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Is there a good history book for a 5 year old child?

Asked by Supacase (14533points) March 10th, 2011

My 5 year old daughter has become obsessed with history. Her questions come out of left field and she usually dissects information down to the most minute details question by question. I have no prep time and digging up some of that stuff from the back of my brain just isn’t cutting it.

Yes, the internet is a great resource, but I would love to find a book as well.

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marinelife's avatar

Here is a selection of favorites.

marinelife's avatar

@Seek_Koinahr Nice to see you Fluthering again!

Seek's avatar

Any particular points in history?

I know the Magic Tree House is a good series, and the American Girl series is a fan favorite (be warned – girly-girls are known to become addicted. It’s worse than Pokemon.)

Thanks, @marinelife – I’ll be back full time, soon! ^_^

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Kudos for desiring to encourage your daugher’s interest in history. It might be worthwhile inquiring at the local library and with the elementary school teachers for their recommendations. They may have book names to offer, in addition to ones that may be a bit above her level that you two can read together at bedtime.

janbb's avatar

Jean Fritz has a nice series with several of the founding fathers’ names in the titles. Hers may be for slightly older kids but you can “read to.”

Supacase's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr No, she just says, “tell me more about history.” We have talked about Martin Luther King, Jr., The Oregon Trail, the gold rush, Austria (of all things – where did that come from?), famous composers, communication methods prior to the internet and phone, etc. She is all over the place and sometimes she just wants me to come up with something on my own.

@Pied_Pfeffer I have found a couple of books for 7+ and I figure we could read that and I can fill in the gaps to help her understand. That may be the way to go.

flutherother's avatar

That surprised me at first as I thought five was too young an age for history, but young kids like stories and I suppose that’s what history is.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@flutherother Exactly!

We all started with the Laura Ingalls Wilder series when we were old enough to read it (and well before the television series).

Joker94's avatar

My all-time favorite history book as a kid was So You Want to Be President. It’s very informative, funny, and taught my parents a few things they didn’t know either!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Tell her you know someone on fluther who’s actually related to Daniel Boone!

My daughter has this state atlas that lists a fascinating history on each state, including notable people who were born in the state and other interesting facts. She actually reads portions of it to her 4 yr old sister each night; it’s a great book.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

—@WillWorkForChocolate History and geography…that’s an excellent idea!

Supacase's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Very cool about Daniel Boone!

I’ll bet she will like the state atlas! For some reason, she is nuts about Oregon and New Jersey. We went to Oregon when she was about 18 months, but I seriously doubt she remembers it. I have no idea where the Jersey thing came from.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I am SO impressed at her being interested in History already! Kudos to both her and you!

@Seek_Kolinahr‘s suggestion of American Girl is great. I loved those books when I was little. Depending on her reading level (I have a feeling that she might be able to read better than most kindergarteners), she might need you to read it outloud with her.

@Pied_Pfeffer‘s suggestion of the LIW books is great, too. I have awesome memories of reading those with my mom when I was that age.

casheroo's avatar

I saw this today at the library Calliope Magazine

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