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Disasters in History: Using Graphic Novels to Spark a Love of History

Disasters in History

History is Full of Fascinating Stories

It’s hard for me to believe now but I used to hate history. I didn’t actually begin to enjoy history as a school subject until I started homeschooling my own children. Then a whole new world was opened up to me.

What changed? I suddenly realized that history at its essence is stories about people. Like, actual interesting stories about interesting people. I have always loved losing myself in a good book once I realized I could lose myself in books about history, my entire perspective changed.

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Bring History to Life with Great Books

Historical Fiction (Gone with the Wind), Memoirs (Angela’s Ashes), Biographies (Unbroken), Picture Books (Baseball Saved Us), and Graphic Novels can all help bring history to life for you and your kids. Want your kids to love history? Fill your home and your school, with books that will draw you into the lives of people gone before us. Once I had my epiphany I began to believe it must take special effort to make history boring.

thankyouverymuch, Text Book Publishers

Disasters in history has bright, captivating illustrations.

We have a huge collection of graphic novels in our home. They cover a variety of subjects from Shakespeare’s most famous works, to science, foresnics, and of course, history.

Disasters in History is the Perfect Way to Introduce Difficult Topics

Disasters in History Graphic Novel

Disasters in History is Divided into Two Sections

Disasters in History is a graphic novel-style book telling the stories of actual historical events. The book contains the stories of eight different historical disasters.

Part one includes: Exploration and Space Disasters which includes The Donner Party, Shackleton and the Lost Antarctic Expedition, The Apollo 13 Mission, and The Challenger Explosion

 Part two includes: Fire & Wartime Disasters includes The Attack on Pearl Harbor, The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, The Hindenburg Disaster, and The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. 

Whet your child’s appetite for history with these books and be ready to dive deeper into whatever captures their interest. Or, use this as their history curriculum. I guarantee they will remember more from reading these books than a traditional history curriculum.

Why Disasters in History?

Disasters in History graphic novels can spark a love of history in your kids.

Priced at only $14.95 there is plenty of value packed into this one book. I really love the span of history it covers from the Donner Party in 1846 to The Challenger Explosion in 1986. Plus, let’s just be honest, kids really love to read about this stuff.*

*unless of course, they are anxiety-prone…then they might not

One great feature about Disasters in History is how they highlight actual quotes in in yellow.

One feature I really love about these particular graphic novels is that they highlight actual quotes in yellow. You can see this on the left-hand page here. This is a really cool detail that I haven’t seen in any of the other graphic novels we own.

This book is a great deal and well worth the $14.95 price tag. It will be a great addition to any home library.

Other Graphic Novels We Love

And I couldn’t possible share Disasters in History with you without sharing some of our other favorite graphic novel series.

Max Axiom The books cover a huge variety of science topics including biology, physical science, geology, natural science and more. These have been some of my kids’ favorites for years.

Saddlebacks Graphic Shakespeare Series The perfect introduction to Shakespeare for all ages. These are great to read before diving into the plays themselves.

Graphic Library is one of my very favorite series of graphic novels. They cover a huge variety of history topics and have beautiful illustrations.

American History also has a great selection of graphic novels covering a variety of tops.

And I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention these Graphic Forensic Science books. They are graphic both in the literal sense as well as being graphic novels. These are definitely geared for older kids (10 and up). We own them all and my kids love them.

If you have any history books your kids love, please leave them in the comments!

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