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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