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Literature/historical fiction selections for world geography to expand on Sonlight's Eastern Hemisphere core?

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I have purchased a used SL Core F and want to add to it, to turn it into a full secular world geography study. I love the diversity and "feel" of SL's book choices, and I am looking for similar chapter books for the Western Hemisphere. I know there have been many threads about literature selections for world geography, but it it seems that those tend toward picture books or non-fiction recommendations. I am looking for Sonlighty books. :tongue_smilie:


Any ideas?

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This site lists chronological historical fiction, by age for gr. 1-8, broken down by continent. So, for your Western Hemisphere, there are categories for: U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, West Indies, and Europe.


Here's a literature-based geography book list put together by WTMer TracyMirko.


Here's a European History booklist, arranged chronologically, with specific country noted for each. It is a mix of non-fiction AND historical fiction.


And here's one that has books based on setting in each of the 50 states of the U.S.: 50 States Book List (oops -- just realized that last one is all picture books).


Some past threads with ideas:

Book list sorted by country/culture?

Book list for culture/country study

Searching for books set in a particular country

Travel/Country themed chapter books

Canadian History or Geography related picture books-- a number of historical fiction ideas for Canada, not just picture books


You might also check through current Sonlight core book lists and pull in works from other cores that focus on Western Hemisphere. Also, check this chronological list of older SL books and just pull titles that fit the time/country you are interested in. Below is a sample I pulled from that list from the grammar and logic stage lists. BEST of luck in finding books for your Western Hemisphere study! Warmest regards, Lori D.




New World (Western Hemisphere) Explorers

Brendan the Navigator (Fritz) -- 500AD European

The Viking Adventure (Bulla) -- 1000AD Vikings

Eric the Red & Leif the Lucky (Schiller) -- 1000AD Vikings

Pedro's Journal (Conrad) -- 1492 Columbus

Walk the World's Rim (Baker) -- 16th cent Cabeza de Vaca


Mexico/South America

Hill of Fire (Lewis) -- Mexico volcano

Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa -- Argentina

The Secret of the Andes (Clark) -- Incas

The Corn Grows Ripe (Rhoads) -- Mayas

It's A Jungle Out There (Snell) --true story Amazon rainforest


North America -- Native American

North American Indians (Gorsline)

Pocahontas and the Strangers (Bulla)

Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims (Bulla)

Om-kas-toe (Thomasma) -- Blackfeet Indians early 1700s

Naya Nuki (Thomasma) -- true story; Sacagawea's friend

The Sign of the Beaver (Speare) -- Native Americans & colonial frontier life

Tikta'Liktak (Houston) -- Inuit

The Year of Miss Agnes (Hill) -- 1948, Alaskan Inuit

Island of the Blue Dolphin (O'Dell) -- Native American California

Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet (Cwiklik) -- biography, but feels like historical fiction

Mother West Wind's Children (Burgess) -- folktales

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