Level 1

( Grade 1 – Age 6-8 )

Build Your Library: Level 1 - The Ancient WorldEnter the world of Ancient history – where pharaohs ruled Egypt and built great pyramids, Spartan warriors fought against the might of Persia and Roman gladiators fought for their lives in the arena. You and your child will begin an epic adventure through world history with  History Quest: Early Times! You will also learn about the vast mythology that ancient civilizations created to explain their world.

Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy great literature that your whole family will enjoy. Follow the adventures of a heroic mouse in The Tale of Despereaux, find out what true friendship really means in Charlotte’s Web,  and save the world from total destruction in Aru Shah and the End of Time. Along with great literature, you and your child will also enjoy weekly poetry readings from the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry.

The science focus this year is nature study, using The Nature Connection and Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature as your spines. You and your child will become keen observers as you keep a nature journal and study the wonderful world of nature that exists in your own backyard.

Using 13 Artists Children Should Know and 13 Art Techniques Children Should Know your child will learn about a wide range of artists and art techniques as well as how to really look at and understand a piece of art.

My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on important things, like teaching your children.

The 266 page PDF lesson plans  include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • a reading list
  • a set of 6 – 8 narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions, and copywork passages all tied to the literature readings
  • poetry memorization
  • timeline figures
  • research projects
  • 22 activity pages (including map work and research activities)
  • science lessons
  • art lessons

You can see a sample week here:

Download the Level 1 – The Ancient World sample week here

Purchase Level 1 – The Ancient World – $39.95


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I’m excited to announce that we are collaborating with Soul Sparklettes Art!  They have so many amazing art projects that blend well with Build Your Library. You can sign up for Glitterbombers membership through our affiliate link. Check the download below to see what projects align with this level!

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Glitterbombers Projects to Pair with Level 1

You can see the entire Level 1 booklist below:

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History Quest: Early Times (Spine)
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Spine)
A Child Through Time: The Book of Children’s History (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Bookshop.org
Gilgamesh the King Bookshop.org
The Librarian Who Measured the EarthBookshop.org
Cleopatra Bookshop.org
Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)Bookshop.org
The Great Wall Of China (Aladdin Picture Books)Bookshop.org


World Mythology for Children (spine)
Indian Children’s Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths, and Fairy TalesBookshop.org


National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (Spine)Bookshop.org


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of ThreadBookshop.org
The Golden BullBookshop.org
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (Diary Histories)Bookshop.org
Poppy (The Poppy Stories)Bookshop.org
Charlotte’s WebBookshop.org
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 Bookshop.org
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2
Aru Shah and the End of TimeBookshop.org
The House at Pooh CornerBookshop.org
Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona, Young SlaveBookshop.org
Nim’s IslandBookshop.org
Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and MarshmallowsBookshop.org
Mulan: Before the SwordBookshop.org


The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms (Spine)Bookshop.org
Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature (Spine)Bookshop.org
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet (Spine)Bookshop.org
One Small Square: BackyardBookshop.org
One Small Square: WoodsBookshop.org
The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of MigrationBookshop.org
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild PetsBookshop.org
One Small Square: PondBookshop.org
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya – Bookshop.org
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin –  Bookshop.org


13 Artists Children Should Know (Spine Weeks 2 – 14) – Bookshop.org
13 Art Techniques Children Should Know (Spine Weeks 17 – 33) – Bookshop.org


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New to Build Your Library or looking for some more information about our curriculum and lesson plans? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Customer Testimonials:

I just wanted to say we are on our fourth week of the first grade curriculum and we have enjoyed it so much (I so wish I would have known about your curriculum at the beginning of this year). The books are so great. I haven’t had a chance to read a book of my own in a few years but these books are just as intriguing to me as they are for my kids. I already bought the second grade curriculum and will be collecting the books slowly but surely. Thanks so much! ~ Robbi (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)

I just wanted to say, Emily, that your book suggestions are phenomenal. We just received our last shipment from Better World Books and Amazon today and I can’t wait to get started! I am so excited to get reading with my kids and can’t wait to see their excitement and growth as they learn from such beautiful living books! Thank you for setting this program up!!!!!! ~ ChristinaC (from the Build Your Library forums)

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