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Could you all please share your favorite literature picks for SOTW 4... Victoria thru End of Cold War.


Age levels... 5-11... but targeting the 3rd - 6th grade levels more.

Most of the time I'll be reading aloud, but it's nice to have some that can be read by my 5th grader and 3rd graders.


Thanks a bunch for sharing!!! 





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Here is our current list... but I'm struggling to know where to put things. It seems like many of the chapters cover several location/events/topics and are more chronological... is this true?

Most of these books I already have, so I'm attempting to fit several of them in... but not having done vol. 4 yet I don't know. 



A Little Princess 

Meet Addy 

If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War

Anne of Green Gables

Little House on the Prairie

A Question of Yams (not sure where to put this ... maybe Chapter #11: The Very Far Parts of the World)

Under the Hawthrone Tree

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

Lon Po Po

The House on Walenska Street (not sure about this, I just have this book and want to fit it in)

Day of the Blizzard (not sure about this, I just have this book and want to fit it in)

No Mountain too High - Gladys Aylward or Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime 

Meet Kit

Mary on Horseback

Number the Stars

Snow Treasure

The Battle for Iwo Jima

Unbroken (youth addition)

Hello Maggie!

The Year of Miss Agnes

The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Breadwinner

George Washington Carver: The Man who Overcame (not sure about this, I just have this book and want to fit it in)

Hero Tales

The Apothecary


Any other books you just LOVE and fit perfectly with a given chapter that you couldn't do with out??? 


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We follow SCM's literature selections.  Here is the Modern Times one:  https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/modern-times-epistles-revelation/


I've been ordering these a few at a time from Amazon and the picture books look great!  I had no idea there were so many WWII picture books.  The Elizabeth Mann books are great for older DC.  They look like a picture book, but are best for middle school ages.  We read a couple of these with Ancients.

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DD11 has done the second half of SOTW Vol. 4 this year. These are the books she read that relate specifically to that period in history and all were very good. You asked for literature, and with a couple of exceptions, I wouldn't consider these literature, but rather good historical fiction or non-fiction that tie closely to the modern history period. My DD really enjoys non-fiction, so there's a lot on this list.


I will always write back (Ganda) NF

Diary of a young Girl (Frank) NF

Bomb (Sheiken) NF

Farewell to Manzanar (Houston) NF

Number the Stars (Lowry) F

Three Cups of Tea (Mortenson) NF

Book Thief (Zusak) F

Glory Be (Scattergood) F 

One Crazy Summer and the sequel, P.S. Be Eleven (Williams-Garcia) F

A long walk to water (Park) NF

Shooting Kabul (Senzai) F

I am Malala (Yousafzai) NF


She also read many literature selections, but we didn't tie those to history.

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I don't know if these are listed in the AG or not, but these are some of the literature picks I am planning:


Mary Poppins

Anne of Green Gables

A Corrie Ten Boom book

Peter Pan

Billy and Blaze

The Von Trapp Family Singers

Indian in the Cupboard

Paul Bunyan

ALittle Princess


The Jungle Book

Where the Red Fern Grows

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Around the World in 80 Days

Chatty Chitty Bang Bang

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Treasure Island

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Black Beauty

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

Where Poppies Grow

Across Five Aprils

Buffalo Bill

Helen Keller

Just So Stories

Sherlock Holmes



By the Great Horn Spoon

Blue Willow

The Balloon Boy of San Francisco

The Singing Tree


Homer Price

The Story of Anne Frank

Lawn Boy

Old Yeller

Caddie Woodlawn


I also have some historical fiction. We won't get to all of these, but this is the list we will choose from. I have two different ages too.

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My son really liked Number the Stars and The Breadwinner, both of which surprised me, because the protagonists are girls in both, and I didn't expect him to connect with them.  You never know!


I'm planning on reading The Breadwinner, but some say it's a hard/discouraging read... did you see any evidence of this or did your son act disturbed by it? 

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