Learn history in a fun and easy way!
Solomon’s books help educate people of all ages about U.S. and world history.

History Bites® is an educational book series written by Solomon Schmidt. It includes five books that overview hundreds of fascinating people and events from United States and world history in a fun and easy-to-read format. The first book is U.S. History Bites, which covers thirty major events of American history from Columbus to modern day. Solomon’s second work, U.S. Presidential History Bites, complements the first book very well and is jam-packed with interesting facts on the lives and leadership of all forty-five American presidents.

The third book in the series, The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites, sprang out of Solomon’s passion for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and a fascination with the man behind the writings. Solomon’s book is a unique biography of Tolkien geared toward children. Along with an overview of Tolkien’s life, it also includes synopses of his main works with original artwork by Solomon and L.B. Dugan throughout the book.

And most recently are Solomon’s two newest books: In/Famous People History Bites Volumes 1 & 2. Together, these books take readers on a riveting journey through almost 3,000 years of world history, exploring the lives of 100 major figures: 50 famous (or infamous) people in each volume, covering from early B.C. times to modern day. Though separate books, these two volumes are meant to be read as one combined work that gives children (and adults!) a fascinating History Bites® look at the wonders of world history.

Clockwise from top left: Cecelia speaking to a class of 5th graders at an elementary school; Solomon on Fox & Friends with Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade; Solomon speaking at a convention; Solomon and Cecelia getting ready to sell their books in their booth at one of many homeschool conventions.

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Bite-sized chunks of history. Perfect for any age!

U.S. History Bites
$14.95 USD




U.S. History Bites by Solomon Schmidt

From the Author:

U.S. History Bites is 140 full-color pages and is the first book in the History Bites series. It includes thirty major topics from United States history spanning from Columbus to modern day. To enhance comprehension, it also includes vocabulary, fun facts, and review questions for each section, along with a glossary at the end of the book. It serves as a great read-aloud, but can also be enjoyed by independent readers beginning in the primary grades. It can be used as the main text for any elementary U.S. history program or as a supplemental resource for any high school U.S. history program. Each section is short enough to read as a bedtime story to help introduce children to foundational United States history. I really hope you enjoy it. Please be sure to also check out my History Bites YouTube channel for videos that correlate with every section in the book.”
~ Solomon

U.S. Presidential History Bites
$19.95 USD




U.S. Presidential History Bites by Solomon Schmidt

From the Author:

U.S. Presidential History Bites is the second book in the History Bites series. Like the first book, U.S. Presidential History Bites was written to provide readers with bite-sized chunks of history with the goal of helping them increase their knowledge and retain what they have read. It has 280 full-color pages with forty-five sections about all of the American presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump. To enhance comprehension, it also includes vocabulary, fun facts, and review questions for each section, along with a glossary at the end of the book. It serves as a great read aloud but can also be enjoyed by independent readers, beginning in the primary grades. It can be used as the main text or as a supplemental resource for any elementary or high school level U.S. history program. I really hope you enjoy it. Please be sure to also check out my History Bites YouTube channel for videos that correlate with every section in the book.”
~ Solomon

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites
$9.95 USD



The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites by Solomon Schmidt

From the Author:

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites is 75 full-color pages and the third book in the History Bites series. You’ll be inspired as you learn about the life and works of one of the 20th century’s most beloved authors, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). To enhance comprehension, it also includes vocabulary, fun facts, and review questions, along with a full glossary at the end of the book. This book is a great way to introduce children (and adults!) to the amazing world of Middle-earth and its creator. This is a wonderful resource for any level Reading and Literature program. This book also includes eleven original illustrations by artist L.B. Dugan. Be sure to check out the History Bites YouTube channel for videos that correlate with the book.”
~ Solomon

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1
$16.95 USD



In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1 by Solomon Schmidt

From the Author:

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1 is 210 full-color pages and the fourth book in the History Bites series. It is an overview of fifty of some of the most well-known people in world history from Gautama Buddha to Louis Pasteur. Each section contains a short biographical overview of the person’s life and includes three to four pictures and a fun/interesting fact at the end. This book serves as a great read-aloud, but can also be enjoyed by independent readers of all ages.”
~ Solomon

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 2
$16.95 USD



In/Famous People History Bites Volume 2 by Solomon Schmidt

From the Author:

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 2 is 210 full-color pages and the fifth book in the History Bites series. It is an overview of fifty of some of the most well-known people in world history from Mark Twain to Tiger Woods. Each section contains a short biographical overview of the person’s life and includes three to four pictures and a fun/interesting fact at the end. This book serves as a great read-aloud but can also be enjoyed by independent readers of all ages.”
~ Solomon

Look who's talking about Solomon's books!

Pictured left to right: Mike Schmidt (dad), Cecelia (sister),
Kirk Cameron, Solomon, and Lisa Schmidt (mom)

U.S. History Bites
“Leave it to a 12-year-old to create my kids’ favorite history book this year! A launching pad for the important stuff. Short and sweet. Easy to use and leaves my kids wanting more history! A homeschool dad’s godsend for a topic kids typically find boring. Well done, Solomon!”

U.S. Presidential History Bites
“He’s done it again! Solomon represents his namesake, sharing wisdom and information in easily digestible bits and bites. I can’t wait to share this with my kids!”

~ Kirk Cameron
Television and Film Actor, Producer, Homeschooling Father of Six

Pictured left to right: Andrew Pudewa, Cecelia (sister), Solomon, and Pamela White (IEW Instructor)

U.S. History Bites
“I love this little book! Simple yet fun, easy yet informative, better than ‘A Dummies Guide’ and full of important facts presented in an easy-to-remember way. Solomon has mixed a bit of common sense with a bit of design genius to catch and keep my attention. Now, if only all high school students could learn these basic facts of U.S. history!”

U.S. Presidential History Bites
“Well, Solomon has done it again! Clear and concise, U.S. Presidential History Bites is perfect for quick encyclopedic reading, or even as a source text for exercises in summarizing references. With little quizzes and fun facts, it’s entertaining as well as educational, and very up-to-date, including a section about Donald Trump. It is full of interesting and useful information.”

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites
“For all young (and older!) fans of Tolkien, Solomon’s newest book is a must read! With interesting and relevant facts about this great author’s life from childhood to passing, this book will inform and illuminate in Solomon’s trademark-enjoyable and easy-to-read format. Knowing that Solomon was an IEWTM trained student made it all the more enjoyable for me. I can see how he has applied and developed his structure and style in writing! ”

~ Andrew Pudewa
Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Bill Potter and Solomon

U.S. History Bites
“I am frequently asked how to teach history to young children. I suggest that parents tell stories and give them history in short bites. Solomon Schmidt has done just that with his first book, U.S. History Bites. It is lavishly illustrated with appropriate images and a text that in a few trenchant sentences gets to the essence of the topic and then finishes with a vocabulary and review page, a perfect little book for the youngest person to whom you want to start teaching history.”
“Noah Webster said ‘every child in America should be acquainted with his own country…As soon as he opens his lips he should rehearse the history of his own country—he should lisp the praises of liberty and those illustrious heroes and statesmen who have wrought a revolution in his favor.’ I recommend Solomon’s bit of wisdom to get you started.”

U.S. Presidential History Bites
“Solomon Schmidt has done it again! In a day when many of the past leaders of our nation suffer from the myopic distortions of the politically correct, you can confidently teach your children the basic facts of the lives of the chief executives using this book. I believe one great benefit of U.S. Presidential History Bites will be to spur interest in further investigation of the lives of America’s Presidents.”

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites
“Solomon has provided a new History Bites book of a slightly different flavor. Exploring the history and faith of the literary giant J.R.R. Tolkien, Solomon introduces younger children to the excitement and wonder of Middle-earth and the story of its creator. Based on Tolkien’s own experiences in life, from the horror of service in the trenches of World War I to his passion for ancient languages, Solomon brings to life the history, fiction, and poetry of a writer of extraordinary imagination. Solomon’s passion for history and desire to inspire young children to love it too, shines through once again with The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites.”

~ Bill Potter
Historian, Landmark Events

Tom Shippey and Solomon

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites
The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites tells you what you need to know about Tolkien and his works. Read what it says and then go on to read the books themselves!”

~ Tom Shippey
Author of The Road to Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, and Roots and Branches

Verlyn Flieger and Solomon

The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites
“A job well done! Tailored to its audience and accessible to everyone!”

~Verlyn Flieger
Author of Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World and A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1
“This latest volume in the History Bites series provides a substantive compliment to the author’s previously published books. Inside you will find a trusted resource, providing young readers with a general understanding of the many influential people from various time periods. A wonderful supplement and resource to any historian’s library.”

~ Gina Miller
Teacher and mother of two

In/Famous People History Bites Volume 2
“Another slam dunk from one of the most promising and up-and-coming authors of this generation. Solomon has once again captured the essence of important historical figures in an easy-to-read book. In/Famous People History Bites Volume 2 continues right where Volume 1 left off. The biographies of each historical figure in Volume 2 allow readers to easily see the importance that each person has had on history and will certainly generate interest and excitement in young readers. Covering a wide range of topics and people, Solomon has woven categories such as Art, Literature, Religion, Politics, Sports, and even Pop Culture into a format that could be used not only in educational curriculum, but also for independent reading. I can’t wait for Volume 3!”

~ Jonathan Andrews
School District Administrator

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