Easy Reads – Historical Fiction

“Historical Fiction” is the term given to books that mix fictional characters and action with historical figures, settings, and events. Supplementing your homeschool curriculum with historical fiction is a great way to make history come alive for students, as these books reinforce what the children have learned about a particular time period. Instead of rehashing facts and dates, they review the information by reading about it again in a new and interesting story.

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Historical fiction is available for all ages and reading levels, even younger students who are just beginning to read on their own. These easy or early readers also work well for older students who might still be struggling with reading. You can find a number of these books at your local library, and the grade or reading level is usually indicated in an upper corner of the cover.

Most of the historical fiction for this age features American history. If your young readers are learning about the United States, you might consider:

American Revolution:

  • George the Drummer Boy and Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
    Buttons for General Washington by Peter and Connie Roop
  • George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy
  • The 18 Penny Goose by Sally M. Walker

Early Nineteeth Century:

  • Thomas Jefferson’s Feast by Frank Murphy
  • Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President by Shirley-Raye Redmond

Native Americans:

  • Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker
  • Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley

Moving West:

  • Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner
    Clouds of Terror by Catherine Welch
  • Prairie Friends by Nancy Smiler Levinson
  • The Josephina Story Quilt and Chang’s Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr
  • The Golly Sisters Ride Again by Betsy Cromer Byars
  • The Long Way to a New Land and The Long Way Westward by Joan Sandlin

Civil War:

  • The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by F.N. Monjo

The Great Depression:

  • Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner

Even for young students, reading about another era can be more than just learning history — it can be an adventure!

Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com

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Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

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