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.
Although not written from a Christian perspective, Isaac Asimov's history books are engaging and full of great information. His compelling writing style makes these books excellent read-alouds.
Here are a few of Asimov's 14 history titles.
- The Greeks: A Great Adventure (not picture above because I haven't been able to find a copy for less than $63 yet!)
- The Roman Republic
- The Roman Empire (not pictured above)
- The Egyptians
- The Dark Ages
How we use the books
We read through The Egyptians last year while studying Ancient History using the Beautiful Feet curriculum. The Egyptians wasn't on the booklist, but since we had the book on our shelf already, I thought I'd go ahead and read it aloud as a supplement. And I'm so glad I did! The kids thoroughly enjoyed it.
While these books may be too challenging to read independently below the high school level, they do make good read alouds for just about any age.
Where to find the books
Asimov's history books are generally hard to find. All three of our copies came from different library sales. You might be able to find copies at your local used book store, but you'll really have to watch carefully for them. Amazon generally has some used copies available, but the prices are often quite high since his books are out of print but still in high demand.
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