The Best Historical Fiction Books To Share With Your Kids
October 29, 2020
Find Your Place In The History Books
Historical fiction has become a more important book genre than ever. It works as a sort of time machine, transporting and immersing us in significant times from long ago and helping us learn crucial lessons from eras past. Historical fiction can be particularly important to children. Not only does the genre provide children with historical facts from past events and time periods, but it also offers them the chance to be swept up in the world of the characters, allowing them to truly identify with the people of the era they’re reading about. Historical fiction can turn an already worthwhile learning experience into an immersive and irresistible one. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best historical fiction books that you can enjoy with your kids.
The Book of Boy
Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s The Book of Boy is a fantastical work of historical fiction that both parents and young adults can enjoy. Published in February 2018, the novel has gone on to win several literary awards. The story takes place in Europe in the 1350s, at the height of the outbreak of the Black Plague. As we navigate our own pandemic in 2020, the lessons learned from the Black Plague are more relevant than ever. The novel surrounds a young protagonist, known only as Boy, who has been driven to the outskirts of his small village, burdened by a hump on his back. Boy eventually encounters a wandering pilgrim called Secondus and sets out on a journey across Europe to find relics of Saint Peter. Throughout the journey, Gilbert Murdoch paints a wondrous and realistic depiction of medieval Europe.
Journey Of The Pale Bear
Published in 2018 and written by Susan Fletcher, Journey of the Pale Bear is based on the true story of a polar bear that was gifted to England by the King of Norway. Tasked with feeding and cleaning up after the bear, young Arthur’s fears slowly disappear as he develops a connection to the bear who, like him, has been cut off from her family. With a gripping storyline drawn from the real-life historical account of a polar bear that lived in the Tower of London, this timeless adventure story thoughtfully looks at the themes of freedom, captivity, and the bond between a boy and a bear.
In The Year Of The Boar And Jackie Robinson
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson was written by Chinese-American author Bette Bao Lord and was first published in 1984. The novel recounts the story of a young girl named Shirley Temple Wong, who has recently moved to America from China. Bao Lord offers many insights into post-WWII life as Shirley attempts to navigate the new culture into which she has been thrust. The novel also provides many important lessons about acceptance and tolerance, as well as the importance of remembering your roots, as Bao Lord draws parallels between Shirley’s own experience and that of baseball hero Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in the major leagues.
The Rest Is History
These are just three examples among countless historical fiction titles that would be great to share with your kids. As a genre that can explore significant cultural and societal moments in history while offering gripping stories of adventure and self-discovery, historical fiction is a truly unique way to learn both factual and moral lessons.
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