Best history books for children according to redditors

We found 495 Reddit comments discussing the best history books for children. We ranked the 287 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Children's History:

u/Niekisch · 73 pointsr/CringeAnarchy

There are multiple Hillary Clinton children's books out there.

u/BarnabyCajones · 49 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Twice now, professional friends of my wife (who, as always, is a humanities professor) have given my oldest daughter this kind of book as a gift. Each time it was a from a late 30s childless feminist female professor (who are people I like fine, btw). They apparently thought the books were "fun" and "playful" with a "good message".

The first of these, A is for Activist, I mostly rolled my eyes about and then gave away after a while.

The second one, Rad American Women A-Z, was given as a gift when I wasn't around, so I only came across it when looking at my 5 year old daughter's book shelf. The very first content page of this book when I opened it was this hagiography of Angela Davis - it is instructive to compare the article in the kids book with the information in the wikipedia page. And I'll admit, I seethed for a while after finding this book on my daughter's book shelf.

I recognize that there are people out there who want to give their kids these kinds of books, just as there are people who want to give their kids Baby's First Bible Stories or Baby's First Bill O'Reilly or Baby's First Glenn Beck or Baby's First Hamas.

And aside from that Hamas cartoon, this doesn't bother me. This is basically one major way people pass on their values and culture and worldview to their kids.

Nor does it bother me that my daughter will learn, over time, that there are well-meaning people out there who support Angela Davis, or Glenn Beck, or Moses, or radical feminism, or traditionalism, or Orthodox Judaism, or whatever, and that they disagree with each other, and they have their reasons, and that's okay. And she'll have to make up her own mind about those things.

But what does bother me is the idea that it's reasonable, and fun, and not even worthy of comment, to give what amounts to pretty nakedly partisan / radical propaganda to other people's kids.

It was actually after finding this second book that it finally sunk in for me that my previous practice of just politely and silently keeping my politics and worldview to myself around my wife's peers wasn't going to work. It doesn't bother me that I don't agree with them on plenty of stuff, and it's not important to me that they be convinced of, or engage with, my viewpoints or values. I actually get nothing out of them getting a window in to what I think and believe, really. But I've started seeing their assumptions about what all decent people think and value leak into how they treat my kids. And that's getting my back up. It's the assumptions part of it more than anything.

EDIT: To clarify, both books were given to my wife by the friends. No one was trying to go around our backs or anything like that... nor would they, because it wouldn't have occurred to them that there was anything objectionable about the books in the first place. It just happened to be the case that I found the second book on the book case without knowing it had been given, as described above.

u/Spaceguy5 · 47 pointsr/The_Donald

These actually are worse than the cover suggests (which is already pretty bad). I remember them even comparing Hillary to huge rulers and civil rights leaders like Queen Elizabeth, Martin Luther King, and even Ghandi.

It was total propaganda and the fact they are directed at little kids horrified me

u/Galuda · 46 pointsr/The_Donald

Presidents make $400,000 a year and pay no living expenses while serving. So, after tax times 8 years, that's about 2.36 million dollars. He's also got multiple... New York Times... best selling books. So, he's likely earned a few million dollars. No different than any other president in the past 50 years.

u/[deleted] · 16 pointsr/askscience

I've read in here that we are wearing about 2 kg of dead skin with us. IIRC all skin is dead, at least the outside tissue. So you wouldn't be that happy without your skin.

u/Jim-Jones · 10 pointsr/atheism

Watch Cosmos or other science video. Do science learning activities - Arduino is a thing now.

Or read a book.

Maybe Yes, Maybe No (LINK)

by Dan Barker

In today's media-flooded world, there is no way to control all of the information, claims, and enticements that reach young people. The best thing to do is arm them with the sword of critical thinking.

Maybe Yes, Maybe No is a charming introduction to self-confidence and self-reliance. The book's ten-year-old heroine, Andrea, is always asking questions because she knows "you should prove the truth of a strange story before you believe it."

"Check it out. Repeat the experiment. Try to prove it wrong. It has to make sense." writes Barker, as he assures young readers that they are fully capable of figuring out what to believe, and of knowing when there just isn't enough information to decide. "You can do it your own way. If you are a good skeptic you will know how to think for yourself."

Another book is "Me & Dog" by Gene Weingarten.

And Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story : Books 1, 2, 3

Here Comes Science CD + DVD

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Bang! How We Came to Be by Michael Rubino.

Grandmother Fish: A Child's First Book of Evolution


Greek Myths – by Marcia Williams

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs – by Marcia Williams

God and His Creations – by Marcia Williams

"I Wonder" by Annaka Harris

"From Stardust to You: An Illustrated Guide to The Big Bang" by Luciano Reni

"Meet Bacteria!" by Rebecca Bielawski

See also Highlights for Children - this has materials for younger children.

Atheism books for children by Courtney Lynn

"It Is Ok To Be A Godless Me", "I'm An Atheist and That's Ok", "I'm a Freethinker", "Please Don't Bully Me" and "I'm a Little Thinker" etc.

Courtney Lynn has a couple more for grown ups as well.

Grandmother Fish, free in PDF form online

A child's first book of evolution.

15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Secular Families

Bedtime Bible Stories by Joey Lee Kirkman - for mature teens only

Coming up: TINY THINKERS is a series of books introducing popular scientists to children, by telling their stories as if the scientists themselves were kids!

u/lightninhopkins · 8 pointsr/printSF

The Choose Your Own Adventure books are mostly SF and fantasy. That's how I got started. They are really fun books.

They have some sets on Amazon:

u/leahflix · 8 pointsr/AskFeminists

Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction?

As far as non-fiction goes here are a few I like for kids:

Women in Science

Rad American Women

Girls Think of Everything

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

And if you search for any of these books there are always suggestions of tons of other great books. I have a Girl Scout troop so I'm always browsing for great pro-women books for them.

Also the Wreck this Journal books aren't "books" but still super fun for girls that age!

u/doctorwhore · 8 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

I'm assuming it's this.

Edit: some more woke baby accessories.

u/alexander_the_grate · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

He is was one the funniest story tellers there is. His book A Short History of Nearly Everything sparked my deep fascination with science in my teenage years. I highly recommend the book to anyone who has the slightest interest in how the Big Bang, Galaxies, Evolution, Cells, etc work. He point of view is that of a layman just trying to figure out simple questions like "How did the scientists find out how old the earth is?"

tl;dr, everyone should read A Short History of Nearly Everything

u/---sniff--- · 6 pointsr/books

Are you reading them the kids version of this book titled "A Really Short History of Nearly Everything" (no joke)

u/TheObviousChild · 5 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld

I recommend reading Since the World Began. It is really fascinating reading about everything that led up to the opening. It's extra special to me as it came out right before I went on my WDW College Program for the 25th Anniversary.

u/Dr_ChimRichalds · 5 pointsr/disneyparks

Since the World Began: Walt Disney World: The First 25 Years is a fairly good survey, if a bit dated.

A little more specific, but I also really enjoyed The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kigdom to the Movies.

u/mariposamariposa · 5 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

National Geographic's Big Book of Why is good. They also have other great science books. So it Time's Big Book of How.

Time, National Geographic and other companies do kid's almanacs that are great. My kid and his friends still devour them.

The Magic Schoolbus books are a good place to start.

Girls Think of Everything is a great book on women inventors.

The Way Things Work is great.

Sick Science Kits are neat. But I think younger kids might need a little oversight.

u/confederacyofpapers · 5 pointsr/books

Bill Bryson wrote a shorter version of his book that is aimed at kids. I did not read it, but I read his other work and it is fantastic, and the amazon reviews are very positive.
[A Really Short History of Nearly Everything]( Everything/dp/0385738102/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1290524524&sr=1-1)

I would also recommend a simple children's encyclopedia like:

DK's First Encyclopedia

Scholastic Children's Encyclopedia

Although what I recommend is you get a nice little experiments book, and do experiments with him, that is simply the best and the most fun way to get a kid hooked on science. I suggest a chem kit, and you help him out and do experiments with him. Examples:

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science

Theo Gray's Mad Science(WARNING:SERIOUSLY dangerous but really cool)

You can also look at this website and do experiments with him. I highly recommend this:

The Naked Scientists Kitchen Science

u/wilkinswontkins · 5 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Sounds like this:

>Another learning adventure game on disc from DK, Castle Explorer takes you into (at times quite literally) a 3-D animated, 14th-century European castle. There are cross-sections galore, with pop-up windows explaining archaic terminology and videos of live actors. It's a combination of DK's The Way Things Work and (yet again) Myst, letting you explore the castle as a spy for the King and carry out an important mission. Along the way you'll assume a disguise, interact with other characters, and collect pieces of a vital map as well as coins (to bail you out when, inevitably, you end up being thrown in the dungeon). All of this is executed superbly and believably in typical DK fashion.

Castle Explorer

u/_wednesday · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

There's a kid-friendly version of the Bill Bryson book:

u/alloutfallout · 4 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Was it a DK game? I remember something like this. There was a butt crack of a guy sitting on a chamber pot.

u/HunterIV4 · 3 pointsr/FeMRADebates

This feels right given my discussions with college students. The idea that sex and even gender are arbitrary things people "choose" does not square well with the human experience.

I also wonder if using the word "ally" didn't fudge the results. "Ally" has a very "SJW" connotation to it now. If someone asked me if I'm for trans equal rights, I'd probably say "yes." If someone asked me if I'm a trans "ally" that would be a hard no. Why? Because being an "ally" implies a certain level of political involvement that I reject entirely.

I have no problem with trans people being free to live without being threatened and to have the same general rights that anyone else has. I do have a problem with drag queens reading my daughter 'A' is for Activist while telling her that her gender isn't real. You can be for the former without accepting the latter, as hard as this is for some people to accept.

u/the_beer_fairy · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Okay, so what I'm recommending is not necessarily aimed at adults, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of these texts.

A few years ago, I taught Percy Jackson and the Olympians with my students. I truly love that series. In conjunction with that, I pulled from D'Aulaire's Book of Myths, and I bought the 3 books of The Greek Mytholopedia for them to peruse. The mythlopedia is definitely aimed at students, but I'm not going to lie.... I really enjoyed reading them. I never truly found one definitive source for Greek myths that would be accessible at the level I was teaching. I mostly cobbled together what I could find from teacher's books and the sources above.

This text seems to have been released after I taught that unit. It looks promising.

u/SchmidtytheKid · 3 pointsr/JordanPeterson
u/RedditGoldDigger · 3 pointsr/atheism

"They [atoms] are also fantastically durable. Because they are so long lived, atoms really get around. Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you. We are each so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that a significant number of our atoms – up to a billion for each us, it has been suggested – probably once belonged to Shakespeare."

-Bill Bryson, a Short History of Nearly Everything

Essentially, within a few hundred years, billions of your grandfather's atoms will be a part of every living organism on this planet.

u/Ethanol_Based_Life · 3 pointsr/bestof
u/TheFeshy · 3 pointsr/askanatheist

You can still sing lullabies! I personally have no singing voice, and I'd hum tunelessly, rock my daughters, pat their back, put on music or one of their favorite shows. Reading is also another great approach; my middle daughter's favorite books were actually the children's science-oriented books like Bang! though my oldest preferred books about fish, and my youngest is nonverbal and prefers to be held or just to have me nearby. Occasionally nightmares are bad enough that it's quicker to wake up and go back down to sleep than it is to try to get them to feel better from the nightmare.


u/MrWrigleyField · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

I use this book with my sixth grade class...."the librarian who measured the earth"

I recommend it if you have young children:

u/mfosse41 · 2 pointsr/historyteachers
u/lydialost · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions This is an awesome book. Illustrated by the author's daughter I believe. Kid level but really interesting.

u/ooryl2 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Make me smile, Rasta! (and my stepkids) with Yo Millard Fillmore!

Hope you have a great Monday!

u/jebei · 2 pointsr/atheism

I love getting science books for my religious niece and nephew for Xmas. I do it every year and love their annual look of frustration when they see I spent money on something they never plan to read. I'm ever hopeful though as they are approaching that rebellious age where kids question everything.

I think the best book is probably Richard Dawkins Magic of Reality but I'm sure the author's name alone will turn off a longtime religious person. One of my other favorites is a Short History of Almost Everything by Bill Bryson. It is very approachable as he is not a scientist but the book is not as rigorous as Dawkins. Both books are written for a pre-teen reading level for maximum readability.

u/Lil_MsPerfect · 2 pointsr/breakingmom

I also remembered that there is r/asklibrarians but you should definitely ask your local librarians. This is the kind of thing they live for!

I had some time this morning so I went through our history books and found as many as I could that are good for general reference so they should hit all those subjects for her in a broad but informative way. Since that's my son's favorite subject, and he is homeschooled, we keep a lot of historical encyclopedias around:

Everything You Need To Know To Ace World History

Everything You Need To Know To Ace American History

World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide

The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History

Free: U. S. History Sourcebook - Basic Kindle Edition

Also Free: U. S. History Sourcebook - Advanced Kindle Edition

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia there is probably a newer version now of this. This is my son's FAVORITE throughout the years.

History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

This is a good one too: Himeji Castle: Japan's Samurai Past

Since your daughter is interested in Japanese history as well, I asked my son's Japanese teacher what she would recommend (she has the kids read books periodically), and she recommended some books. I know they're not all nonfiction, but historical fiction can give a lot of context and understanding.

The Cat Who Went to Heaven – Elizabeth Coatsworth

The Samurai’s Tale – Erik C. Heaugaard

Born in the Year of Courage – Emily Crofford

The Big Wave – Pearl S. Buck

The Master Puppeteer – Katherine Patterson

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum – Katherine Patterson

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – Eleanor Coerr

Heart of a Samurai – Margi Preus

If you're after cheap books and can't find them at the library, search on or the used books on We always check Abebooks first because they're almost always cheaper there once you factor in shipping.

u/egysrac17 · 2 pointsr/whatsthatbook

He found it in the end!
Thanks for trying. :)

u/cancertime · 2 pointsr/GGFreeForAll

> You can just shake your head in disbelief that this moron would want to teach the alphabet with such bullshit.

I didn't watch the video, but did you actually look at the book?

Seems like a fine way to teach the alphabet, just like A is for America or whatever.

You turds really need to up your outrage game. This is pathetic.

u/bookchaser · 2 pointsr/books

It's hard to define great nonfiction books because they're not books kids cherish and read for years to come. The books are severely limited by the target age of the reader. Whereas, I'm sure my daughter will still own her Harry Potter set when she's 25-years-old.

  1. A Street Through Time (Mostly pictures, but fascinating. There's also A City Through Time.)

  2. Castle part of a series, similar to A Street Through Time, but black-and-white.

  3. The (New) Way Things Work by the Castle author, although maybe too advanced for a 7-year-old.

  4. Stephen Biesty's Incredible series -- Meticulous drawings and small print notes breaking down objects and processes.... the interior of a race car, the architectural sections of a cathedral, how wigs are made, how medieval armor is made, etc.

  5. National Geographic Young Explorers. Specifically, the books from the 1980s found now at thrift stores. It seems every school and library once carried them. Maybe written too young for a 7-year-old, not sure. See if your library still carries the series.

  6. Other multi-part 'How does X work?' books. I have one out-of-print series in mind I'll pull the title from after my kids are at school.

  7. Ranger Rick magazine. Here's a Flash preview magazine. It has no advertising. In comparison, NatGeo Kids is packed with advertising and pop culture articles that have nothing to do with geography or the natural world. Tip: Google Ranger Rick and click the Google Ad to subscribe for $15 instead of $20.
u/SimonLaFox · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Possible answers:

Logic Quest 3D:

Encarta Mind Maze:

DK Castle explorer:

(Links got from previous TOMT post replies to similar questions)

u/mmlynda · 2 pointsr/TrueAtheism

All of these ideas, but also making sure to focus on all of it, not just evolution. I'm trying "A Really Short History of Nearly Everything" with my 6 year old. I also try not to make too big of a deal about it. Just reading some of it on and off.

I had lots of dino, anatomy, field guides, nature encylopedia etc. for my two older kids, they are now 19 and 21. It had a positive effect, my son is very science oriented.

Don't forget to take your kids outside for firsthand experience. If they can see the world around them and avoid religious threats and promises they will figure it out for themselves and take an interest later.

u/Epcot92 · 2 pointsr/VintageDisney

If what he is describing is "Since the World Began" then yes, it is an amazing book.

u/marlefox · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

Sounds a lot like “A Street Through Time” which was a book I loved as a kid, still have it.

u/Cluster_Funk · 1 pointr/pics

Makes me think of this book :)

u/StylesAreIncomplete · 1 pointr/pics

Just reminded me of this incredible book from childhood.

u/Spongebobs_Asshole · 1 pointr/USHistory

Read this:

All of Ken Davis' books are tremendous. I particularly like the one about the Civil War, which I've read twice.

u/zambixi · 1 pointr/secretsanta

Hm....well the books I suggested before are certainly within the 21-year mark...I grew up with some of them and I'm only 23. For really recent ones, I know of:

u/roland19d · 1 pointr/history

They would probably enjoy Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About History and Don't Know Much About American History.

Edit: In terms of viewing material - I plan on having my kids watch old episodes of SchoolHouse Rock but I don't know if they are available on DVD. Might have to record it from the web.

u/BunzBunce · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

Might the book that you are looking for be A Street Through Time?

u/Marl_2697 · 1 pointr/NYCTeachers

Hey are you done taking them or not? I did the English one but still need the other two! If you have any other helpful resources please let me know.

I suck at math so I've been avoiding and delaying the whole process! I should've gotten certified a long time ago.

Anyways here's what I've got to study for the exams: English, Math, US History and Science

u/thefleeingpigeon · 1 pointr/disney

Since the World Began is basically about the first 25 years of Disney World, out of print I think but a lot of cheap used options

As for WDW effects on America? Park wise if anything Disneyland in CA would probably be the better choice as it was the first. Walt imagined this park, had it built to his design as he wanted to give people a different experience compared to other parks during Walt's time. Check out Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas. It's an autobiography on Walt but the later chapters does dive into the whole process and effect of Disneyland

u/Gnome_Sane · 1 pointr/politics

It's on all of us to turn to the people we are on "the same side" with and say "Let's think about this for a minute. Would we have gone insane if Obama ever said to someone "You should read my book!" or "You should buy my book!"?

And likewise, from the right to say "I was pissed about the embasies buying Obama's book - so I should be pissed about conway's comments or that tweet!"...

Personally, I couldn't care less about either. Obama's book sold all throughout his presidency, as well as other ones like a book to his daughters... what was that one...


Of thee I sing, written before he was president but sold while he was president...

>Using the girls to sell the title -- the second book in a $1.9 million deal for three books, only one of them for children, that Obama inked before becoming president -- is not inconsistent with the policy of generally shielding the girls from public attention, the officials say.

>"I think our encouragement is to keep their private lives private," press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, will not be doing any book promotion, he said.

>In an interview with Sirius XM radio this week, Obama said he was asked to write the book by publishers who thought he "might have something to say to young people." The book was initially scheduled to come out in 2006 and explore a portion of Obama's childhood, according to a 2004 news release.

So even though it was written before he was Prez... it is released while he is Prez... and he is even doing interviews on radio pitching his book!

Do you think he pitched it on Ellen or The View or The Daily Show too?

u/catlessplantlady · 1 pointr/Gifts

How about:

u/Sentient-Jello · 1 pointr/autism

I think for a lot of us, we just learn what is the polite thing people expect us to say and stick to the script.

But I remember those books from when I was a kid! They were really fun! There was this whole series of books always titled “(something)ology”. Most were fantasy themed like my favorites, Dragonology and wizardology, but they had one on Egypt too. They were these big books full of info, pictures, fun things like little envelopes you could open, etc. Your son might like it

u/Gundy74 · 1 pointr/eFreebies

Love Tanks? Download "Victory Follows: Jagdpanther" this weekend on Amazon!


Its the first in a series of short histories on specific tanks, written by a tank enthusiast. What are you waiting for? Go download a copy!

u/gerbilownage · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I read a really good childrens book about it when I was in like 4th grade. link

u/Yogtard · 1 pointr/Parenting Maybe try reading this with him. I've heard it's a great kids book.

u/thesunmustdie · 1 pointr/atheism

Here's another sciency one for kids I'd recommend:

u/amazon-converter-bot · 1 pointr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/samsg1 · 1 pointr/funny

Are youI think you're referring to this: [](DK Castle Explorer) I used to play the shit out of that trivia game!!! I feel I know more about medieval societies than Daniel Jackson because of it! (hopes your username is a Stargate-related one but if not please ignore..)

u/LaLocaChristina · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh pumpkin! I would love to get this. Happy cake day!

u/jasenlee · 1 pointr/books
u/ColtCabana · 1 pointr/historyteachers
u/apathetic-panda · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would love this book and I am not even from the US. I think Ooryl2 would find it interesting.

u/Trishlovesdolphins · 1 pointr/TrollXMoms

I have 2 boys of my own. They're 100% car loving, nerf weapon wielding, stereotypes.

I'm also a believer in being a strong woman and it being ok to wear a pink tutu while doing it. ;) I usually have my kid pick out a gift, then I also pair it with a book like one of these. In fact, my two favorite go to books are girls who rocke the world and Girls think of everything

u/Can_I_Read · 0 pointsr/politics

My six-year-old daughter is a Hillary supporter. She's watched all the debates with me but this picture book won her over. Bernie's gonna lose the youth vote if he doesn't up his book game, Hillary's got like a whole shelf of them.