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Melanie
10-06-2009, 09:35 AM
I love FIAR and I do not want to add a history curriculum to our studies. However, I would like to read some history to my son (both fiction and non fiction). Any suggestions for a 5 year old boy?

Paige P
10-06-2009, 10:16 AM
The Magic Tree House books :thumb:

Scholastic has a lot of easy reader biographies, which are interesting.

There are also some of the Step Into Reading books that are biographical or historical in nature.

MichelleTN
10-06-2009, 10:31 AM
How about the "If you grew up with..." and the other "If you" books (http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Grew-George-Washington/dp/0590451553)

Jen M
10-06-2009, 11:40 AM
The Magic Tree House books :thumb:


I agree! And they cover so many topics, you can use them as supplementals to your FIAR studies!

If you are still looking for more, there is Ambleside Online (http://www.amblesideonline.org/01bks.shtml). The books recommended there are great rich history books. My kids love sitting and listening to these enticing stories.

Robin(CA)
10-06-2009, 12:46 PM
Farmer Boy (from the little house series).
or any of the Little House books.

ETA: We've done several read-alouds lately that have taken place in historic eras: Swallows and Amazons and Nick of Time (pre-WWII and WWII England), Strictest School in the World (Victorian England). They might be too old for a 5yo, but that's one of the ways we've studied history accidentally lately.

Holly S
10-06-2009, 01:54 PM
How about the "If you grew up with..." and the other "If you" books (http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Grew-George-Washington/dp/0590451553)

We've read one of these earlier in the year (the American Revolution one), and I'd love to add some more to our library. :thumb:

Nancy Ann
10-06-2009, 07:13 PM
I have not purchased this book yet, but it's on my list for this year. It's called All Through The Ages by Christine Miller. It lists history living books and seperates them by age and also chronologically I believe. So, this is not a history book to read but a resource for lots of history story books. I am excited to get it. I think it is a great investment.


http://www.nothingnewpress.com/atta.shtml

Paige P
10-06-2009, 09:22 PM
Oooooh, I forgot ..... my ds is really into knights and castles these days, and I found some great books just here and there (hs sales, sales at http://www.hslibrarybuilder.com/ by the way my username is pppoland if you decide to order, please reference me :) )

He LOVES Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias (someone.....)

I searched on hslibrarybuilder and came up with this page http://www.hslibrarybuilder.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1 there are all kinds of neat castle books for younger kids.

The specific book I mentioned is over his head, but we summarize the parts he can understand, and he LOVES looking at it.

We also have Mrs. Frizzle's (from the Magic School Bus) book about Castles. Let me see if I can find a link ......no link, but it's called Mrs. Frizzle's Adventures: Medieval Castle


I'm sure if there's a specific time frame/topic he's interested in, that there are lots of picture books out there. Some may be more advanced but could be "talked" through vice read through.

Have you looked at Kendra AU's blog -- she does a lot of "historical fiction" reading with her boys to teach them about specific time periods.

April in PA
10-07-2009, 06:20 PM
I haven't actually read any of these, so I can't necessarily endorse them, but a friend just told me about the Dear America books. She has three boys and they like these books. They are fictional diaries of both girls and boys during different eras. I've requested a couple from the library, but they haven't come in yet.

Paige P
10-07-2009, 09:19 PM
I haven't actually read any of these, so I can't necessarily endorse them, but a friend just told me about the Dear America books. She has three boys and they like these books. They are fictional diaries of both girls and boys during different eras. I've requested a couple from the library, but they haven't come in yet.

From what I've seen, these are written on a little more advanced level (4th-6th?). I think the MY America series is not quite as advanced (same idea but not as complex). I *believe* that's the correct title of the series......

MichelleTN
10-07-2009, 11:54 PM
I know you asked for books but I thought about some "movies" that you might like too. Especially as go alongs. When ds2 was about 5 he watched some of these and things really stuck. Then when I read things to him it was like it stuck even better.

Have you heard of the Animated Hero Classics (http://www.amazon.com/President-Abraham-Lincoln-Animated-Classics/dp/B0007MAKS8) There are alot of these on various people in history. Cartoon but good.

Also the Charlie Brown (http://www.amazon.com/Peanuts-This-America-Charlie-Brown/dp/B000ERVJN6) ones.

Melanie
10-08-2009, 05:15 AM
Thanks so much ladies! I'm going to look ingot all of your suggestions.

Shauna in TX
10-09-2009, 07:57 PM
You could just read him The Story of the World or A Child's History of the World. You don't necessarily have to "do" the curriculum, just use the book/s for a read aloud.