History Picture Books Book List

This is a list I’ve gathered over the years of children’s history related picture books or books that are primarily pictures sharing historical stories and info in an interesting way…vs textbooks (which feed facts, not stories, in a dry, dull way…with FAR too many words, not enough pictures. And the pictures they do have are not usually very interesting.)

I have found that I, myself, MUCH prefer short, well-written text that is written in a highly interesting way, making good use of many good pictures to make history come alive. So I have always attempted to use primarily these types of books with my children at all ages of their development.

These books seem to be aimed at elementary and middle school children…but I believe even high school age children can enjoy them as well. My older children have always delighted in picture books as much as I have! And they can help them really enjoy history in a way no boring textbook can.

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10 Explorers Who Changed the WorldGifford, Clivehttp://amzn.to/2FRUlJg
10 Inventors Who Changed the WorldGifford, Clivehttp://amzn.to/2FQk4SA
10 Kings and Queens Who Changed the WorldGifford, Clivehttp://amzn.to/2FErPHX
10 Leaders Who Changed the WorldGifford, Clivehttp://amzn.to/2FAcJHi
19th Century Railway Station (A)MacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2tIkV2J
Boy Who Invented TVKrull, Kathleen
Chocolate: Riches from the RainforestBurleigh, Roberthttp://amzn.to/2Fz7pUH
City Through Time (A)Noon, Stevehttp://amzn.to/2FUiAXc
Cod's Tale (The): A Biography of the Fish that Changed the WorldKurlansky, Markhttp://amzn.to/2FCtMo9
Cold, Hard Facts about Science and Medicine in Colonial America (The)Raum, Elizabethhttp://amzn.to/2tOl4l4
Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors (The)Barton, Chrishttp://amzn.to/2DoOh5P
Escaping to America: A True StorySchanzer, Rosalynhttp://amzn.to/2p86q3C
Foul, Filthy American Frontier: The Disgusting Details about the Journey Out West (The)Schwartz, Heather E.http://amzn.to/2FxYmmW
Great Events That Changed the WorldDelf, Brianhttp://amzn.to/2tKD5AL
Hairdo: What We Do and Did to Our HairSwain, Ruth Freemanhttp://amzn.to/2FMT3PV
HousesGallimard Jeunessehttp://amzn.to/2FGaq1q
I Wonder What's Under There?: A Brief History of UnderwearLattimore, Deborah Noursehttp://amzn.to/2FGasq4
Its Disgusting and We Ate It: True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout HistorySolheim, Jameshttp://amzn.to/2p7BO1V
Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing PressKoscielniak, Brucehttp://amzn.to/2pannu4
Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of PantsJohnston, Tonyhttp://amzn.to/2HsACwQ
Nine for CaliforniaLevitin, Sonia
Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and PeopleMarrin, Alberthttp://amzn.to/2FO8Rlf
Queen's Progress: An Elizabethan Alphabet (The)Mannis, Celeste Davidsonhttp://amzn.to/2FRFChC
Samurai: Warlords of JapanDean, Arlanhttp://amzn.to/2tHYv1J
See Inside Famous BuildingsJones, Rob Lloydhttp://amzn.to/2HuImyt
Story of Chocolate (The)Polin, Caryn J.http://amzn.to/2HuKZ3k
Story of Salt (The)Kurlansky, Markhttp://amzn.to/2Hs9bn1
Street Through Time (A)Millard, Annehttp://amzn.to/2FBEET9
Tricking the TallymanDavies, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2tJsBlp
Ultimate Field Trip #4: A Week in the 1800s (Ultimate Field Trip)Goodman, Susan E.http://amzn.to/2FHArNX
What Life Was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue: Byzantine Empire Ad 330-1453Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2peeuyK
What Life Was Like Among Druids And High Kings (Celtic Ireland AD 400-1200)Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2DoxnnU
What Life Was Like Among Samurai and Shoguns: Japan, AD 1000-1700Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2DnW0kJ
What Life Was Like at the Rebirth of Genius: Renaissance Italy, Ad 1400-1550Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2HybRzv
What Life Was Like During the Age of Reason: France Ad 1660-1800Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2tKjhO1
What Life Was Like in Europe's Golden Age: Northern Europe, AD 1500-1675Ozment, Steven E.http://amzn.to/2tKhZTb
What Life Was Like in Europe's Romantic Era: Europe, AD 1789-1848Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2FxTxKk
What Life Was Like in the Jewel in the Crown: British India, AD 1600-1905Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2FQhPOR
What Life was Like in the Land of the Dragon: Imperial China Ad 960-1368Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2pbf3dF
What Life Was Like in the Lands of the Prophet: Islamic World, Ad 570-1405Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2FDX7hP
What Life Was Like in the Realm of Elizabeth: England, Ad 1533-1603Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2Hvktaa
What Life Was Like in the Time of War and Peace: Imperial Russia, Ad 1696-1917Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2paMVGJ
What Life was Like on the Banks of the Nile: Egypt 3050 - 30 BCBooks, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2FFzrK5
What Life Was Like When Longships Sailed: Vikings Ad 800-1100Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2FNgf0f
What Life Was Like: At Empire's End : Austro-Hungarian Empire Ad 1848-1918Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2tJIjwS
What Life Was Like: At the Dawn of Democracy : Classical Athens 525-322 BcBooks, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2p8rXJn
What Life Was Like: In the Age of Chivalry : Medieval Europe Ad 800-1500Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2HuP7QS
What Life Was Like: When Rome Ruled the World : The Roman Empire 100 Bc-Ad 200Books, Time-Lifehttp://amzn.to/2HxCGE1
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Chicago Gangster!: Some Dangerous Characters You'd Better AvoidMatthews, Ruperthttp://amzn.to/2FE0MfG
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Soldier!Ratliff, Thomas Mhttp://amzn.to/2FyBFyX
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete!Ford, Michaelhttp://amzn.to/2Fy3ebI
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter: Dangerous Beasts You'd Rather Not EncounterMalam, Johnhttp://amzn.to/2FQrdCg
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval Knight!MacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2FP9k6H
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Ninja Warrior!: A Secret Job That's Your DestinyMalam, Johnhttp://amzn.to/2FEZFfY
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Nurse During the American Civil War!: A Job That's Not for the SqueamishSenior, Kathrynhttp://amzn.to/2GmTbmV
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pirate's Prisoner!Malam, Johnhttp://amzn.to/2FEAQ3L
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Polar Explorer: An Expedition You'd Rather Not Go onGreen, Jen
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder!: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not HaveMorley, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2Dq4SpJ
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You'd Rather Not KnowMalam, Johnhttp://amzn.to/2FDfjsc
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy LinesMalam, Johnhttp://amzn.to/2FMNH78
You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian SchoolchildMalam, John
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking Explorer!Langley, Andrewhttp://amzn.to/2GpLuMP
You Wouldn't Want to Be a World War II Pilot!: Air Battles You Might Not SurviveGraham, Ianhttp://amzn.to/2tJzVxl
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American ColonistMorley, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2HyyCn5
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer!: A Wilderness You'd Rather Not TameMorley, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2pcaejn
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice!MacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2pcPxUv
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!: Digusting Things You'd Rather Not KnowStewart, Davidhttp://amzn.to/2FFPSpV
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea You'd Rather Not DrinkCook, Peterhttp://amzn.to/2p5nVBG
You Wouldn't Want to Be Cleopatra!Pipe, Jimhttp://amzn.to/2tIWD8Z
You Wouldn't Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon!: Prisoners You'd Rather Not MeetMacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2Go2XFq
You Wouldn't Want to Be in Alexander the Great's Army!: Miles You'd Rather Not MarchMorley, Jacqueline
You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You'd Rather Not Go onGraham, Ianhttp://amzn.to/2FxRZzY
You Wouldn't Want to Be on the First Flying Machine!Graham, Ianhttp://amzn.to/2HxXVFP
You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!: Diseases You'd Rather Not CatchSenior, Kathrynhttp://amzn.to/2FMPd9k
You Wouldn't Want to Explore with Lewis and Clark!Morley, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2p7oP0y
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Mayflower!Cook, Peterhttp://amzn.to/2FDN5xk
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Railroad!: A Track You'd Rather Not Go DownGraham, Ian
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece!MacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2FMMv3L
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pony Express Rider!: A Dusty, Thankless Job You'd Rather Not DoRatliff, Thomas Mhttp://amzn.to/2FGy8uF
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic!Stewart, Davidhttp://amzn.to/2tLtz0j
You Wouldn't Want To Be A Crusader!: A War You'd Rather Not FightMacDonald, Fionahttp://amzn.to/2tKLEMe
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Mayan Soothsayer!: Fortunes You'd Rather Not TellMatthews, Ruperthttp://amzn.to/2DoU7E8
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Sumerian Slave!: A Life of Hard Labor You'd Rather AvoidMorley, Jacquelinehttp://amzn.to/2DoTbQo


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