I created this reading list in August 2009 to accompany a Jefferson-Madison Regional Library program for children Pre-K through Grade 5.
The Ancient Wonders
The Seven Wonders of the World by Kenneth McLeish
China & the Great Wall
Life in Ancient China by Amy Allison*
The Great Wall by Elizabeth Mann
The Inca & Machu Picchu
The Inca by Pat McKissack
Machu Picchu by Elizabeth Mann
Babylon’s Hanging Gardens
Life in ancient Mesopotamia by Shilpa Mehta-Jones
Empires of Mesopotamia by Don Nardo*
The Mayans & Chichen Itza
The Mayans by Pat McKissack
Rome & the Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum by Elizabeth Mann
The Ancient Romans by Allison Lassieur
Gladiator by Richard Ross Watkins
Games of Ancient Rome by Don Nardo*
The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold
Your Travel Guide to Ancient Greece by Nancy Day
Ancient Greece: 40 Hands on Activities to Experience This Wondrous Age by Avery Hart
Life in Ancient Greece by Don Nardo*
Egypt & the Pyramids
Mummies and Pyramids: a Non-Fiction Companion to Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Pyramids!: 50 Hands on Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt by Avery Hart
Egypt, Kush, Aksum by Elizabeth Mann*
Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole
National Geographic Investigates Ancient Egypt by Jill Rubalcaba
The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal by Elizabeth Mann
The Empire State Building
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson
The Blood Stone by Jamila Gavin*
Filippo must travel to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, to rescue his captive father from the Mogul Empire.
The Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
On career day, a girl introduces her father, who changes the light bulb on top of the Empire State Building.
Mario’s Mayan Journey by Michelle McCunney
In this picture book, Mario befriends two Mayan children and travels to ancient Chichen Itza.
Day of the Dragon King by Mary Pope Osborne
The Magic Tree House takes Jack and Annie to Ancient China to stop an emperor from burning books.
Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie search for the Book of the Dead to help an Ancient Egyptian queen reach the afterlife.
It’s All Greek to Me by Jon Scieszka
In the middle of a school play, Fred, Sam, and Joe are transported back in time to Mount Olympus.
Me Oh Maya by Jon Scieszka
The Time Warp Trio must escape ancient Chichen Itza before a high priest sacrifices them to the gods.
See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka
In the Colosseum of Ancient Rome the Time Warp Trio must fight for their lives against Rome’s gladiators.
Tut, Tut by Jon Scieszka
The Time Warp Trio faces the dangers of mummies and pyramids in Ancient Egypt.
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld*
Seven Roman boys must discover who vandalized the school in order to to clear Rufus’ name. Followed by The Mystery of the Roman Ransom
* For Older Readers