Big History Project Book and Media List


The Universe Verse by James Lu Dunbar
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Munroe, Randall
Omnivore's Dilemma Young Readers Edition
StarTalk Young Readers Edition by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library) by Benjamin D. Wiker
The Story of Science Series by Joy Hakim - textbooks
Split History Series - 2 books in one showing different sides to the same historical event. 
The Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
George and the Big Bang by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card - same events as Ender’s Game but from a different perspective
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbett
Honesty in World War 2 by Chris-Jean Clarke
Archimedes and the Door to Science by Jeanne Bendick
Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Martian by Andy Weir
Ready Player One


The Giver
A Wrinkle in Time
Farenheit 451
Ender’s Game
The City of Ember
Tuck Everlasting
I, Robot
The Time Machine
War of the Worlds also Orson Welles radio broadcast
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jurassic Park
The Martian
Ready Player One

TV Shows, Documentaries, and Lectures


My YouTube Playlists - supplemental videos

Unit 1: What is Big History? Scale, Media Literacy, Creation Stories
Unit 2: The Big Bang, Physics, Astronomers and Scientists
Unit 3: Stars and the Elements, Chemistry
Unit 4: Earth & the Solar System, Earth Science
Unit 5: Life, Life Science
Unit 6: Early Humans, Evolution, Archaeology, Anthropology
Unit 7: Agriculture & Civilization, Diet & Nutrition
Unit 8: Expansion & Interconnection, Explorers, Trade, 
Unit 9: Acceleration, Industrial Revolution, Population, World Wars, Civil Rights, Space Race
Unit 10: The Future, Robotics, Engineering, Environmental Science

Great Courses

My Favorite Universe 
         Highly recommend, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains everything so clearly and passionately
The Inexplicable Universe
          My 12yo listened to this while doing other things because he enjoyed My Favorite Universe so much.
Big History
          By David Christian the author and creator of the Big History Project
Mythologies of the World 
The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
Science of Energy
A Visual Guide to the Universe
Science Fiction and Philosophy
How Great Science Fiction Works
Physics in Your Life
          I used this with my oldest and it explains physics in simple demonstrations
Food, Science, and the Human Body
The Joy of Science
Our Night Sky
12 Essential Scientific Concepts
          Perfect for an overview course like BHP

Amazon Prime

Through the Wormhole
S1 Ep.4: What Happened Before the Beginning?
S1 Ep 5: How Did We Get Here?
S1 Ep 8: Beyond the Darkness
S2 Ep 2: Is There an Edge to the Universe? 
Guns, Germs, and Steel
This Animated Map - kids loved this
Your Inner Fish
The Big History of Everything
How the Universe Works
Episode 3: Big Bang - some information is outdated, but is a perfect example of how science is always evolving.
Quark Science
          Enjoyed these. Gravity could have been cut a half-hour shorter though.
How to Build A Planet
         Really liked this one. Summed up how planets are formed. Great visuals.
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson
           Glass episode features invention of microscopes and telescopes
The Evolution of Us
The Earth's Furies
Inventions that Shook the World
American Experience
Monument Men - 
           Profiles each of the U.S. Presidents on Mt. Rushmore.
History's Biggest Secrets
Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
The Mystery of Matter
Voyage of the Continents
Time Team
Time Team America
Secrets of Archaeology
Technological Marvels of the Ancient World
How Tech Works
Ken Burns American Lives
History Storytellers
Big Pacific
Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Everything
PBS Time Scanners


StarTalk - also on YouTube, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Science Friday - PBD
60 Second Science
People Behind Science - 
          Features scientists talking about their profession
Myths and Legends - 
          As with all mythology, some topics are not as kid-friendly. The storytelling  in this podcast is excellent.
Meanwhile in the Future

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