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Historical Fiction for Kids Arranged by Time Period

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 for Kids Arranged by Time Period

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!!

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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