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Literature-based Curriculum: Sonlight Intro to World History Part 1

So, I have to confess, as a homeschool bookstore manager, I’ve become familiar with many of the homeschool curriculum titles.  I wish I could say ALL, but let’s be honest, there are so many new offerings every year, it’s impossible to keep up!  Regardless of the offerings, my favorite type is literature-based curricula, and the books they group together to make thorough, well rounded educational experiences.

In 2006, when we first started out, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a homeschooler.  However, we had a love of read aloud time at the end of the day.  We had been reading books with my son since he was 6 months old.  Every night.  Even on vacation.  Even when camping.  We always had books to read with us.  We fell, quite naturally, into Sonlight Intro to World History (now called Core B).

I’d like to share with you the books we read and enjoyed (the list is from 2002, but very similar), and demonstrate how the list has changed over the years. 

*An interesting observation about the old lists: the readers list, and the advanced readers list were included in the same schedule (2002).  That was great when combining multiple ages.  Also, the intended grade levels of the reading lists changed over the years. They are no longer included, the reader schedule must be purchased separately for each grade level.

If you see a book you’d like to comment on, please click the link, and give the book a review.  I would love to read your comments.

Thanks for reading!


The following tables are best viewed in tablet or desktop form.

Bible and History

Unless otherwise stated, book list is derived from the 5-Day list.

Leading Little Ones to GodYYYY
Sing the Word: A New Commandment CD YYY
Usborne Peoples of the WorldYY  
Missionary Stories with the MillersYY  
From Akebu to ZapotecYY  
Usborne Houses and HomesYY  
Archaeologists Dig for CluesYYY Y
Usborne World History (original) (revised)YYYY
A Child’s History of the WorldYYYY
Tut’s Mummy: Lost…and FoundYYYY
Usborne Time TravelerYYYY
Greek NewsYY  
The Great Wall of ChinaYYY Y
George Muller (Christian Heroes)YYYY
Roman Diary Y  
Around the World with Kate and Mack  YY
Catching Their Talk in a Box  YY
Wonderful Houses around the World  Y Y

Read Alouds

Read Alouds2002201220162020
Favorite Poems of ChildhoodYY  
Charlotte’s WebYYYY
“Mother Goose Rhymes” Y  
Homer PriceYYYY
Owls in the Family YYY
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsYYY Y
Mountain BornYYY Y
It Could Always Be Worse Y  
Henry HugginsYYYY
Understood BetsyYYYY
Greek Myths (original) (updated)YYYY
The Year of Miss AgnesYYYY
Gooney Bird Greene YYY
Follow My LeaderY   
Mrs. Piggle-WiggleYY  
Little PearYYYY
The Wheel on the SchoolYY  
Detectives in TogasYYYY
Case of the Gasping Garbage Y  
Babe the Gallant Pig  Y Y
Happy Times in Noisy Village  YY
Kildee House  Y Y
NG Book of Animal Poetry  YY
The Year of the Baby  YY


ReadersLA 1Grade 1Grade 1
I Can Read It!YYYY
The Best Trick YetYYYY
Green Eggs and HamYYYY
Little BearYYY Y
Put Me in the ZooYYYY
The Cat in the HatYYYY
One Fish, Two Fish, Red FishYYYY
A Big Ball of StringYYYY
The Bravest Dog Ever: Story of BaltoYYY Y
A Fly Went By YYY
Advanced ReadersGrade 2Grade 2
The Beginner’s BibleY Y Y
SurprisesY Y  Y
Pompeii: Buried AliveY Y Y
Owl at HomeY Y Y
Frog and Toad are FriendsY Y Y
Mouse TalesY Y Y
Greg’s MicroscopeY Y Y
Hill of FireY Y  Y
Frog and Toad All YearY Y Y
Daniel’s DuckY Y  Y
Amelia BedeliaY Y Y
Nate the GreatY Y Y
Frog and Toad TogetherY Y Y
The Big Balloon RaceY Y  Y
The Fire CatY Y  Y
The Sword in the TreeY Y  Y
Wagons WheelsY Y  Y
Titanic: Lost and FoundY Y Y

Enter Discussion here