The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday’s theme is something “schoolish” so I’ve chosen to pick my top historical fiction books for children. Generally, I’m rather choosy with my history book choices (even non-fiction), trying to avoid any books that are speculative or modernized or too coloured with the author’s opinions. With that in mind, here are my top picks, books that are well-researched and are able to transport the child back to the time of the novel and give them not only a good understanding, but a permanent connection with an event or person. These books are all excellent!
Cyrus the Persian follows the life of the Persian king and also gives insight into the Jewish captivity in Babylon. It’s a unique story and one that stays with you long after it’s over.
A murder mystery that gives the reader a taste of ancient Roman life and details of the historical characters of Thrasea Paetus, Emperor Nero and Seneca.
No historical events or characters are portrayed in this novel, I must admit, but it is funny! It does give an interesting picture of ancient Rome, its environs and culture.
What a wonderful book about slavery and cruelty and perseverance and forgiveness. Snedecker’s research is impeccable and she creates a character that is both complex and sympathetic. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!
A story set during the American Revolution, the reader becomes part of The Boston Tea Party, the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. An unforgettable story!!