Living Book List: World

This living book list includes recommendations for elementary through high school students. Use parent discretion. Some books contain sensitive content and are not appropriate for all ages. Some books are vintage with original language, including terms that are not respectful or appropriate today. Reading vintage living books aloud allows the parent to omit words. It also creates an opportunity to engage in important dialogue about historical misconceptions/wrongs and the importance of word choice to show respect to all people. Four Square condemns any words used to describe people or people groups that undermine their value as created equally in the image of God.


First Civilizations (Babylon/Assyria)

Answers Book for Kids, Volumes 1 & 2, by Ken Ham
Babylonia and Assyria, by Mohr-Washburn
Dry Bones and Other Fossils, by Gary Parker
It Couldn’t Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God’s Creation, by Lawrence O. Richards
Life in the Great Ice Age, by Michael J. Oard
The Riot and the Dance Adventure Book, by Dr. Gordon Wilson
The True Story of Noah’s Ark, by Bill Looney

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors, by Lorene Lambert
Ancient Egypt: A Guide to Egypt in the Time of the Pharaohs, by Sally Tagholm
Bill & Pete Go Down the Nile, by Tomis dePaola
Boy of the Pyramids, by Ruth Fosdick Jones
Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick
Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
On the Shores of the Great Sea, by M.B. Synge, E.M. Synge
Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt: Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Lifeby Linda Honan and Ellen Kosmer
The Egyptian Cinderella, by Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Great Pyramid, by Elizabeth Mann
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone, by James Cross Giblin
The True Story of Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley
The 5,000-Year-Old-Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egyptby Claudia Logan, Melissa Sweet
Usborne Book of the Ancient World: Combined Volume: Early Civilization/the Greeks/the Romans, by J. Chisolm et al

Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient Israelites, Starting from Their Entry into Canaan Until the Jewish Rebellions Against the Romans, by Captivating History
Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple, 3rd Edition, by Hershel Shanks
Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide (Cultures of the Ancient World), Marian Broida
Ancient Civilizations: A Captivating Guide to the Ancient Canaanites, Hittites and Ancient Israel and Their Role in Biblical History, by Captivating History
Hittite Warrior, by Joanne Williamson
Israel (Let’s Go Explore), by Zondervan
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The World’s Story Volume 1: The Ancient World, by Phillip Campbell
Welcome to Israel!, by Behrman House

Ancient China

Ancient China: An Interactive History Adventure, by Terry Lee Collins and Hanchau Lu PhD
Ancient China’s Inventions, Technology and Engineering – Ancient History Book for Kids, by Professor Beaver
Confucius: The Golden Rule, by Russell Freedman and Frederic Clement
DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient China, by Arthur Cotterell
If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China, by Carole P. Roman and Mateya Arakova
Kubla Khan; Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull and Robert Byrd
Little Pear, by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
More about Little Pear, by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Missionary biographies of Eric Liddell and Gladys Alward
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi
Science in Ancient China, by George Beshore
See Through History: Ancient China,
 by Brian Williams
Silk Route, by John S. Major
The Ch’I-Lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories, by Linda Fang and Jeanne M. Lee
The House of Sixty Fathers, by Meindert De Jong
The Legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu, Demi
The Long Rampart: The Story of the Great Wall of China, by Robert Silverberg
The Silk Road, by Baby Professor
Trade and Commerce in Ancient China: The Grand Canal and
Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo and Ronald Latham
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

Ancient India

Amy Carmichael: Women of Faith seriesby Kathleen White
Everyday Life in Ancient India, by Kirsten Holm
India (Blastoff! Readers: Exploring Countries), by Jim Bartell
India the Culture, by Bobbie Kalman
India the People, by Bobbie Kalman
National Geographic Investigates: Ancient India: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of India’s Past, by Anita Dalal
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, by Rudyard Kipling
The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India, by Marcia Williams

Ancient Africa

Africa Amazing Africa: Country by Country, by Atinuke
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, by Gerald McDermott
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, by Margaret Musgrove 
Beat the Story Drum, Pum Pum, by Ashley Bryan
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, by Verna Aardema
Christian Heroes, Then & Now: David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer, by Janet & Geoff Benge
Travels in West Africa, by Mary Kingsley

Aztec, Inca, Maya

Aztec Warriors (Torque Books: History’s Greatest Warriors), by Marc Clint
Growing Up in Aztec Times, by Marion Wood
Hands-On History! Aztec & Maya, by Fiona Macdonald
History for Kids: The Maya, the Inca, and the Aztec, by Charles River Editors
Incans, Aztecs, Mayans, by John Holzmann
In the Mayan Civilization (How’d They Do That?), by Elizabeth Scholl
The Aztec Empire, by Imogen Greenberg

Ancient Greece

Alexander the Great, by Jane Bingham
Archimedes and the Door of Science, by Jeanne Bendick
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
, by Ingri d’Aulaire
Famous Men of Greece, by John H. Haaren
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, by Jeanne Bendick
Greek Lives
, by Plutarch
Herodotus and the Road to History, by Jeanne Bendick
Pythagoras and the Ratios: A Math Adventure, by Julie Ellis
The Parthenon: The Height of Greek Civilization, by Elizabeth Mann
The Aesop for Children, by Milo Winter
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, by Padraic Colum
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, by Kathryn Lasky
The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War, by Emily Little
The Trojan War
, by Olivia Coolidge
Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children, by Heather Amery
Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah, by Frieda Clark Hyman
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?, by Julie Ellis
Who was Alexander the Great?, by Kathryn & Robyn Waterfield

Ancient Rome

Augustus Caesar’s World, by Genevieve Foster
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, by David Macaulay
Famous Men of Rome, by John H. Haaren
The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff
Detectives in Togas, by Henry Winterfeld
Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome in World History, by James Barter
Mystery of the Roman Ransom, by Henry Winterfeld
Peril and Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church, by Mindy Withrow
Pompeii…Buried Alive!, by Edith Kunhardt
Saint Valentine, by Robert Sabuda
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
The Silver Branch, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Lantern Bearers, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Roman Fort, by Peter Connolly
The Story of the Romans, by H. A. Guerber
Twice Freed, by Patricia St. John
Usborne Time Traveler: Rome and Romans, by Heather Amery
Vinegar Boy, by Alberta Hawse
Young Readers Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, by Adam McKeown
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!, by John Malam and David Antram


A Castle with Many Rooms: The Story of the Middle Agesby Lorene Lambert
Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo
Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi
Crusades: Kids at the Crossroads, by Laura Scandiffio
DK Eyewitness Books: Knight, by Christopher Gravett
DK Discoveries, Crusades: The Battle for Jerusalem, by Jayne Parsons
Famous Figures of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, by Cathy Diez-Luckie
Famous Men of the Middle Ages, by John H. Haaren and A. B. Poland
The Minstrel in the Tower (Stepping Stones), by Gloria Skurzynski
The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades, by G.A. Henty
The Boy Who Walked to Jerusalem: The True Story of the First Crusade, by John S. Morrow
The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli
The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett
The Magna Charta, by James Daugherty
The Middle Ages, by Dorothy Mills


Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England, by Diane Stanley
Famous Figures of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, by Cathy Diez-Luckie
Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation, by Robert G. Shearer
Leonardo da Vinci, by Emily Hahn
Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities, by Janis Herbert
Michelangelo, by Diane Stanley Renaissance and Reformation Times, by Dorothy Mills
Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, by Marc Aronson
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, by Peter Sis
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day, by Scott O’Dell
The World of Columbus and Sons, by Genevieve Foster




Brothers Keeper, by Julie Lee (Korea)
Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai (Vietnam)
See Saw Girl, by Linda Sue Park (Korea)


Seven Little Australians, by Ethel Turner


Latin America

Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba, by Alma Flor Ada (Cuba)
Journey to the River Sea, by Eva Ibbotson (Amazon)
My Name is Maria Isabel, by Alma Flor Ada (Puerto Rico)

Middle East

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai (Afghanistan)
The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis (Afghanistan)

North America