It usually starts innocently. I’ll be working on my homeschool lesson plans and come across a book — usually from a series — that works well with the topic we’re covering in history at the time. In no time at all, my son is hooked. He blows through the entire series because he can’t get enough. Let’s face it, though, there are way worse things to be dealing with. I’ll gladly take a kid who’s hooked on history and a series of books over the other options.
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Maybe you’re looking for history books for your kids or maybe you’ve just got a series aficionado on your hands like I do. Either way, this list of history book series for kids is full of reasons to make a trip to your local library (or a trip to Amazon if you’re like me and your small-town library can’t always support your kiddo’s book habit).
History Book Series for Kids
1. Who Was … ? – We’ve turned to this biography series time and time again and it never disappoints. We’ve used some of these as read-alouds, but my nine year-old has been reading them on his own for a few years now. The series covers all sorts of key figures in history, but there are also What Was…? books that cover key historical events.
2. The Childhood of Famous Americans Series – What sets these apart from other biography books for kids is that they focus on the childhoods of famous Americans. These are some of my kiddo’s favorite history books!
3. Blast to the Past Series – We’ve recently discovered this series and are loving it! Think fiction meets history, but not in a historical fiction way. Instead, modern characters step back into historical moments and help key figures face various problems.
4. Magic Tree House – There’s no way I could leave Jack and Annie off of a list of history books for kids! Like the Blast to the Past series, Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House focuses on the adventures of modern kids who magically travel to all kinds of places and times. There are more than fifty of these fun and surprisingly educational books. If your kids are the kind to get hooked on a series, Magic Tree House would keep them busy for a long, long time!
5. Dear America – These are journal-style books written from the perspective of a child from various points in history.
6. My America – These are considered a part of the Dear America series, but are still categorized separately (or at least they are at all of our libraries!). They’re also journal-style books that help kids step inside the lives of other children throughout history.
7. Magic Tree House Fact Tracker – We love Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! These are non-fiction books that go along with the Magic Tree House adventures and they’ve been a huge part of our homeschool history. They’re not just for supplementing history topics, though! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found my son reading these for fun.
8. If You Lived … – These books are exactly what the title implies: what it was like to live with specific people groups or to live during certain points in history. We used these books quite a bit in our early elementary years and loved the fact that they were easily found at our local libraries.
9. Landmark Books – Landmark Books is an older living book series that primarily covers events in American history.
10. The Little House Collection – If you’re looking for a series that highlights life in the American Midwest during the 1800s, there’s no better choice!
11. The American Girls Collection – While my daughter isn’t quite old enough to get into these American Girls books, I can easily see them becoming a staple in our reading time at some point. This huge collection is divided into smaller collections based on the life of an American Girl character. Within each smaller collection, readers get to experience what life was like in the United States during various points of history.
12. You Wouldn’t Want To Be Series – These are non-fiction history books for kids who don’t love history (and certainly those who do love it as well)! The graphics are great, the information is engaging, and the overall approach is fantastic. If you haven’t checked into this series yet, you’re missing some fun stuff!
13. Heroes of History – This biography series is told from a narrative perspective and is a favorite among many families I know. If you’re looking for a biography series that appeals to your entire family, this is the one to consider.
14. Trailblazers – This series of history books for kids follows the lives of Christians pioneers all over the world.
15. Adventures in Odyssey: Imagination Station – These Adventures in Odyssey books are some of our favorites. Readers will voyage with vikings, visit the Roman Colosseum, and even come face to face with one of Herod’s soldiers on the night of Christ’s birth over the course of this series.
16. 101 History Facts Series – I stumbled upon this series while exploring my Kindle options, but I’ve been surprised by how much we’ve enjoyed it. These books are reasonably priced and have lots of great topical information and resources.
17. For Kids Series – This series is yet another good option for kids biographies. Unlike the other biographical series mentioned on this list, these are only available for Kindle users at this time. (Don’t forget to utilize Amazon’s FREE Kindle Reading App if you don’t have a Kindle of your own. That way you don’t miss out on these Kindle books!)
18. Religious Heritage Series – We started reading these living books from Louise Vernon’s Religious Heritage series last year and learned so much through them. This historical fiction series is a wonderful way to gain understanding of the lives of several heroes of the Christian faith.
19. I Am Series – There’s definitely not a shortage of biography options for kids, right? Scholastic’s I Am series is a collection of biographies are similar to the others I’ve listed: easy to read, engaging, and informative. We love the others listed here, but these have also shown up in our home plenty of times — sometimes in our homeschooling and sometimes just for fun.
20. I Survived Series – From Pompeii to events in modern history, the I Survived series gives readers an opportunity to experience significant moments in history from the perspective of a child living through the events.
What are your favorite history books for kids? Do any of these series make your list of favorites?
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