Time Traveler Reading Suggestions


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Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Ancient World        Medieval World       Age of Exploration         Age of Revolution         Modern Era      21st Century        Into the Future

Ancient World (Beginning – 476)

~Origin stories; Mesopotamian and Sumerian Empires; Ancient Egypt; Phoenician Empire; Persian, Greek and Roman Empires; Mauryan Empire (India); China’s First Emperor; Han Dynasty (China); Germanic Peoples, Ancient Celts, Settlement of the Americas/Paleo-Indians~

  1. DK Eyewitness: Ancient Civilizations
  2. You Wouldn’t want to Work on the Great Wall of China by Jacqueline Morley
  3. The Incredible Story of China’s Buried Warriors by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
  4. Navigators: Ancient Greece by Philip Steele
  5. DK Ancient Greece Revealed by Peter Chrisp
  6. DK Ancient Rome Revealed by Peter Chrisp
  7. Through Time: Pompeii by Richard Platt
  8. See through History: The Celts by Hazel Mary Martell
  9. Kingfisher Knowledge: Wonders of the World by Philip Steele
  10. DK Eyewitness: Early Humans
  11. Pandora of Athens 399 B.C. by Barry Denenberg
  12. Olympian Series (Graphic Novel) by George O’Connor
  13. Gods and Thunder: Old Norse Myths by Carl Bowen, Michael Dahl, Louise Simonson
  14. Percy Jackson Series (Graphic Novel) by Rick Riordan
  15. Geronimo Stilton: The Secret of the Sphinx by Geronimo Stilton
  16. Geronimo Stilton: Dinosaurs in Action by Geronimo Stilton
  17. Magic Tree House: Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne
  18. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Osborne Pope 
  19. Nickolas Flux: Peril in Pompeii by Nel Yomtov
  20. I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis
  21. Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  22. Time Jumpers # 2: Escape from Egypt by Wendy Mass
  23. Time Jumpers # 4: Dodging Dinosaurs by Wendy Mass
  24. Royal Diaries: Cleopatra VII by Kristiana Gregory
  25. Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx by James Rollins
  26. Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona, A Young Slave by Richard Platt
  27. Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht by Richard Platt
  28. Time Warp Trio # 9: See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Sciezka
  29. Time Warp Trio # 8: It’s All Greek to Me by Jon Sciezka
  30. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Geraldine McCaughrean
  31. DK Eyewitness Mesopatamia
  32. I Am Cleopatra by Grace Norwich
  33. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  34. Who Was King Tut? By Roberta Edwards
  35. Where Is the Great Wall? By Patricia Demuth
  36. Who Was Alexander the Great? By Kathryn Waterfield
  37. Who Was Julius Caesar? By Nico Medina
  38. The Egyptology Handbook : a course in the wonders of Egypt by Emily Sands
  39. You Choose: Ancient China by Terry Collins
  40. Life as a Gladiator: an interactive history adventure by Michael Burgan
  41. The Earliest Americans by Helen Roney Sattler 
  42. The Ancient Celts by Patricia Calvert 
  43. Stonehenge by William W. Lace
  44. Who Was Confucius? by Michael Burgan 


Medieval World (apx. 500 – 1644)

~Byzantine Empire; Early Native Americans; Islam Begins; Abbasid Dynasty; Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties; Vikings; Heian Period (Japan); Warlords rule Japan; Rise of Catholic Church; Crusades; Feudal System in Europe; Great Zimbabwe; Mesa Cliff Native Americans; Incan Empire; Maori settle New Zealand; Mongol Empire; Songhai Empire (Africa)~

  1. National Geographic Kids: Everything Castles by Crispin Boyer
  2. The Usborne Book of Castles by Lesley Sims
  3. Insiders: Knights & Castles by Philip Dixon
  4. DK Eyewitness: Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
  5. Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Imperial China by Joanna Cole
  6. You Wouldn’t want to be a Viking Explorer! By Andrew Langley
  7. Viking World: The Age of Seafarers and Sagas by Robert Macleod
  8. Cathedrall by David Macaulay
  9. The Book Without Words by Avi
  10. Crispin Series by Avi
  11. Midnight Magic by Avi
  12. The Book of Boy by Catherine Murdock
  13. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  14. The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Michael P. Spradlin
  15. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
  16. A Ninja’s Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel
  17. ​A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  18. Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow
  19. Catherine, Called Bidie by Karen Cushman
  20. Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Piece
  21. Carnival at Candlelight by Mary Pope Osborne
  22. Season of the Sandstorms by Mary Pope Osborne
  23. The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
  24. Solomon’s Thieves (Graphic Novel) by Jordan Mechner
  25. Nicholas Flux: Arrested for Witchcraft! (Graphic Novel) By Mari Bolte
  26. Outlaw: The Legend of Robinhood (Graphic Novel) by Tony Lee
  27. Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur by Tony Lee (Graphic Novel) 
  28. ​Tower of Treasure Series (Graphic Novel) by Scott Chantler
  29. Geronimo Stilton: The First Samurai (Graphic Novel) by Geronimo Stilton
  30. Geronimo Stilton: Following the Trail of Marco Polo (Graphic Novel)  by Geronimo Stilton
  31. Adventures in Makerspace: A Low-Tech Mission (Catapult)
  32. Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars by Sheri Holman


Age of Exploration (apx. 1450 – 1676)

~Printing press; Ottoman Empire; Renaissance; European Exploration and Conquests; Islamic Mughal Empire; Scientific Revolution; Catholic Reformation; Imjin War; Edo Japan; Czars established in Russia; Early America Colonization/ Slave trade~

  1. DK Eyewitness: Renaissance by Andrew Langley
  2. DK Eyewitness Astronomy by Kristen Lippincott
  3. The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E. L. Konigsburg
  4. Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne
  5. The Starving Time: Elizabeth’s Diary, Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes 
  6. My Lady, Pocahontas: A Novel by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  7. Time Warp Trio #10: Sam Samurai by Jon Sciezka
  8. Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher
  9. Colonial America: an Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
  10. The Salem Witch Trials: an Interactive History Adventure by Matt Doeden
  11. I am Sacagawea by Grace Norwich
  12. The Ottoman Empire by Lucille Davis
  13. The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs
  14. Magic Tree House Merlin Missions #10: Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne
  15. Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast by Mary Pope Osborne
  16. Magic Tree House #25: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne
  17. Nickolas Flux: Arrested for Witchcraft! by Nel Yomtov
  18. American Girl: Felicity series by Valerie Tripp 
  19. Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Lynn Carbone
  20. Surviving Jamestown: the Adventure of Young Sam Collier by Gail Karwoski
  21. Sacagawea: Crossing the Continent with Lewis and Clark by Emma Carlson Berne 
  22. Royal Diaries: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba by Pat McKissack
  23. Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky
  24. Royal Diaries: Kristina, the Girl King by Carolyn Meyer
  25. Royal Diaries: Weetamoo, Chief of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith
  26. Royal Diaries: Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Without a County by Kathryn Lasky
  27. Royal Diaries: Anacaona, Golden Flower by Edwidge Danticat
  28. Royal Diaries: Isabel, Jewel of Castilla by Carolyn Meyer
  29. Midnight Magic by Avi
  30. Who was Galileo? by Patricia Demuth
  31. The Captive princess: a Story Based on the Life of Young Pocahontas by Wendy Lawton
  32. Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Genius by Barbara O'Connor
  33. Nicholas Copernicus and the Founding of Modern Astronomy by Todd Goble
  34. Isaac Newton: Organizing the Universe by William J. Boerst
  35. King Henry VIII by Robert Green
  36. Johannes Kepler: Discovering the Laws of Celestial Motion by William J. Boerst
  37. Slavery: Real People and their Stories of Enslavement by R. G. Grant
  38. Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
  39. Who Was William Shakespeare? by Celeste Davidson Mannis

Age of Revolution (apx. 1756 – 1903)

~Seven Year War; Industrial Revolution begins; American Revolution; Colonization of Australia; French Revolution; Napoleonic Wars; South American Revolutions; Greek Independence; Steam Power; Westward Expansion in US; British Raj; US Civil War; Unified Germany and Italy; Anglo-Zulu War; US Immigration influx (Ellis Island opens); First powered flight~

  1. The Royal Diaries: Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven by Kathryn Lasky
  2. Time Warp Trio # 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy by Jon Sciezka
  3. Spies of the American Revolution: an interactive espionage adventure by Elizabeth Raum
  4. Spies of the Civil War: an interactive history adventure by Michael Burgan
  5. Ellis Island: an interactive history adventure by Michael Burgan
  6. Orphan Trains: an interactive history adventure by Elizabeth Raum
  7. The Battle of Bull Run: an interactive history adventure by Allison Lassieur
  8. The Boston Massacre: an interactive history adventure by Elizabeth Raum
  9. The Wild West: an interactive history adventure by Allison Lassieur
  10. I Am Harriet Tubman by Grace Norwich
  11. I Am Hellen Keller by Grace Norwich (crosses into Modern Era)
  12. Magic Tree House # 21: Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne
  13. Magic Tree House # 22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne
  14. Magic Tree House # 23: Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne
  15. Magic Tree House # 32: To the Future, Benjamin Franklin by Mary Pope Osborne
  16. The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  17. Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
  18. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  19. Nickolas Flux: Stake a Claim! By Nel Yomtov
  20. Nickolas Flux: Night of Rebellion! By Nel Yomtov
  21. Nickolas Flux: Defend Until Death! By Nel Yomtov
  22. Nickolas Flux: Tracking an Assassin! By Nel Yomtov
  23. Magic Tree House # 10: Ghost Town at Sundown by Mary Pope Osborne
  24. Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  25. Who Were the Wright Brothers? By James Buckley, Jr.
  26. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  27. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  28. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  29. Chains: Seeds of Change by Laurie Halse Anderson
  30. Royal Diary: Elisabeth, the princess bride by Barry Denenberg 
  31. Sophia’s War; a tale of the revolution by Avi
  32. The Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac
  33. Johnny Tremain: a story of Boston in revolt by Esther Forbes
  34. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by W.R. Philbrick
  35. American Girl: Addy series by Connie Rose Porter
  36. American Girl: Kirsten series by Janet Beeler Shaw 
  37. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  38. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  39. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  40. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  41. Royal Diaries: Kaiulani, the people’s princess by Ellen Emerson White
  42. Royal Diaries: Victoria, May blossom of Britannia by Anna Kirwan
  43. Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky
  44. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
  45. Hazardous Tales series by Nathan Hale
  46. Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley, Jr.
  47. Who Was Abigail Adams? by True Kelly
  48. Who Was Harriet Tubman by Yona Zeldis McDonough 
  49. Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton
  50. Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass
  51. Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit 
  52. Who Was Clara Barton? by Stephanie Spinner
  53. Who Was Sojourner Truth? by Irina Zeldis McDonough 
  54. Who Was Sitting Bull? by Stephanie Spinner 

Modern Era (apx. 1900 – 1999)

~World War I; Russian Revolution; Jazz Age and Cinema; The Great Depression; Spanish Civil War; World War II; Partition of India; Creation of Israel; Chinese Communist Revolution; Vietnam War; US Civil Rights Movement; African Independence; The Cold War; Rock n Roll begins; The Gulf War; Apartheid ends in Africa~

  1. Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America to itself by Martin W. Sandler
  2. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  3. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  5. Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, The First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States by Louisa Jaggar and Shari Becker
  6. Machines Close Up: Modern Military Aircraft by Daniel Gilpin
  7. The Button War by Avi
  8. Mister Doctor: Janusz Korczak & the Orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto by Irene Cohen-Quarello
  9. National Geographic: Jackie Robinson Plays Ball by Robyn O’Sullivan
  10. Sweet Justice: Goergia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Mara Rockliff
  11. The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
  12. My America: Hope in My Heart: Sofia’s Immigrant Diary by Kathryn Lasky
  13. The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff
  14. Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady by Ellen Emerson White
  15. Dear America: A Time for Courage, Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington D.C., 1917
  16. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  17. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  18. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  19. Dear America: One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping, The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938
  20. My Name is America: The Journal of Ben Uchida, Citizen #13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp, California 1942
  21. The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  22. An Elephant in the Garden: Inspired by a True Story by Michael Morpurgo
  23. After the Train by Gloria Whelan
  24. ​The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  25. Blood Brotherhood by M. Zachary Sherman
  26. Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Osborn Pope
  27. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  28. The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corp by Ellen Emerson White
  29. ​The Year of the Bomb by Ronald Kidd
  30. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  31. Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean (Graphic Novel) by Sarah Stewart Taylor
  32. The Great American Dust Bowl (Graphic Novel) by Don Brown
  33. Nickolas Flux: Trapped in Antactica (Graphic Novel) by Nel Yomtov
  34. Nicholas Flux: Titanic Disaster (Graphic Novel) by Nel Nomtov
  35. Nicholas Flux: Surprise Attack! (Graphic Novel) by Nel yomtov
  36. The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyun (Graphic Novel) retold by Martin Powell
  37. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (Graphic Novel) by Lauren Tarshis
  38. Geronimo Stilton: The First Mouse on the Moon (Graphic Novel) by Geronimo Stilton
  39. Geronimo Stilton: Lights, Camera, Stilton! (Graphic Novel) by Geronimo Stilton
  40. Who Was Che Guevara? by Ellen Labrecque
  41. Who Was Amerlia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome 
  42. Who Were the Navajo Code Talkers? by James Buckley, Jr.
  43. Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? by Sherri L. Smith
  44. What was the Holocaust? by Gail Herman
  45. Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr? by Bonnie Bader
  46. Who Was Coretta Scott King? by Gail Herman 
  47. Who Was Nelson Mandela? by Pam Pollack 
  48. Who is the Dalai Lama? by Dana Meachen Rau
  49. Who Is Jane Goodall? by Roberta Edwards
  50. Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? by Patricia Brennan Demuth


21st Century 2000 – present

~ War on Terror; Electronics advance communications and robotics; Immigration; Green Movement; COVID-19 Pandemic~

  1. Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets and More by Mainary Kay Carson
  2. Cuba 15: A Novel by Nancy Osa
  3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  4. When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
  5. ​The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
  6. Tara and the Towering Wave: An Indian Ocean Tsunami Survival Story by Cristine Oxtra
  7. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  8. Heart of the Enemy by M. Zachary Sherman
  9. Control Under Fire by M. Zachary Sherman
  10. International Space Station: an Interactive Space Exploration Adventure by Allison Lassieur
  11. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  12. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  13. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
  14. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  15. The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
  16. Frank Einstein series by Jon Scieszka
  17. Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald
  18. Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King
  19. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  20. Scat by Carl Hiaasen
  21. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  22. A Boy Called Bat by elana K. Arnold
  23. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  24. My Fate According to the Butterfly by Amanda Nojadera
  25. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Amanda Nojadera
  26. Blended by Sharon Draper
  27. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
  28. The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
  29. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
  30. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  31. The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler
  32. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
  33. When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura
  34. Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
  35. Sunny Days Inside: and other stories by Caroline Adderson
  36. Whispering Alaska by Brendan Jones
  37. New From Here by Kelly Yang
  38. Who is Barack Obama? by Roberta Edwards
  39. I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis
  40. Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
  41. Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O'Malley Cerra
  42. Who was Steve Jobs? by Pam Pollack
  43. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  44. Who is Greta Thunberg? by Jill Leonard
  45. A Shot in the Arm! by Don Brown
  46. Plagues and Pandemics by Kate Messner
  47. Understanding September 11th: answering questions about the attacks on America by Mitch Frank


Into the Future

  1. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau 
  2. The Time Museum by Matthew Loux 
  3. The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm by Nancy Farmer 
  4. Time Jumpers #3: Fast-Forward to the Future by Wendy Mass
  5. Time Warp Trio #5: 2095 by Jon Sciezka 
  6. Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
  7. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
  8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle 
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry 
  10. Eager by Helen Fox 
  11. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown 
  12. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey
  13. Galaxy Zack series by Ray O'Ryan
  14. Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  15. Masterminds by Gordon Korman
  16. Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy by Joshua Levy
  17. Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  18. Dude Where's My Spaceship? by Dan Greenburg
  19. Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson 
  20. Space Taxi series by Wendy Mass
  21. Not So Normal Norbert by James Patterson
  22. Sci-Fi Junior High by Scott Seegert
  23. Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger 
  24. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle 
  25. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
  26. Icebreaker by Lian Tanner 
  27. Flood & Fire by Emily Diamand
  28. Cleopatra in Space series by Mike Maihack 
  29. One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale