Literature List for Story of the World Volume 3

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Do you need some great book ideas for studying early modern history?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here you’ll find a wonderful literature list for early American history and early modern history. There are lots of picture books and even several chapter book choices.

I created this list because we plan to supplement our reading of Story of the World Volume 3 with lots of library books. But there were a few books that I knew we wouldn’t want to miss, so I’m ordering at least one book for each chapter. If we don’t make it to the library one week, I’ll know we have one extra book to enhance our studies. Plus, I wanted to build our home library with some history books!

It was difficult to narrow down the choices to only 1 or 2 per chapter but I did it – ok, some might have 3! (And these books are not necessarily the ones recommended in the activity guide, although some are.) These are just the books on my purchase list! Most are picture books that will be read aloud to my 8 and 6 year olds. A few are chapter books for my 8 year old to read on her own.


Chapter 1: A World of Empires

Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs: World Cultures Through Time

Chapter 2: Protestant Rebellions

You Wouldn’t Want to Be Mary Queen of Scots!

Who Was Queen Elizabeth?

Chapter 3: James, King of Two Countries

You Wouldn’t Want to Be An American Colonist

Pocahontas by Bruchac

Chapter 4: Searching for the Northwest Passage

Exploration and Conquest

Samuel de Champlain by Morganelli

Chapter 5: Warlords of Japan

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Samurai

Himeji Castle by Ball

Chapter 6: New Colonies in the New World

The New Americans: Colonial Times

If You Sailed on the Mayflower…

Chapter 7: The Spread of Slavery

The Jamestown Colony

Dear Benjamin Banneker

Chapter 8: The Middle of the East

Iran in Pictures

Chapter 9: The Western War

Rapunzel by Zelinsky

Germany in Pictures

Chapter 10: Far East of Europe

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

Chapter 11: The Moghul Emperors of India

Taj Mahal: A Story of Love and Empire

Chapter 12: Battle, Fire, and Plague in England

You Wouldn’t Want to be Sick in the 16th Century!

Chapter 13: The Sun King

Versailles by Tagliaferro

Chapter 14: The Rise of Prussia

Germany the Land

Snow White by Grimm

Chapter 15: A New World in Conflict

The Iroquis by Englar

Chapter 16: The West

The Year at Maple Hill Farm

I, Galileo

Chapter 17: Russia Looks West

Peter the Great by Stanley

The Sea King’s Daughter: A Russian Legend

Chapter 18: East and West Collide

Folktales of Turkey from Agri to Zelve

Chapter 19: The English in India

India the People by Kalman

The Jungle Book Classic Starts

Chapter 20: The Imperial East

I See the Sun in Myanmar

The Dragon Prince

Chapter 21: Fighting Over North America

Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky

Struggle for a Continent

Sign of the Beaver

Chapter 22: Revolution

And Then What Happened Paul Revere?

Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began

Johnny Tremain

Chapter 23: The New Country

A More Perfect Union

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution

Ben and Me

Chapter 24: Sailing South

Captain James Cook (Great Explorers)

Carry on Mr. Bowditch

Chapter 25: Revolution Gone Sour

Redoute: The Man Who Painted Flowers

You Wouldn’t Want to be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution

Chapter 26: Catherine the Great

Russia the Land

The Tale of the Firebird

Chapter 27: A Changing World

The Story of Eli Whitney

Making It Go: The Life and Work of Robert Fulton

Chapter 28: China and the Rest of the World

Confucius: Great Chinese Philosopher

A Time of Golden Dragons

Chapter 29: The Rise of Bonaparte

I, Crocodile

Louisiana Purchase by Roop

Chapter 30: Freedom in the Caribbean

Open the Door to Liberty

Tap, Tap

Chapter 31: A Different Kind of Rebellion

Thomas Jefferson by Harness

The Bobbin Girl

Chapter 32: The Opened West

How We Crossed the West

Lewis and Clark and Me

Chapter 33: The End of Napoleon

The War of 1812 by Mulhall

The Town that Fooled the British

Jean Lafitte: The Pirate Who Saved America

Chapter 34: Freedom for South America

The Gold Coin

Up and Down the Andes

Chapter 35: Mexican Independence

Famous People of Mexican History

The Legend of the Poinsettia

Chapter 36: The Slave Trade Ends

Amos Fortune Free Man

Only Passing Through

The Underground Railroad by Lasseiur

Chapter 37: Troubled Africa

Ashanti to Zulu

The Gift of the Sun

Chapter 38: American Tragedies

Trail of Tears by Bruchac

The First Strawberries

Chapter 39: China Adrift

Ruby’s Wish

Chapter 40: Mexico and Her Neighbor

A Picture Book of Davy Crockett

Susanna of the Alamo

Sam Houston: Standing Firm

Chapter 41: New Zealand and her Rulers

New Zealand ABC’s

New Zealand by Colson

Chapter 42: The World of Forty-Nine

Gold! Gold from the American River!

What Was the Gold Rush?


Further Reading

Literature List for Story of the World Volume 4

Chapter Book List for Story of the World Volume 4

Patriotic Book List

Choosing Curriculum Wisely and Managing School Time


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