Topic | Favorite living books for Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles

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    I am making a list of living books I need for next school year.  I am so excited because it seems like there are so many more living book options compared to the Ancients.  Next year I will have a Kindergartner, two 2nd graders and a 4th grader. Please share with me your favorite living books for this time period.  This will be our first time covering this time period and I am learning along with them.  Thanks ladies!  🙂


    We really like the books SCM recommends for grades 1-3 for this:

    The Apple and the Arrow by Conrad Buff

    Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts by Margaret Hodges

    Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt

    Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

    Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley

    Leonardo’s Horse by Jean Fritz (optional)

    Marguerite Makes a Book by Bruce Robertson

    A Medieval Feast by Aliki

    Michelangelo by Diane Stanley

    Michelangelo’s Surprise by Tony Parillo (optional)

    The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski

    Pippo the Fool by Tracey E. Fern

    The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

    Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla


    I like The Door in the Wall for this time period. It’s probably most geared towards your oldest. And all the books Tristan mentioned, of course! And St. Francis by Brian Wildsmith is beautiful if you want to add to or sub for the St. Francis book mentioned above.

    The artist John S. Goodall has done so many gorgeous books, but two that include sections on this time period are The Story of a Farm and The Story of an English Village. They are wordless books that follow a place through time, and both begin with the middle ages. They can be tricky to find, but Amazon has them used and sometimes the library has them.

    We also like Sir Cedric and Sir Cedric Rides Again, by Roy Gerrard, but those are on the silly side, so it depends on your sense of humor.


    Adam of the Road, as a read aloud for your kids’ ages. and all the books Tristan listed.


    Thank you so much for your suggestions ladies.  I was wondering if any of you have heard the audio of King Arthur and His Knights (by Jim Weiss) or read The World of Columbus and His Sons?  These are both recommended for the 4th to 6th graders.  I am debating on whether any of these would be good to add in for my oldest.  Also, have any of you read Thunderstorms in Church or Ink on His Fingers?  Thank you Tristan.  I have been slowly going through all the recommended SCM books and so far I like everything you mentioned for grades 1-3.  I am just so excited about all the living books there are for this time period!  My list is long, but you won’t hear me complain.  🙂  Alphabetika, I am not familiar with the books you suggested but I will be looking into them!  Thanks so much!  Thank you Karen!  I am glad you suggested Adam of the Road.  I was trying to decide between Adam of the Road and The Door in the Wall.  I couldn’t decide so I am getting them both.   🙂


    I had a hard time finding many of the books suggested but my kids loved The Apple and the Arrow, King Arthur and his Knights audio, Lief, Viking Stories, Ink on his Fingers.

    The ones I could not find, I just tried to get a good alternative.

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