Historical Fiction for Children
Recommended historical fiction for children. Historical fiction is a type of story that is set in the past. Most titles on this list are at fourth to sixth grade reading levels.
Five little Jewish girls, all dressed alike, live in New York at the turn of the century.
In 1777, a group of Quakers and a group of Abenaki Native Americans have a memorable meeting.
According to Amos, the mouse, it was really he who was responsible for Ben Franklin's inventions and discoveries.
A passion for social justice blossoms during middle school for the girl who grew up to become Dr. Betty Shabazz.
The story of an Ojibwa girl who lives with her family on an island on Lake Superior in 1847.
Meet red-headed Caddie, a pioneer girl who loves to have adventures with her brothers.
A girl orphaned and alone in the New World promises to serve the Sargent family in return for her keep.
Eleven-year-old Ohkwa'ri and his sister must make peace in their Mohawk village in the late 1400s.
Young Otter faces adventure, danger, and hardship when he joins the crew building the transcontinental railroad.
Henry and Chin love to read about heroes until they both witness real courage during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Eleven-year-old Elijah, born free, feels as if he's in over his head when he sets out to recover stolen money.
Privileged, wealthy Esperanza must leave Mexico to work in a labor camp on the eve of the Great Depression.
Growing up in rural Texas in 1899, twelve-year-old Callie spends her time exploring the river and observing animals.
Little Hawk loses everything he loves to a sickness brought by white men in colonial Massachusetts.
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty before the American Revolution.
Twelve-year-old Mem describes her trip on the Mayflower in 1620 and her family's first year in the New World.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to Illinois with his sister to visit their grandmother during the Great Depression.
In alternating chapters, Morning Girl and Star Boy describe their island life in pre-Columbian America, ending as Columbus arrives.
Orphaned Homer sets out to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.