Kids Historical Fiction Books List
After reading a post at pjmedia, I was reminded of how much I enjoy historical fiction so I took Paula Bolyard’s recommendations The 5 Best American Historical Fiction Books to Read Aloud to Your Kids and compared them to the Common Core recommended reading list. Surprise, well not really, they were not on the CCSS list.
Before getting to the recommendations, why read aloud to your children? Bolyard’s post is spot on:
Jim Trelease, author of the The Read-Aloud Handbook, shares four important reasons for reading aloud to children:
• Conditions the child to associate reading with pleasure;
• Creates background knowledge;
• Builds “book” vocabulary;
• Provides a reading role model.
The Department of Education reported back in 1983 that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children” and said it was important that reading aloud continue throughout all the grades.
I have wonderful memories of my parents reading to me and I treasure the time I read to my children. On long car rides we pop in audio books. Next time I go to the library I’ll look for the books she recommends (I’ve only read the first one on her list which is excellent). There is a nice summary of each book at her post and check out the comments to find additional books to read:
1. Johnny Tremain — Esther Hoskins Forbes
2. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch — Jean Lee Latham
3. Across Five Aprils — Irene Hunt
4. Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers – Ralph Moody
5. Miracles on Maple Hill — Virginia Sorensen
Feel free to chime in with additional books you would like to see students read, especially, if they are not on the CCSS list. Do students still write book reports? My passion for reading came from my parents but was spurred on by reading assignments in school. We must supplement what is taught in the classroom.
This article was posted in by NC Citizenon September 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm.
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For him, it's more for college age or at least high school.
What are his interests? How about non-fiction or historical fiction? Is he interested in bugs, animals, reptiles, astronomy?
My grand girly was reading way above grade level at age 5 and that presented a real problem. You can't give them things that will scare them, or things too sophisticated. She ripped through The American Girls series, then lots of books on bugs and animals. How about children's detective novels?
One that many kids is age dearly love is 'From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler' about two children (older sister, younger brother 'bout your son's age) who run away and manage to live in the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art until they're caught
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