PLEASE NOTE that TruthQuest History does not require the use of any "spine" resources, as innumerable topic-specific books, such as can be found at a library, are cited in each section of the TruthQuest History guides. However, we have been asked to also include pertinent citations to the most popular "spine" resources (so-called because they provide thorough, narrative coverage of the entire period) by families who enjoy having a "spine" on hand for times when they are unable to find topic-specific resources.
Those choosing to use a spine, usually select just one for their entire family, unless the children are spaced at vastly differing comprehension levels. Thus, if you decide to use a spine, please think of purchasing just one, and do try to avoid "overkill" or "stealing the thunder" of the wonderful supplemental books you'll want your children to enjoy, which bring so much adventure to the learning of history. (Please note that we do not sell any spine resources, as they are not at all necessary to the use of TruthQuest History.)
We also list here some of the "general resources" cited frequently, either because we consider them to be important (they are so noted) or because we have been asked to include them. Please remember, though, that TruthQuest History can be used with whichever resources are available to you. God does provide!
Comprehensive spines, which provide thorough narrative coverage of the entire period:
General resources, which either: 1) cover world history by making key points about multiple periods or by offering a brief summary of each, or 2) discuss selected events of significance in the period:
- Story of the Greeks, by H.A. Guerber (Gr. 4-9)
(This can serve students through Grade 12 because the coverage is thorough and it is easy to find/purchase.)
- Book of the Ancient Greeks, by Dorothy Mills (Gr. 6-12)
- The Greeks, by Isaac Asimov (Gr. 8-12)
(Asimov's history book is thorough, interesting, and somehow useful, in spite of his beliefs.)
- Story of the World, by Susan Wise Bauer (Gr. 3-6)
(We've been asked to cite this due to its global scope; others concerned about worldview; let Scripture reign.)
- Greenleaf's Famous Men of Greece, edited by R. & C. Shearer (Gr. 3-7)
(Collection of brief biographies, some on persons rarely covered elsewhere.)