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Blank Timeline BookWhat Are Blank Timeline Books?

Blank Timeline Books are a little like an historical scrapbook for your student. Each page has a date(s) printed on it, which runs chronologically through the book. Your student would paste in figures for historical people, places, or events on the appropriate page to correspond with what you are studying. The Timeline books are a great way to review everything you have studied, and they give the student a better hands-on view of when things happened and how they all relate to each other.

Listed below are Blank Timeline Books that you can purchase.

Blank Timeline Books

History Through the Ages: Record of Time by Amy Pak. Homeschool in the Woods, 2004.
Hard cover, blank timeline book with inside spiral binding. Includes 17 blank maps.

History Scribe offers a spiral-bound blank timeline book for a reasonable price. Pages are pre-printed with center datelines and surrounding boxes for you to fill in as you wish.

Timeline BookHow to Make Your Own Blank Timeline Book by Carol Henderson. A Book In Time, 2011.
Create an impressive Blank Timeline book out of cardstock and labels for much less than the cost of ready-made editions. (see video below for details!) Make a complete book for each student that covers all eras, or print just enough pages for the era you are currently studying to keep in the back of your History notebook. Make Your Own Timeline Book Includes attractive artwork for the front cover and 4 major time divisions (Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, and Present Era), as well as lists of headings and dates. Print, assemble, and fill with your own Timeline Figures!
Also includes a planning chart and suggestions for Timeline Figures. See the Table of Contents and Sample Pages for more information. Please note that this resource uses BC and AD for dates (not BCE/CE). Find out more about our Blank Timeline eBook here.
Available for immediate download!

Watch our YouTube video demonstrating How to Make Your Own Blank Timeline Book --

Miller's Blank History Timeline is a spiral-bound book with a dark, horizontal line going through every lightly-lined page. All other aspects of the book are blank for you to fill and decorate as you like! This one seems to be one of the better values in blank books!

The Sonlight Curriculum Book of Time - A Blank Time Line from 5000 BC to the Present is a pre-printed, spiral-bound, blank timeline book dated from 5000 BC to the present.

The Tanglewood Book of Centuries is a PDF download that you can print at home and put in a notebook. (Please Note--If you have a printer that can handle cardstock, this option is great. For most printers, running a lot of cardstock will ruin the paper feed. The other oprtion is to use regular-weight paper, which is not the best for the gluing and general wear-and-tear of Timeline Books!)

Wonders of Old Blank Timeline Book by Terri Johnson.

Ship from the 1800sWhat Are Timeline Figures?

Timeline Figures are small pictures of historical people and/or events to be cut out and pasted in a blank Timeline Book (or on a Wall Timeline). A short explanation & related date are written underneath the picture.

If you would like to purchase ready-made figures for your timeline, we have listed the best companies that offer sets covering different time periods. The figures are already drawn and ready for your student to color, decorate, cut out, and place in his/her own Timeline Book. Usually they are photocopiable for a family, but some of them require further permissions for an entire class.

You can also make your own Timeline Figures! If you would like to be creative and have exactly what you want in your Timelines, this option is for you. It is also a cost-free way to go! Simply find your desired pictures on the internet, resize them on a word-processing document, type a caption, and print!

Listed below are some resources that have a wealth of historical pictures that are perfect for putting together timelines for free! If you can't find what you need, try an Internet Image Search for whatever subject you are studying. Usually copyrights are fairly lenient if the image will be used personally.

Pre-Printed Timeline Figures & Kits

Easy Timeline Creator is a program you can purchase to create your own timelines on your computer.

The History OdysseyTimeline. Entire kit with stickers available from Classical Home Education.

Heritage Studies from Bob Jones University Press has their Timeline Snapshots for 17th - 20th centures and includes all U.S. presidents in full color.

History Through the Ages: Historical Timeline Figures by Amy Pak. Homeschool in the Woods, 2003.
Great drawings with captions to paste into your own timeline book or chart. Offers complete collection on CD-Rom, as well as 4 separate packets: Creation to Christ (250+ figures), Resurrection to Revolution (280+ figures), Napoleon to Now: 1750 A.D. to the Present (280+ figures), and America's History: Explorers to 21st Century (420+ figures).

Lift-the-flap Timelines: American History by Scholastic.
Ten ready-to-go, instant timeline activities featuring dozens of key dates in American history. Topics include Westward Expansion, Immigration, Civil Rights, Presidents, and more.

Microsoft offers free timeline instructions! If you love working on the computer, click here to learn how to make your own timelines with Microsoft Word.

Sonlight offers their own sticker sets drawn by the same artist as History Through the Ages (above).

A Timeline for All Time is a spiral-bound book designed for the Christian student. Comes with illustrations.

Free Timeline Figures

If you know exactly what you need, try doing an internet Image Search on your topic/person. If copyright allows, right-click to copy the image, and paste it into a blank document, adjusting the size as needed. You can add identifying information (names, dates) underneath the image and print it out for your students, or you could print the image by itself and have the students write the identifying information under the image after it has been glued in their Books.

The following are in the public domain and are free from copyright restrictions if used for educational purposes:

A huge clipart database is offered by the Florida Department of Education. Look under the History, Government, & Famous People sections! Read their copyright policy here.

Historical Portraits -- This is one of the best FREE timeline resources on the Web!

Classroom Clipart has over 8,000 images in their History section! Don't miss this!

Civil War and the American West

Over 1,00 Civil War Photographs have been catalogued by The Library of Congress. Check here for copyright details.

Please doublecheck the individual copyrights of the following:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece and Rome


Ancient Structures ClipArt

American Presidents

Women's Suffrage

Timeline & GlobeWhat Are Timeline Reference Books?

Timeline Reference Books list all historical events in chronological order from the beginning of history until the present. This tool can help you to decide what figures to put in your (blank) student timeline book and where to put them.

Remember, we also show you some sources for free Timeline Reference Tools on the Internet.

Listed below are a few of the better Timeline Reference Books.

Timeline Reference Books

The Timetables of American History by Laurence Urdang & Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. 2001.
A valuable resource for creating your American history timeline. Place all your figures in the right spot with the help of this book.

The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events (The New Third Revised Edition) by Bernard Grun.
If you want to make your own timeline, this big book will help you place all your entries! It lists all significant historical events in order, giving you just about every date you will ever need!

Usborne Book of World History Dates (Illustrated World History Series) by Jane Chisholm. Usborne, 1998. UE-JH
This lavishly illustrated reference book covers from 9000 B.C. to A.D. 1997. Date charts are backed up by fascinating features on important themes. Double-page chronologies follow what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time. Keep this as a reference as you place your timeline figures.

Reproducible Maps, Charts, Time Lines and Illustrations: What the Bible Is All About Resources. Gospel Light Publications.
Covers Bible times--its title describes it well! Can be used as a guide to make your own timeline, although it does not contain reproducible timeline figures.

Timeline & globeWhat Are Timeline Reference Tools?

Timeline Reference Tools list all historical events in chronological order from the beginning of history until the present. This tool can help you to decide what figures to put in your (blank) student timeline book and where to put them.

Free Timeline Reference Tools

The Timeline Index helps you find Who, What, When, Where, or Which for any year in history!

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