Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Homeschool Memoirs #24: Reading List - Dark Ages, Vikings and Middle Ages Book Lists

I know many of you either have a long list of books yourself or have one for the children for schooling. Please share your lists of reading material for this year. You can put them in any way you like - by genre, age, author, fiction, subject. You can also share your list from last year.

My List

I do not have a list of books I read last year. I do not have a list of books that I want the boys to read this year or next, we take those as them come. I do however had a detailed list of the books we plan to use for History so... here goes... I hope this is helpful to someone.

Our History Reading For This Year (This Section of Books are Read Aloud I read them to the boys)

This year we are studying the Dark Ages, Age of the Vikings and the Middle Ages. We started the dark ages last year and so were partway through our main texts. We started the school year in the year 622 AD in History. For our main text I use The Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar. We are currently on Volume II - The Early Church and the Middle Ages we started on lesson 29. We also read Famous Men of the Middle Ages (started at chapter 8 this year) by Cynthia Shearer, and Story of the Middle Ages (A Revised and Expanded Edition of The Story of Old France and The Story of the English by H. A. Guerber) by Christine Miller
(started at chapter XXXIV this year) . In all these books we were on Mohamed and the Birth of Islam.

There are some other books that we read each week, little by little. We read the chapters as they go along with the topics or time period we are doing for the 3 main texts we use.

The books are:
Streams of Civilization Volume 1 by Mary Stanton and Albert Hymast

Choosing Your Way Through the World's Medieval Past by Anne E. Schraff

100 Most Important Events in Christian History by Curtis, Lang and Petersen

Medieval Messenger by Fergus Fleming

Mathematicians are People, Too Volume 1 and 2 by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer

Everyday Life in the Middle Ages - With Cross-Curricular Activities in Each Chapter

We also do Blackline Maps of World History by Knowledge Quest and

History Through the Ages timeline book with the History Through the Ages Collection of Historical Timeline Figures (we have the CD

Other Middle Ages books (in Chronological order, the way we read them, read-aloud)

Dark Ages

Augustine Came to Kent by Barbara Willard

Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard


The Viking News by Rachel Wright

The Viking Invader by Fergus Fleming

Beorn the Proud by Madeleine Polland

Viking Raiders (Usborne Time Traveller) by Anne Civardi, James Graham-Campbell, and Heather Amery

Growing Up in Viking Times

How Would You Survive as a Viking? By Jacqueline Morley

Cultural Atlas of the Viking World by Colleen Batey

A Viking Town by Fiona Macdonald

The Dragon and the Raven by G.A. Henty

Warming up to Iceland Odyssey Magazine Adventures in Science (A Cobblestone Publication)

The Vikings (Landmark Books) by Elizabeth Janeway

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Living History Library) by Allen French

Wulf the Saxon by G.A. Henty

Middle Ages

The Crusades by Anthony West

Knights by Catherine Daly-Weir

In the Time of the Knights by Shelley Tanaka

Red Falcons of Tremoine by Hendry Peart

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

The Red Keep by Allen French

If All the Swords in England (Living History Library) by Barbara Willard

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett

Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades by G.A. Henty

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle

Richard the Lion Heart by L. Du Garde Peach

A Samurai Castle by Fiona Macdonald

Big John's Secret (Living History Library) by Eleanore M. Jewett

The Lost Baron (Adventure Library (Warsaw, N.D.).) by Allen French

In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace & Bruce by G.A. Henty

Castle by David Macaulay

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

St. George for England by G.A. Henty

The Beggars’ Bible – John Wycliffe by Louise A. Vernon

Morning Star of the Reformation by Andy Thomson

The Lion of St. Mark by G.A. Henty

A March on London by G.A. Henty

Both Sides of the Border by G.A. Henty

At Agincourt by G.A. Henty

Joan of Arc by Nancy Wilson Ross (World Landmark book)

Ink on His Fingers by Louise A. Vernon

Books on the Middle Ages that we use for Activities Research and Independent Reading (not read-aloud

What Do We Know About the Middle Ages by Sarah Howarth

I Wonder Why Castles Had Moats and Other Questions About Long Ago by Philip Steele

How Would You Survive the Middle Ages? By Fiona Macdonald

The Middle Ages by Mike Corbishley

Castle (DK Eyewitness) by Christopher Gravett

Castle: Medieval Days and Knights (a pop up book) by Kyle Olmon

Castles by David Alderton

The Great Castle Search by Jane Bingham

Design Your Own Coat of Arms: An Introduction to Heraldry by Rosemary A. Chorzempa

Knights and Castles: 50 hands-on activities to experience the Middle Ages by Hart and Mantell

Knights in Armor – a Living History book by John D.Clare, Editor

Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Medieval Castle by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

A Medieval Cathedral – An Inside Story book by Fiona Macdonald

A Medieval Castle – An Inside Story book by Fiona Macdonald

Forts and Castles – A See Through History book by Brian Williams

Medieval Knights – A See Through History book by David Nicolle

The Medieval Castle – A Building History book by Don Nardo

The Medieval Cathedral – A Building History book by William W. Lace

The Middle Ages – A History Opens Windows by Jane Shuter

I Hope this helps someone in their Middle Ages Study,


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Laura O said...


We're studying this same time period this year. The older boys are doing it in a co-op and some of the titles overlap.

I'm also reviewing Tapestry of Grace's unit on Middle Ages and have great book suggestions from there.

Just the other night I saw Mystery of History Vol. 2 and wish that was on my bookshelf as well.

I'll have to do a post soon about our Middle Ages studies and what we're using. It's definitely a great time period in history that engages boys and girls alike.

Dixie said...

I really enjoyed reading over your book list for MOH II. I am wondering if you did MOH I and if you have a list of additional books similiar to this list?

Thank you,



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