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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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If you purchase this curriculum, you will get a printable list of books in checklist format for your planning and shopping purposes.

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

You can also purchase the MP3's from iTunes!

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

There are 2 versions you can buy new. The version that is currently scheduled in was originally published in 2009. There is another 2017 version. We are sticking with the 2009 book, for now.

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)

Note: This book is currently only available used, but I've not yet found an appopropriate substitute. I'm leaving it in the schedule for now, as used copies are still quite plentiful.

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 book

 

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 Collection
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

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.

 

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

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

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

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!

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.

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!

 

All About China

All About China

"Take the whole family on a whirlwind tour of Chinese culture and history with this award-winning, delightfully illustrated book complete with stories, activities, and games. This Chinese children's book is perfect for educators and parents wishing to teach kids about this fascinating Asian country. Travel from the stone age through the dynasties to the present day with songs and crafts for kids that will educate them about Chinese language and the Chinese way of life.

With All About China kids will:

  • Discover fantastic Chinese tales about the creation of the earth and the origin of the Moon Goddess
  • Delve into China's multifaceted cultural heritage, visit breathtaking sites, and learn Chinese folk songs
  • Take a crack at solving a tangram shape puzzle
  • Learn about the twelve Chinese zodiac animals
  • Try their hand at making a traditional brush painting of a panda, bamboo, and other motifs
"
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

 

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

This is Australia


This is Australia

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.

 

This is Australia: An illustrated guide to an extraordinary country

This is Australia: An illustrated guide to an extraordinary country

"Did you know ... Australia has more beaches than any other country in the world? Over 22 million jars of Vegemite are sold every year. Just one of Australia's deserts is nearly three times the size of England. And it is home to around 60 million kangaroos!

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Australia, from its amazing landscapes and fascinating wildlife to the country's most famous sports people and important dates in history.

This glorious guide book is brought to life in bold, bright graphics, maps and fun visuals. A real treat for curious kids and a perfect travel guide for holidays!"

Heidi (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics)

 

Heidi (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics)

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

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

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)

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.

Peter the great

 

Peter the Great

"Peter the Great, crowned tsar of Russia at the age of ten, believed that whatever he wanted he should have -- and the sooner the better. What he wanted most was to bring his beloved country into the modem world. He traveled to the West to learn European ways -- the first tsar ever to leave Russia -- disguised as a common soldier.

He explored the West with excitement and curiosity and returned home ready to undertake a series of momentous social reforms. And to satisfy his boyhood dream of a Russian naval port, he began to build, on a freezing swamp, a glittering new capital to be named St. Petersburg.

In this welcome reissue of Diane Stanley's acclaimed picturebook biography, her meticulously researched text and sumptuous illustrations capture the fabulous world of seventeenth -- and eighteenth-century tsarist Russia and the greatness of its larger-than-life leader -- a man of huge stature and tremendous spirit whose impatience and vision, insatiable curiosity and boundless energy transformed half a continent."

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

 

Russia (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

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.

Poland (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Poland (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

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)

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

 

This is Rome

This is Rome: A Children's Classic

"Like the other Sasek classics, this is a facsimile edition of the original book. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later. Facts have been updated for the 21st-century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of the book. These charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, make for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the series from their own childhoods. This is Rome, first published in 1960, traces the history of Roman civilization to bring to life the Rome of the 60's. Sasek navigates Rome's busy, winding streets to visit such glorious historical landmarks as the statues of Michelangelo, Vatican City, the Pantheon, and the Fontana di Trevi-and to show us the eccentricities of modern Roman life, from its colorful trains, trams, and taxis to its chic espresso bars and pasta houses"

What Was Pompeii?

What Was Pompeii?

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)

 

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

 

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

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

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

or 2nd option:

Greece (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Greek and Latin root flashcards

Greek and Latin root cards

By playing this fun memory match-up game, students can learn a set of 8 seasons related words along with some Greek and Latin roots.

This game comes with a set of instructions written for students, and 4 pages of additional printables that feature 16 cards.

Students match the Greek & Latin roots to the words with their definitions. This is a great way to learn some seasons related vocabulary. The Greek and Latin roots add depth and also help build retention.

This set teaches the following words:

  • equinox
  • vernal
  • perihelion
  • aphelion
  • solstice
  • latitude
  • migrate
  • hibernate

All of the words have pronunciation helps.

This is a great activity for kids studying the seasons. It’s also great for introducing how learning Latin and Greek words is helpful for vocabulary acquisition, or just learning some new vocabulary words in a different and more hands-on way.

Welcome to Israel!

Welcome to Israel! -

"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

"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

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.

 

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

Choose one:

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

 

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

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 -

*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)

Click here for a Google preview.

South Africa (Countries Around the World)

South Africa (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

South Africa (Countries Around the World)

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?

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)

*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

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)

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 -

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

Anno's Spain

 

Anno's Spain

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Netherlands

Cultural Traditions in the Netherlands

"This interesting book describes the holidays and traditions in the Netherlands that celebrate important dates in history, religion, royal ceremonies, and changes in the seasons. Young readers will discover the unique traditions of the Dutch people as they celebrate familiar holidays such as Christmas and Easter, and family occasions such as weddings and birthdays."

This is Britain

 

This is Britain

Horrible Histories Special: England

 

Horrible Histories Special: England

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


Another Sasek book - these are classics.

Horrible Histories Special: Ireland

 

Horrible Histories Special: Ireland

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

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

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

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)

Click here for a Google preview.

Another option:

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

 

 

Our 50 States

 

Our 50 States

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.

Click here for an example of a page spread.

Mexico

 

Mexico (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

Mexico has almost 6,000 miles of coastline. It borders both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Readers will discover the diverse physical features of Mexico, the variety of wildlife it boasts on land and in water, and what everyday life is like in both urban and rural settings.

What Is the Panama Canal?

 

What Is the Panama Canal?

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)

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

 

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

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

 

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

Click here for a Google preview.

Peru (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

 

Peru (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries)

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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)

These are fun book that teach using humor. Preview.

Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu

Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu

 

 

Spotlight on Argentina

Spotlight on Argentina

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

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

 

Galapagos Islands

Where Are the Galapagos Islands?

NOTE:

*This books describes evolution, as you would expect it to since it's a book about the Galapagos Islands and mentions Charles Darwin. We are Christians who don't believe in evolution, and yet I'm scheduling in this book. 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 my kids to understand what Darwin did and the things he discovered as well as our own beliefs about those discoveries.

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)
Volcanoes

Volcanoes

My son loved the Seymour Simon series of books. They are full of beautiful photographs!

What Was Pearl Harbor?

What Was Pearl Harbor?

"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

 

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)

*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

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.).

Click here for the Google preview.

New Zealand

New Zealand

2nd option:

New Zealand (Country Explorers)

Ty Beanie Babies - Beak the Kiwi Bird

 

Ty Beanie Babies - Beak the Kiwi Bird
A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events

A Question of Yams: A Missionary Story Based on True Events

*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

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)

Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin

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

 

 

 

 

 

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