A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich was one of my favorite summer finds. It’s a witty, instructive non-fiction for upper elementary readers but perfectly suited for anyone who is up for a refresher course in history. Gombrich wrote this in six weeks at the age of 23 and went on to become the best known art historian of his time, Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at London University, and other things which could be fiercely intimidating but, on the other hand, should make you incredibly anxious to read this book! Brian Sewell of the Evening Standard said, “Do not, from its title, underestimate this book.” It would be a great introduction for sixth graders to the ancient world with its 40 concise chapters covering the Stone Age to Post WWI. I promise you that he doesn’t short change you on wars and gore and other stories that take the yawn out of history. This would be a great read-aloud too. Borrow it, better still, own your own copy!