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Journey across the mysterious East!

This year's cross-continental itinerary

Take an ambling trek that starts in China and moves through the rest of Asia, over to the Middle East, down to Africa, sweeps through the South Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, and finishes in Antarctica. Get to know the people and cultures of places you hear about in the news, but may have never studied in-depth (such as Japan, India, the Philippines and Afghanistan).

Reading with History F - Includes:

Instructor’s Guide

Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you get the most from the time you spend with your child.

History & GeographyEastern Hemisphere

As you learn about countries with such different economic histories from ours, you'll enjoy Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, an easy introduction to basic economics. And throughout your year, timeline figures and maps pull all your learning together.

The history centerpiece is Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere, a book that combines articles and photos about various countries and regions: China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, India, the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Antarctica.


Share adventures of life overseas with your children. We have also included a few classics from our own culture. Get ready to:

  • See cultures with new eyes as you walk with a young Tibetan girl from her homeland all the way to Calcutta
  • Read: The Horse and His Boy, one of C. S. Lewis' marvelous tales of Narnia
  • Shuffle behind Marjan, a disabled Persian girl, as she risks her life to collect stories for the Sultan's wife, who must tell him a new tale every night--or be killed


Your children will get more glimpses into life in the Eastern Hemisphere through their Readers this year. They'll meet characters who inspire courage, curiosity, strength and lots of fun!

After you meet one such character in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, your children will use the included paper to make their own authentic Japanese origami.

Required Resources

A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. You'll use The Timeline Book and the Markable Map throughout your BookShark journey. If you already own these items you remove them with the "Customize" tab.

What's Included

The itemized list below is for the standard (default) version of this package and does not reflect changes made in any option menus above.
History F
History F Instructor's Guide │Ages 10-13 (FHBB)
Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk to Freedom (FH03)
Mother Teresa (FH11)
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? (FH06)
Gandhi: Young Nation Builder (FH09)
China Kit (FH23)
Timeline Figures - F (FHB1)
Homesick (FR14)
Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere (FH15)
The Shadows of Ghadames (FH17)
Read-Alouds F
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (FA01)
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade (FA02)
A Long Walk to Water (FA04)
The Master Puppeteer (FA52)
The Horse and His Boy (FA56)
Journey to Jo'burg (FA57)
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (FA62)
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (FA63)
The Land I Lost (FA64)
All the Small Poems (FA65)
Daughter of the Mountains (FA66)
Shadow Spinner (FA67)
Call it Courage (FR03)
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (FA05)
A Moment Comes (FA11)
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum (FA12)
Level F Readers
Henry Reed, Inc. (ER22)
The Kite Fighters (FR04)
The Big Wave (FR05)
The Cat Who Went to Heaven (FR06)
Water Sky (FR01)
Just So Stories (FR09)
King of the Wind (FR15)
Around the World in Eighty Days (FR17)
Ali and the Golden Eagle (FR18)
Li Lun, Lad of Courage (FR19)
Red Sand, Blue Sky (FR21)
Born in the Year of Courage (FR23)
Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes (FR251)
Fun with Easy Origami (FR252)
Habibi (FR26)
Rickshaw Girl (FR28)
Breaking Stalin's Nose (FR30)
A Girl Named Disaster (FR10)
Wild Orchid (FR11)
The Year of the Dog (FA69)
Sweet and Sour: Tales from China (FA68)
Required Resources
Markable Map (MAP1)
D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs (BK50)
Markable Map Markers (MAP2)
The Timeline Book (RR120)
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Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample

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Scope & Sequence




Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?

BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. In Levels A-C, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level D, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level D up, we integrate the Reading, Read-Alouds, and Language Arts assignments with the History readings. Instead of learning to read, your children will be reading to learn!

Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?

Yes, they do! For Level D and up, all of our Readers were chosen because of how well they represent the topics and times you'll be studying in History readings. The Readers in this package also integrate with Language Arts assignments. This approach gives your student an opportunity to soak up subject matter in three different ways: by listening, by writing, and (of course) by reading!

Can I use this package with more than one child?

Yes, you can! If your children are within three years of age, they can share the same BookShark Reading with History package – including Read-Alouds, history books, the Timeline Book, and Timeline Figures.

Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:

If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student. Our Reading with History A Package (for ages 5-7) is a good pairing with our Level F package as it provides an introduction World Cultures.

Can I purchase the History program without the Readers?

We do not offer a History package without Readers because learning through reading is fundamental to our program. If you are certain that you do not want the Readers, you can add the History books and Read-Alouds to your cart individually. Please use the list on the "See All BookShark Products" page as a reference.

What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?

The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy an All-Subject or Reading with History Package, but you only need to buy it once.

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Included Instructor's Guides

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