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Geography curriculum books

I've scheduled in lots of colorful, fact-filled, interesting and fun books for this year's study! Here is a list of the items I scheduled in for you to purchase, borrow, or find substitutes for. If you want more of a geography and cultures focus, you can skip the history related books, but I recommend using some as the history of a country often gives you great insight to the current culture, politics and so on.

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Printables to download and print at the beginning of the year
(other printables are shown ONLY in the weekly schedule):

Please note that the printables featured below are NOT in the schedule. Use them whenever you feel appropriate or as instructed below.

Country Report Printable

 

Country Report - Download and print out this country report form to use occasionally throughout the year.

printable passport

 

Pretend printable passport - Print out this passport at the beginning of the year. Paste in the passport stamps, or national flag stickers that I link to below each week (or draw your own).

Passport city stamps

National flag stickers or Country stickers with flags

or

Customizeable stamps in a Word document

Countries and cultures lapbook

 

Country and Cultures lapbook (or notebooking pages)

You can use pages from this lapbook to do country reports as desired. The items can be put together to construct a lapbook, or they can be pasted onto notebook pages. It was a nice addition to my son's geography & cultures notebook.

There is a prayer needs / religion cut out, a flag matchbook, highest point flapbook, shutterfold menu, popular names booklet, traditional clothing figures & pocket, postcard, resources hexagon fold-out, people statistics cut-out, temperatures booklet, accordion timeline and pages to fill in things like the country's time zone, animals, plants, and more.

Do NOT feel like this should be accomplished for every country. That's overkill! You may want to assign it at least once during the year for a more in-depth report that will require your child to do a bit of research, either online or from the scheduled books. Another option is to just use one or two of the printables for each country and then compare the results of your research to see what is the same and different for each location.

Books and other materials to purchase or check out from your local library:

Note: Many of the books in the history and culture portion of the schedule also include geography. Please preview the books to make sure they are O.K. for your family's values. Some of the books mention cultural beliefs, etc. that some Christian families may not want their younger children exposed to yet, etc.

Note: I did NOT list and link to instant videos featured in the schedule. They are featured ONLY on the schedule pages - usually in the extras area. I also embedded some YouTube videos at the bottom of some pages below the online version of the schedule.

Geography Songs

 

Geography Songs (MP3's)- Used multiple weeks

or

Geography Songs (You Never Forget What You Sing) (Book and CD)

I used these songs with all of my children. They are an easy and effective tool for memorizing the countries of the world. The music is kind of dorky but catchy and the kind of thing that gets burned in your brain cells, lol. If you want the MP3's instead of the CD, make sure you purchase it as a whole as it's less expensive than purchasing the individual MP3's. The CD set comes with a book that has maps and lyrics that go with the songs. You can substitute the book's maps with the laminated world map below, if you want the MP3's (which are less expensive).

Click here for a PDF of the lyrics.

 

Maps and Geography Workbook

 

The Complete Book of Maps and Geography, Grades 3 - 6 - Used multiple weeks

I used this workbook with my kids when they were younger. It's a terrific resource chock full of map lessons and exercises, including cut & paste activities. It says it's for grades 3-6, but some of the pages are suitable for children as young as 1st or 2nd grade with your help. This is a great resource and one that is the best I've found for a variety of ages instead of targeted to just one grade level! I also like that fact that besides teaching a boat-load of map reading skills, there are also some critical thinking and logic exercises as well.

Supplies needed for this book:

a ruler, markers / crayons, a local state map (you can use Google maps online, but it would be fun to have a paper map to use), magnet, steel sewing needle or pin, shallow dish, access to water, piece of plastic foam (like from fast-food packaging) or a small piece of cork (to make a real compass), tape, ruler, globe (or ball that can be used like a globe), flashlight, map of North America or your country, poster board, glue, scissors

 

Stories from Around the World

 

Stories from Around the World - Used multiple weeks (culture)

This is a pretty little book that I scheduled throughout the year to introduce children to the different stories from around the world. Kids are usually pretty familiar with their own culture's traditional tales, but how about fables and stories from other countries? These stories will give your kids additional insight to other cultures. You can also use it for copywork and narration!

Children Just Like Me

 

Children Just Like Me - Used multiple weeks (culture and geography)

This is such a lovely book. Children from all over the world are photographed and readers are given a peek into their lives. My son looked at this book multiple times.

Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands

Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands - Used multiple weeks

My kids loved to cook and they loved trying new recipes from different cultures. I attribute that partially to our year of geography where we cooked up all sorts of multi-cultural goodies - some of which became favorites our kids whipped up time after time.

Give your kids the important experience of learning how to cook as well as tasting foods from different cultures.

This particular book goes over cooking safety and most of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store with a few exceptions (there is always Amazon to browse for the one or two hard-to-get items if you aren't lucky enough to have an ethnic grocery nearby). Each recipe also includes cultural facts and even bits of history. Kids Around the World Cook will educate your kids in more than one way!

Remember to provide adult assistance and supervision for all cooking activities!

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats - OPTIONAL - Used multiple weeks -This is a book for adults. Preview. (culture)

This books is NOT scheduled in. I think it's best looked at from beginning to end. Buy it and let your kids browse through it or discuss it together. This is a book for looking at the pictures & discussing vs. reading the text (unless you have an older child).

I managed to find some of the pictures from this book via a Time Magazine online article and have linked to them in the schedule so if you need to save money you can look at the pictures online. This is a VERY worthwhile book that my kids enjoyed pouring over and one they took down off the shelf multiple times to browse through. It's very informative and interesting and showcases what different families around the world eat in the course of a week.

Click here for a sample image of a family from Germany (linked in the schedule).

 

Material World: A Global Family Portrait

Material World: A Global Family Portrait - OPTIONAL - This is a book for adults. Preview for cultural nudity (there isn't much so it's easily dealt with if you want to cover it up), etc.

This books is NOT scheduled in. I think it's best looked at from beginning to end. Buy it and let your kids browse through it or discuss it together. This is a book for looking at the pictures & discussing vs. reading the text (unless you have an older child).

"In an unprecedented effort, sixteen of the world’s foremost photographers traveled to thirty nations around the globe to live for a week with families that were statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and family collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessions—a few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others." Quote from Amazon

This is another family favorite. My kids looked at it over and over. Highly recommended.

Laminated world map for kids

World MAP Kids Geography Educational Poster Art - OPTIONAL - Used multiple weeks. (geography)

I recommend you get a laminated world map to put up in your school room or area. Your kids should be referring to it every time they study a new country and also when practicing the geography songs. I chose this one because it's very kid friendly and has some fun extras on it like the solar system, wonders of the world, resources, etc.

Click here for other laminated world maps, if you don't like this one.

 

GeoPuzzle World

GeoPuzzle World OPTIONAL - NOT scheduled in

This is not scheduled in, but would be a nice addition to your studies. I had the entire set of these puzzles and my son played with them when I read out loud. He learned the location of almost every country of the world this way (along with the geography songs scheduled above). The cool thing about this set of puzzles is that most of the shape of each country (or state if you get the U.S. puzzle) are the actual puzzles pieces themselves! These are high-quality puzzles!

Additional puzzles:
Don't feel like you have to get any of these. I'm just listing them because we had them and they were a really great addition to our year of learning geography.

GeoPuzzle U.S.A. and Canada
GeoPuzzle Asia
GeoPuzzle Europe
GeoPuzzle Latin America
GeoPuzzle Africa and the Middle East

If you want all 6 puzzles, it's less expensive to buy this:

Set of 6 Geopuzzles in One Box

 

World coin kit

World Coin Colletion
Not scheduled - Recommended to use at the beginning of the year.

Most kids are fascinated by world coins. It's so much fun to look at and collect money from around the world! Any world coin kit will do. Just browse Amazon for an inexpensive kit.

edible insects Chocolate covered insects - These are scheduled for week 35, so you may want to wait to order them. Choose any from Amazon. We had chocolate covered crickets as well as larvets. They were surprisingly good and a huge hit with my kids.

Our Little Cousin series

Our Little Cousin Series

and

The Children of All Lands Stories

The Children of All Lands Stories

and

Peeps at Many Lands

Peeps at Many Lands books

I didn't schedule these in (with the exception of the book for the Philippines). However, they are lovely stories and a delight to read. They are free so you can download them onto your e-reader and let your kids read as many as they wish. Some of the geographical information may be outdated, but kids can still get a feel for the cultural history and customs of these different lands in the early 1900's.

Our Little Cousin series:

The Children of All Lands Stories

Peeps at Many Lands:

Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary

Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary - Used in week 1 (geography)

This is an excellent picture book reference that illustrates LOTS of geography terms like: ford, geyser, atoll, bay, cape, delta, fjord, gulch, gulf, key, marsh, palisade, plateau, sound, strait, tundra and more. All 47 pages are heavily illustrated with definitions that are easy to understand.

Available FREE online at the Open Library - Please return it as soon as you are done reading to make it available to others. *Open Library is only available in some parts of the country.

 

Not For Parents How to be a World Explorer (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)

Not For Parents How to be a World Explorer - Used in week 1 (history, geography, culture and more)

This book covers geography, history and all sorts of interesting tidbits. It's a fun book for the first week.

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air

Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air - Used in week 1 (history)

Beautiful and detailed illustrations show how parts of our world were discovered through the ages. Older students can read the text, younger students can listen to it as a read-aloud or browse the pictures. Click on the links for previews of some of the pages:

Preview 1

Preview 2

Preview 3 and Preview 4

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Samurai!: A Deadly Career You'd Rather Not Pursue

 

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Samurai!: A Deadly Career You'd Rather Not Pursue Used in week 2 (history)

This is a fun series of books that appeals to kids with cartoon style illustrations and humor. Preview for younger students for violence, etc.

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam

 

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam Used in weeks 2-4 (culture, geography, what life was like in a less modern Vietnam, etc.)

This is a read-aloud (or reader for an older child). Because it's 15 chapters long, I've schedule this book early starting in week 2. You will finish it in week 4, when we learn about Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Preview for deaths of animals and villagers from snake bite & wild boar attack and a mention of opium (be prepared to explain what it is in more depth).

My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever!

*Available on Kindle

My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary about the Best 4 Months Ever! Used in week 2 (culture)

This is such an awesome book! The illustrations are really kid friendly and there is a ton to explore on each page. Check out the Amazon preview to see just how cool it is. I like that it covers so many different topics in such a visual way.

Sumi-e Ink Painting Kit

Sumi-e Ink Painting Kit - Used in week 2 (culture and art) OPTIONAL

This is a high-quality (optional) kit that comes with everything you need to make up to 9 paintings and a chop block.

Japan printables

Japan Mini-Unit / Printables

This is the perfect mini-unit to supplement a study on Japan, or to introduce students to the Japanese culture. Click on the link above for a description, and /or to purchase this printables pack!

Yama Moto Yama Assorted Soy Wrapper Half Sheet

OPTIONAL - For week 2's recipe, if you can't find sushi wrappers at your grocery store:

Yama Moto Yama Assorted Soy Wrapper Half Sheet - 10 Sheets Per Unit

or

Sushi Nori Seaweed Sheets - 50 Sheets Deluxe Roasted Seaweed

I made sushi with my kids when we studied Japan and they loved it. It's an easy, inexpensive and healthy lunch item you can make on a regular basis!

 

Not For Parents China: Everything you ever wanted to know (Lonely Planet Not-for-Parents)

Not For Parents China: Everything you ever wanted to know (Lonely Planet Not-for-Parents)

Used in week 2 (culture and history)

This is a super kid friendly book with colorful illustrations and photographs along with a bit of gentle humor and lots of trivia. It covers tons of different topics like culture, history, tea, Chinese zodiac signs, art, famous people and lots more. Check out the preview on Amazon.

 

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

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

Used in week 2 (history)

You may want to preview this one, as it talks about selling your children as slaves, beheading as a punishment, etc. Otherwise it's a humorous read about China's history that most kids will enjoy.

Toy is from Thailand

 

Toy is from Thailand - Used in week 4 (Culture)

This is Australia


This is Australia - Used in week 5 (geography, culture, history, animals, etc.)

Learn about Australia's history, landmarks, animals and more with this charmingly illustrated book.

NOTE: You only need to choose ONE of these books about Australia. (This is Australia or Australia, Everything you ever wanted to know). Check out the previews on Amazon to see which one your child would like better.

Not For Parents Australia: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents Australia: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 5 (geography, culture, history, animals, etc.)

This is another kid-friendly book from Lonely Planet like some of the previous books I scheduled in. It's a bit more busy than the book above with photographs mixed with illustrations.

Heidi (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics)

 

Heidi (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) - Weeks 5-8 (culture, a bit of geography / life in the Alps, classic literature)

Heidi was a favorite of mine as a child and it was a book I read out loud to all of my children. It became one of my son's absolute favorite stories of all time. We found out that my great-grandmother had read it out loud to my grandma and it was a favorite of theirs too! If you haven't read this book before, I consider it a must-read.

The story takes place in the Swiss Alps. I'm starting it in week 5 and you will finish it by week 8. You may want to read it out loud, depending on the age of your child. Older kids can read it themselves.

Note: You can get this book for FREE on the Kindle. I'm a sucker for illustrations though and like this Kindle copy for 99 cents.

 

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

 

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi - Used in week 6 (a bit of history, culture, Indian animals, classic literature)

This is an adapted and beautifully illustrated story of a mongoose taken in by a family of British colonials in India. Preview for violence.

The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow - Used in week 6 (culture)

This book was illustrated by a Pixar animator and it shows. Hindu deities are "cute" and the text explains them in a story-book fashion. We take time to learn Greek "gods & goddesses" for cultural reasons. Why not learn the Hindu counterparts? Get a better understanding of the Indian culture with this fun book.

India (True Books)

or

India (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

India (True Books) - Used in week 6 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

This is an easy to read book that talks about a variety of subjects like daily life in India, monsoon weather, Bollywood, Indian food, history, etc.

or 2nd option:

India (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - I can't find this for an affordable price on Amazon, so if you want it I'd recommend you check your library system or find another source where it's less expensive.

Look What Came from Russia

 

Look What Came from Russia - Used in week 7 (culture)

This series of books can often be found in local libraries. My kids enjoyed learning about all of the different things that came from specific countries as well as items some countries are famous for that did NOT come from them!

 

Russia (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Russia (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 7 (geography, culture, animals, etc.)

This series of books is colorful, informative and has beautiful photographs. Click here for a Google preview.

Note: I've linked to quite a few of the Blastoff! readers because they are easy, colorful and informative. Even if you have an older child, s/he will learn plenty from these books without getting bored. The photographs make the information memorable and help things stick - one of my big goals for this year!

The publisher states that the series was developed by literacy experts for students in grades three to seven and introduces young people to the geography and culture of each country.

Look What Came from Germany

 

Look What Came from Germany - Used in week 8 (culture)

This series of books can often be found in local libraries. My kids enjoyed learning about all of the different things that came from specific countries as well as items some countries are famous for that did NOT come from them!

Poland (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Poland (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 8 (geography, culture, history, etc.)

This series of books is colorful, informative and has beautiful photographs.

Note: Don't pay extra for the library binding. You can order this book new for less money on Amazon from other sellers. Just click on the link underneath the main price.

Italy (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Italy (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 9 (geography, culture, history, etc.)

This series of books is colorful, informative and has beautiful photographs.

 

Not For Parents Rome: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents Rome: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 9 (geography, history, culture)

 

What Was Pompeii?

 

What Was Pompeii? - Used in week 9 (history)

My son really loved these books. They are easy to read, informative and have black & white line illustrations throughout.

Partial Google preview (some of the pages don't show up correctly)

Adventures in Ancient Greece (Good Times Travel Agency)

or

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

 

Adventures in Ancient Greece (Good Times Travel Agency) - Used in week 10 (history)

My son enjoyed this book when we studied Greece. It's in a comic book style.

Click here for a Google preview.

or 2nd option:

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (cultural references, history)

I remember pouring over this book when I was a kid and loved it. I also used it with my kids. Learn about the ancient Greek gods and the stories associated with them. A must for cultural education.

This is Greece

or

Greece (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

This is Greece

- Used in week 10 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

I love Sasek's books. They are full of facts and have lovely illustrations.

or 2nd option:

Greece (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Welcome to Israel!

Welcome to Israel! - Used in week 11 (geography, culture, etc.)

"Reading Welcome to Israel, children meet Israeli kids their own age, who show them Israel from Tiberias to Eilat and teach them about Israel's history, geography, politics, and culture. Children also see the day-to-day lives of their new Israeli friends, who write e-mails in Hebrew and go hiking in the footsteps of their biblical ancestors. Creative and interactive features of Welcome to Israel keep children fascinated by the wonders of Israel. These engaging elements include probing questions that stimulate critical thinking, map-reading activities that teach Israel's geography, key Hebrew words with English translation, and discussions of Jewish values. Full-color photos, maps, and whimsical illustrations make the excitement of Israel come alive. Biblical quotations deepen the book's historical and spiritual perspectives." Quote from book description

This is a colorful and kid-friendly book chock full of info and heavily illustrated with photographs and pictures.

 

Kings and Carpenters: One Hundred Bible Land Jobs You Might Have Praised or Panned

Kings and Carpenters: One Hundred Bible Land Jobs You Might Have Praised or Panned - Used in week 11 (history, culture)

"Life was tough in Old Testament times. People had to cross deserts on foot, grow food on parched land and deal with earthquakes, drought and disease.
Had you lived then, you might not have wanted to be a water hauler. That would have meant walking for miles with a heavy jar full of water on your head. Perfumers had a more pleasant job, concocting sweet-smelling fragrances their customers used to mask the smell of unwashed bodies -- and to keep flies away.
A fact-filled introduction, detailed timeline and thorough index make this book perfect for research projects, while the humorous illustrations and snappy text provide an entertaining read. Kids will look at history in a whole new way thanks to this unique approach." Quote from book description

Preview of a page spread:

Bible jobs

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia - Used in week 12 (geography, culture, etc.)

This series of books is colorful, informative and has beautiful photographs. Click here for a Google preview.

Note: Don't pay extra for the library binding. You can order this book new for less money on Amazon from other sellers. Just click on the links underneath the main price.

2nd option: Saudi Arabia: A Question and Answer Book

This 2nd option is more affordable. It will do the job, but it's not as nicely as the first book. It is also an easier read. Click here for a Google preview.

 

Look What Came from Egypt

or

 

Egypt (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Look What Came from Egypt - Used in week 13 (culture, history)

This series of books can often be found in local libraries. My kids enjoyed learning about all of the different things that came from specific countries as well as items some countries are famous for that did NOT come from them!

2nd option:

Cultural Traditions in Egypt

"Egypt's culture is a fascinating mixture of ancient traditions passed down by the native peoples, as well as the traditions and cultures of countries such as Britain and Greece, who ruled Egypt in different periods of history. This interesting book describes how ancient traditions, beliefs, and rituals combined with modern influences into the festivals celebrated today." Quote from book description

or 3rd option:

Egypt (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers: One Hundred Ancient Egyptian Jobs You Might Have Desired or Dreaded

 

Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers: One Hundred Ancient Egyptian Jobs You Might Have Desired or Dreaded - Used in week 13 (history)

Even if you've already studied Egyptian history, this is a fun book with colorful illustrations and lots of interesting information.

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna - Used in weeks 13 and 14 (culture) - I've scheduled this book to begin in week 11 and finish up in week 12 when we study Kenya.

*Recommended as a read-aloud

I read this book out loud to my son when he was a 3rd grader and we both really enjoyed it and learned so much about the Maasai culture. You will want to preview this book as it discreetly mentions Lekuton's circumcision ceremony as a young teen.

 

 

Kenya (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Kenya (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 14 (geography, culture, history, etc.)

Click here for a Google preview.

South Africa (Countries Around the World)

South Africa (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

South Africa (Countries Around the World) - Used in week 15 (geography, history, culture)

Click here for a Google preview.

or

2nd option:

South Africa (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

If you've been enjoying the Blastoff! Readers, I've linked to the one for South Africa as an option. I usually like acquiring a set of books so you may wish to do so as well!

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Who Was Nelson Mandela? - Used in week 15 (history, famous person)

My son enjoyed this series of books.

"As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world.  Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution.  He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa.  He became the country’s first black president and went on to live his dream of change." Quote from book description

 

Mary Slessor: Servant to the Slave (Trailblazers)

 

Mary Slessor: Servant to the Slave (Trailblazers) - Started in week 15 and finished in week 17 (history, culture, religion)

*Christian content

Mary Slessor worked with Africans in the Calibar region (Nigeria). We've read and enjoyed several of the Trailblazer books. It's a fun series for Christian families.

Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

 

Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad - Used in week 17 (history)

This is an amazing true story of a girl from Sierra Leone. Highly recommended. (Preview)

Morocco (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Morocco (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 18 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

Yet another colorful Blastoff Reader!

Click here for a Google preview.

Not For Parents Africa: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents Africa: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 18 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

This is a fun, kid-friendly series!

Not For Parents Europe: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents Europe: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 19 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

Anno's Spain

 

Anno's Spain - Used in week 19 (culture, history, geography)

This is a picture book without a single word, and yet it's so informative...

Spain (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Spain (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 19 (geography, history, culture)

Adventures of Don Quixote (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)

Adventures of Don Quixote (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) - Used in week 19 (classic literature, history)

Yes, I know this is an abridged version (OH! The HORRORS!), but my son wouldn't sit through the original and maybe yours won't either? LOL...At any rate, this is such a classic tale that everyone should be familiar with for cultural references, etc.. Introduce your students to it and if they like it, they can read the original later.

 

Getting to Know France and French

 

Getting to Know France and French - Used in week 20 (culture)

Click here to see preview pages.

This is an older book, but quite charming with friendly illustrations and lots of different cultural information along with bits of the French language sprinkled among the English.

Horrible Histories Special: France

Horrible Histories Special: France - Used in week 20 (history & culture)

My son loved these books! They are a great mix of cartoons and text with lots of interesting info presented in a humorous way. Preview for violence /grossness.

Even if you are going to study world history later (or already have before), your child won't learn as much as about France's history as a book dedicated entirely to it.

 

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands - Used in week 21 (history and geography)

 

 

Look What Came from the Netherlands

 

Look What Came from the Netherlands - Used in week 21 (history, culture)

Not For Parents Great Britain: Everything you ever wanted to know

or

This is Britain

 

Not For Parents Great Britain: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 22 (geography, history, culture)

or option 2:

This is Britain

Horrible Histories Special: England

 

Horrible Histories Special: England - Used in week 22 (history)

My son loved these books! They are a great mix of cartoons and text with lots of interesting info presented in a humorous way. Preview for violence /grossness.

NOTE: It may take your students more than a week to finish this book, especially considering we are covering 3 different areas this week (England, Ireland and Scotland). Let them read it into the next week or so to finish it up.

This Is Ireland

 

This Is Ireland - Used in week 22 (culture)


Another Sasek book - these are classics.

Horrible Histories Special: Ireland

 

Horrible Histories Special: Ireland - Used in week 22 (history)

Another fun Horrible Histories book! Preview.

NOTE: It may take your students more than a week to finish this book, especially considering we are covering 3 different areas this week (England, Ireland and Scotland). Let them read it into the next week or so to finish it up.

The Story of Scotland

 

The Story of Scotland - Used in week 22 (history, geography, culture, etc.)

I LOVE this book. It's lavishly illustrated in a kind of comic book style and covers the history of Scotland in a way that's easy for kids to understand and retain. This is such a great book to understand this country!! Because this book is so visual, if you read it out loud, you'll need to have your child sitting next to you.

*Note: This book mentions millions of years in the beginning on page 3.

Children of the Northlights

or

Ola

Children of the Northlights - Used in week 23 (culture and a bit of history)

I am such a sucker for the D'Aulaire books. They are so beautifully illustrated!

 

or 2nd option:

Ola (history, culture)

I can't resist the D'Aulaire books so I'd get both, LOL...

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

 

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths - Used in week 23 (culture)

Norse myths are something every child should be familiar with for cultural reasons. We love this beautiful book.

Norway (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Norway (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 23 (geography, culture, history)

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Another option: Sweden (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

or

Norway (Country Explorers)

or

Finland (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries: Level 5)

 

Wow Canada!: Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast

Wow Canada!: Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast -Used in week 24 (geography, culture and more)

 

 

That's Very Canadian!: An Exceptionally Interesting Report About All Things Canadian, by Rachel

 

That's Very Canadian!: An Exceptionally Interesting Report About All Things Canadian, by Rachel

-Used in week 24 (history, culture and more)

Not For Parents USA: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents USA: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 25 (geography, history, culture)

 

Our 50 States

 

Our 50 States -Used in week 25 (geography, history, culture and more)

I bought this book for my son and LOVE the detailed illustrations. You can spend days just pouring over the pages and learning about the different states.

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Look What Came from Mexico

 

Look What Came from Mexico -Used in week 26 (culture)

Not For Parents Extreme Planet

 

Not For Parents Extreme Planet -Used in week 26

Extreme Planet is a whirlwind tour of the globe, seeking out the highest, deepest, widest, narrowest, coolest, hottest, scariest, smelliest... things on the planet. A great "review" of many of the places you've been learning with lots of cool and interesting facts.

What Is the Panama Canal?

 

What Is the Panama Canal? - Used in week 27 (history, geography)

Tropical Rain Forest

 

Tropical Rain Forest - We had the entire set of One Small Square books. They are heavily illustrated and informative.

Costa Rica (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Costa Rica (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 27 (geography, culture, history, etc.)

Not For Parents South America: Everything you ever wanted to know

 

Not For Parents South America: Everything you ever wanted to know - Used in week 28 (history, geography, culture, etc.)

Brazil (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Brazil (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 28 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

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Peru (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Peru (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) - Used in week 29 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

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You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-Way Journey You'd Rather Not Make

 

You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-Way Journey You'd Rather Not Make - Used in week 29 (history)

These are fun book that teach using humor. Preview.

Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu

Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu - Used in week 29 (history, famous landmark, etc.)

 

 

Spotlight on Argentina

Spotlight on Argentina - Used in week 30 (geography, culture)

This book is for 2nd-3rd graders but still has enough good info in it to be appropriate for your older students to read through quickly.

2nd option:

Argentina (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Buried Alive!: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert

 

Buried Alive!: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert -Used in week 30 (true story)

This is a true story that features problem-solving, community and real-life heroes of Chile. Inspiring and interesting! Preview.

 

Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure (Historical Notebooks)

Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure (Historical Notebooks) - Used in week 31 (geography, history, etc.)

 

NOTE:

*This books heavily describes evolution, as you would expect it to since it's a book about Charles Darwin. We are Christians who don't believe in evolution, and yet I got this book for Otter. Why? First, I think it's important that kids understand "the other side" to some extent. Charles Darwin is a very important historical figure and his work had a huge impact on scientific belief. I wanted Otter to understand what Darwin did and the things he discovered as well as our own beliefs about those discoveries. It's also just a beautiful book that describes a lot of the flora and fauna of the areas Darwin traveled.

My personal belief is that we should never be afraid to look at history, nor to look at other beliefs (to a certain level). Why do we NOT believe in something? What DO we believe? This book is a good springboard for those types of discussions and explorations. For those of you who share my family's beliefs (anti-evolution), this book is probably not something to be undertaken by kids who don't have a firm Christian foundation. P.S. I'm not saying you can't be a Christian if you do happen to believe in evolution. I just don't agree with you on that part. ;-)

You may not feel comfortable with this book and that's OK. Skip it, if it doesn't agree with your family. I've linked to a couple of Christian articles that are to be read with this book.

 

Hawaii (Hello USA)

 

Hawaii (Hello USA) - Used in week 32 (geography, history, culture)
Time For Kids: Volcanoes!

Time For Kids: Volcanoes! - Used in week 32 (science)

My son loved this series of books.

What Was Pearl Harbor?

What Was Pearl Harbor? - Used in week 32 (history)

"In a compelling, easy-to-read narrative, children will learn all about a pivotal moment in American history."

This is yet another series of books my son really enjoyed.

Call It Courage

Call It Courage - Used in week 33 (culture) - 2nd option: This book may be used over 2 weeks into week 34.

 

I read this out loud to my kids, and they enjoyed it.

John Williams: Messenger of Peace (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

John Williams: Messenger of Peace (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) - Used in weeks 33, 34, 35 and 36 (history, culture)

*Christian content

We read a lot of these books over our homeschool years and enjoyed them. Older kids can read it themselves. You may want to use this as a read-aloud for younger children.

The Mutiny on the Bounty

The Mutiny on the Bounty - Used in week 33 (history, geography, culture)

I read this story to Otter when we studied geography years ago. He enjoyed it. Not only do you learn about history, you also learn a bit of geography and things about Tahiti (like breadfruit, etc.).

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New Zealand

New Zealand - Used in week 34 (geography, history, culture, etc.)

2nd option:

New Zealand (Country Explorers)

Ty Beanie Babies - Beak the Kiwi Bird

 

Ty Beanie Babies - Beak the Kiwi Bird - Used in week 34 (just for fun)
A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events

A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events - Used in week 35

*Christian content

 

It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History

It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History - Used in week 35

This was one of my son's favorite books that he read multiple times. Highly recommended.

 

 

Philippines, The (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Philippines, The (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries) -Used in week 36

Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin - Used in week 36

This is a free book that was published in 1902. It's very sweet and quite interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

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