World History Reading List
Present Era

This section of the Reading List starts with good books on famous Musicians from the 1700 – 1800s, followed by a chronological list of other reading choices from 1700 – 1750.

World History Crafts

World History Books: 1700s-1800s — Musicians

Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol, illust. Scott Cameron. Orchard Books, 1993. E-UE
Set in 1822, this advanced picture book describes the eccentric composer and his music from a 10-year-old boy’s point of view. Well done. Audio tape also available: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Famous Children series: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky by Ann Rachlin, illus. Susan Hellard. Alladin Books Ltd.. K-E
The large type and amusing illustrations accompany the stories, which include down-to-earth events in the musician’s childhood thru adulthood, and explain the reasons for his fame.

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers series: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Brahms, Frederic Chopin, George Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky by Mike Venezia. Childrens Press. E-UE
Sprinkled in with portraits and realistic pictures are the author’s cartoon-styled illustrations to add a touch of humor. Stories are told in conversational style. The series also includes later musicians not listed here.

Sebastian: A Book about Bach, by Jeanette Winter. Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999. K-E
An enchanting story decorated with whimsical paintings. Includes historical detail, yet keeps it simple.

World History Books: 1700-1709

Peter the Great by Diane Stanley. Macmillan Pub. Co., 1996. E-UE+
This biography with its rich color illustrations has the charm of a well-told story and the educational backbone of meticulous research.

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. Atheneum Books, 1947. K-E
Caldecott Honor. The historicity of this delightful French folktale lies in the picture of a peasant’s life in Europe, although the exact date and place are not mentioned. A favorite for many children!

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, ill. Peter Sis. Troll Assoc., 1986. E-UE
Newbery Medal. Fiction, loosely based on the privilege of royalty — princes had whipping boys who took their punishments for them when they misbehaved. Set in the 1700’s .

World History Books: 1740s

The Chimney Sweep’s Ransom (Trailblazer Books) by Dave & Neta Jackson. E-JH
Christian historical fiction based on John Wesley.

John Wesley by May McNeer & Lynd Ward. Abingdon Press, 1951. UE+

World History Books: 1750s

Flame-Colored Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliffe. JH-HS
Adventure story based on Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to gain England’s throne.

Back to the main Present Era Reading List

Suggested Reading Levels

share this

Reading Grade Levels

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get the latest Hands On History Ideas...&

get the "Top 10 History Teaching Ideas" eBook Free!