The Story of the World

Volume 1 Ancient Times

Volume 2 The Middle Ages

Volume 3 Early Modern Times

Volume 4 The Modern Age


What people like-

  • SOTW comes in all kinds of formats (hard & paperback, audiobook, e-book, etc.)
  • The CD is narrated by Jim Weiss, an award-winning storyteller.
  • SOTW teaches history through stories which are entertaining for the elementary age.
  • SOTW approaches history chronologically.
  • Prices are reasonable and you can shop-around for the best price.
  • There are additional workbooks, activity books, coloring pages, etc. to supplement each volume.

What people don’t like-

  • There are inaccuracies with dates and events.
  • SOTW is not taken from a Biblical perspective. (For example, it does not start with Adam and Eve, but with the Nomads.)

User tips-

  • Purchase SOTW through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles,, and other book sellers.
  • SOTW works great as a read-aloud.
  • The companion activity books are highly recommended.
  • Each volume has cross references to encyclopedias, such as The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, which works great if you are using both resources together.

Try instead-

For a Christian-Biblical perspective, try The Mystery of History

Another Christian-Biblical history curriculum to check out would be History Revealed


Author/Publisher/Website- Susan Wise Bauer/ Peace Hill Press/

Summary from company-  “Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas–find out what happened around the world in the centuries before our own. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, or for older readers to enjoy alone. Introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations!”

What Friends are Saying About The Story of the World...

 I usually devote one day a week to SOTW. They color the pictures while I read the chapter if I haven't read it. We do some questions, usually an activity, and the map. - Nikki

I used it with my older children when it first came out and am using it again with my youngest. I love it. Any history book is going to have biases, leave things out, be too secular or Christian, etc, but I think SOTW is a good early introduction to world history.- Erica

 We've worked through most of the first 3 books and one of my daughters will be doing things from all 4 books this fall (for world history). We really really like it, and it gives us a lot of opportunity for discussions. Any history book or curriculum is going to have it's biases. For us, SOTW is the only way we go, along with the Kingfisher Encyclopedia and suggested readings. - Jeanelle

I also stopped using SOTW and just switched to Anciet History through History Revealed. It can be used through high school and had 4 phases: a week of introduction to the topic, second is research and report then projects, and that is what sold me, was the projects. She has several ideas that relate to the topic from music, science, art, architecture, cooking, and more. -Jennifer

This past school year, my 12-year old son and I used SOTW to go along with our History studies. We found the stories to be a great way to imagine what each time period may have been like. This was our first experience with SOTW and I was impressed. The stories were a great way to lead into a discussion. We used the Nook e-book version and it worked just fine for us. -Camie