Middle-school The World in Ancient Times series by Oxford Press. Looking at the kingdoms of the Middle East including Mesopotamia and Babylon as well Hammarabi, Gilgamesh, the founding of the Jewish religion and Israel, the five great kingdoms and their relationships, the last Mesopotamian king, and the rise of the Persian Empire.
I really love how the book always takes time to explain how we know the things that we do, what we have found, and why we believe what we do about those findings. It brings it alive for me much better than just a dry recitation. There are also stories of people who lived during that time, not just the kings but the regular people as well. Truly one of the most fun history series for kids I've come across.
Page count: 174p/33,503p ytd/177,903p lifetime