Geography Books

One 12-week term of Geography can be filled with any of these selections.  Mix and match to suit your family.  We always have large maps of the world and the US on the wall for reference.

Years 1, 2, 3

Holling C. Holling

Paddle to the Sea (Holling): ~ 3 chapters per week

Tree in the Trail (Holling): ~3 chapters per week

Seabird (Holling): ~3 chapters per week

Minn of the Mississippi (Holling): ~3 chapters per week

A Child’s Geography of the World (Hillyer): This book is out of print and hard to get, but it’s charming and fun to read just like A Child’s History of the World.  Can be used for 2 years at 1 chapter per week.

Chapters 1-12
Chapters 13-24
Chapters 25-36
Chapters 37-48
Chapters 49-60
Chapters 61-71

Books by Demi: These 3 books can be read together over 12 weeks. Beautiful picture books.  They can be expensive; try to buy used or find at the library.

Genghis KhanMarco PoloThe Great Voyages of Zheng He

Home Geography (Long)

Chapters 1-11
Chapters 12-22
Chapters 23-33
Chapters 34-33

Years 4, 5, 6

Any of the above books, and also:

Marco Polo: His Travels and Adventures: Ambleside has this book up for free on their website, and split into sections for a full 36 weeks of reading (during Year 3 on their schedule).

Weeks 1-12
Weeks 13-24
Weeks 25-36


The Story of David Livingstone: 10 chapters (religious themes)

The Story of H.M. Stanley (religious themes)

The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh

[I’m looking for great books that discuss other parts of the world, if anyone has suggestions!]

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