As I mentioned yesterday, for the next week in my Explorers series, I’m going to be sharing our Christopher Columbus unit. We are blessed to have an amazing library, so I found a lot of great books for this homeschool history unit. I’ll make a note if I found a particular Christopher Columbus book to be better than others.
Christopher Columbus books
Most of the books I found are geared for upper elementary, but could be adapted to younger kids with some paraphrasing for length.
Follow the Dream: the story of Christopher Columbus– I loved the illustrations on this one
***The world in 1492– This is similar in size and content to the “Pirateology” style books, which are high interest, it also has on of my favorite kids’ historical authors on it, Jean Fritz. Sadly I can’t get you a picture of the cover, but this is one of my favorites.
The story of Christopher Columbus: admiral of the open seas– If your kids are Magic Treehouse fans, then they’ll like this by the same author.
Columbus– It’s Demi, I believe that’s all I need to say. I love Demi books.
The Nina, The Pinta, and the Santa Maria– This is an older book, but I like that it talks about the ships Columbus used
Encounter– I love Jane Yolen books, and this is an interesting look at what the Taino natives thought of the new pale people.
Christopher Columbus resources and videos
Christopher Columbus Animated Hero Classics– this looked to be really cool, sadly it was checked out, so I have no personal comments on this one
Christopher Columbus– Again this was checked out from our library, but I’m intrigued by the older look at Columbus
Christopher Columbus costume– while I wouldn’t buy this for a homeschool unit unless your kids are super interested, this could be good in a school classroom that will be repeating the unit over and over again
Come back tomorrow as we attempt to convince King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to finance Columbus’ expedition.
See the entire series at The Age of Exploration Unit.