History Encyclopedias & Fact Books

Despite what postmodernists would have us believe, the study of history is a more or less concrete discipline. That's not to say, of course, that historians and their friends (archeologists, researchers, and others) don't discover new bits in the puzzle of the past from time to time. It is to say that history is made up of facts, and while interpretations of those facts are as numerous as the interpreters themselves, interpretations can't change the facts.

No one wants to sit down and read a list of facts, though. (Well, maybe some people, but they're....interesting.) This is why history textbooks tend to be so dull—often they're little more than lists of facts strung together with minimal sentences that aren't very well written and spark no interest whatsoever. Encyclopedias and fact books, on the other hand (and somewhat ironically), are often quite interesting, very accessible, and likely to encourage further study.

They also serve an important academic purpose: research. If you really want to know about a period, a group of people, or an event, one book won't tell you everything. Fact books won't necessarily reveal exactly what life was like during a given era, but it can fill out details lacking in big-picture accounts (like overviews, spines, and textbooks). A fact book can also give you a good visual impression of dress, homes, tradespeople, etc., as photographs of artifacts or "living history" actors are labeled for easy reference.

Some of the best books to accomplish both of these goals are those in the DK Eyewitnessseries, which are filled with full-color illustrations (of period artwork, photographs, and living history photos and dioramas), more facts than you can read in one sitting, and solid text that lends a sense of coherence to the mountains of information. Each volume is high-quality, and covers a period of time, a war, a particular type of person (cowboys, sailors, etc.), a culture, or just about any other history-related topic you can think of.

Among our most popular offerings (and also among the best) are the history encyclopedias from Usborne and Kingfisher. Both feature wealths of information and full-color artwork, though Kingfisher tends to include photographs and more realistic illustrations. Usborne also has a variety of fact books that focus on cultural history (how people lived, what they ate, etc.), which make great supplements to books or programs that deal primarily with events.

Other books you'll find in this section include timeline products, trivia guides, Fandex cards,History News books that present facts from world history in the form of frontpage news stories, and much more. Obviously, you can't hope to teach your kids all they need to know about history from encyclopedias and lists of facts (especially if they're largely disjointed lists of facts), but there's a real sense in which you can't really teach history without such resources, either.

And of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention probably the best use of these resources—as rainy day books for kids to flip through. Children regularly exposed to the fascinating elements of history are likely to grow into students of the past who want to know more and to make sense of their knowledge. However you choose to use these types of books, we encourage you to make them available to your kids, and not to lose sight of the goal of all history study: understanding of and fluency in the past.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic
by Hugh Brewster
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Titanic & 20th Century Disasters (Location: G5D-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Africa
DK Eyewitness Series
by Yvonne Ayo
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
African History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Africa (Location: HISREG-AFR)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient China
by Arthur Cotterell
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in China (Location: HISREG-CHI)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient Greece
by Christine Hatt
from Heinemann Educational Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: HIS-ANCGRE)
$8.99 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Ancient Rome
by Dr. Paul C. Roberts
from Barnes & Noble
for 4th-9th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Ancient Sicily
Monuments Past & Present
by Gaetano Messineo & Emanuela Borgia
from Vision S.R.L.
for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$27.00
Archaeologists Dig For Clues
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2
by Kate Duke
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Archaeology (Location: HIS-ARCH)
$5.09 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Archaeology Book
by David Down
from Master Books
for 5th-8th grade
in Archaeology (Location: HIS-ARCH)
$16.99
Art and Civilization: Ancient Rome
Art and Civilization
by Giovanni Di Pasquale & Matilde Bardi
from Peter Bedrick Books
Roman History Reference for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Best Book of Mummies
by Steele Philip
from Kingfisher
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Big Golden Book of Boats and Ships
by Patricia Relf
from Golden Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ships, Boats & Submarines (Location: G6C-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Captain Cook & His Exploration of the Pacific
Great Explorers
by Roger Morriss
from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Encyclopedia of American History
by David C. King
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-8th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Encyclopedia of American History
by David C. King
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-8th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient China
DK Eyewitness Series
by Arthur Cotterell
from DK Publishing
Chinese History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in China (Location: HISREG-CHI)
$16.99 $10.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
DK Eyewitness Series
by George Hart
from DK Publishing
Egyptian History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$9.99
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Greece
DK Eyewitness Series
by Anne Pearson
from DK Publishing
Greek History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: HIS-ANCGRE)
DK Eyewitness: Ancient Rome
DK Eyewitness Series
by Simon James
from DK Publishing
Roman History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$15.95
DK Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca & Maya
by Elizabeth Baquedano
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient America (Location: HIS-ANCAME)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca & Maya
by Elizabeth Baquedano
from DK Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient America (Location: HIS-ANCAME)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Castle
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: Castle
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: Cowboy
DK Eyewitness Series
by David Murdoch
from DK Publishing
American History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Cowboys & Cattlemen (Location: G4C-HIS)
DK Eyewitness: Knight
DK Eyewitness Series
by Christopher Gravett
from DK Publishing
Middle Ages HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$13.50
DK Eyewitness: Medieval Life
DK Eyewitness Series
by Andrew Langley
from DK Publishing
Midieval Ages History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: North American Indian
DK Eyewitness Series
by David Murdoch
from DK Publishing
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: Pirate
DK Eyewitness Series
by Richard Platt
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
HIstory Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Pirates
$6.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Presidents
DK Eyewitness Series
by James Barber
3rd edition from DK Publishing
American History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: Viking
DK Eyewitness Series
by Susan M. Margeson
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HIS-MIDDLE)
$16.99
DK Eyewitness: World War I
DK Eyewitness Series
by Simon Adams
from DK Publishing
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in World War I (1914-1919) (Location: HIS-20CWWI)
DK Eyewitness: World War II
by Simon Adams
from DK Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in World War II (1939-1945) (Location: HIS-20CWW2)
$9.99
DK Revealed: Ancient Rome
by Peter Chrisp
1st edition from DK Children
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HIS-ANCROM)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Don't Know Much About American History
by Kenneth C. Davis
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Early Civilization
Usborne Illustrated World History
by Anne Millard & Jane Crisholm
from Usborne
Ancient History Reference for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient History (Location: HIS-ANCIENT)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Egyptian Mummies
by Delia Pemberton
from Harcourt Children's Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Egyptian Mummies - Pop-Up Book
by Milbry Polk, Roger Stewart
1st edition from Dutton Children's Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Egyptian Pyramid
by Fiona MacDonald & Mark Bergin
from Peter Bedrick Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Egyptology Handbook
by Emily Sands
from Candlewick Press
for 4th-7th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: HIS-ANCEGY)
$8.00 (2 in stock)
Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World
by David Sacks
from Facts On File
for 8th-Adult
in Ancient Greece (Location: HIS-ANCGRE)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of the North American Indian
by James Ciment
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times
by David Rubel
First Edition from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Everything You Need To Know About World History Homework
by Anne Zeman & Kate Kelly
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in History Encyclopedias & Fact Books (Location: HISREF-ENC)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Explorers News
The History News
by Michael Johnstone
from Candlewick Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
$6.99 $4.50 (3 in stock)
Famous Presidents
Eyes on America
by Philip Koslow
from KidsBooks, Inc.
for 2nd-4th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: American Indians
by Steven Aronson
from Workman Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$12.95 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: Civil War
from Workman Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HIS-19CACW)
$10.95 $7.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex Family Field Guides: First Ladies
from Workman Publishing
for 4th-6th grade
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$10.95
Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents
by Steven Aronson
from Workman Publishing
in American Presidency (Location: G7E-HIS)
$12.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Fandex: Explorers
by Steven M.L. Aronson
from Workman Publishing
for 4th-7th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
$9.95
First Facts About American Heroes
by David C. King
1st edition from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISREF-US)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
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