Historical Fiction
by Nancy Froehlich

Would you like to spend the afternoon visiting a pharaoh in Ancient Egypt or an evening with the signers of the Declaration of Independence? Travel through time isn’t possible but you can feel a personal connection with the past through historical fiction. The major events and settings are real but many of the characters are fictional. Readers are able to develop a better, richer understanding of what life was like then through the careful research and imaginative writing of great authors. Pair these books with non-fiction titles about the time and feel as though you just got off an airplane from the past.

Author Sarah Johnson has this to say about historical fiction, “Although I’d always found history a dull subject in school, through historical fiction, I learned that the past was a fascinating place to visit. In fiction, storytelling ability, characterization, and the finer details of daily life were just as important as facts about world leaders and dates of famous battles. The best historical novelists incorporate all of these things.” Johnson, Sarah, (April 15, 2011). Looking Forward to the Past. Booklist.

Among Booklist's top historical fiction picks for 2011 were
  • Tumbleweed by Valerie Sherrard
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
  • Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

For students in grades K – 2, we recommend the following authors:

Borden, Louise
Bunting, Eve
Say, Allen
Turner, Ann Warren

For students in grades 3 – 5, we recommend the following authors:

Avi
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Hopkinson, Deborah
Lasky, Kathryn
Rappaport, Doreen
Turner, Ann Warren