Ancient China Booklist

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World History > Early Civilization > Ancient China (6000 BCE-220 CE)

Ancient China is typically referred to as the time between the beginning of the Neolithic period (ca. 6,000 BCE) and the end of the Han dynasty (220 CE). This is roughly equivalent to the period of the Roman Empire in the West. This is the formative stage of Chinese civilization. During this time, what we now call China developed from a collection of isolated cultural communities to a set of organized states which eventually coalesced around the idea of a single unified state, and then expanded to include contact with other civilizations.

Book recommendations pertaining to Ancient China.

See Also: Medieval Asia

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Ch'i-lin PurseFang, Linda1997LEEarly Civilizations800 BCE-1300 CEAsiaChinaChinese TalesM
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Great Wall of ChinaMorley, Jacqueline2017LE
Early Civilization770-206 BCEAsiaChinaGreat Wall of ChinaNFPB
The Great Wall Of ChinaFisher, Leonard Everett1995LEEarly Civilization770 BCEAsiaChinaGreat Wall of ChinaNFPB
Mulan: Before the SwordLin, Grace2020MG
Early Civilization400AsiaChinaMulan
Han Dynasty

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir