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Best Ancient Rome Books for Kids

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Ancient Rome’s technological advancements and rich cultural history make it an interesting time period for children to learn about. From captivating art and architecture to Roman laws and government, many of ancient Rome’s practices and structures are still in place today. For kids who are curious about learning more about ancient Rome, here are a few engaging books to check out.

The “Classic Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome” gives children a hands-on experience of life in these ancient civilizations. Kids can create a Greek mosaic, weave Roman sandals, make a stargazer, vote in an election and even chisel a clay tablet. The illustrations make it easy for children to learn how to complete each craft independently with minimal adult supervision. Made for grades four through six, the book is an encyclopedia of crafts organized by themes such as costumes, art, cooking and science. Each activity includes a two-page spread, making it easier for kids to grasp the idea and how to execute it. Many of the activities can also be modified for younger or older children.

This book delves deep into the everyday lives of the Romans.. Children will learn what the Romans ate for dinner, how they traveled, what they traded, the gods they worshipped, and what family life looked like. High-resolution photos of artifacts and recreations of real Roman clothing and other items will captivate kids, and text calling out interesting facts about the items — from gladiator armor to statues, jewelry and even a typical Roman dinner — give readers a more detailed understanding of daily life. It’s easy to read, which makes it ideal for its intended audience of students in third to seventh grade. The content is descriptive but breaks the information down to make it easy to understand. The high-quality images pair well with the rich content and can make it feel like readers have been transported to this ancient time.

“See Inside Ancient Rome” gives kids a way to take a peek inside ancient Roman structures and rituals. Detailed drawings of scenes from Roman life have even more to reveal when readers pick up a flap on the page to see inside of a building, below deck in a ship, or behind the scenes at one of Rome’s famous baths or gladiator battles. Kids will be intrigued by the illustrations without realizing they’re learning. With minimal reading and fun but historically accurate drawings, this book is best for children ages 2 to 5.

From Roman baths to the Parthenon in Rome, to Easter Island and Angkor Wat, this book offers an interactive tour of the world’s greatest wonders and what they looked like in past centuries. Kids can see what each building looks like today before lifting the flap to see how it was originally built. The contrast in the images gives children an understanding of how architecture changes and how these ancient sites also change over time. It’s written clearly and offers an introduction to some of the top wonders of the world. Most of the content is divided into small sections on each page, allowing kids to read interesting facts without becoming overwhelmed. Each building or temple spans across multiple pages, ensuring readers can get a detailed visual of each site. The book is recommended for children ages 9 to 12.

This book provides captions beneath each picture to describe the scene kids are coloring, along with dates. A lot of detail is provided in the illustrations, making them fun to color. Kids who don’t seem interested in learning history by reading can naturally begin to learn and appreciate ancient history as they color. “Life in Ancient Rome” focuses on a 200-year period in Roman history, with 41 finely detailed illustrations that depict significant events such as the assassination of Julius Caesar and the emperor Nero playing a string instrument as Rome burns around him. The content and images are thoroughly researched, making it a great resource for kids to use for classroom projects. Providing images makes it easier for kids ages 8 to 14 to understand how ancient events occurred and what life was like in Rome.

Expert Commentary

“For some children and students, learning about ancient Rome can be the foundation for a love of history and reading. In my experience, I have found connecting history to the world around children can increase their interest. One example is explaining the Roman origins of the word ‘coliseum,’ which we use today in English to describe many large structures for sports and other events.”

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Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.