Many kids enjoy reading historical fiction, but what and who are the best books and authors of historical fiction for kids? Are their particular authors or books of historical fiction that your kids have enjoyed and that you want to recommend? Share several favorites and a little about them. Share Your Favorites
Out of the Ordinary by Michelle M.Barone
- Based on author's grandmother, whose family lived in a boxcar in a mining town near Ludlow,CO during the 1913 massacre. Bravery,Danger,Bully,Mining. Excellent writing, historical,2004. ISBN:1-932663-08-08 Discovery Enterprises
- —Guest Katharine Emsden
- I'd like to recommend Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It's a really good book set in WWII England and France. I read it in seventh grade and it is my favorite book of all time. Read it and your life will be forever changed.
- —Guest anonymous
Historical fiction for Middle Grades
- I agree with grannyula--Laurie Halse Anderson's books are awesome--my only complaint is having to wait for the third one!
I taught Across Five Aprils--very heavy on dialect and it was difficult for many of my students. I have chosen Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen for a Civil War book--powerful, moving story with Paulsen's poem-prose style. It's short, accessible, and I prefer it to Across Five Aprils.
Historical Fiction for Kids
- I highly recommend George Macdonald (1824-1905). He wrote many wonderful stories for children that appeal to adults too! He is the influencer behind Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings series. And his work is in the public domain (free)!
- —Guest Lisa Coolbeth
You can't beat Rosemary Sutcliff
- Anything by Rosemary Sutcliff is good for older children. She mainly writes about Celtic and Roman Britain. Geoffrey Trease and Henry Treece are good, too.
- —Guest grannyula
- I'd like to recommend Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. She calls her books historical thrillers, and they are terrific.
- —Guest Fourth Musketeer