Books by Carole P. Roman: A Review

Dear Homeschooler,Carole P Roman

We love books! I am always expanding our collection. I love digging through yard sale books, library sales, and second-hand bookstores. I love resource books, classics, fairy tales, pop ups, poetry, etc. I am especially fond of storybooks that ‘sneak in’ nonfiction information. Children’s author Carole P. Roman has created many such books, and I was so excited for the chance to review a few of them.



If You Were Me and Lived in … the Middle AgesBooks by Carole P Roman

We really enjoyed If You Were Me and Lived in … the Middle Ages. This book is written in such a way that transports the reader (or listener) back in history to find out exactly what it would be like to be a wealthy knight’s daughter during the Middle Ages. Although it reads like a little like a story, there is a lot of information about the government, classes, trades, housing, food, clothes, jobs and expectations, medicine, music, and travel. As I read, I would often stop to check for understanding and discuss the things we learned. This book is longer and more ‘meaty’ than a typical children’s picture book. To help keep the kids engaged, they would color pictures of knights and princesses.

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It can be read to a younger audience and used to introduce the era of the Middle Ages. Older elementary students can read it themselves and glean a lot of solid information for a research project. At the end of the book, you’ll find the glossary  of terms as well as a paragraph on each of the following famous people of the Middle Ages:

  • William the Conqueror
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Clovis, the first King of the Franks
  • Joan of Arc
  • Saladin An-Nasir Yusuf ibn Ayyub
  • Bede
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Christine de Pizan
  • Charlemagne


If You Were Me and Lived in … Ancient ChinaBooks by Carole P Roman

We studied Ancient China at the end of the last school year, so reading If You Were Me and Lived in … Ancient China was a fun review for us. The kids were excited when they remembered the topics we were reading and talking about. In this book you are living during Han dynasty as the son of a doctor, and learning about the government, family dynamics, the silk road, the lifestyles of different classes (houses, fashion, and food), the art of silk making, professions and school, religions, the arts, (such a calligraphy), pastimes, and major holidays. We enjoyed learning about some new famous people of Ancient China:

  • Ban Zhao
  • Cai Lun
  • Cai Wenji
  • Emperor Han Mindgi
  • Genghis Khan
  • Hua Mulan
  • Leizu
  • Sun Tzu
  • Qin Shi Huang
  • Wu Zetian


If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali EmpireBooks by Carole P Roman

Continuing with the ‘If You Were Me and Lived in …’ Series, the If You Were Me and Lived in … the Ancient Mali Empire has all the great qualities mentioned above. Your kids will learn about this Muslim people, their trade routes, their king, life in the desert, and their history and customs. Don’t forget the glossary of terms at the end and the famous people of the Mali Empire for extended learning:

  • Inari Kunate
  • Kongo
  • Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Al-Sahili
  • Maghan Kon Fatta
  • Sassouma Bereté
  • Sologon
  • Muhammad Ibn Battuta
  • Farim-Soura
  • Sankar-Zouma
  • Shihāb al-Dīn Abū al-‘Abbās Ahmad Ibn Fadl Allāh al-‘Umarí


Books by Carole P RomanOh Susannah: It’s in the bag

This is a fun, little book about a third-grade girl who keeps stuffing her problems into her backpack one after the other until it bursts and forces her to deal with its contents. It has nine three-page chapters, making it perfect for a quick, independent read for an elementary student or after dinner read-aloud.


Carole P. Roman has written many wonderful titles for children. Have you read any of them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Till Next Time,


Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}
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