History Resources

History can be a daunting subject. Names, dates, places, events—they're undeniably hard to keep track of, especially when they're presented as a bunch of disparate elements (as many textbooks often present them). Its detractors call history "dry" and "boring," but there's a good chance most of them simply haven't seen history for what it is.

Like any good story, history does have names and places and dates, but it's essential to remember that it is a story. Narrative historians take this into account and capitalize on it, recording actual events with the immediacy and interest of a novel. When the plotline of history begins to emerge from all the raw facts, it becomes clear that, rather than being an overly-academic pursuit, history is a vibrant and living study.

A lot of the most interesting bits are found in the details. These are the parts that make history human, that show us we aren't much different from the people who lived in ancient Polynesia or 16th-century France, especially when all the cultural differences are demystified. For instance, how much more fascinating does World War II become once you stumble on the tale of Wojtek, a brown bear conscripted into the Polish Army who smoked cigarettes, drank beer from the bottle, and fought the Axis powers?

The correct answer is: very much more interesting. Unearthing those facts can be difficult, however, especially if you restrict history study to curriculum and textbooks. Which is where history resources come in, like superheroes in capes and tights to rescue bored history students everywhere with the true awesomeness of History.

Before we get too carried away with our alternative education methods, let it be known we aren't saying textbooks are a bad place to start. They offer a generally coherent view, and surveys of important eras and regions is important for having a general idea of the flow of the past. However, you shouldn't stop there; it's hard to really understand the past until you've experienced it from a more intimate perspective.

One of the best ways to get a feel for an era is through autobiographies. To get a firsthand account of the American Civil War, read the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant or A Short History of the Confederate States of America by CSA president Jefferson Davis. Asser's Life of King Alfred isn't an autobiography, but it was written by a man who knew the great English king. Black Like Me is one man's incredible account of the Civil Rights Movement.

Here's another thing to remember: history leaves tracks. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are obviously dead, but families in the Pacific Northwest can still pack the family into the full size van (or the Prius, if you live in the PNW) and see the remains of Fort Clatsop where they spent the winter of 1805-06. Or, if you live in the East or South, there're Civil War and Revolution-era battlefields around every corner. Of course, most historical sites these days are government-operated so you'll have to filter their anti-Christian bias for the kiddos, but the experience of "seeing history" is invaluable.

Which is more possible in our Technological Age than it once was. We have something no other people in all the annals of time had before us: the DVD player. And, because there will always be creative people who are also history nerds, we have plenty of video-based history resources. There's the History Channel, sure, but one of our favorite series of history DVDs comes from Dave Stotts, a Christian who presents kids with a biblical understanding of world and American history on-site where the events took place; Drive Thru History is the kind of thing you wish you'd had in school.

Then there's all the other stuff to deepen your knowledge, like timelines, atlases, Usborne and Kingfisher books filled with information and colorful pictures, historical paper dolls and coloring books, even historical fiction. You'll want to be careful how far you take this, but a well-researched novel about an historical period can offer insights into culture, living conditions, and attitudes a "history book" seldom can.

This is really what it's all about, anyway. We want to know the past for two reasons: to understand human nature, and to understand our own times. A list of facts by itself won't go very far satisfying either of those goals. To get at the core of profitable history study, we need to see the human face of those who've gone before, to know how they thought, what motivated them, and why on earth we're still making the same mistakes that were made in ancient Greece or feudal Japan.

With almost 5000 items, this can be a daunting section. We encourage you to just browse, and to remember that there's nothing wrong with picking a book just because it catches your fancy. So what if you aren't studying the construction of the Erie Canal right at the moment? If you want to read about it, go ahead. The acquisition of historical knowledge should be fun, and we've done our best to make it so with this collection of titles.

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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10,000 Days of Thunder
by Philip Caputo
1st edition from Atheneum
for 5th-10th grade
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: HISA-20VIE)
100 Great Wonders of the World
from Barnes & Noble
for 5th-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
100 Most Important Events in Christian History
by A. Kenneth Curtis, et al.
from Revell Publishing
Church History Reference for 9th-Adult
in Church History Overviews (Location: XCH-OVE)
100 Scientists Who Shaped World History
from Bluewood Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Biography Anthologies (Location: BIO-ANTH)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
101 Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: XCH-HYMN)
101 More Hymn Stories
by Kenneth Osbeck
from Kregel Publications
for 6th-12th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: XCH-HYMN)
by David Howarth
from Penguin Putnam
for 9th-Adult
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
$15.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
1620, Year of the Pilgrims
by Genevieve Foster
from Charles Scribner's Sons
History Reference/Biography for 7th-10th grade
in New World Colonization (Location: HISA-17NW)
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
20 Exciting Plays for Medieval History Classes
by Dean Bowman
from Walch Publishing
for 7th-9th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
20 Plays for U. S. History Classes
by Dean R. Bowman
Revised from Walch Publishing
for 7th-9th grade
in Theater, Drama & Film (Location: ELE-THEAT)
2000 Years of Space Travel
by Russell Freedman
from Holiday House
for 7th-10th grade
in History of Science & Mathematics (Location: SCI-HIS)
20th Century in America Lap-Pak
from Home School in the Woods
for 3rd-8th grade
in Hands-On History Activity-Paks (Location: HISRF-HOH)
3,650 of the World's Finest Proverbs
from Triku
in Diversity & Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
3-D Engineering
from Nomad Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Architecture Sculpture & Engineering (Location: ELE-ARC)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
5 Cities That Ruled the World
by Douglas Wilson
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
in Art & Culture (Location: XCU-ART)
50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
7 Continents: Africa
by Jo Ellen Moore
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: GEO-CUREM)
A.D. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in History Conferences & Lectures (Location: HISRF-CONF)
Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington
by Cheryl Harness
from National Geographic
Picture Book Biography for 2nd-4th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Abe Lincoln Remembers
by Ann Turner
from HarperCollins
Biography for 1st-3rd grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$3.83 (1 in stock)
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House
Landmark #61
by Sterling North
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Abide With Me
by John H. Parker, Paul Seawright
from New Leaf Press
for 7th-Adult
in History of Hymns (Location: XCH-HYMN)
Abraham Lincoln
by Clara Ingram Judson
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Biography for 3rd-7th grade
1951 Newbery Honor Book
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Abraham Lincoln
by Edgar & Ingri D'Aulaire
75th Anniversary Edition from Beautiful Feet Books
Picture Book Biography for 3rd-6th grade
1940 Caldecott Medal winner
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Abraham Lincoln & His Family - Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Dover Paper Dolls (Location: COL-DOLL)
Abraham Lincoln (hardcover)
by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
from Beautiful Feet Books
Biography for 1st-6th grade
1940 Caldecott Medal winner
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Abraham Lincoln (hardcover)
by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Biography for 1st-6th grade
1940 Caldecott Medal winner
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$15.30 (1 in stock)
Abraham Lincoln - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99 $2.40 (2 in stock)
Abraham Lincoln's World
by Genevieve Foster, expanded by Joanna Foster
from Beautiful Feet Books
Historical Non-fiction for 7th-10th grade
1945 Newbery Honor Book
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HISA-19CW)
Accidental Voyage
Mr. Pipes Series #4
by Doug Bond
from P&R Publishing
for 5th-8th grade
in History of Hymns (Location: XCH-HYMN)
Across America on an Emigrant Train
by Jim Murphy
from Sandpiper Books
for 5th-8th grade
in Immigration & Emigration (Location: HISA-20IM)
Adam and His Kin
by Ruth Beechick
from Mott Media
Historical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in Ancient History (Location: HISW-ANC)
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut
by Chester G. Hearn
from US Naval Institute Press
for 9th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Admiral Richard Byrd
Sterling Point Books
by Paul Rink
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Historical non-fiction for 5th-9th grade
in 20th Century Exploration (Location: HISW-20EXP)
Adoniram Judson
Christian Heroes: Then & Now
by Geoff & Janet Benge
from YWAM Publishing
Biography for 4th-7th grade
in Christian Heroes: Then and Now (Location: BIO-BENGE)
Adoniram Judson
by Sharon Hambrick
from Bob Jones University Press
for 1st-2nd grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$5.10 (1 in stock)
Adoniram Judson: A Grand Purpose
by Renee Meloche
from YWAM Publishing
for 2nd-4th grade
in Heroes for Young Readers (Location: BIO-HERO)
Adventure of Missionary Heroism
by John C. Lambert
from Vision Forum
Biography Anthologies for 7th-Adult
in History of Missions (Location: XCH-MIS)
$14.40 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
World Landmark #3
by Richard Walsh
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Adventures in Naked Faith
by Ross Tooley
from YWAM Publishing
for 7th-Adult
in International Adventures (Location: BIO-INTADV)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Adventures of Lewis and Clark
by Ormonde de Kay, Jr.
from Random House
for 2nd-5th grade
in Step Up Books (Location: VIN-STEP)
Adventures of Munford: Munford Meets Robert Fulton
by Jamie Aramini
Fir from Geography Matters
for 2nd-4th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: GEO-GEOM)
Adventures of Richard Wagner
by Opal Wheeler
from Zeezok Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Opal Wheeler Great Musicians Series (Location: BIO-OPAL)
Adventures of Ulysses
World Landmark #40
by Gerald Gottlieb
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
by Robyn Hamilton
from Edupress
for 2nd-5th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Africa For Kids
by Harvey Croze
from Chicago Review Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight
unknown from Millbrook Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
Africa Letters
by Sarah Allen
2nd edition
for Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Africa's Vanishing Wildlife
by Chris & Tilde Stuart
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: HISMC-AFR)
$8.00 (1 in stock)