Timeline of Classics (Review and Giveaway)

As I’ve mentioned before, we’re no longer using Tapestry of Grace for our core curriculum. We’ll go back to it in the future, perhaps, but right now I just have too many littles for it to work. That doesn’t mean we neglect history, though. We love history way too much for that! Our history lessons are coming partly from The Story of the World and partly from my own noggin.

The only problem I’ve found with doing things this way is that I often find myself dissatisfied with the reading choices. The Story of the World activity book has (in my opinion) a rather lackluster book list. There are some good selections, but they are often unavailable, too expensive, or there just aren’t enough of them. We can go through a lot of books in one week!

When I go to the library or internet book-shopping and can’t find what I want, I need alternatives, and it’s sometimes hard to know what to look for. I often end up finding just the perfect book for our lesson—about six weeks too late for the actual lesson.

Timeline of Classics is a comprehensive list of books, set in their historical context (it is a timeline, after all!), which has been put together by veteran homeschooling mom Gail Ledbetter from her own experience and research as mother and teacher. It is much more than just a list, though! This is a valuable, time-saving educational resource that any homeschooling family could benefit from.

Timeline of Classics can be used as a supplement to another curriculum, or it can stand alone as a living books approach to history. Or, you could do what I wish I had time to do, which is find every book on the list and read them in order. I am so very tempted to try! It’s only, oh, 70+ pages worth of titles. Maybe if I increase my coffee intake and live to be 120?

Available as either a spiral bound book, ebook, or CD-R data disk, Timeline of Classics is an 83-page book of easy-to-use charts, categorized by time period so you’ll never have trouble finding a book to go with your history lessons again. Books are sorted by Date/Topic, Title, Author, and age/ability level, so that you can quickly decide which books to use in your history studies.

My only quibble with it is that it doesn’t have a column to designate whether books are fiction or non-fiction, which I think would be helpful for quickly finding a good mix of types of book for each unit. Otherwise, it is perfect for our family’s needs!

While Timeline of Classics isn’t exhaustive (Could you ever really get to the end of a booklist?), it contains a huge amount of data to help homeschoolers –or anybody else who would like a better education–find the best books for the task of learning history.

 Buy: Get your own copy of Timeline of Classics in spiral-bound book form ($29.95), ebook (Download for $16.95), or CD-R Data Disk ($19.95).

Win: One Get Along Home reader will win a copy of the ebook (PDF) Timeline of Classics!

How to enter: Just leave a comment letting me know you’re here! (Non-homeschoolers are, of course, welcome to enter. Everybody needs history!)

Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, September 7, 2012. The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent the PDF version of Timeline of Classics for this review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated. Here’s your mommy blogger grain of salt. There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy, I get paid. Nice, huh?




  1. I don’t always like the suggestions for books to read with our history curriculum. This sounds like it would really help me.

  2. Oh, it sounds very interesting. Would love to have it!

  3. With two readers in the house now, we are always looking for books. Sometimes, even, to my shame, lost library books.

  4. Oh my goodness, I want this!!! Right now!! :) Thank you for bringing this to my attention, Cindy! My eldest is a kindergartener, so I have not really been doing formal history, but I have been totally stressing out about what we’re going to do in the future. I would LOVE to hear more from you about how you teach history (and science or whatever) to a houseful. :)

  5. I would love to have this!! I am kind of writing my own curriculum this year with History. We just began by looking at ancient civilizations. We go to the library once a week to get additional reading material for our lessons…oh how this would help! Too cool, thanks Cindy!

  6. Wow! that sounds like the perfect resource :) definitely on my wishlist now

  7. Would Love to win this – always looking for new books to read!

  8. I’m always looking for more reading options to go along with our school studies, this looks great.

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  9. I find it hard knowing what historical accurate books are which. I would love this.

  10. This would be a huge help to us — I have the same issue with Story of the World not giving us enough literature reading options.

  11. We also use Story of the World, and I would LOVE to add this as a resource for our family!!! :)

  12. Wow this sounds wonderful! I love that it gives more information than the traditional books of book lists. Thank you for introducing it to us.

  13. Oh this looks cool and useful. We were doing AO but I wasn’t fond of some of the books so I switched everything up, including our history.

  14. This looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. This sounds like an interesting resource, thank you for hosting a giveaway!

  16. Now this is cool! I’d love to have this!! One of my boys is entering 9th grade. He is very smart and understands a lot conceptually, but has Horrible reading issues. Because if that it’s hard to find a curriculum for him that’s advanced enough but also a “low” enough reading level. So this year (while we work intensively on reading skills) I decided to use a Geography curriculum and hand pick his readers myself. This would make firming a reading list so much easier!!

  17. Thank you, Cindy, for your honest opinion! I just wanted to mention that orders placed during the month of August will not be charged the shipping fee – a back-to-school savings.

  18. Oh my goodness, as a history freak (it was my major, but I still don’t have enough good sources!) and new homeschooler, I really really need this!

  19. This sounds very interesting! I am new to homeschooling and my tot is only 3, but this sounds like it would be a great resource for our future lessons:)
    Ps. I enjoy reading your blog! :)

  20. what a Great Giveaway! I would LOVE to enter! Thank you!

  21. I needed something like this TODAY!! I hope I win because I am over budget on curriculum! Lol!

  22. Thanks for sharing this great resource- we would love to use it in our homeschooling.

  23. We have huge history lovers in our house, and a book list to help them along would be amazing!!!

  24. I LOVE book lists!! Almost as much as reading the actual books on them. I already have All Through the Ages, but it is very hard for me to resist another one.

  25. Would love to have easy access to books by time period. I base our reading on the history weare studying, usually using my Sonlight catalogue and others.

  26. I have been “eyeing” Timeline Classics, so it would be great to win it! Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. I’m just barely starting our homeschool journey with our 4 year old, but this looks like it would be very handy!

  28. We are just starting homeschooling and I had been thinking about how I needed something like this. Would love to win!

  29. What a great resource! Would love to win a copy!!!!

  30. This sounds great! Thanks so much for the wonderful info!

  31. I’ve been wishing for something like this – sounds great!

  32. I would love to win this! I have a 3, 2, and 1 year old and am planning to homeschool with the Thomas Jefferson Education method, so this list would be an amazing help!

  33. Oh my goodness! just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Thank you for such a good giveaway! What a great idea :D

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