Recommended Books for Year One

For our customers' convenience, BiblioPlan lists of all of our recommended books for Year One 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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Books marked * are available for purchase at BiblioPlan Christian Book Distributors Store.
Books marked ** are available at the links provided.

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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 One: A Text for Ancient History by Rob and Julia Nalle
  2. 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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  • Famous Men of Greece
  • Famous Men of Rome
  • Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History
  • Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
  • Streams of Civilization, Volume 1
  • The Cultural Atlas Series: Ancient Greece
  • The Cultural Atlas Series: Ancient Rome
  • The Cultural Atlas Series: First Civilizations
  • The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature
  • The Mystery of History, Volume 1: Creation to the Resurrection
  • The Mystery of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
  • The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1, Ancient Times
  • Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
  • Victor Journey through the Bible

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K-2 LIST

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  • A Ram for Isaac, Ginny Merritt K-2
  • Abraham Trusts God, Jennifer Holder K-2
  • Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Carolyn Larsen K-2
  • Abraham, Sarah and Isaac (Bader) K-2
  • Adam and Eve in the Garden (Pulley) K-2
  • Alexander the Great, Andrew Langley K-2
  • Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter, Ytreeide K-2, 3+
  • Anansi the Spider, Gerald McDermott K-2
  • Ancient Rome, (Kingfisher Reader) Philip Steele K-2
  • Arch Books Bible Stories: God’s Fire for Elijah K-2, 3+
  • Archaeologists Dig for Clues, Duke K-2, 3+
  • Benjamin’s Sling, Eileen Berry K-2
  • Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile (DePaola) K-2
  • City (Macaulay) K-2, 3+
  • Daniel & the Lions’ Den, Beverly Capps Burgess K-2
  • Daniel and the Tattletales (Jones) K-2
  • David and Goliath (Marzollo) K-2, 3+
  • Dinosaurs for Kids, Ken Ham K-2, 3+
  • DK Readers: The Story of Chocolate, C.J. Polin K-2
  • Esther, The Brave Queen, Carine MacKenzie K-2
  • Fun with Roman Numerals, David A. Adler K-2
  • G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet Brad Herzog K-2
  • Gilgamesh the King K-2, 3+, 5+
  • Isaac Blesses Jacob and Esau (Hovland) K-2, 3+
  • Island of the Minotaur, Sheldon Oberman K-2, 3+
  • Jacob’s Dream (Arch Books) K-2, 3+
  • Jesus Is Coming Back (Anderson) K-2
  • Jesus, Dan Larsen K-2
  • John the Baptist, Mark Ammerman K-2
  • Jonah and the Very Big Fish, Sara Fletcher K-2, 3+
  • Joseph: God’s Dreamer (MacKenzie Carine) K-2
  • Joshua: The Brave Leader, Carine Mackenzie K-2, 3+
  • Journeys of Adventure: Story of Paul (Carine)K-2,3+
  • King Josiah and God’s Book (Nelson) K-2, 3+
  • Life in Ancient Athens (Shuter) K-2, 3+
  • Little Pear, Eleanor Frances Lattimore K-2
  • Moses, James Shott K-2
  • Nehemiah-Builder for God, Neil H. Ross K-2
  • Noah’s Ark ( Spier) K-2
  • One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale (Demi) K-2, 3+
  • P is for Passover, Tonya Lee Stone K-2
  • Paul, Dan Larsen K-2, 3+
  • Pegasus, Marianna Mayer K-2, 3+
  • Pepi and the Secret Names, Jill Paton Walsh K-2
  • Pompeii: Buried Alive (Kundhardt) K-2
  • Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story, Niki Daly K-2
  • Pyramid (Macaulay) K-2, 3+
  • Rome Antics (Macaulay) K-2, 3+
  • Romulus and Remus, Anne Rockwell K-2
  • Song of Creation, Paul Gobel K-2, 3+
  • Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale (Hunt) K-2, 3+
  • Temple Cat (Clements) K-2
  • The Aesop for Children (Winter) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • The Coat of Many Colors (Koralek) K-2
  • The Fiery Furnace (Busch) K-2
  • The Great Wall of China (Fisher) K-2, 3+
  • The Hardest Word: A Yom Kippur Story (Tevkah) K-2
  • The Indus Valley Jane Shuter K-2, 3+
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth (Lasky) K-2, 3
  • The Merchant and the Thief, Ravi Zacharias K-2
  • The Moses Basket (Koralek) K-2, 3+
  • The Other Wise Man (Kennedy) K-2, 3+, 5+
  • The Praying Prince: The Story of Daniel, MacKenzie K-2, 3+
  • The Tower of Babel (Clanin) K-2, 3+
  • The Tower of Babel (Greengard) K-2, 3+
  • The Trojan Horse (Little) K-2, 3+
  • The True Story of Noah’s Ark, Dooley K-2
  • The Very First Christians (Maier and Ordaz) K-2, 3+
  • Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found (Donnelly) K-2, 3+
  • What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras? (Ellis) K-2, 3+
  • Wise Words: Family Stories… Proverbs K-2, 3+, 5+
  • You Wouldn’t Want … Assyrian Soldier, Matthews K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want … Tutankhamen! Stewart K-2, 3+, 5+
  • You Wouldn’t Want …. Builder, Morley K-2, 3+, 5+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Greek Athlete, Ford K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Soldier, David Stewart K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Sumerian Slave, Morley K-2, 3+, 5+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be in Alexander…, Morley K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Cleopatra, Jim Pipe K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to live in Pompeii, David Salariya K-2, 3+
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Work …. China, Morley, K-2, 3+
  • Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Temple, Larry Burgdorf K-2
  • Zomo the Rabbit, McDermott K-2

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3-5 LIST

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  • A Cry from Egypt, Hope Auer 3+, 5+
  • A Stand at Sinai, Hope Auer 3+, 5+ (Fall 2014)
  • A Triumph for Flavius, Snedeker, Caroline Dale 3+
  • Abraham: God’s Brave Explorer (Arthur) 3+, 5+
  • Abraham’s Family: A Man of Faith (Morris) 3+, 5+
  • Adara, Beatrice Gormley 3+, 5+
  • Africa (Petersen) 3+
  • Aladdin & the Other Tales (Harvey) 3+, 5+
  • Alexander the Great (Green) 3+, 5+
  • Barbarians, Steven Kroll 3+
  • Cleopatra, Diane Stanley 3+
  • Daniel: Prophet of Dreams, Tommy Bryant 3+
  • Detectives in Togas (Winterfield) 3+, 5+
  • Discovering Jesus in Exodus (Hunt) 3+
  • Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht 3+, 5+
  • Extreme Adventures with God: Isaac, Esau, Jacob 3+, 5+
  • Forbidden Gates, Denise Williamson 3+
  • Gilgamesh the Hero, Geraldine McCaughrean 3+
  • God’s Miracle Man: The Story of Elijah, Carine 3+
  • Hammurabi: Babylonian Ruler (Mayfield) 3+, 5+
  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Myths (Evslin) 3+, 5+
  • It Couldn’t Just Happen (Richards) 3+, 5+
  • Joel: A Boy of Galilee, Annie Fellows Johnston 3+, 5+
  • Joseph: God’s Super Hero (Arthur) 3+, 5+
  • Kingfisher Epics: The Iliad, Homer 3+, 5+
  • Kingfisher Epics: The Odyssey, Homer 3+, 5+
  • Out of Darkness, Alicia Petersen 3+
  • Polycarp: Crown of Fire, William Chad Newsome 3+, 5+
  • Pompeii: Lost and Found, Mary Pope Osborne 3+
  • Roman Diary, Platt 3+
  • Sarah and Abraham: The Wonderful Promise (Carine) 3+
  • Star of Light, Patricia St. John 3+, 5+
  • Tales of Ancient Egypt, Robert Lancelyn Green 3+, 5+
  • The Aeneid for Boys and Girls (Church) 3+, 5+
  • The Ballad of Mulan, Song Nan Zhang 3+
  • Timna (Travis) 3+, 5+
  • Tirzah (Travis) 3+, 5+
  • Twenty Jataka Tales, Noor Inayat Khan 3+
  • Twice Freed (St. John) 3+, 5+
  • Victory on the Walls: Story of Nehemiah (Hyman) 3+, 5+
  • Where I Belong, Rebecca Kenney 3+
  • Wrong Way Jonah (Arthur and Domeij) 3+, 5+
  • You’re a Brave Man Daniel (Arthur and Arndt) 3+, 5+

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5-8 LIST

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  • Attila the Hun, Sean Stewart Price 5+
  • Ben Hur, Lew Wallace 5+
  • Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion 5+, 7/8+
  • Caesar’s Gallic War, Olivia Coolridge 5+, 7/8+
  • Chronicles Of Faith – Elijah, Susan Martins Miller 5+
  • Daniel, Out of the Mouths of Lions, Ronald Simonson 5+, 7/8+
  • Daniel: Prophet of Dreams, Tommy Bryant 5+
  • Folktales from India, A.K. Ramanujan 5+
  • Galen and the Gateway to Medicine (Bendick) 5+
  • Gilgamesh, David Ferry 5+
  • Herodotus and the Road to History, Jeanne Bendick 5+
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile (McGraw) 5+, 7/8+
  • Shadow Hawk (Norton) 5+, 7/8+
  • Tales of a Chinese Grandmother, Frances Carpenter 5+
  • Tales of Ancient Egypt, Robert Lancelyn Green 5+, 7/8+
  • The Ancient Chinese (Schomp) 5+
  • The Beautiful Stories of Life (Rylant) 5+
  • The Children’s Homer (Colum) 5+
  • The Father of Israel: Trusting God’s Promise (MacArthur) 5+
  • The Forgotten Daughter, Caroline Dale Snedeker 5+, 7/8+
  • The Fugitive King (Handford) 5+, 7/8+
  • The Golden Fleece (Colum) 5+, 7/8+
  • The New Answer Book 1 (Ham)
  • The Outcast, Rosemary Sutcliff 5+, 7/8+
  • The Passover Journey: A Seder Companion (Goldin) 5+
  • The Silk Route: 7000 Miles of History (Major) 5+
  • The Spartan (Snedeker) 5+, 7/8+
  • The Tale of Troy, Roger Lancelyn Green 5+, 7/8+
  • The Young Carthaginian, G.A. Henty 5+, 7/8+
  • The Young Reader's Shakespeare: Caesar, McKeown 5+
  • Theras and His Town (Snedeker) 5+, 7/8+

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8-12 LIST
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  • A Case for a Creator, Strobel
  • Acts 1-12 and Acts13-28, MacArthur New Testament Commentary
  • Ancient Egypt, Silverman
  • Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
  • Ben Hur, Wallace
  • Beyond the Desert Gate, Mary Ray
  • Daniel: Out of the Mouths of Lions
  • Daniel: Through the Bible, Vernon McGee
  • Eye of the Oracle, Davis
  • Feasts of Adonai
  • Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature
  • Histories, Herodotus
  • Ides of April, Ray
  • Julius Caesar Novel Units Student Packet
  • Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
  • Life Lessons: The Gospel of John, Max Lucado
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile
  • Masada: The Last Fortress, Miklowitz
  • Mythology, Hamilton
  • Our Young Folk’s Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews…
  • Paradise Lost, Christian Guides to the Classics
  • Paradise Lost, Milton
  • Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Payne
  • Shepherd's Notes: Job
  • The Aeneid Memoria Press Study Guides
  • The Aeneid, Vergil (translated by Robert Fitzgerald)
  • The Book of Acts
  • The Book of Daniel
  • The Book of Genesis
  • The Book of Job
  • The Book of John
  • The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses, Davies
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh, Nancy Sandars, Translator
  • The Flames of Rome, Maier
  • The Gifts of the Jews, Cahill
  • The Iliad, Homer
  • The Iliad, Memoria Press Study Guide
  • The Odyssey, Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature
  • The Odyssey, Homer (translated by Lombardo)
  • The Odyssey, Memoria Press Study Guide
  • The Republic, Plato
  • The Republic: A Reader’s Guide, Luke Purshouse
  • The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles (Translated by Robert Fagles)
  • The Three Theban Plays: Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature
  • The Well of Sacrifice, Eboch
  • These Were the Greeks, Amos and Lang
  • Till We Have Faces, Lewis

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READ-ALOUDS

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  • (RA) Adam and His Kin (Beechick)
  • (RA) Archimedes and the Door of Science (Bendick)
  • (RA) Black Ships Before Troy (Sutcliff)
  • (RA) D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (D’Aulaire)
  • (RA) God King (Williamson)
  • (RA) Hittite Warrior (Williamson)
  • (RA) The Bronze Bow (Speare)
  • (RA) The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Henty)
  • (RA) The Eagle of the Ninth (Sutcliff)
  • (RA) The Golden Goblet (McGraw)
  • (RA) The Wanderings of Odysseus (Sutcliff)
  • Optional: A Cry from Egypt, Hope Auer
  • Optional: Twenty Jataka Tales, Noor Inayat Khan
  • Optional: Augustus Caesar’s World, Genevieve Foster
  • Optional: Boy of the Pyramids
  • Optional: Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt
  • Optional: Joel: A Boy of Galilee (Johnston)
  • Optional: Joseph, Wildsmith
  • Optional: Tales of a Chinese Grandmother, Frances Carpenter
  • Optional: The Cat of Bubastes on Audio, Weiss
  • Optional: The Gift of the Magi

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