World History Through Children's Books: Integrating Kids' Historical Picture Books, Novels and Nonfiction in the Classroom for Preschool through Ninth Grade
Subject and Theme Articles
Including activities, related fiction, nonfiction and links.
- World War II
- World War II: as an example of a school wide parallel reading theme.
- Women's History and Children's Books: This article is mostly focused on US History but has some nice jumping off points for world history.
- Biographies and Memoirs
- Time as a Subject and Time Travel Fantasies
- Greek and Roman Mythology
- Tongue in Cheek Fairytales: typically set in and reflect the literature of historical Europe.
Annotated Booklists for Specific Subjects
General Activities and Lesson Plans
- Creating a Living History Museum
Teachers' Guides for Featured Books
These include book summaries, related books, activities and links.
Castle in the Attic - by Elizabeth Winthrop. Novel. Grades 3 and up.
England, Middle Ages
Catherine, Called Birdy - by Karen Cushman. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
England, 13th Century
Dateline: Troy - by Paul Fleischman. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
Greek Mythology, Turkey, 12th or 11th Centuries BC
Great Kapok Tree, The: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest - by Lynne Cherry. Picture Book. Grades K and up.
Amazon Jungle, Historical to Present
Keeping Quilt, The - by Patricia Polacco. Picture Book. Grades K and up.
Russia, An Immigrants History of Her Life In Russia
Night Journey, The - by Kathryn Lasky. Novel. Grades 4 and up.
Russia, Jews, 1890's
Number the Stars - by Lois Lowry. Novel. Grades 4 and up.
Denmark, World War II, 1943
Nory Ryan's Song - by Patricia Reilly Giff. Novel. Grades 4 and up.
Ireland, Potato Famine, Mid 1800's
Single Shard, A - by Linda Sue Park. Novel. Grades 4 and up.
Korea, Artisans, 12th Century
Reviews of Recommended Books
Arrival, The - by Shaun Tan. Novel Wordless. Grades 5 and up.
A wordless book of an immigrant's arrival in a nameless and surreal fantasy country.
- Ray, Deborah Kogan. To Go Singing Through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda. Picture Book. Grades 4+.
1900's in Chili, South America.
- Cushman, Karen. The Midwife's Apprentice. Novel. Grades 5+.
Middle Ages in England.
- Morning Girl - by Michael Dorris. Novel. Grades 4 and up.
Nightfather - by Carl Friedman. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
Root Cellar, The - by Janet Lunn. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
1860's, Ontario, Canada.
War of Jenkins' Ear, The - by Michael Morpurgo. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
Tom's Midnight Garden - by Philippa Pearce. Novel. Grades 5 and up.
19th Century, England.
Rebel - by Allan Baillie. Picture Book. Grades 3 and up.
1990, Rangoon, Burma.
Chicken Man - by Michelle Edwards. Picture Book. Grades K and up.
Sami and the Time of the Troubles - by Florence Parry Heide. Picture Book. Grades 3 and up.
1980's, Beirut, Lebanon.
Tree of Cranes - by Allen Say. Picture Book. Grades 2 and up.
Three Golden Keys, The - by Peter Sis. Picture Book. Grades 3 and up.
1950's and 1960's, Prague, Czech Republic.
Wan Hu Is in the Stars - by Jennifer Armstrong. Picture Book. Grades 2 and up.
Hana's Suitcase - by Karen Levine. Nonfiction. Grades 4 and up.
To Go Singing Through the World - by Deborah Kogan Ray. Picture Book. Grades 4 and up.
Early 1900's, Chili, South America.
Booklists of Recommended Books
Related Areas of Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site