When searching for history books for elementary children, we first look for literary classics, right? Things like D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths or Aesop. But what about concise histories for mom to read aloud to help her remember the basics? It is so easy to get bogged down in the amount of options out there, so I thought I would record a few of my favorites here with some very brief notes about what I like in each book:
Founders of Freedom is concise and aimed at a fourth grade reading level. It could be read aloud to the youngest students, or an older elementary student could read this book himself.
The Old World’s Gifts to the New by Sister Mary Celeste is history that tries to bring to life the daily life of girls and boys from the beginning of time up to early American history. There seem to be very few biases about what ways of life were better (i.e. which women had it better), so over all I would recommend the book. It could be read aloud, or an older student could read it himself.
Great Moments in Catholic History is a wonderfully illustrated book! It begins with Christ and moves through to the modern age, depicting moments in history that are most important to us Catholics. I would be hard-pressed to be without this book! It’s imagery is priceless!
Also, for Mom, I very much recommend A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich (in multiple languages!).