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Exploring Children’s Historical Fiction

My two older boys have been exploring some historical fiction with the I Survived series of books. Honestly, it is probably something they would have never picked up on their own, but they were each assigned to do an historical fiction book talk so we gave them a try. The great thing about trying something new is finding out more about your own likes and dislikes. They both enjoyed the books they read and decided to a try another in the series. I like the fact that they are learning about events that actually occurred in history.

Among the books we explored were I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, which follows mischievous, 10 year-old George and his aunt and sister as they make their journey across the Atlantic Ocean on the “unsinkable ship.” 

The next book they tried was I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941,  with 11 year-old Danny who is at the beach when the bombing begins. He needs to find his way home in the midst of the bombs, smoke, and destruction. There was plenty of action to keep their interest.

Among other events covered in the I Survived series are Hurricane Katrina, The Battle of Gettysburg, The American Revolution, The Eruption of Mount Saint Helen, and The Great Chicago Fire.

Do your kids enjoy historical fiction? Any suggestions to share?

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