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Books to Bring Ancient Worlds to Life

Ancient civilizations existed a long time ago. A really long time ago. Your kids may find it hard to relate to things that happened way, way back when. Fortunately, books hold the power to bring ancient eras to life. Give kids a new outlook on ancient history with these must-read titles.

1. Tales of Power

Kids often imagine what it would be like to be the one in charge. In ancient times, some leaders were in charge of nearly everything in their worlds. Curious students will be fascinated to read about the power held by Japanese shoguns. In A Shogun’s Guide, they’ll learn about impressive fortresses, frightening weapons, lavish luxuries, and surprising rules.

A Shogun's Guide

2. Experiences in Someone Else’s Shoes

Following along with a character’s experiences helps readers gain a new perspective. Your kids will enjoy reading about the highs and lows of life as an ancient fighter in How to Live Like a Roman Gladiator. As they travel back in time on this nail-biting adventure, children may discover that they have things pretty good today!

How to Live Like a Roman Gladiator

3. Ancient Artifact Exploration

Studying the artifacts, architecture, and artworks of ancient civilizations provide some of our best clues to what those time periods were like. The Tools and Treasures series uses high-quality photographs and informative text to show kids an assortment of archeological treasures. For example, in Tools and Treasures of Ancient Egypt, they’ll see religious statues, towering pyramids, and detailed hieroglyphics.

Tools and Treasures of Ancient Egypt

4. Myths and Legends of Long Ago

Understanding ancient beliefs helps us understand customs of the past. The graphic novel Hercules: The Twelve Labors will introduce your kids to the Greek tale of Zeus’ son Hercules. They’ll follow along as Hercules wrestles a lion, battles a multi-headed serpent, and more. This ancient myth is sure to stick with them long after they close the book.

Hercules: The Twelve Labors [A Greek Myth]

What ancient era would your kids like to explore first? LightSail provides immersive experiences for many long-ago time periods. Books, timelines, educational videos, encyclopedia articles, and other resources will bring Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Asia to life for your young learners.

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Posted on 12.Dec.21 in Book Recommendations

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