (Step into Reading) (G)
The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully (G)
The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein (G)
The Cave Painter of Lascaux by Roberta Angeletti (G)
First Painter by Kathryn Lasky (L)
Boy of the Painted Cave by Justin F. Denzel (L)
Painters of the Caves by Patricia Lauber (L)
Maroo of the Winter Caves by Ann Turnbull (L)
Chapter 2: Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Two Kingdoms Become One
Gods of Ancient Egypt
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie dePaola (G)
Croco’nile by Roy Gerrard
The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Leonard Everett Fisher (G)
The Star-Bearer: A Creation Myth from Ancient Egypt by Dianne Hofmeyr (G)
The Voyage of Osiris by Gerald McDermott (G)
Chapter 3: The First Writing
Hieroglyphs and Cuneiform
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroplyphs by James Rumford (G)
Chapter 4: The Old Kingdom of Egypt
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy! by David Stewart (G)
Zekmet The Stone Carver: A Tale of Ancient Egypt by Mary Stolz (G)
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! by Jacqueline Morley (G)
Chapter 5: The First Sumerian Dictator
Sargon and the Akkadians
The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox (G)
The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East by Eric A. Kimmel (G)
Chapter 6: The Jewish People
God Speaks to Abraham
The White Ram: A Story of Abraham and Isaac by Mordicai Gerstein
Joseph Goes to Egypt
The Coat of Many Colors by Jenny Koralek
Chapter 7: Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled by Milton Meltzer (L)
Chapter 8: The Assyrians
Shamshi-Adad, King of the Whole World
The Story of Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh the King by Ludmial Zeman (G)
The Revenge of Ishtar by Ludmila Zeman (G)
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh by Ludmila Zeman (G)
That is all for now! Check back in the future for additions to our reading list as we work our way through the ancient world!
If you have a recommendation for a book that is not on my list, please let me know. We'd love to find it and read it for ourselves!