Theme: World Conquerors
I came in from chores last night to find a list of several historical kings, queens, emperors, tyrants and barbarians listed on the chalkboard. It was titled: Who do you think was the best ruler? Well, that resulted in a conversation of their inequalities and relative levels of influence. I mean, some took over vast sections of the world, while others just held tiny countries. One wasn’t a ruler at all! But it got me thinking about our summer reading program, and World Conquerors sounds like a pretty fun theme, no?
Most of the books listed below are out of print, but readily available second-hand or through libraries. Apparently, in years gone by, it was generally accepted that children were both intelligent and genuinely interested in history, and many a fine author wrote engaging tales specifically for this audience. More modern books tend to be less appealing.
This list is primarily for elementary through middle school students, though older kids, and even adults, will enjoy the tales, too. Books intended for an older audience are labeled with an A. You know, for adult.
One last disclaimer: I haven’t read all of these books. The children’s books should be inoffensive, but the adult books may contain inappropriate or graphic material. And, of course, there are a lot more options out there; these are just the ones I think will be good, and I’m a pretty good Book Picker. 🙂 Don’t forget to check the offerings at your library!
These names were gathered from several internet lists based on square mileage of their conquered lands, skills as battlefield strategists, and influence over Western civilization. They are not in any particular order.
Adolf Hitler (Germany; 1889-1945 AD)
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler (Landmark)
Attila (Huns; 406-453 AD)
The White Stag
A Throne Of The World
A The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome
Genghis Khan (Mongolia; 1162-1227 AD)
Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde (Landmark)
Hari Singh Nalwa (Sikh Empire; 1791-1837 AD)
Sikh Warrior: Hari Singh Nalwa