Picture Book Timeline - Ancient History

A Chronological List of Children’s Picture Books for Ancient History

If you are using a chronological approach to teaching history, a picture book timeline can help you find books for your children to read. Here is a chronological list of children’s picture books about ancient history. This time period covers events from creation through the fall of Rome.

Noah's Ark, by Jerry Pinkney

c. 5000 B.C. - The Great Flood

Noah's Ark, by Jerry Pinkney


You Wouldn't Want to be a Sumerian Slave, by Jacqueline Morley

c. 4500 B.C. - The Sumerians build their first temple

You Wouldn't Want to be a Sumerian Slave: A Life of Hard Labor You'd Rather Avoid, by Jacqueline Morley, illustrated by David Antram


The Great Pyramid, by Elizabeth Mann

c. 2550 B.C. - The Great Pyramid of Giza is built under the direction of Pharaoh Khufu

The Great Pyramid, by Elizabeth Mann


Secrets of the Sphinx, by James Cross Giblin

c. 2500 B.C. - The Great Sphinx is built in Egypt

Secrets of the Sphinx, by James Cross Giblin, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline


Joseph, by Brian Wildsmith

c. 1850 B.C. -  Joseph is vizier of Egypt

Joseph, by Brian Wildsmith


Hammurabi: Babylonian Ruler, by Christine Mayfield

c. 1792 B.C. Hammurabi becomes king in Babylon

Hammurabi: Babylonian Ruler, by Christine Mayfield


Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself, by Catherine M. Andronik

c. 1479 B.C. - Hatshepsut becomes Pharaoh of Egypt

Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself by Catherine M. Andronik, illustrated by Joseph Daniel Fiedler


Tutankhamen's Gift, by Robert Sabuda

c. 1332 B.C. - Tutankhamen becomes Pharaoh of Egypt

Tutankhamen's Gift, written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda
Tutankhammun (Usborne Young Reader), by Gill Harvey


David and Goliath, by Leonard Everett Fisher

c. 1025 B.C. - David kills Goliath

David and Goliath, adapted from the Bible and illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher


Book of Jonah, by Peter Spier

Late 700s B.C. - Jonah is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of Ninevah

The Book of Jonah, by Peter Spier


The First Olympics of Ancient Greece, by Lisa M. Bolt Simons

776 B.C. - The first Olympics are held in Olympia, Greece

The First Olympics of Ancient Greece, by Lisa M. Bolt Simons


Romulus and Remus, by Anne Rockwell

 753 B.C. - Rome founded by Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus, by Anne Rockwell


The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides, by Susan Renolds

490 B.C. - The Battle of Marathon - The Greeks defeat the invading forces of Persian King Darius in Marathon, Greece

The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides by Susan Renolds, illustrated by Daniel Minter


300 Heroes: The Battle of Thermopylae, by Terri Dougherty

480 B.C. - Battle of Thermopylae - After being held back for three days, the Persian army, led by Xerxes I, defeats King Leonidas' army of 300 Spartans and about 1700 other Greek soldiers at the mountain pass at Thermopylae, Greece

300 Heroes: The Battle of Thermopylae, by Terri Dougherty


Esther: The Brave Queen, by Carine Mackenzie

c. 479 B.C. - Esther becomes queen in Persia 

Esther: The Brave Queen, by Carine Mackenzie, illustrated by Duncan McLaren


Parthenon, by Lynn Curlee

437 B.C. - Construction begins on the Parthenon

Parthenon, bu Lynn Curlee


Alexander the Great, by Andrew Langley

331 B.C. - Alexander the Great founds the city of Alexandria in Egypt

Alexander the Great, by Andrew Langley


The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, by Kathryn Lasky

c. 240 B.C. -  Eratosthenes calculates the earth's circumference

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes


Qin She Huangdi, by Peggy Pancella

221 B.C. – Qin Shi Huangdi becomes the first emperor of a unified China

Qin Shi Huangdi, by Peggy Pancella


The Great Wall of China, by Leonard Everett Fisher

c. 221 B.C. - Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China, orders a number of existing walls along the northern border of China be joined into a single wall to  protect China against attacks from the north

The Great Wall of China, by Leonard Everett Fisher


Hannibal and His 37 Elephants, by Marilyn Hirsh

218 B.C. - Hannibal leads his  Carthaginian army, along with 37 elephants, over the Alps and into Italy during the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage.

Hannibal and His 37 Elephants, by Marilyn Hirsh
Hannibal, by Robert Green


We're Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road, by Laurie Krebs and Helen Cann

130 B.C. - The Silk Road, a network of trade routes in China, is officially opened

We're Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road, by Laurie Krebs and Helen Cann


The Roman Gladiators, by Louis Park and Timothy Love

73 B.C. - Spartacus, a gladiator from Thrace, Greece,  leads a slave revolt to fight for freedom

The Roman Gladiators, by Louise Park and Timothy Love


Cleopatra, by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema

51 B.C. - Cleopatra becomes co-regent of Egypt with her 10-year-old brother Ptolemy XIII

Cleopatra, by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema, illustrated by Diane Stanley


Julius Caesar, by Rachel Firth

January 10, 49 B.C. - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon River with a legion of his soldiers, which starts a civil war within Rome

March 15, 44 B.C. - Julius Caesar is killed at the Senate in Rome

Julius Caesar, by Rachel Firth, illustrated by Stephen Parkhouse


Cleopatra's Coin, by Gerry Bailey and Karen Foster

31 B.C. -Marc Antony and Cleopatra are defeated by Octavian (later known as Augustus Caesar) at the Battle of Actium

Cleopatra's Coin, by Gerry Bailey and Karen Foster


Augustus Caesar, by Tammy Gagne

27 B.C. - Augustus Caesar founds the Roman Empire and becomes its first emperor

Augustus Caesar, by Tammy Gagne


The Big Picture Book about Jesus, edited by D. C. Cook

c. 6 B.C. -  Jesus is born in Bethlehem

The Big Picture Book about Jesus,  edited by D. C. Cook


Boudica, by Richard Brassey

c. 60 A.D. - Boudica, queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe in Britain, leads a revolt against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire

Boudica (Brilliant Brits) by Richard Brassey


The Roman Colosseum, by Elizabeth Mann

70 A.D. - Construction begins on the Roman Colosseum under the direction of Emperor Vespasian

The Roman Colosseum, by Elizabeth Mann


Pompeii: Lost and Found, by Mary Pope Osborne

August 24, 79 A.D. - Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii
Pompeii Lost and Found, by Mary Pope Osborne


Saint Patrick, by Ann Tompert

c. 430 - Saint Patrick travels to Ireland to spread the Gospel to the Irish Celtic people

Saint Patrick, by Ann Tompert


Barbarians, by Steven Kroll

476 - The Roman Empire comes to an end as Germanic leader Odoacer deposes  Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman emperor

Barbarians, by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Robert Byrd

 

 

 

Chronological list of children's books for ancient history

 

 

 

 

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