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Favorite books for SOTW 2 - 5th grader


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My older dd has read through almost all the books I had picked out for her history reading. It just felt wrong to tell her to wait when she wanted to read. I need ideas for more books please. She has read:


St. Augustine Came to Kent

Son of Charlemagne

Adam of the Road

Anna of Byzantium

The Shakespeare Stealer

The Samurai's Tale

Who Was... William Shakespeare, Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, Da Vinci


I thought I would let her read Twain's The Prince and the Pauper since she likes him (it was supposed to be a read aloud). I'll probably let her try Twain's Joan of Arc biography but I don't know if she can get through that one on her own. What were your dc's favorites for that time period? Thanks!

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Here's my book list for SOTW/ Grade 2. :) Some of the longer ones are planned as read-alouds. The first half are mostly titles that are so general (dealing with the *feeling* of the period more so than historical dates), while the second half is more chronologically historical.


Castle Medieval Days and Knights (pop-up) by Reinhart

The Renaissance (See Through History) by Tim Wood

Barbarians! by Steven Kroll

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales audiobook with Judi Dench

The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup by Rosemary Sutcliff

A Medieval Feast by Aliki

A Street Through Time by Anne Millard

Knights by Catherine Daly-Weir

Knights by Julek Heller and Deirdre Headon

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

Favorite Medieval Tales by Mary Pope Osborne

Castle: Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer

The Lady & the Lion by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

The Nesting Doll by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault and illust. by Fred Marcellino

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty by K.Y. Craft

The Lady and the Lion by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table audiobook with Sean Bean

Diane Stanley Books: Joan of Arc, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Shakespeare

The Vikings (Treasure Chests) by Fiona MacDonald (800)

The Viking Tales by Jennie Hall (800)

The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders by Gilda Berger (800)

Beowulf by Michael Morpugo (1000)

The Norman Conquest by Cyril Walter (1066)

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges (1100)

Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades by Chris Gibb (1189)

Knights Treasure Chest: The Age of Adventure... by Marilyn Tollhurst

Knights by Rachel Firth

Castles by Stephanie Turnbull

Knights & Castles: 50 Activities by Avery Hart

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Green (1216)

Marco Polo by Demi (1254)

Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman (1300s)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo (1400)

Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer by Robert Byrd (1476)

Midsummer Night's Dream by Bruce Coville (~1590)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, retold by Bruce Coville (~1590)

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, retold by Bruce Coville (~1590)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare, retold by Bruce Coville (~1590)

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Here are the history-related books from ds' 6th grade list that he particularly enjoyed:


The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli, 0440227798

The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric P. Kelly, 0689715714

Beowulf: a new telling, Robert Nye, 0440905605

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, Allen French, 1604595221

King Arthur and His Knights, Malory/ Elizabeth L. Merchant, (Calvert)

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Roger Lancelyn Green, 0140367004

If All the Swords of England, Barbara Willard, 1883937493

Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Gray, 0142406597

Crispin: Cross of Lead, Avi, 0786816589 (and sequel -- this one was a favorite)

Catherine Called Birdy, Karen Cushman, 0064405842

The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer / McCaughrean , 0140380531

One Thousand and One Nights, Geraldine McCaughrean, 0192750135

The White Stag, Kate Seredy, 0140312587

Tales From Japan, Helen and William McAlpine, 0192751751

The Samurai's Tale, Erik Haugaard, 0618615121

A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park, 0440418518

Around the World in 100 Years, Jean Fritz, 0698116380

The Playmaker, J. B. Cheaney, 0440417104

King of Shadows, Susan Cooper, 068984445X

The Second Mrs. Giaconda, E. L. Konigsburg, 0689821212

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