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Living Books History -  Old Testament to Reformation

Using Living books as a basis for a homeschool hisory curriculum is not only simple, but yet, extremely effective in developing a love of learning, an understanding of the historical time period and knowledge of different cultures.

It's the BEST way to develop a love of history!

This page has my TOP TEN lists of my favourite living books history books for

  • Old Testament / Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval History
  • Renaissance and Reformation

If you are looking for a complete list of homeschooling resource books for history including teacher resources, hands on project books, unit study ideas, primary sources see the Homeschool History bookshop and select the time period.

Top 10 Living Books for Old Testament Studies and Ancient Egypt

Add a Spinebook, Teacher Reference Books, Activity Books and you have a complete Homeschool History Curriculum. For more help, an overview and ways to make this time period come alive - check out my full page on Ancient Egypt where I list a way to study the period and worthwhile resources.

For those who cannot see this Ancient Egypt Top Ten Living Books Widget here are the book titles: Tut's Mummy Lost and Found, Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Tirzah, Pyramid by D.Macaulay, Hittite Warrior, God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah; Genesis: Finding our Roots, Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt; The Cat of Bubastes; Make it Work Series - Ancient Egypt;

Top 10 Favourites for Ancient Greece

Add a Spinebook, Teacher Reference Books, Activity Books and you have a complete Homeschool History Curriculum. Find this at the Ancient Greece Homeschooling Resources Page.

Ancient Greece Top Ten Widget here are the titles: Classical Kids -Hands on Project Book; History Pockets-Ancient Greece; Spend the Day in Ancient Greece; Black Ships Before Troy; Aesop's Fables; Aesop's Fables (Imitation of Writing Series) The Wanderings of Odysseus; D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths;

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Top 10 Living Books to study Ancient Rome

The Books which we loved in this time period are:  Augustus Caesar's World; Detectives in Togas; Famous Men of Rome; Pompeii - Buried Alive; Eagle of the Ninth; Ides of April; Ben Hur; City; Beric the Briton; The Bronze Bow;

For more information on how to develop a rich study of the history, see Ancient Rome History Overview.

Study the Middle Ages with these Top Living Books

Beourn the Proud, The Trumpeter of Krakow; Cathedral; The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow; The Boy Knight; Adam of the Road; The Viking Quest Series (5 books); The Red Keep; Son of Charlemagne; The Hidden Treasure of Glaston;

Check out my Homeschool History Middle Ages overview page on how to study and create wonderful memories around the middle ages.

And ... if you're looking for a spinebook to capture the amazing characters in this time period, read The Famous Men of the Middle Ages. This is now available from my site - both the text and notebooking pages to correspond to each character. Read more about the history notebooking pages here.

Renaissance, Reformation and Exploration

Great Artists of the Renaissance

Living Books of the Reformation


When we incorporated a unit study on Explorers, we really loved using the Bellerophon A Coloring Book of Great Explorers . This has a good summary on many great explorers and a page to colour. Then, find a good resource book on explorers as a base (such as Explorers (Usborne Book Of...) ) and a good reference on the ships of the day (such as Ship by Macaulay) and use your library. You will find a heap there!

Characters to look for are: John Cabot, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, - to the Spaniards spreading into the west: Hernando Cortes, (1500s') - read information on the Aztecs, Ferdinand Magellan (first around the world), Cabeza de Vaca (Florida to Pacific Ocean on foot), Pizzaro (1533) (Spanish conquistadore) - research Incas, De Soto (N.America), Juan Ortiz, Francisco Coronado (1541). Francis Drake (read Under Drake's Flag )

Scientific Discoveries

  • Scientific Discoveries - Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Leeuwenhoek, Galileo
  • We really enjoyed the History of Medicine which is a fascinating history of medicine written in an excellent narrative style.

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Here is also a list of all the G.A.Henty Books according to time periods.

Who is G.A.Henty? If you have boys (and even if you don't) you MUST read this! G.A.Henty Historical Fiction

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