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Education Trade Books for Fiction: History

This page lists fiction books related to content areas to help teachers or teacher candidates.

History/Social Studies

  • *Across five Aprils by Irene Hunt (NH, Civil War, middle school)
  • *The Adventures of Blue Avenger: A Novel by Norma Howe (BRB, LSRL, social studies)
  • *Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (NH, 1930s, Alcatraz Island)
  • *Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett (BRB, LSRL, Middle Ages)
  • *Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (WWII, Call number: 940.53492 F828a)
  • *Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Canada 1800s)
  • *The Big Burn by Jeanette Ingold (United States--Idaho/Montana history)
  • *Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (N, 1930s, middle school)
  • *Bloody Jack: being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer (BBYA, late 1700s)
  • *Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel (16th century Japan, middle school)
  • *The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (BBYA, MLPH, World War II, holocaust)
  • *Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson (1912 labor strike, middle school)
  • *Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (N, 14th century England)
  • *Curse of the Blue Tattoo: being an account of the misadventures of Jacky Faber, midshipman and fine lady by L.A. Meyer (BBYA, late 1700s)
  • *The devil's arithmetic by Jane Yolen (Holocaust)
  • *The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (N, Middle Ages)
  • *Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (NH, CSK, 19th century Canada, slavery)
  • *Evvy's Civil War by Miriam Brenaman (Civil War)
  • *A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon (Orphan Train, late 1800s)
  • *Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (NH, 1970s, hearing impaired, Emily Dickinson, faith, prejudice)
  • *A Foreign Field by Gillian Chan (WWII)
  • *Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (NH, 1918, Montana)
  • *Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck (1914, feminism)
  • *I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Trevino (N, slavery)
  • *Jericho Walls by Kristi Collier (1950s, segregation)
  • *Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson (SOHFA, 1850s, slavery, middle school)
  • *Kipling's choice by Geert Spillebeen (BRB, WWI)
  • *King of the Creeps by Steven Banks (music, 1963)
  • *Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Pioneer life, 1800s)
  • *Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (NH, early 1900s, poverty,  racism)
  • *Make lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff (BRB, poverty)
  • *Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer (BBYA, European history)
  • *Monster by Walter Dean Myers (BBYA, BRB, prison)
  • *Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm (NH, 1890s, immigrants)
  • *Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (N, SOHFA, Oklahoma depression, poetry)
  • *The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1960s, gangs)
  • *Overboard by Elizabeth Fama (BBYA, Indonesia, 1996 shipwreck)
  • *Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (N, WWII)
  • *Play to the Angel by Maurine F. Dahlberg (pre-WWII, Vienna, middle school)
  • *Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (N, Civil War)
  • *Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (N, 1930s, racism)
  • *Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (N, early 1900s, New York City, middle school)
  • *The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (London, late 1800s)
  • *Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (N, SOHFA, late 19th century)
  • *Second sight by Gary Blackwood (RYAR, 1860s, Abraham Lincoln, middle school)
  • *Show way by Jacqueline Woodson (NH, slavery, poetry)
  • *Spying on Miss Muller by Eve Bunting (WWII)
  • *A Step from Heaven by An Na (MLP, Korean American, middle school)
  • *The Strength of Saints by A. LaFaye (1930s, racism)
  • *Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (WWII)
  • *Sweet by and by by Patricia Hermes (WWII)
  • *To Dance at the Palace Royale by Janet McNaughton (social classes)
  • *Trouble don't last by Shelley Pearsall (SOHFA, Underground railroad, African American)
  • *True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff (ACU has audio version, poverty)
  • *Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (SOHFA, 1940s, America, racism, middle school)
  • *Under the Jolly Roger: Being an account of the further nautical adventures of Jacky Faber by L.A. Meyer(late 1700s)
  • *The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (NH, CSK, roadtrip)
  • *The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (NH, 1960s, Shakespeare, school teacher)
  • *When Zachary Beaver came to town by Kimberly Willis Holt (BBYA, NBA, 1970s, Texas, middle school)
  • *Whittington by Alan Armstrong (NH, middle school)
  • *Words by heart by Ouida Sebestyen (NBA, 1910s, racism)
  • The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck (BBYA, early 1900s)