HOD Creation to Christ Book List

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

As I started remembering some of my favorite years of school with the boys I remembered how much we especially loved MFW's book basket. We had so much fun finding inspiration in those books. While none of them were required reading, I would often find both of my boys with books in hand that they had discovered from the book basket. I decided to make a list to go along with our studies in Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ. I may update this list as the year goes by (some units have more books than others) and include links, but for now I wanted to share it with those who may find it useful.

Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ is a complete program. None of these books are needed to round out or add to what is already planned. Sometimes, however, it's nice to add a splash of color here and there. I've added some of the book suggestions that were in the Child's Geography book to give a visual of the places we will be studying. We will also be studying the Biblical Feasts this year, so I've added some of those resources at the end of the list.

Don't feel you need to add these books to what you are already doing. My goal is to just set out a feast (or so they say) of books that are available should the inspiration strike. Although we love the CtC spines I have read that there are those who struggle with them. This list may help bring a little life to those readings. I've added some books that parents may even want to read. Enjoy!

The Student Bible Atlas – Tim Dowley
Eyewitness Bible Lands – Jonathan Tubb
Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide – Nancy Sanders
King Solomon’s Garden – Poems and Art Inspired by the Old Testament
Journey Through the Bible

Unit 1 – The Beginning of History and of Sin
Creation, Adam and Eve, and The Great Flood
Creation Story – Norman Messenger
Yellow and Pink – William Steig
Marduk the Mighty and Other Stories of Creation
The True Story of Noah’s Ark – Tim Dooley and Bill Looney
The Illustrated Book of Myths – Neil Phlip

Unit 2 – The First Cities after the Flood
Tower of Babel, Cushite Shepherd Kings in Egypt, Abram born in Ur
The Tower of Babel – Gloria Clanin and Lloyd R. Hight
Life in the Great Ice Age – Michael and Beverly Oard
The Sumerians – Jane Shuter
Mesopotamia – Pamela Service
The Sumerians – Pamela Odijk
Science in Ancient Mesopotamia – Carol Moss
Gilgamesh the King, Revenge of Ishtar, and The Last Quest of Gilgamesh – Ludmila Zeman
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Sumerian Slave

Unit 3 – God’s Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Birth of Isaac, Birth of Jacob and Esau
Chaldeans, Abraham

Unit 4 – Egypt at the Time of Joseph
Amosis Drives Cushites out of Egypt, Jacob’s Ladder, Joseph Sold into Slavery
Joseph – Brian Wildsmith
Mystery of the Nile – Gordon Brown, Jordi Llompart
Hieroglyphs – Joyce Milton
Pyramid – David Macaulay
Mummies Made in Egypt - Aliki
Science in Ancient Egypt – Geraldine Woods
Shadow Hawk – Andre Norton
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Slave in Ancient Egypt
Geography Books
The Hungry Coat – Demi
The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers – Melissa Whitcraft
Turkey – Tamra Orr
Cooking the Turkish Way – Kari Cornell

Unit 5 – The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Pharaoh’s Dreams, Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself, Thutmosis the Conquerer
Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself – Catherine Andronik
Mara, Daughter of the Nile – Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Golden Goblet – Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Look What Came from Egypt – Miles Harvey
The Ancient Egyptians – Jane Shuter
Unveiling the Pharaohs – John Ashton
Temple Cat – Andrew Clements
Ancient Egyptian Art
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Pyramid Builder

Unit 6 – God’s Judgment Upon Egypt
Akhenaten – Pharaoh of one god, Tutankhamun, Moses – 10 Plagues
The Golden King: The World of Tuttankhamun – Zahi Hawass
Tut’s Mummy, Lost and Found – Judy Donnelly
Growing Up in Ancient Egypt – Rosalie David
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt – G.A. Henty
Exodus – Brian Wildsmith
Tutankhamen’s Gift – Robert Sabuda
Tut’s Mummy Lost…and Found – Judy Donnelly
Motel of the Mysteries – David Macaulay
The Murder of Tutankhamen – Bob Brier
Mummies of the Pharaohs – Melvin and Gilda Berger
Tutankhamun: The Life and Death of a Pharaoh – David Murdoch
You Wouldn’t Want to be an Egyptian Mummy
You Wouldn’t Want to be Tutankhamen
You Wouldn’t Want to be Cursed by King Tut

Unit 7 – God’s Chosen People
Ten Commandments, 12 Spies enter Caanan – 10 Years of wandering
Moses – Leonard Everett Fisher
Escape From Egypt – Sonia Levitin
God’s Appointed Times – Barney Kasdan

Unit 8 – God’s Chosen People Enter Caanan
Fall of Jericho, Sisera is killed, Gideon called by God
Hittite Warrior – Joanne Williamson
Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors – Marian Broida

Unit 9 – The Israelites Suffer from Idolatry
Samson is born, Ark of Covenant captured by Philistines,
Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide – Marian Broida

Unit 10 – The Reign of King Saul
Samuel anoints Saul as King, Samuel anoints David as King, David slays Goliath

Unit 11 – King David’s Reign
David is King of Judah and Israel, Absalom Rebels, Revolt against the Philistines
The Lord is my Shepherd – Tasha Tudor
David and Goliath – Leonard Everett Fisher
A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 – W. Phillip Keller
The Phoenecians – Pamela Odijik
Geography Books
The Never-Ending Greeness – Neil Waldman
Three Wishes – Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak – Deborah Ellis
The Dog Knots – Kathy Walden Kaplan
Jerusalem of Gold – Jewish Stories of the Enchanted City – Howard Schwartz

Unit 12 – From Solomon to a Divided Kingdom
Solomon marries Pharaoh’s daughter, Temple Completed, Judah/Israel Divided Kingdom
Solomon and the Ant, and Other Jewish Folktales
To Everything There is a Season – Leo and Diane Dillon
The Splendor of the Temple – Alec Garrard

Unit 13 – Israel and Judah at the Time of Elijah and Elisha
Temple Completed, Judah/Israel Divided, Pharaoh Shishak invades Judah

Unit 14 – The Assyrian Conquests
The Assyrians – Elaine Landau
They Assyrian Empire – Don Nardo
You Wouldn’t Want to be an Assyrian Soldier

Unit 15 – Israel Falls to Assyria and Judah is Saved
God King – Joanne Williamson

Unit 16 – Judah Falls to the Babylonias
The Babylonians – Elaine Landau
Great Wonders of the World – Russell Ash

Unit 17 – The Persian Empire
Cyrus the Great – Jacob Abbott
The Magic Grove – Lubuse Palecek
The Lion and the Throne: Stories from the Shahnameh – Abolgasem Ferdowsi
A Gift for the King – Christopher Manson
Esther’s Story – Diane Wolkstein
The Legend of the Persian Carpet – Tomie DePaola

Unit 18 – The Geography and Beginning of Greece
Athens, Greece, Founding of Sparta, Homer Composes the Iliad and Odyssey
D’Aulaires’s Book of Greek Myths – D’aulaire
Black Ships Before Troy – Rosemary Sutliff
The Olympians – Leonard Everett Fisher
The Wanderings of Odysseus – Rosemary Sutliff
In Search of Troy – Giovanni Caselli
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus – Aliki
The Wooden Horse – I.M. Richardson
The Egyptian Cinderella – Shirley Climo
Arion and the Dolphins – Lonzo Anderson

Unit 19 – The Greeks Resist the Persians
First Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece, Solon’s Laws Reform Athens, Battles of Marathon and Thermopylae
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Greek Athlete
Geography Books
Exploring Ancient Egypt with Elaine Landau
Secrets of the Sphinx – James Cross Giblin
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret – Florence Parry Heide

Unit 20 – The Golden Age of Greece
Battle of Salamis, Pericles rules during the Golden Age of Athens, Parthenon was built and dedicated to Athena
The Parthenon: How it Was Built and How it was Used – Peter Chrisp
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth – Kathryn Lasky
The Golden Days of Greece – Olivia Coolidge
How We Know About the Greeks – John and Louise James

Unit 21 – Alexander the Great Conquers Persia
Athens vs. Sparta (Peloponnesian War), Philip II of Macedonia gains control of Greece, Reign of Alexander the Great
The Great Alexander the Great – Joe Lasker
I Am The Great Horse – Katherine Roberts

Unit 22 – The Empire of Alexander the Great
Ptolemy rules Egypt, Seleucus rules Persia/Syria, Antigonus rules Macedonia/Greece
You Wouldn’t Want to be a in Alexander the Great’s Army

Unit 23 – Rome in Her Infancy
Romulus founds Rome by the Tiber River, Numa reigns in Rome, Horatius at the Bridge
Augustus Caesar’s World – Genevieve Foster – Unit 23-35
Ancient Rome – A Mighty Empire – Muriel Dubois
Romulus and Remus – Anne Rockwell
Brave Cloelia – Jane Curry

Unit 24 – The Struggle Between Rome and Carthage
Rome gains all of Italy, 1st Punic War, 2nd Punic War – Hannibal crosses Alps
Hannibal and His 37 Elephants – Marilyn Hirsh

Unit 25 – Rome Conquers Carthage
Scipio Africanus marches on Carthage, Scipio defeats Hannibal at Zama, Third Punic War (Carthage destroyed by Scipio)
Geography Books
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq – Jeanette Winter
Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq – Mark Alan Stamaty
Kiss the Dust – Elizabeth Laird

Unit 26 – Life in Ancient Rome
Rome conquers Corinth and Greece, Rome conquers Spain, Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus are tribunes in Rome
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Gladiator
See Inside Ancient Rome – Katie Daynes

Unit 27 – The Roman Empire
Civil War in Rome (Marius vs. Sulla), Spartacus leads slave revolt, Julius Caesar is slain
You Wouldn’t Want to be Cleopatra
You Wouldn’t Want to be Live in Pompeii
Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome – Marissa Moss

Unit 28 – The Word Becomes Flesh
Octavius becomes Augustus Caesar, Jesus is born in Bethlehem, Caesar becomes emperor in Rome
A Christmas Story – Brian Wildsmith
The Little Drummer Boy – Ezra Jack Keats
Mary’s Treasure Box – Carolyn Kramlich
Jesus – Brian Wildsmith

Unit 29 – Jesus, Teacher and Healer
Jesus begins His ministry, Jesus Chooses 12 Apostles, Jesus feeds 5000

Unit 30 – The Shepherd and His Flock
Tiberius Caesar is Emperor of Rome, Jesus’ ministry
The Miracles of Jesus – Tomie DePaola

Unit 31 – Jesus Lays Down His Life
Caiaphas is High Priest, Pontius Pilate is Governor of Judah
Geography Books
Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta – James Rumford
Ali and the Golden Eagle – Wayne Grover
The Children’s Encyclopedia of Arabia – Mary Beardwood

Unit 32 – The Way, the Truth and the Life
Crucifixion and Resurrection, Christ’s Ascension (40 days later), Pentecost (10 days after ascension)
The Easter Story – Brian Wildsmith
He is Alive – Helen Haidle
Peter’s First Easter – Jr. Wangerin Walter
The Tale of the Three Trees – Angela Hunt

Unit 33 – The Church is Persecuted and Scattered
Disciples’ ministry in Jerusalem – led by Peter, Stephen martyred/Saul’s conversion, Gospel spreads to Judea and Samaria
The Very First Christians – Paul Maier

Unit 34 – Missionary Journeys
Paul’s First Missionary Journey with Barnabus, Paul’s Second Missionary Journey with Silas, Paul’s Third Missionary Journey to Ephesus

Unit 35 – To the Ends of the Earth
Nero becomes Emperor of Rome, Peter and Paul killed – Christians persecuted, Rome and Titus destroy Jerusalem

Jewish Feasts and Traditions
Celebrating Biblical Feasts – Martha Zimmerman
Milk and Honey: A Year of Jewish Holidays – Jane Yolen
A Family Guide to Biblical Holidays – Robin Sampson, Linda Pierce
The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays – Malka Drucker
Cooking the Israeli Way – Josephine Bacon
Jewish Holiday Fun – Judith Hoffman Corwin
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Jewish Holidays in the Fall – Dianne Macmilan
Sound the Shofar – Miriam Chaikin
The Jewish Holiday Craft Book – Kathy Ross


  1. This is incredible! Thank you!

  2. This is a brilliant idea! I think I would have been much happier with HOD starting out with a book basket and an awesome list of books like this. :-)

    1. Having lots of extra books around is always lovely. I already checked some of these out, and I've found Aedan with them already even though I checked them out for Silas. A rotation of books always coming in and out is great way to keep them busy and learning :)

  3. Hi! This is great! Can you tell me if you think that doing two guides (specifically CTC with an 11 yr old and Rev to Rev with a 13 yr old) could work well? The only thing that really scares me is having to help two kids with the various projects and activities...I really don't have time for two are projects, or many different books that I have to read to them separately. Then again, it would be nice to have a little separate time with them. :) They are best placed in those two separate guides, although putting them both in Ref to Res could also work... Again, thank you...I can't tell you how excited I am..you make it feel like I have someone else on this journey with me!!

  4. Megan - It can work well, but I'll let you know how it goes for us in a few weeks. We combined one year, and then the boys have been separated for a while. This will be the first year Silas will be back to HOD, so I'm hoping it works. The dependent stuff is more involved at this stage (math and LA), but the independent stuff helps you have time individually with each kid. Don't feel like you have to accomplish every single project. There are some weeks that just isn't feasible. This year we have a few afternoon activities that will force us to pick and choose. I love the projects and art though, so hopefully we get time to get them done as well.

    My boys have both transitioned to these middle guides, so it will be interesting to see how my youngest does. HOD has always been a great fit for my oldest. There is a rhythm that is familiar, and after a while he knows what to expect. Last year I would set things out and he would often be done with quite a bit before I even got downstairs. He's my early bird. He is also very motivated by free time, so he chooses to start early. I think you'll do great! Give yourself at least a month to adjust where necessary, and you will find yourself coasting along :)

  5. (((Thank you))) This is such a useful resource and I'm bookmarking it for future use. We are so excited to be back using HOD. I love the structure, but have learned to embrace freedom from checking off all the boxes.

    1. I'm so excited to be back to using it for Silas too :) It's even more fun knowing you are as well. I have learned to make HOD my own and to adjust if necessary. It takes a while to figure that out. Glad you have too!


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