From Ancient Tales to Modern Narratives: Top History Books for Kids

Kiko Anderson
history books for kids 

By reading about historical events, kids can broaden their knowledge, develop empathy, and better understand the world around them. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the right one for your child? We’ve put together a list of top history books for kids, ranging from ancient tales to modern narratives, that are both informative and engaging. 

1. The Story of the World History for the Classical Child by Susan Wise Bauer

This four-volume series covers world history from ancient times to the present, weaving together tales of monarchs, warriors, and everyday people. The books are written in a narrative style that makes them easy for kids to follow, and they also include fun activities and review questions for each chapter.

2. A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David A. Adler

 This is a popular option when it comes to history books for kids! It explores the life of Christopher Columbus, from his childhood in Genoa to his voyages across the Atlantic. With colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand language, it’s perfect for young readers who are just starting to learn about history.

3. Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times by David Rubel

 This comprehensive guide to American history covers the lives and legacies of every U.S. president, as well as major events and trends from each administration. It also includes photos, timelines, and other interactive features that make it engaging for kids.

4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This classic memoir tells the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who hid with her family in an attic during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Through her diary entries, readers gain insight into the challenges, fears, and hopes of someone living through such a difficult time.

5. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 This award-winning memoir is written in verse and tells the story of the author’s childhood in the 1960s and 70s, growing up in both the North and South during the Civil Rights era. It offers a unique perspective on the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans during that time.


Whether your child’s fascination lies in ancient history or the narratives of modern times, this curated list of history books holds a treasure trove of captivating stories waiting to seize their imagination and kindle their inquisitiveness. Ranging from non-fiction to engaging memoirs, from beautifully illustrated picture books to engrossing chapter reads, these historical gems cater to kids of diverse ages and reading proficiencies.For an added dimension to their literary exploration, explore the Troomi Wireless solution. This parent-controlled safe smartphone for kids extends access to Troomi’s curated selection of KidSmart® Apps like Audible and Libby, offering a secure portal to explore these historical tales from anywhere. As your child delves into the vivid narratives of the past, you can rest assured that their digital encounters remain under your guidance, ensuring a harmonious blend of technology and education.

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