I came into the library with a list of books to check out. But as so often happens with my lists, several of the books were checked out, another book was just horrible. I left half of the Marco Polo books on the list in the library, and good news for you, I picked out the absolute best Marco Polo books and resources from my original list of 20 books. It made for a great homeschool history book box for my kids to browse during their hour of required reading each day.
Marco Polo books
Marco Polo: his notebook– a great deal of why Marco Polo is so famous is because he published his notebooks, so I found this book intriguing.
Marco Polo: what would you ask– I love the idea of letting kids “ask” a historical figure questions.
Marco Polo for kids: his journey to China and back; 21 activities for kids– our library did not have this book, but I loved the Columbus book in this series.
Marco Polo: to China and back– this is much more of the traditional textbook. Great if you’re writing a report, not so great for high engagement
You Wouldn’t Want to Explore with Marco Polo: a really long trip you’d rather not take– My son is nuts for this series, and this one is no exception
The adventures of Marco Polo– I’ve discovered Russell Freedman books can be a great amount of material.
Animals Marco Polo Saw– I found this book, after I’d written this post and had it all ready to publish, and then as I was looking for books on Lewis and Clark I saw this on the shelf. I fell in love with it.
Geronimo Stilton: Following the Trail of Marco Polo– Now I will be honest, I have not read this book, but I’ve heard many families rave about his books, so I’m recommending on the strength of several other homeschooling moms.
The Time Warp Trio: Marco? Polo!– Again, I’ve not read this book, but I’m a fan of the series, and most Jon Scieska books.
Marco Polo resources
Marco Polo animated TV show- this is junk, don’t watch it if you don’t want to rot your brain. It covers the adventures of Marco Polo as a young boy, and I think my brain was dying through the one episode of it I watched. It was that bad. This was streaming on Netflix, I couldn’t find it on Amazon.
Marco Polo Netflix show- While it has gorgeous costumes and set designs and may even have some historical accuracy in it, I cannot recommend it because of the sexual content. Jeff and I attempted to watch the first episode and had to shut it off halfway through after fast forwarding through the fifth graphic and gratuitous sex scene (
sigh, I’ve spelled that word so wrong spell check doesn’t even have a clue how to fix it). I wanted to bathe my brain in bleach after watching it.
Marco Polo animated hero classics– again this was checked out from our library, but I’ve seen other videos in this series and liked them