History & Geography

Below are secular (non-religious) history books and videos, (or otherwise void of strong religious bias) that have been recommended by fellow secular Charlotte Mason homeschoolers.

First, let me share the WONDERFUL suggestion I received from another secular CM’r: start with creation stories from around the world and evolution. So with that in mind, here are books on those topics…

Creation Stories



U.S. History:

World History:

General History Resources:

Historical Fiction:

History Curriculum & Resource Books/Sites:

Book of Century/Timeline Resources:

Geography Resources:


  1. Wow. Thanks for this comprehensive list. We’re just starting to approach CM through history using CM methods after using a comprehensive curriculum. It’s exciting, but the time dedicated to finding resources is quite intense, though I love it! We’re working with the ancient world, first volume of SOTW and A Little History of the World as our spine. The Usborne book is enticing.

  2. Wow!!! Fantastic, thanks!!! I’ve started getting some of these books and just found this site. What a great resource for all future purchases!!!! 🙂

    1. No problem! If I can find the time, I’ll update things…I’m sure I could add a ton more to these lists at this point. Just a matter of finding that ever elusive TIME! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for going to all the trouble to write this list! We are secular homeschoolers, and my husband is a history professor. You’d think it would be easy for us to find a history textbook for our kids, but it’s not! (My husband has many for adults, but they are not engaging enough for young kids …my boys are 10 & 7.) I was looking at Joy Hakim’s series on U.S. History, and I’m sad to see that criticism because we’re enjoying the first book. Anyway, I’m going to bookmark your page & refer to it when I need it!

    Also, you might be interested to know that my husband has put his college history lectures online (for free). They might be helpful to someone. (no longer available)

    1. Shelli, thank you for your kind words! And I agree…I’m sad about the criticism of Joy Hakim’s books as well…although there does seem to always be criticism on just about everything, so I take it with a grain of salt. I still very much enjoy her books as well!

      And I will check out your husband’s lectures! Thank you for sharing!

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