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Supplement History Lessons with These Books

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History is complicated and messy, but it’s also riveting. While various history topics are taught in school, it can be hard for kids to wrap their heads around some of the more complex subjects, like World War II, Manifest Destiny and the various migrations that have happened over the centuries. These supplemental history books are a perfect way to break down more difficult segments of history into digestible snippets that make it possible for kids to excel in history class.

This kids’ history book is written from the perspective of the indigenous community and offers an honest, unvarnished deep dive into a truth that is often glossed over in many American history books.

This kids’ history book is solely focused on World War II but helps children learn that wars aren’t just fought on the battlefield. This pick is perfect for kids ages 8 to 12.

Not only does this kids’ history book cover U.S. history but it also tackles topics from around the world. Little learners will even get an introduction to important figures like Nelson Mandela and Charles Darwin.

This kids’ history book reaches as far back as the Paleolithic Era and then continues forward. You’ll like that it meets Common Core State Standards and state history standards.

This kids’ history book covers 50 American heroes from diverse backgrounds, both past and present. The book helps to prove that history is still being written and we all have a hand in it.

Expert Commentary

History books like these make a great supplement for their classroom learning, telling stories and citing facts students may have never known. Whether it’s a broad history of our country’s roots or a deep dive into a specific moment in time, history books can provide inspiration and countless lessons for young readers.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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