Read Living Books to Guarantee a Love of History

Time to explore Ancient Greece with Living Books!

How do you turn your kids who show some slight interest in History to those who LOVE it?

Read, read and read!  Read together - and encourage reading on their own.

What do you read?  Great living books - not the boring textbooks - but books which are alive, have interesting characters, grab the child's attention.  Reading living books together is not just the best thing about learning homeschool history as a family - it can be the easiest thing to do!


First of all, you are introduced to a character - and if it is a good book, your children will beg you to read "just one more chapter"... Then the character introduces us to his home, his family, his town, way of life and culture.... and then the questions grow and before you know it - you'll be off to the library or the internet to investigate some more.  That's how a living book education works.



Historical Fiction Read Aloud Books for the whole family

68834: The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
By Padraic Colum / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans. And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cyclopes. Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
94831: Black Ships Before Troy: A Retelling of the Iliad Black Ships Before Troy: A Retelling of the Iliad
By Rosemary Sutcliff / Random House, Inc

This re-telling of Homer's Iliad retains all the splendor of Ancient Troy. Legendary Helen, courageous Achilles, Ajax, Odysseus and Hector are all present in their original grandeur as they fight for Helen's--and Greece's--honor. 149 pages, softcover with pronunciation guide.
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
by Rosemary Sutcliff.

The long siege of Troy is over, and the city is in ashes. Heroic King Odysseus can finally return to Ithaca, but the voyage home holds terrors far greater than any he faced during the Trojan War. Storms have thrust Odysseus's ship into unknown waters. Here he must confront not only the blunders of his crew, but far stranger perils: the one-eyed, flesh-eating Cyclops; Circe, the enchantress with the power to turn men into swine; the unnerving trip through the Land of the Dead. And when he finally reaches home, he finds his palace overrun by loutish suitors fighting to win the affections of his adored wife Penelope. Odysseus has one last thrilling battle to fight before he can reclaim his wife and his kingdom. Rosemary Sutcliff's vivid transformation brings Homer's Odyssey to life for a new generation. While simplified, the story is never "dumbed down," making it an excellent introduction to Greek mythology for readers of all ages. Hardcover, 119 pages.
93712: Archimedes and the Door of Science Archimedes and the Door of Science
By Jeanne Bendick / Bethlehem Books

Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! Simple illustrations enhance the accessible text. Ages 10 and up. 142 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.

History Living Books - Ancient Greece - Years 1-4

406943: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
By Ingri D'Aulaire / Random House, Inc

Here are the gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece - mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts; gray-eyed Athena, goddess of wisdom; Helios, the sun; greedy King Midas - lavishly depicted by Caldecott winners Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. In a relaxed and humorous tone, these splendid artists bring to life the myths that have inspired great European literature and art through the ages, creating a book readers of all ages will cherish.
96742: Step Into Reading, Level 5: The Trojan Horse, How the Greeks Won the War Step Into Reading, Level 5: The Trojan Horse, How the Greeks Won the War
By Emily Little, Michael Eagle / Random House, Inc

Help to ease your child's transition into reading chapter books with the confidence building "Step into Reading" series. This level 5 book is perfect for children who have just started reading chapter books and still like books with colorful pictures. Read all about the Trojan war in this non-fiction account of Grecian history. 48 pages, softcover. Pronunciation guide included.
68834: The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
By Padraic Colum / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war against the Trojans. And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters, facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cyclopes. Using narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth The Librarian who measured the Earth

Lasky pens this colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe's circumference.

Living Books - Years 5-8  or as read aloud books for younger children

59299: Science in Ancient Greece Science in Ancient Greece
By Kathlyn Gay / Grolier Publishing Company

Science finds its origins in the world's earliest civilizations. The Greeks made many contributions to medicine and mathematics. Ptolemy, a respected Greek astronomer, was the first person to suggest a model for the positions of the sun, Earth, and the other planets. Modern science also benefits from the methodical research techniques developed by the Greeks.
93712: Archimedes and the Door of Science Archimedes and the Door of Science
By Jeanne Bendick / Bethlehem Books

Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! Simple illustrations enhance the accessible text. Ages 10 and up. 142 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
751475: Bulfinch's Mythology Bulfinch's Mythology
By Thomas Bulfinch / Random House, Inc

Born into a Massachusetts family in 1796, Thomas Bulfinch's Mythology has long remained a classic text upon the subject. Orignally published as three volumes: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry and Legends of Charlemagne, his retellings span time and the globe. He not only restates the myths with a vivid, literary voice, but also points out the connections between mythology and the then-current 19th century literature and art. 862 pages, indexed, softcover.
94831: Black Ships Before Troy: A Retelling of the Iliad Black Ships Before Troy: A Retelling of the Iliad
By Rosemary Sutcliff / Random House, Inc

This re-telling of Homer's Iliad retains all the splendor of Ancient Troy. Legendary Helen, courageous Achilles, Ajax, Odysseus and Hector are all present in their original grandeur as they fight for Helen's--and Greece's--honor. 149 pages, softcover with pronunciation guide.
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
by Rosemary Sutcliff.

The long siege of Troy is over, and the city is in ashes. Heroic King Odysseus can finally return to Ithaca, but the voyage home holds terrors far greater than any he faced during the Trojan War. Storms have thrust Odysseus's ship into unknown waters. Here he must confront not only the blunders of his crew, but far stranger perils: the one-eyed, flesh-eating Cyclops; Circe, the enchantress with the power to turn men into swine; the unnerving trip through the Land of the Dead. And when he finally reaches home, he finds his palace overrun by loutish suitors fighting to win the affections of his adored wife Penelope. Odysseus has one last thrilling battle to fight before he can reclaim his wife and his kingdom. Rosemary Sutcliff's vivid transformation brings Homer's Odyssey to life for a new generation. While simplified, the story is never "dumbed down," making it an excellent introduction to Greek mythology for readers of all ages. Hardcover, 119 pages.
57997: Alexander the Great Alexander the Great
By Robert Green / Grolier Publishing Company

In his short life, Alexander the Great conquered more lands and peoples than any other person in the ancient world. His conquests opened new trade routes from the countries around the Mediterranean Sea all the way to India. For centuries after Alexander's death, Greek culture dominated the European world. During his life some people thought Alexander was a god, and after his death he became a figure of mythical status. For Grades 6-8

Living Books - Years 9-12 - Ancient Rome

77552: Heroes of the City Of Man: A Christian Guide to Select Ancient Literature Heroes of the City Of Man: A Christian Guide to Select Ancient Literature
By Peter J. Leithart / Canon Press

The Iliad, Theogony, The Odyssey, The Aeneid . . . Help your students read and grapple with these foundation stones of classic literature. Leithart, a Cambridge-educated Presbyterian minister, presents a scholarly Christian commentary on each of them, providing theological insight into literary conflicts between the heroes of the city of man and the city of God. Includes study questions. 389 pages, softcover from Canon.
The Iliad of Homer The Iliad of Homer.

Translation by Richmond Lattimore. 528 pages, paperback.
The Odyssey of Homer The Odyssey of Homer

Translation by Richmond Lattimore. 528 pages, paperback.

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