Literature & Resources for Mystery of History Vol 2



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One of the biggest things I want to improve for school next year is an increase in the number of books we read, particularly books related to the time period we’re studying in history.

Next year, we’ll be studying The Mystery of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and The Middle Ages — which spans, roughly 30 AD to 1450 AD. (Or EC or whatever the toodles it is now.) My kids will be ages 11, 8 and 5 and I want to find books that they can read and look at on their own, read together, and have read to them. I want living history type books that add to our history story, while expanding our knowledge and appreciation of literature.

I have a tendency to want things pretty specific and just so.. HEY.. I know what I want. ;0)

So I’ve scanned the table of contents, I’ve googled and found a few other book lists, I’ve searched Amazon, and I’ve made my own list of books to buy/borrow for the school year. Here’s it is:

Corresponding Literature for The Mystery of History, Volume 2 for Elementary and Junior High

QUARTER 1: AD 29 – 476

Kindergarten & Early Elementary

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*Saint Valentine

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I Wonder Why the Romans Wore Togas: and Other Questions About Ancient Rome

Elementary

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*Chronicles Of Faith – Paul

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Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, No. 13)

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Augustine the Farmers Boy of Tagaste

Late Elementary & Early Junior High

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The Book of Acts (Bible)

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Masada: The Last Fortress

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Aztec, Inca, and Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)

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*Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland

QUARTER 2: c. 500-871

Kindergarten & Early Elementary

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If You Lived In The Days Of The Knights

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Who Were the Vikings Internet-Linked (Starting Point History)

Elementary

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*The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor

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Leif the Lucky

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*Beorn the Proud (Living History Library)

Late Elementary & Early Junior High

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*Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

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Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children (Yesterday’s Classics)

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Empress of China, Wu Ze Tian: Written by Jiang Cheng an ; Illustrated by Xu De Yuan

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Tales of King Arthur (Usborne Classics Retold)

QUARTER 3: 874-1192

Kindergarten & Early Elementary

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Classic Starts)

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*Good King Wenceslas

Elementary

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You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Crusader!: A War You’d Rather Not Fight

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*The Perfect Sword

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*The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through Three Continents in the Twelfth Century

Late Elementary & Early Junior High

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A Single Shard

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Macbeth (Shakespeare Made Easy)

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El Cid (Oxford classic tales)

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Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine, France, 1136 (The Royal Diaries)

QUARTER 4: 1210-1456

Kindergarten & Early Elementary

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Joan of Arc

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Marco Polo

Elementary

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*Adventures of the Treasure Fleet: China Discovers the World


You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Great Wall of China!: Defenses You’d Rather Not Build

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*The Beggars’ Bible

Late Elementary & Early Junior High

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Ink on His Fingers (Louise a. Vernon Historical Fiction Series, 12)

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Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics)

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Dante’s Divine Comedy: As Told for Young People

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Sterling Biographies: Joan of Arc: Heavenly Warrior

That’s a ton of books!! Obviously we’ll try to find as many as we can at the library, or used book stores. I’ve included plenty of options because we may not be able to find some of them locally and I don’t want to buy them all. 😉 The ones with asterisks are the ones I’d really like to own.

Other Resources:

I’ll up date with additional resources as I come across them.

Roman History – History for Kids
Middle Ages for Kids
The Vikings – History for Kids
Medieval Russia – History for Kids
All About King Arthur
The World of the Samurai

Also, here’s a link to our coordinating book list for geography.

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I am going to have to take a serious look at these later, as we are also doing MOH2 next year. Thanks!

Celia
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Celia

Thanks! This is very helpful. We’re also doing Volume 2 next year and I’ve been looking through the lists in the book trying to determine what we’ll read next year. I see some on your list that I want to check out.

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Shelly Snead

wow!!!!!!!!! I’ll never understand when you fellow HS moms find time to blog, but soooo thankful you DO! Thanks for sharing the booklist – we’ll be on our 2nd year of MOH as well and I truly appreciate not having to do this leg work with my 4, 5, 6 and 9 yr. olds in tow!
Blessings!

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Love MOH2!! We used MOH1 and MOH2 last year in our co-op. We had a lot of fun and I blogged about what we did. Our Medieval Feast was really neat. http://www.paceathome.com/content.php?221-Powerline-Community-Church-World-History-I-Co-op-The-Mystery-of-History

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Darlene
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Darlene

Very excited to find this. Thanks!

Lisa
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Lisa

Just found you via Google searching for historical fiction books for MOH Vol. 2. Thank you so much for posting your list!

Dawn
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Dawn

I found a series called ‘The Roman Mysteries’ by Caroline Lawrence that my kids and I are enjoying. The ones we read/are reading are “The Thieves of Ostia” & “The Secrets of Vesuvius” set in A.D. 79. Some other titles are “The Pirates of Pompeii”, “The Gladiators From Capua” and “The Assassins of Rome”. I think their are about 10 books in this historical fiction series.

miriam
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miriam

four years later and your list is still a blessing to people. thank you.

Jackie Betancourt
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Jackie Betancourt

Thank you for sharing your hard work with us, Amber! Will you be sharing something like this with the other volumes of Mystery of History? I have followed your blog for years now and took forward to meeting posts in my inbox. 😉