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Favorite books for Middle Ages for 6th & 8th grades

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Realised my previous post did not include "Middle ages" in the title!


We are starting SOTW2 in the fall and I'd like to know any favorite books for the Middle Ages. My dc will be in 8th, 6th, 3rd, K - All LOVE to read.

Any titles would be much appreciated- Thanks for your help!!! :)

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Here are some I like for this time period. There are tons of good books for this period and this list is certainly not exhaustive!



Tales of King Arthur, retold by Felicity Brooks (Usborne)

The King Who Was and Will Be: The World of King Arthur and His Knights, Kevin Crossley-Holland

Lancelot, Hudson Talbott (simpler)

Young Arthur, Robert D. San Souci (simpler)

Magic in the Mist, Margaret Kimmel (Wales - simpler)

A History of Britain through Art, Jillian Powell

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Sidney Lanier, ed.

Ancient World Leaders: Attila the Hun, Bonnie Carman Harvey

The Celts, Hazel Martell

Scottish Myths and Legends, K. E. Sullivan

Beowulf the Warrior, Ian Serraillier

Augustine: The Farmer’s Boy of Tagaste, P. de Zeeuw

Brother Wolf of Gubbio, A Legend of Saint Francis, Colony Santangelo (simpler)

The Holy Twins, Benedict and Scholastica, Kathleen Norris (simpler)

Saint Francis, Brian Wildsmith (simpler)

Anna of Byzantium, Tracy Barrett

The World in the Time of Charlemagne, Fiona Macdonald

Explore-a-Maze, Robert Snedden - Leif Eriksson

Viking Life, John Guy (w/ questions)

BBC Fact Finders: Vikings, Peter Chrisp

Leif the Lucky, Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire (simpler)

Inside Story: A Viking Town, Fiona Macdonald

If You Were There: Viking Times (w/ fold out game board), Antony Mason

Usborne Starting Point: Who Were the Vikings? (Simple)Jane Chisholm and Struan Reid

Usborne Illustrated World History: The Viking World, Philippa Wingate

Black Fox of Lorne, Marguerite de Angeli

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, Allen French

Augustine Came to Kent, Barbara Willard

Battles of the Medieval World, Kelly Devries, et al

Eyewitness Castle

Ultimate Explorer: Castles, Susan Churchill (w/ kit)

The Castle, A Pop-Up Fantasy, Tom Partridge

The Big Book of Knights and Castles, Barbara Weisberg

Castle, Struan Reid

Marguerite Makes a Book, Bruce Robertson (simple)

Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World, Polly Brooks

Eyewitness Knight

Days of the Knights, A Tale of Castles and Battles, Christopher Maynard (simple)

The World of the Medieval Knight, Christopher Gravett

If You Lived in the Days of the Knights, Ann McGovern (simple)

The Samurai’s Tale, Erik Haugaard

In the Time of the Knights, Shelley Tanaka (simple)

Exploring History: Ancient Weapons, Will Fowler

Saladin, Noble Prince of Islam, Diane Stanley (simple)

The Beduins’ Gazelle, Frances Temple

Living History: Fourteenth-century Towns, Ed. John D. Clare

The Legend of Robin Hood, Ed. Dami Editore (Barnes & Noble illus. edition)

The Canterbury Tales, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

Understanding the Canterbury Tales, Clarice Swisher

The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer (Penguin Classics)

If You were There: Medieval Times, Antony Mason (w/ fold-out game board)

Magna Carta, Clyde Bulla

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Roger Lancelyn Green

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle (RD’s Young Readers)

Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Gray

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page, Richard Platt

Milk and Honey, A Year of Jewish Holidays, Jane Yolen

Great Illus. Classics Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott (simple)

Explore-a-Maze - Marco Polo

The World in the Time of Marco Polo, Fiona Macdonald

The Adventures of Marco Polo, As Dictated in Prison to a Scribe in the Year 1298, What He Experienced and Heard During His Twenty-four Years Spent in Travel through Asia and at the Court of the Kublai-Khan, ed. for the modern reader by Richard J. Walsh - primary source

Forests of the Vampire, Slavic Myth, Charles Phillips and Michael Kerrigan

The White Stag, Kate Seredy

Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi

The Black Arrow, Robert Louis Stevenson

Columbus and the Renaissance Explorers, Colin Hynson

Exploring Africa, Hazel Martell and Gerald Wood

Don Quixote and the Windmills, Eric A. Kimmel (simple)

Don Quixote, retold by Michael Harrison (simple)

Around the World in a Hundred Years, From Henry the Navigator to Magellan, Jean Fritz

City States of the Swahili Coast, Thomas Wilson

History of the World: Africa (8th to 18th Century)

Westward with Columbus, John Dyson

Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World, Peter Chrisp

Magellan and the Exploration of South America, Colin Hynson (w/ questions)

Christopher Columbus: First Voyage to America, From the Log of the ‘Santa Maria’ - primary source

The Great Adventure of Christopher Columbus, a Pop-Up Book, Jean Fritz

Columbus, Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

Looking at Aztec Myths and Legends: Land of the Five Suns, Kay McManus

Eyewitness Medieval Life

Living History: Italian Renaissance, ed. John D. Clare

Journey through History: The Renaissance, Garme Peris (simple)

Eyewitness Renaissance

Luther the Leader, Virgil Robinson

Mary, Bloody Mary, Carolyn Meyer

The Young Person’s Guide to Shakespeare, Anita Ganeri (w/ CD)

Shakespeare’s Theatre, Andrew Langley

Tales from Shakespeare, Charles and Mary Lamb

Shakespeare’s Globe, An Interactive Pop-Up Theatre, Toby Forward

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children, E. Nesbit

Shakespeare’s Stories: Comedies, retold by Beverly Birch

Oxford School Shakespeare: Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing, all edited by Roma Gill

Macbeth, ed. Nicholas Brooke

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