Do a Google image search for ‘historical fiction for kids’ and you’ll find literally hundreds of books geared at young readers of all ages. As a fan of historical fiction, I’ve read several of these myself. One of my favorite authors in this genre is Jackie French Koller. Her books, like Nothing to Fear, are all geared at the young reader. There is an endless list of authors who, along with Ms. Koller, have engaged young readers’ minds with glimpses of society throughout the decades.
But why should our youngsters read about the past, you ask. Because of what they can learn.
If you haven’t checked out the website www.readbrightly.com you really should. This website offers plenty of ideas on how to engage your children in reading. In a recent post written by author Ellen Klages, the reasons for getting your child interested in historical fiction are numerous. But mainly because “the past isn’t some far-off, mythical place. History is a long, winding river of people’s lives: what they ate, what they wore, how they talked, what they believed, what was happening around them and to them.”
Please click on the link: Historical Fiction for Kids to read the article on how to get your young readers interested in historical fiction. Help mold them into thoughtful and considerate adults who will guide our world into the future based on what they’ve learned about the past. Help them to discover the parts of history that have been forgotten but still have lessons to teach us.