Children's Literature: Betty A. McDonald Collection: Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction

“Historical novels for children help a child to experience the past—to enter into the conflicts, the suffering, the joys, and the despair of those who lived before us” (p. 452).

“Stories of the past help children see that times change, nations rise and fall, but universal human needs have remained relatively unchanged” (p. 453).

“Historical fiction does have to be accurate and authentic. However, the research should be thoroughly digested, making details appear as an essential part of the story” (p. 455).

Source: Kiefer, B. (2010). Charlotte Huck’s children’s literature. (10th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill 

New Historical Fiction Books

Suggested Historical Fiction Books and Authors



Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Caroline Lawrence

The Thieves of Ostia: A Roman Mystery

Scott O’dell


Linda Sue Park

When My Name Was Keoko

Katherine Paterson


Elizabeth George Speare

The Sign of the Beaver

Mildred D. Taylor

Mississippi Bridge

Laurence Yep

The Traitor


New Historical Fiction Books

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