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About the Genre
Historical fiction takes place in the past. The stories may contain real people, places and situations but the author makes up parts of the story.
To search for historical fiction, pick a key word and juvenile fiction.
Civil War juvenile fiction
Great Depression juvenile fiction
To search for fiction and related nonfiction, search a key word and juvenile literature.
Civil War juvenile literature
Great Depression juvenile literature
Popular Authors of Historical Fiction
Jackdaws are collections of primary source materials. Jackdaws, a British name for a relative of a crow that collects brightly colored objects, can be used to help students make connections to historical periods and events. These collections often include facsimiles of the following types of materials:
The Curriculum Resource Center has many commercially created Jackdaw sets. The collection of Jackdaws can be accessed through the catalog by using keyword searching for historical periods or events or by using Jackdaws as a keyword. There is a physical list of the collection on the shelf above the Jackdaw collection.
Teachers can make their own Jackdaw collections for literature to be used in their classrooms. Each book will determine its own specific items to collect.
Connecting Fiction to Nonfiction: Japanese Internment
In order to understand historical fiction, it is useful to explore the historical time period or events. With background knowledge, students will enjoy a greater understanding of the historical fiction book.
For example, the following nonfiction books and historical fiction books can be used together to enhance background knowledge about Japanese internment during World War II:
Japanese-American internment [picture] : life in the camps by
Call Number: https://salve.on.worldcat.org/oclc/80103501?databaseList=2375,2276,2264,2263,2262,1271,2261,2260,143,2237,2259,2268,2267,2277,1708,638
Connecting Fiction to Nonfiction: Segregation in Professional Baseball
The following nonfiction books and historical fiction books can be used together to enhance background knowledge about the years when professional baseball was segregated:
A Sampling of Historical Fiction in the CRC- picture books
Baseball Saved Us by
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.
Smoky Night by
Publication Date: 1994-03-31
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
In the Time of the Drums by
Publication Date: 1999-03-15
Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
The Cats in Krasinski Square by
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Two Jewish sisters, escapees of the infamous Warsaw ghetto, devise a plan to thwart an attempt by the Gestapo to intercept food bound for starving people behind the dark Wall.
Mama Played Baseball by
Publication Date: 2003-03-01
Young Amy helps her mother to get a job as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while Amy's father is serving in the Army during World War II.
The Butterfly by
Publication Date: 2000-04-24
During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique's mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom.
Pink and Say by
Publication Date: 1994-09-15
Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather.
Henry's Freedom Box by
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by
Publication Date: 2010-01-03
In 1938 Berlin, Germany, a cat sees Rosenstrasse change from a peaceful neighborhood of Jews and Gentiles to an unfriendly place where, one November night, men in brown shirts destroy Jewish-owned businesses and arrest or kill Jewish people. Includes facts about Kristallnacht and a list of related books and web resources.
Lucky Beans by
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.
Just Like Josh Gibson by
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
A young girl's grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl. This is a story connected to Josh Gibson, a player in the segregated leagues.
The Wall by
Publication Date: 1990-04-23
A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict
The Blue and the Gray by
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
As a black boy and his white friend watch the construction of a house which will make them neighbors on the site of a Civil War battlefield, they agree that their homes are monuments to that war
Under the Quilt of Night by
Publication Date: 2002-01-01
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
Train to Somewhere by
Publication Date: 1996-02-23
In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family
Rudy Rides the Rails by
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
In 1932, during the Depression in Ohio, thirteen-year-old Rudy, determined to help his family weather the hard times, hops a train going west to California and experiences the hobo life
New Shoes by
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
In this historical fiction picture book, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn that they cannot try on shoes at the shoe store
The Other Side by
Publication Date: 2001-01-15
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town
Ox-Cart Man by
Publication Date: 1983-10-27
Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons
The Gardener by
Publication Date: 1997-08-30
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her
The Bracelet by
Publication Date: 1993-10-14
Emi, a Japanese American in the second grade, is sent with her family to an internment camp during World War II, but the loss of the bracelet her best friend has given her proves that she does not need a physical reminder of that friendship
Publication Date: 2002-05-01