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Historical Ficton for Kids Grade K-2: November 2015

Historical Fiction for Kids Grades K-2

Prairie School by Avi

Prairie School by Avi

In 1880, Noah's aunt teaches the reluctant nine-year-old how to read as they explore the Colorado prairie together, Noah pushing Aunt Dora in her wheelchair.

Washday by Eve Bunting

Washday by Eve Bunting

One sunny Saturday in 1889, Lizzie helps her grandmother scrub, boil, rinse, and hang loads of laundry, although she would rather be having a tea party with her best friend, Lucy, and their dolls, Amelia Cordelia and Belinda Lavinia.
 

Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Cromer Byars

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Cromer Byars

May-May and Rose, the singing, dancing Golly sisters, travel west by covered wagon, entertaining people along the way.
 

Heroes of the Surf by Elisa Lynn Carbone

Heroes of the Surf
by Elisa Lynn Carbone

When the huge steamship on which they are traveling runs aground off the New Jersey coast in 1882, two boys and their families are among the passengers dramatically rescued by members of the U.S. Life Saving Service. Includes notes about the event on which the story is based.
 

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr

Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her to win it.
 

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr

Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr

While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.
 

 

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Riley Giff

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey

A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. This story is based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.
 

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

A young African-American girl slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides her to freedom in the North.

Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson

Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson

A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north.
 

All Different Now: Juneteenth by Angela Johnson

All Different Now: Juneteenth by Angela Johnson

In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.
 

John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco

John Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco

During the Depression, a young Memphis boy trains his pet duck to do tricks in the fountain of a grand hotel and ends up becoming the Duck Master of the Peabody Hotel.

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson

One winter John Thompson skis across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and creates a path upon which mail and people may travel, thus earning his nickname "Snowshoe Thompson."

 

Hill of Fire by Thomas Lewis

Hill of Fire by Thomas Lewis

An easy-to-read account of the birth of Paricutin volcano in the field of a poor Mexican farmer.

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding

A little boy is on a search for the perfect gift for his mother, navigating the streets of 1890s Vienna, meeting new people, and continuing to trade one gift for another.

Heidi

Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco

Fiona and her family moved from Ireland to Chicago to begin a new life. Yet, when the family is struck with misfortune, will Fiona's lace help save them?

   

 

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