Recommended Books for Year Two

For our customers' convenience, BiblioPlan lists of all of our recommended books for Year Two here. We do NOT recommend buying all of the books on this list! Instead, we recommend using the annotated book lists in our Family Guide to choose the books that best suit your needs. The purpose of these long book lists is not to overload your students, but to provide a fun variety of books to choose from.

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Required Texts
Optional Spines
Recommended Books for Grades K - 2
Recommended Books for Grades 3 - 5
Recommended Books for Grades 5 - 8
Recommended Books for Grades 8 - 12
Recommended Family Read Alouds

REQUIRED TEXTS

  1. The BiblioPlan Companion, Year Two: A Text for Medieval History by Rob and Julia Nalle OR
  2. Remember the Days, Book Two: Medieval Days by Rob and Julia Nalle
  3. The Holy Bible in your preferred translation, preferably with historical charts and timelines. We recommend these options for different age groups:
    • The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children‘s Stories (K-1)
    • The Picture Bible by Iva Hoth (2-4)
    • NIV Adventure Bible, Hidden Treasure Edition (1984) Zondervan / Paperback (5-8) - CBD
    • The New Inductive Study Bible (Precepts Ministries)

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OPTIONAL SPINES

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  • Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages
  • Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of the Middle Ages
  • Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
  • Monks & Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church
  • Rats, Bulls and Flying Machines (Deborah Prum)
  • Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages (Bauer)
  • Streams of Civilization Volumes I and II
  • The Mystery of History Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
  • The Mystery of History Volume III: The Renaissance, Reformation and Growth of Nations
  • Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History
  • Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (2000/Newer)

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K-2 LIST

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  • A Medieval Feast, Aliki K-2
  • Arabian Nights (Classic Starts Series), Martin Woodside K-2
  • Caedmon's Song (Ashby) K-2
  • Chanticleer and the Fox (Chaucer) K-2
  • Christopher Columbus (Krensky) K-2
  • Columbus (D’Aulaire) K-2, 3+
  • D Is for Doufu, Krach K-2
  • Dick Whittington and His Cat, Marcia Brown K-2
  • Favorite Children’s Stories from China and Tibet (Hume) K-2
  • Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment (MacDonald) K-2
  • Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series (Venezia): Da Vinci, Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Pieter Bruegel K-2
  • Haiku on Your Shoe, Berry K-2, 3+
  • How to be a Roman Soldier (MacDonald) K-2, 3+
  • I Wonder Why Romans Wore Togas. . . (MacDonald) K-2, 3+
  • Ignatius of Antioch (Ferguson) K-2, 3+
  • Isabella of Castile, Bridges K-2, 3+
  • John Calvin: What is the Truth?, Catherine Mackenzie K-2
  • Katie Meets the Impressionists (Mayhew) K-2
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, Audrey Wood K-2, 3+
  • Leif the Lucky (D’Aulaire) K-2, 3+
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Phillips) K-2
  • Look What Came From Africa…, Miles Harvey K-2
  • Look What Came from Germany (Davis) K-2, 3+
  • Look What Came from Russia ( Harvey) K-2, 3+
  • Martin Luther: A Man that Changed…(Mair) K-2, 3+
  • Martin Luther: What Should I do?, MacKenzie K-2
  • Once a Mouse (Brown) K-2, 3+
  • Once Upon a Time Saints (Bethlehem Books) K-2, 3+
  • Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland (DePaola) K-2, 3+
  • Peril in the Palace (Hering and McCusker) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • Pied Piper of Hamelin (Browning) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • Puss in Boots Charles Perrault K-2
  • Revenge of the Red Knight (Hering ) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • Robin Hood (Ingle) K-2
  • Sam Stars at Shakespeare's Globe, Pauline Francis K-2
  • Ship (Macaulay) K-2, 3+
  • Spain, Grack K-2
  • St. George and the Dragon (Hodges) K-2, 3+
  • Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Peter Sís K-2
  • Step into the Celtic World (MacDonald) K-2
  • Tales from Japan K-2, 3+
  • The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (Sproul) K-2, 3+
  • The Clown of God, Tomie de Paola K-2
  • The Corn Grows Ripe, Rhoads K-2
  • The Emperor and the Kite, Yolen K-2
  • The King without a Shadow (Sproul) K-2, 3+
  • The King’s Chessboard (Birch) K-2
  • The Legend of St. Nicholas (Mackall) K-2, 3+
  • The Making of a Knight (O’Brien) K-2, 3+
  • The Merchant and the Thief: (Zacharias) ) K-2
  • The Reluctant Dragon (Grahame) K-2, 3+
  • The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History, Major K-2
  • The Story of Salt, Mark Kurlansky K-2, 3+
  • The Sword in the Tree (Bulla) K-2, 3+
  • Three in One: A Book about God (Lepley) K-2, 3+
  • Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta K-2, 3+, 5+
  • Voyage with the Vikings (Hering and McCusker) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • What Were Castles For? (Cox) K-2
  • Who in the World Was The Acrobatic Empress? Phillips K-2, 3+
  • Who in the World Was The Forgotten Explorer, Lambert K-2
  • Who in the World Was The Secretive Printer? K-2
  • Who in the World Was The Unready King?, Clark K-2
  • Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? (Cramer) K-2, 3+
  • Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (Eding) K-2
  • Who Were the Vikings? (Usborne)K-2, 3+
  • Yoshi’s Feast, Kimiko Kajikawa K-2
  • You Wouldn’t Want … Actor! (Morley) K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want … Columbus, Macdonald K-2
  • You Wouldn’t Want to … Great Wall of China! Morley K-2
  • You Wouldn’t Want to … Marco Polo! Morley K-2
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Crusader! Fiona Macdonald K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Medieval Knight, Macdonald K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer!, Langley K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be in a Medieval Dungeon! Fiona K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be Joan of Arc! Fiona Macdonald K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Live in a Medieval Castle!, Morley
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Sail in the Spanish Armada! Malam K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Work on a Medieval Cathedral! K-2
  • You Wouldn’t Want… Aztec! Macdonald K-2, 3+

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3-5 LIST

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  • A Boy of Old Prague, Ish-Kosher 3+, 5+
  • A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park 3+, 5+
  • Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights (Smith) 3+, 5+
  • Along Came Galileo (Bendick) 3+, 5+
  • Athanasius, Simonetta Carr 3+
  • Augustine of Hippo, Simonetta Carr 3+
  • Augustine: the Farmer's Boy of Tagaste, P. De Zeeuw 3+
  • Ballplayers and Bonesetters, Coulter 3+, 5+
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare 3+
  • Beowulf the Warrior, retold by Ian Serraillier 3+
  • Christopher Columbus, Rhodes 3+
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi 3+, 5+
  • Elizabeth I, The Outcast Who … Queen (Adams) 3+, 5+
  • Exploration in the Renaissance, Elliott 3+
  • Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg
  • From Bondage to Freedom (Leslie) 3+, 5+
  • From Bondage to Freedom, Emma Leslie 3+, 5+
  • Good Queen Bess, Stanley 3+
  • How to Be an Aztec Warrior, Fiona MacDonald 3+
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hugo—Classic Start Series) 3+, 5+
  • Ink on His Fingers (Vernon) 3+, 5+
  • Isabel: Jewel of Castilla (Meyer) 3+, 5+
  • John Calvin, Carr 3+, 5+
  • Lady Jane Grey (Carr) 3+, 5+
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Diane Stanley
  • Li Lun, Lad of Courage 3+
  • Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali (Burns) 3+
  • Marco Polo's Silk Purse 3+
  • Marguerite Makes a Book (Getty) 3+
  • Me Oh Maya #13 3+
  • Michelangelo, Diane Stanley
  • Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler, Conklin 3+
  • Mosque, David Macauley 3+
  • Otto of the Silver Hand, Howard Pyle 3+
  • Painting in the Renaissance (Renaissance World), D'Elia 3+, 5+
  • Pedro’s Journal (Conrad) 3+
  • Peril in the Palace, Marianne Hering 3+
  • Religion in the Renaissance (Renaissance World), Flatt 3+, 5+
  • Robin Hood (Gilbert—Wordsworth Children’s Classic3+, 5+
  • Sam Samurai, Jon Scieszka 3+
  • Science in the Renaissance (Renaissance World), Mullins 3+, 5+
  • Silk Road, Laurie Krebs 3+
  • Sister Wendy's Bible Treasury (Beckett) 3+, 5+
  • Stories from The Silk Road, Cherry Gilchrist 3+
  • Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Classic Starts) Pyle 3+
  • Strangers in the Land, Louis Vernon
  • Tales from Africa, Arnott 3+, 5+
  • Tales from Arabian Nights (Lang) 3+
  • The Apple and the Arrow (Buff) 3+, 5+
  • The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day, O'Dell 3+, 5+
  • The Man Who Laid the Egg (Vernon) 3+
  • The Minstrel in the Tower (Skurzyniski) 3+
  • The Queen’s Smuggler (Jackson) 3+, 5+
  • The Renaissance in Europe (Renaissance World), Elliott 3+, 5+
  • The Viking Adventure (Bulla) 3+, 5+
  • The Whipping Boy (Fleischman) 3+
  • The White Stag, Kate Seredy 3+, 5+
  • Thunderstorm in the Church (Vernon) Adv. 3+ 5+
  • Trapped in Tenochtitlan, Burnett 3+, 5+
  • Twice Freed, Patricia St. John 3+, 5+
  • We're Riding on a Caravan 3+
  • Who Was Marco Polo? (Holub) 3+
  • Women in the Renaissance, Huntley 3+

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5-8 LIST

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  • A Glorious Age in Africa, Skinner 5+
  • Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, Galloway 5+, 7+
  • Along Came Galileo, Jeanne Bendick 5+
  • Anna of Byzantium (Barrett) 5+
  • Augustine Came to Kent (Willard)5+
  • Beowulf, translation by Frederick Rebsamen 5+
  • Bible Smuggler (Vernon) 5+, 7+
  • Big John’s Secret (Jewett) 5+
  • First Voyage to America, Columbus 5+
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village 5+
  • I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, Diane Wilson 5+
  • Inside The Reformation (Sengele) 5+
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Green) 5+
  • Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff 5+
  • Men of Iron (Pyle) 5+, 7+
  • Men of Iron, Pyle 5+, 7+
  • Morning Star of the Reformation (Thomson) 5+
  • Nine Days a Queen, Rinaldi 5+, 7+
  • Raiders from the Sea (Johnson) 5+
  • River of Grace: The Story of John Calvin (McPherson) 5+, 7+
  • Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (Cohen) 5+
  • Son of Charlemagne (Willard) 5+
  • St George for England, Henty 5+
  • St. George for England: A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers, Henty 5+
  • The Apprentice (Llorente) 5+
  • The King’s Fifth (O’Dell) 5+, 7+
  • The Kite Rider, McCaughrean 5+, 7+
  • The Last Song, Eva Wiseman 5+, 7+
  • The Red Keep (French) 5+, 7+
  • The Revenge of the Forty-Seven Samurai, Eric Haugaard 5+, 7+
  • The Samurai’s Tale, Erik C. Haugaard 5+, 7+
  • The Shining Company (Sutcliff) 5+
  • The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff 5+
  • The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (French) 5+, 7+
  • The World Made New, Aronson 5+
  • Under Drake’s Flag (Henty) 5+, 7+
  • Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia (Carr) 5+, 7+

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8-12 LIST

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  • Be Strong by Warren W. Wiersbe
  • Beowulf (Heaney)
  • Beowulf Progeny Press Study Guide
  • Between the Forest and the Hills
  • Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc (Brooks)
  • Bondage of the Will (Luther)
  • Book of Colossians
  • Book of Exodus
  • Book of Hosea
  • Book of Joshua
  • Book of Mark
  • Book of Philemon
  • Bound (Napoli)
  • Canterbury Tales (Chaucer)Translator: Coghill
  • Canterbury Tales Novel Unit Study Packet
  • Christian’s Pocket Guide to Buddhism (Christian Focus)
  • Colossians and Philemon Life Lessons by Max Lucado OR
  • Colossians and Philemon, John MacArthur Study Guides
  • Dante: The Divine Comedy Student Guide (Kirtpatrick)
  • For God and His People: Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation
  • God’s Persistent Love by Dale and Sandy Larsen
  • Henry V (Shakespeare)
  • Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Bainton)
  • Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Summary and Study Guide
  • Heroes of the Reformation (Newton)
  • Heroes of the Reformation (Newton)
  • How the Reformation Happened (Belloc)
  • How They Kept the Faith: A Tale of the Huguenots of Languedoc
  • Hus the Heretic
  • Islam: An Introduction for Christians (Martinson)
  • Julius Caesar (Shakespeare)
  • Julius Caesar Progeny Press Study Guide OR
  • Julius Caesar Novel Unit Study Packet
  • Leonardo’s Notebooks (da Vinci with editor Anna Suh)
  • Macbeth (Shakespeare)
  • Macbeth Progeny Press Study Guide (Gilleland)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream Novel Unit Study Packet
  • Only Glory Awaits: The Story of Anne Askew, Reformation Martyr (Seasons of Grace, 1)
  • Othello (Shakespeare)
  • Othello Thrift Study Edition
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • Quo Vadis
  • Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
  • Romeo and Juliet Novel Unit Study Packet OR
  • Romeo and Juliet Progeny Press Study Guide (Ellie)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Translator: Simon Artimage—New Verse Translation)
  • St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography (Freeman)
  • The British Josiah: Edward VI— The Most Godly King of England
  • The Confessions (Books 1-9)
  • The Divine Comedy Part 1: Hell (Dante) Translator: Sayers
  • The Four Voyages: Being His Own Log-Book, Letters and Dispatches with Connecting Narratives (Columbus)
  • The Gospel of Mark, Life Lessons by Max Lucado
  • The Magna Charta (Daugherty)
  • The Protestant Reformation: Major Documents
  • The Sacred Journey by Mike DeVries, Troy Murphy
  • The Song of Roland (Translator: Sayers)
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare)
  • The Tempest Novel Unit Study Packet
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (Polo) Translator: Marsden

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READ-ALOUDS

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  • Adam of the Road (Gray)
  • Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great Morris
  • Beggar’s Bible (Vernon)
  • Beorn the Proud (Polland)
  • Explorers Who Got Lost (Dreher)
  • Flame over Tara, Madeleine Polland
  • Hidden Treasure of Glaston, Eleanore M. Jewett
  • How the Bible Came to Us: (Doney)
  • Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu, Ted Lewin
  • Master Cornhill, Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • Secret of the Andes (Ann Nolan Clark)
  • Shadow Spinner (Fletcher)
  • Shakespeare Stories (Garfield and Foreman)
  • Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers (E. Nesbit)
  • Spy for the Night Riders (Jackson)
  • Tales of Persia, Miller
  • The Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated Morris
  • The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True Morris
  • The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short Morris
  • The Boy and the Samurai (Haugaard)
  • The Door in the Wall, Marguerite D'Angelo
  • The Hobbit, J.R. Tolkien
  • The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick (McHugh)
  • The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)
  • The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain
  • The Tanglewoods' Secret, St. John
  • The World of Columbus and Sons, Genevieve Foster
  • White Stallion of Lipizza, Marguerite Henry
  • Who Was Leonardo da Vinci (Edwards)

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