History Book by Book!

May 30, 2021

We would like to introduce one of our latest projects: History Book by Book (HBBB).


HBBB is a standalone website that can be used in conjunction with your Build Your Library studies, or completely on its own. It is designed for both students and parents to find history-related book recommendations of all historical topics and time periods. As we are suggesting “living books” we consider our website a “living document” that will constantly be edited, added to, and tweaked as we continue to build this extensive resource.

So what exactly is History Book by Book?

History Book By Book (HBBB) is a database collection of engaging, entertaining, and educational books about various historical topics. Whenever possible, we have cross-referenced topics, internally linked additional suggestions based on like subjects, and created useful categorized lists for you to search and browse. Hopefully, you will be able to glean a vast amount of information and find as many history-related books as you could ever want to find.

As a long time homeschooling parent, and the author of a literature-based homeschool curriculum, we designed HBBB to help:
(1) homeschooling parents looking for additional resources to read to their children,
(2) homeschooling parents looking for more historical based books to give their children to read themselves,
(3) any teen or adult looking for categorized historical reading material for their own enjoyment and knowledge.

Reading your way through history… one book at a time.

My goal is to make this an easy-to-use searchable database for all your history and historical fiction reading needs.

Navigating History Book By Book

The easiest way to get started on HBBB is to start at the main page, select a time period and browse the chronological list. If that produces too many books, you can select one of the topical booklists and narrow down your search.

Each book’s page also contains related books either by topic, time period, or country to give you some similar titles to consider.

We also have some helpful pages with some more detailed information:

Disclosure: History Book By Book is reader-supported. If you purchase one of the books we recommend using our “Buy at Amazon | Bookshop” links (below the picture of the book cover), we may earn an affiliate commission (at no additional cost to you).

We are still ironing out the website’s functionality and will continue to add books, booklists, flesh out topics and categories, but we are happy enough to open it to the public now as we continue to work on it.

You can find books here on just about every time period or historical topic and for any age level. I’ve done my best to research and vet each title to ensure that this list is filled with living books. I’ve noted content warnings when necessary and my daughters and I have reviewed many of the titles recommended. This has been and will continue to be a labor of love, as we continue to build this website and update these book suggestions. I hope you find it helpful!

Join us for our next Facebook Live  – “Tea with Emily – episode 15 – History Book By Book! – Our June Facebook Livestream will be Friday, June 4th at 1pm EST, where we will be discussing this exciting new project in depth:  https://www.facebook.com/events/3468333216604481/

The Links

History Book By Book Main page

Emily Cook, Author of secular homeschool curriculumEmily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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