History Bites is an educational book series for children. U.S. History Bites is the first book in the series, written by then 12-year-old author Solomon Schmidt. Solomon has a passion for history and believes every child can and should learn history at a young age. He has created a beautiful 140 page full color masterpiece that will not only draw kids in and maintain their attention, but most importantly, help them learn significant events from American history in a fun and engaging way. (And grown-ups, don’t be surprised…you’ll be learning right along with the kiddoes.) Then, at age 13, he created an amazing 280 page full color second book in the History Bites" series all about the forty-five U.S. presidents (including Donald Trump) called U.S. Presidential History Bites. At age 14, Solomon wrote an intriguing book about the life and writings of one of the 20th century's most beloved authors, J.R.R. Tolkien, called The Life & Works of J.R.R. Tolkien History Bites. And at age 15, Solomon wrote the next two books in his series: In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1 and Volume 2. He hopes you will be inspired to learn more about 100 of the most in/famous people from world history.
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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 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. It serves as a great read-aloud, but can also be enjoyed by independent readers beginning in the primary grades. Each section is short enough to read as a bedtime story to help introduce children to foundational United States history. Many parents and grandparents have commented on how much they themselves have learned after reading it. 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 can be used as the main text or as a supplemental resource for any elementary or high school level U.S. history program. It serves as a great read aloud but can also be enjoyed by independent readers, beginning in the primary grades. 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
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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 is a wonderful resource for any level Reading and Literature program. Be sure to check out the History Bites YouTube channel for videos that correlate with every section!”

~ 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 over 200 full color pages of fascinating history. 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 over 200 full color pages of fascinating history. 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 Schmidt (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 Schmidt (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. In every case there is good and bad, since all men are sinners, but the providence of God always directs the course of history among the fallible people that rise to high positions of authority. This book is, like Solomon’s previous book, lavishly illustrated and profuse in extras at the end of each chapter. 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.



In/Famous People History Bites Volume 1
“Another Solomonic meal of history bites for young readers! This time it includes Monarchs, Explorers, Martyrs, Scientists, Philosophers, Novelists, Statesmen, and Politicians — Famous, Infamous, World-changers, and Success Stories. Where do you start with the people of world history? Why, right here! The broad nature of the subjects will cause parents to revisit their own historical background and experience, and perhaps dig deeper into the meaning and purposes of God in using all sorts of characters.”


~ Bill Potter
   Historian, Landmark Events

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



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

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 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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