Learning history is essential not just to learn of our past but to gain a deeper perspective of how things came to be and foster a greater appreciation of our culture, identity, and traditions. If you’re looking for some great history books for kids, here is a list of our recommendations.
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Great Battles for Boys Series
by Joe Giorello
Great Battles for Boys is a bestselling series that takes young readers to the forefront of some of history’s most important battles, from wars of ancient Greece to the second Great War. The language is simple and there plenty of visual imagery in each book to garner the interest of even reluctant readers. While it is a delightful starter, it isn’t a wholesome meal. It should be noted that the series is targeted mainly towards a western audience and doesn’t cover many historical battles from other parts of the world.
Usborne Beginners History Collection
Filled with simple to understand text and plenty of vivid colorful illustrations, the Usborne Beginners History series is a great starter to get your kids interested in history early. Each book in the series covers a particular topic, from the Ancient Egyptians to the Vikings to the World Wars. It is recommended for kids aged 5 to 10.
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America
by Marc Favreau
“An enlightening and very readable book on a complex historical period.” ―Booklist (starred review)
Crash recounts the story of the Great Depression, one of the most pivotal and turbulent periods of the country’s history. Filled generously with primary sources, photographs and firsthand accounts, Favreau’s work is not only engaging to read but offers a very detailed and accurate depiction of a country deep in crisis.
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
by Kate Pankhurst
Women have always been underrepresented in history, including in most of our school textbooks. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst introduces young readers to just some of those amazing female figures who helped make history. Packed with colorful illustrations and interesting facts, it’s a great gift for young girls to get them informed of inspirational female figures that they can look up to.
The Story of the World Series
by Susan Wise Bauer
The Story of the World is a fantastic four-volume narrative history by Susan Bauer geared towards the young audience. Written in an engaging style, the book comes with plenty of useful facts and pictorials. The first book narrates the history from the earliest man to the last Roman Emperor, the second covering the middle ages to the western Renaissance, the third takes off from there to the onset of the first great war while the final book of the series details the great wars to the end of Twentieth century. A great distinction of the series is that it truly tries to cover ‘world history’ instead of just sweeping through a western biased narrative-focused mainly on Europe and post-Columbian North America.
A Little History of the World
by E. H. Gombrich
“Lucky children will have this book read to them. Intelligent adults will read it for themselves and regain contact with the spirit of European humanism at its best.”— Wall Street Journal
A timeless classic, A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich, narrates the span of human history, from the stone age to the creation of the atomic bomb and is written in a clear easy to grasp format. It’s a great introductory book for a young audience as well as adults looking to refresh their foundation of history. The Gombrich’s masterpiece takes its readers through a general sweep of some of history’s most important chapters, without dulling the pace with unnecessary complexity. This is a purchase you won’t be disappointed in.
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