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Speaking for my children and myself, our history reading has just been fascinating this year! I do believe it’s been a highlight. We are wrapping up Tapestry of Grace Year 2, which covers the Middle Ages through the organization of America’s first government.
Tapestry of Grace uses living books, which was one of the many reasons I chose to use it in our homeschool. As I’m sure you know, living books just make history come alive! We are a family that reads a lot, so it seems natural to use a curriculum to guide us in choosing living, accurate history books.
We literally read “favorite” books every week (or they become our favorites after we discover how fabulous they are!), so it was very difficult to narrow down just 10.
Our 10 Favorite Tapestry of Grace Books This School Year
I’ll start with our absolute favorite: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Oh my – this story is a page turner. I’m not sure if the kids loved it more or me, as we all ditched our chores and other school work so we could read to the end! A fascinating true story about Nat, who changed the sailing world.
This particular version of Paul Revere’s Ride – with illustrations by Ted Rand – is a beautiful telling of Longfellow’s famous writing. The pictures make his words come to life! Hearing my 4-year-old recite, “One if by land, two if by sea!” makes my homeschooling mama’s heart do tiny little flip-flops.
Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys – I kid you not, another page turner! The kids and I both laughed and cried through this book also. Aaron is such an obedient, strong role model for my young man.
Tapestry of Grace also includes quite a bit of church history, so included is Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World. Martin Luther was such a bold soul!
When we read The Matchlock Gun, my 6 year old sat beside me with her blue eyes wide open, hanging on my every word. A must read!
If you haven’t read Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude, you must check it out from your library today! How bizarre that sailors sailed for decades without really knowing where they were going! This is such a fascinating, and somewhat sad, account of the process of building the first sea clock.
During the beginning of the school year, my son was enthralled with soldiers, knights, and all that go along with that way of life. The Usborne Internet-Linked Medieval World has tattered edges from constant use during our first few months of school.
We’ve read a couple of the books from Graphic Library, where the illustrations are drawn in comic book format. The Voyage of the Mayflower, which is part of that series, is a thorough telling of why the colonists journeyed back in 1620 and how they started the infamous Plymouth Colony.
Lastly, Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams is a story we’ll read over and over. The text is simple and the story line is one of faith and freedom.
What are some of your favorite history books from this past school year? Leave your list in the comments!