All Through the Ages, by Christine Miller

Welcome to my Build Your Own Homeschool Library series where I'm sharing with my readers some of my favorite books from my homeschool shelf. Please note that all the posts in this series contain my own opinions, and I have not been compensated by any publishing company for any of the content.


One of the best ways to study history is through reading living books. Books that cover a particular period of history, both fiction and non-fiction, make the stories and characters come alive.

If you wanted to study history using living books, but without the help of study guides such as those available from Beautiful Feet, you can do so easily. All Through the Ages is an excellent resource to help you find the books you'd need.

All Through the Ages is basically an expanded booklist covering each period of history. Under each chronological heading, such as Ancient Egypt or New World Colonization, books are divided into several sections:

  • Resources for all ages
  • Grades 1–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12, with each grade level subdivided as follows
    • Overview of the era
    • Specific events
    • Historical fiction
    • Literature
    • Culture

A detailed timeline for that particular era follows the booklist.

If you wanted to cover history regionally, rather than chronologically, the author has also included a section organized by geographical history. Sections of the book are also dedicated to the history of science & mathematics and the arts.

How to use the book

The simplest way to use the book All Through the Ages is to look up the booklist for the era or region you will be studying. Then locate some of the titles from the lists, either at your library, at new/used bookstores, or in homeschool catalogs. After that, you just sit down with your children to read and watch your children fall in love with history.

View a subject-by-subject list of all the posts in the Build Your Own Homeschool Library series here.

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