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Scroll down to find the best world histoy books collected together in ​a World History Reading List for kids & teens.   The best titles on important people and events in a typical social studies curriculum are listed here.

The ​reading list includes both fiction & nonfiction and is organized chronologically.

World History books are divided into 5 sections, arranged chronologically. Each title has a short review and is linked to one of our affiliates so you can see pictures, further description, & more.

American History Reading List

Would you rather watch history stories, rather than read about them? Check out this site that catalogs history in the movies. Please use common-sense discretion, as you would with any movie, when selecting one for children.


The Best ​World History Books

Ancient World History Books

Books​ on The Ancient World 

Pre-History to AD 400
Reading recommendations include
the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, & Rome

middle ages history books

Books on The Middle Ages

AD 400 – AD 1400
Reading recommendations include
medieval life, Robin Hood, the British monarchy, the Crusades

World History Books, Age of Discovery

Books on The Age of Discovery  

AD 1400 - AD 1700
Reading recommendations include
pirates, Joan of Arc, da Vinci, Shakespeare, the Black Plague

World History Books, Modern Age

Books on The Present Era  

AD 1700 - AD 2000
Reading recommendations include
musicians, the French Revolution, Victorian England, European Immigration to America, Inventors, Wars

History Books on World Wars

Books on World Wars I & II  

Reading recommendations include
Sergeant York, Dunkirk, the Holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima

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