History Readers Your Family Will Love

“In this house there lived a candlemaker whose name was Josiah Franklin.  He was a good and pious man, and the Lord had given him a virtuous wife and a blessing of seventeen children, all counted.” ~ Benjamin Franklin by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

This quote is from a long list of Books from my favorite authors – Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire and published by Beautiful Feet Books

abe lincoln book

Focusing on learning History through Literature…

Each and every book has amazing art work – with a consistent pattern of rotating black & white and colorful illustrations.

Most of the titles are Historical – and can be used for Family Reading, School Projects or Book Reports.

Our children LOVE the stories as they weave Historical figures and daily living details.

We read these aloud to our children but if your child LOVES to read, the READING LEVEL is:  Primary and Intermediate (1st through 6th grade)

book seriesYou can find these beautiful books here:  Beautiful Feet Books

Pick a favorite and begin there.  You don’t have to home educate your children to incorporate History into your/their reading.

One of my favorite things to do while reading these books, is to give the older children a notepad and pen, and have them practice note-taking and later use this to form essays and later follow through with research on the historical time line.

The younger children listen attentively, and later I will allow them to draw in their journals, or picture binders with their favorite part of the stories.  We love to implement coloring pencils and notepads after our reading times.

Reading with History can be educational, fun and inspiring!

What are your favorite reading books?  Every Thursday, I will feature resources, homeschool helps and favorite books.

I would love to hear if you have read these, and which one was your favorite!     ( if you can pick!)  

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    Stephanie Kay
    March 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Yes! We have these! In fact, I don’t use a set history curriculum. We just read great books about certain periods. I don’t think I could pick a favorite. 🙂

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    March 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Thanks September, I would just love to observe your teaching. I could learn so much from you! Looking forward to your Mar 16 meeting outcome for Hope collection.

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    August 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    A favorite D’Aulaire book??? Impossible to name one. I love their books and their illustrations. As we read these books with our children, I would photocopy the black/white drawings for the kids to color while we read. We used those really nice professional colored pencils. Very nice!

    I really love their book on the Lord’s Prayer and the Star-Spangled Banner. If you can, collect all of their works. Pass them on to your grandchildren some day.

    Here is a list of their books. (taken from http://www.valerieslivinglibrary.com)

    Abraham Lincoln (Caldecott Medal)
    Benjamin Franklin
    Buffalo Bill
    Conquest of the Atlantic
    George Washington
    Leif, the Lucky
    Star Spangled Banner, The

    Book of Greek Myths
    Norse Gods and Giants

    Animals Everywhere
    Children of the Northlights
    Lord’s Prayer, The

    Don’t Count Your Chicks
    Foxie, the Singing Dog (illus. by Edwin Shenton)
    Johnny Blossom
    Magic Meadow, The
    Magic Rug, The
    Needle in the Haystack (by John Matheson and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire)
    Ola and Blakken and Line, Sine, Trine
    Terrible Troll-bird
    Too Big
    Two Cars, The
    Wings for Per

    Books Illustrated by the D’Aulaires
    Children of the Soil by Nora Burglon
    East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Christian Asbjornson
    Gao of the Ivory Coast by Katie Seabrook
    Solve Suntrap, A Boy of Norway by Hans Aanrud
    Sidsel Longskirt, A Girl of Norway by Hans Aanrud
    (The two last books can also be found bound together as a single volume subtitled Two Children of Norway.)

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