Historical Fiction - Over 100 books for Kids Arranged by Date

Monday, February 2, 2015

Historical Fiction - Over 100 books for Kids Arranged by Date

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Historical Fiction is the best way to get kids excited about history. Vivid stories make the sights, sounds, and feelings of that moment in history come alive. Kids won’t even realize they are learning because they will be having so much fun enjoying a really great story!
Historical Fiction for kids - over 100 best historical fiction for third grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders to read. Perfect for reading programs, summer reading, homeschooling and more

Have you discovered historical fiction?

They are actually my favorite books! Not only will you get engrossed in an amazing story, but you will end up learning a lot too!  [Here is one of my favorite historical fiction author for adults.]

Historical Fiction makes learning about history exciting for kids because they will relive the time period through a fun and exciting story.  Although the characters are fictional, they are based on people who could have existed based on historical data. The stories will be filled with interesting, factual information that help paint a picture of what life was like for those who lived at that moment in history.

Whether they are learning about Ancient Egypt, the Revolutionary War, World War 2, or September 11th – there is an exciting historical fiction book to make it come alive for those that find it.

Historical Fiction Books

Whether you are a teacher, homeschooler, or a parent looking for some fun, educational books over break – I challenge you to read something worthwhile!

The following list contains over 100 of the best historical fiction:

  • 4th-6th graders to read themselves 
  • Read Aloud to Kindergarten-3rd grade 
  • Arranged chronologically - no matter what you are studying or what your child’s interests are at the moment, there’s a book for that.

Please remember that although I’ve done my best to list only the best, please be sensitive to your particular child when picking a book. All these books are also highly rated on Amazon by hundreds and hundreds of others who have enjoyed them as well.

If you are looking for a historical fiction series, I suggest the I Survived Series (written as if first hand from a child observer) and the An Interactive History Adventure where you choose your own ending books. Not only do kids love that they get to pick elements to how the story turns out, but these books are routed in history. You will be amazed by the historical facts woven throughout.

Ancient Civilizations

Middle Ages Historical Fiction

Explorers & the New World

American Revolutionary War

1800s  (Early American Historical Fiction & Stories from Around the Globe)

1900s  (World War 1, World War 2, The Great Depression, and more)

Semi-Modern History (1950-2000)

Modern History (2000+ )

Got a GREAT Historical Fiction Book I’ve missed? 

Tell me about it in the Comments!!

Hands on History Units

If you are looking for some fun history games, more book recommendations, free printables, or complete 4-6 week units – you are going to love our history units on:


  1. THe ones written by Ann Rinaldi are my favorite. Especially The Last Silk Dress (civil war).

    1. This is one of my favorites, too! Highly recommend it!

  2. We love the Magic Tree House series too-- many historical figures and times are covered throughout the series. We also loved Lewis and Clark and Me when studying the westward expansion.

    1. I just love making history come alive, don't you?

  3. We read all of the historical fiction by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft last year. My 5th grade son could not get enough of them. The G.A. Henty books are pretty exciting too.

  4. Maybe omitted due to the 4th-6th grade (recommended for grades 5-9) - recommend "Fever 1793", by Laurie Halse Anderson! The novel follows 16-year-old Mattie Cook as she struggles to survive during the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia in the late 18th century. Good read!