50 Must-read Historical Fiction Picture Books

Become knowledgeable about children’s historical fiction picture books. This book may serve as a window into the past, encouraging readers to learn a great deal about historical events.

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It’s not just intriguing but also knowledgeable to have some notion of the past.

We appreciate your interest in learning, which is why we’ve categorized and arranged these books by historical era for your perusal.

Because several of these historical fiction picture books are frequently utilized in educational curricula.

By doing so, students may discover the human side of a significant historical event while also learning about the atrocities of slavery.

Additionally, it motivates students to learn more about a certain historical event or era. Here is a selection of 50 picture books with historical fiction that you simply must read.

Ancient Fiction

1. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

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This breathtakingly beautiful and powerful book is a heartfelt drama about people, relationships, and the limits of love.

With the help of a young woman named Ayla, Jean M. Auel transports us back to the beginning of modern humans and the brutal yet breathtaking Ice Age planet they lived with the people who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.

US History: Westward Expansion and the Pre-civil War

2. Hornbooks and Inkwells by Verla Kay

Although conditions at a one-room schoolhouse in the eighteenth century were different from those of today, brothers Peter and John Paul nonetheless got up to plenty of mischiefs.

Readers accompany the two as they experiment with hornbooks and birch-bark paper, pull practical jokes on one another, get into mischief, and celebrate when John Paul masters reading and writing.

3. Oxcart Man by Donald Hall

A poetic journey through the days, weeks, months and shifting seasons in the lives of a New Englander and his family then starts.

The oxcart driver loads his supplies, including the linen they are woven, the shawl his wife created, the mittens his daughter stitched, and the wool from his sheep.

He includes a bag of goose feathers collected from the barnyard geese in addition to the birch brooms his son crafted.

He passes by farms and communities as he goes across hills, valleys, and by streams.

He sells all of his goods individually at Portsmouth Market, including his cherished ox.

He then wanders through the market, filling his pockets with coins, and purchasing food for his family before going back to his house.

4. Dandelions by Eve Bunting

In the 1800s, Zoe and her family set out on a new life by travelling west to the Nebraska Territory.

Nothing sets apart the claim from the miles and miles of surrounding plains till Zoe and her family arrive.

Even after they construct their soddie, the house is completely invisible from afar. Zoe has never witnessed either Papa or Mama crying so hard.

However, Zoe discovers something when she travels to the small prairie town with Papa that could affect both Mama’s life and their new soddie.

5. Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

A lovely fairy tale called “Apples to Oregon” follows little Delicious and her family as they travel the Oregon Trail in search of a new life in the west.

Her father builds a customized cart to carry hundreds of fruit plants in addition to their other goods since he can’t bear to leave behind his cherished fruit trees.

It’s a good thing Delicious is with them since they encounter several obstacles on the way, and clever little Delicious finds innovative methods to rescue her pappa’s beloved trees.

6. Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies

Tricking the Tallyman successfully completes the challenging task of explaining to children how the 1790 census was tabulated (or tallied) and how the nation’s new residents eventually understood (after much confusion) how it worked to benefit them and the nation.

Young readers may love this novel so much that might not even realize how much they have learned, making it a great choice for classroom usage or to give to intelligent children with a taste for the quirky and irreverent.

7. Homespun Sarah by Verla Kay

A straightforward rhymed narrative depicts the day-to-day activities of a little child growing out of her clothes while living on a farm in Pennsylvania in the early eighteenth century.

The Civil War and Slavery

8. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Two armies battled for two dreams over the four bloodiest and most valiant days in the history of our country.

Both had similar dreams: one of liberation, the other of a way of life. There was a lot more brought into battle than just firearms and ammo.

Memories existed. There were assurances. Love was present. On those Pennsylvanian fields, considerably more people died than just males.

War also claimed the lives of shattered futures, lost innocence, and damaged beauty.

Unique, grandiose, and memorable, The Killer Angels is a theatrical recreation of the conflict over America’s future.

9. The Listeners by Gloria Whelan

Ella May resides on a plantation but not in the main home. She is a servant.

When Ella May goes to the fields to harvest cotton in the morning, it is still dark. When she returns home, it is already dusk.

But she hasn’t yet finished her day. Ella May has a more significant job to complete. She needs to listen.

Ella May and her buddies listen covertly from the windows of their master’s house every night. The kids are listening, hoping to learn something about their own and their loved ones’ destinies.

Who is being sold? Who will remain? The masters’ preferences determined the course of the slaves’ life. Both their present and future were out of their hands.

10. Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

Caroline Ferriday, an American benefactor who assisted in the liberation of teenage girls from the Ravensbruck concentration camp, was first presented to readers in Lilac Girls.

Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the tale of her ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who enlists in the army during the Civil War.

However, her calling brings her into contact with Ann-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists, and Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army.

11. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Clara, a seamstress who is a slave on the Home Plantation, wishes to be free, not only for herself but also for her loved ones.

A moment of inspiration strikes her as she overhears a discussion about the Underground Railroad.

She constructs a map that the master would never even recognize using scraps of fabric from her work in the Big House and information gleaned from other slaves.

12. Dadblamed Union Army Cow by Susan Fletcher

“THAT DADBLAMED COW!” She marches directly south to engage in the war after joining her owner’s army in the North.

She can’t eat trampled grass, gets caught in the mud, and is simply downright dangerous in combat.

The odd cow, however, also offers some unexpected comforts to the worn-out troops.

This uplifting tale of a delightfully dadblamed PERSISTENT cow is based on tales and newspaper accounts from the American Civil War and is filled with vivid pictures.

13. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

On a cotton farm in Georgia, Cora works as a slave.

All the slaves’ lives are miserable, but Cora’s is particularly horrible; she is a pariah even among her fellow Africans and is about to become womanhood, which will only bring her more suffering.

They make the terrible decision to flee after Caesar, a fresh immigrant from Virginia informs her about the Underground Railroad.

Cora murders a little white kid who tries to catch her, thus things do not turn out as expected.

Ellis Island and Immigration

14. The Matchbook Diary by Paul Fleischman

A little girl decides to learn about an interesting thing when she visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home: an antique cigar box.

She is surprised by what she discovers inside: a group of matchboxes that make up her great-journal grandfather’s and include items she can grasp in her hand and which individually bring back memories.

The bottle cap he observed on the way to the boat, the ticket still holding the joy of his first baseball game, and the olive pit his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn’t enough food altogether speak of his journey from Italy to a new nation before he could read or write.

15. Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone

This is the tale of Peppe, who, against his father’s wishes, works as a lamplighter in turn-of-the-century New York City to support his immigrant family.

Despite being only a boy, Peppe needs to work since his family is extremely underprivileged.

Peppe’s father had not intended for him to work as a lamplighter, but when his job saves his younger sister, the family respects him for it.

16. Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Words used to characterize Allen Say’s Grandfather’s Journey when it was originally published were lyrical, magnificent, and beautiful.

This story of one man’s love for two nations and his persistent longing to be in both locations captivated readers because it was at once very personal and expressed widely felt emotions.

The Caldecott Medal winner from 1994 is still as historically accurate and gripping as ever.

17. Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson

In this endearing, moving, and universally lauded story, a little child learns how a different young woman with red hair than her great-grandmother went across the ocean with her elder brother to join their immigrant parents in a strange new country named America.

18. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

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They both fear their hearts would shatter when a young girl from an impoverished eastern European hamlet discovers she must leave her cherished grandma behind in order to start a new life and fall in love in America.

An amazing homage to the immigrant experience is made possible by the sure and inspiring narrative by the acclaimed novelist Amy Hest and the warm, meticulously studied paintings by P.J. Lynch.

19. The Memory Coat by Elvira Woodruff

In this poignant picture book, a boy’s worn-out woollen coat assists in securing his entry into America.

Grisha, whose parents have passed away, now resides in a Russian shtetl with his rambunctious cousin Rachel’s household.

Despite how much Grisha misses his parents, he takes solace in wearing the now-ratty coat that his mother sewed for him and in playing storytelling games with Rachel.

Rachel’s family, however, escapes to America after cossacks attack the local Jews in the shtetl.

An inspection at Ellis Island rejects Grisha by noting a scrape on his eye and marking his coat.

Fortunately, Grisha’s coat is turned inside out by quick-thinking Rachel, enabling him to pass with the rest of the family.

World War I

20. A Brave Soldier by Nicolas Debon

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When war breaks out in Europe in August 1914, Canadians rush to enlist in the Allied forces in the hopes of returning home for Christmas.

Everybody believes that the battle will end within a few months. However, 13 million civilians and about 10 million troops would have died by the time the war is over in 1918.

A minimalist, basic manner that neither praises nor lingers on the misery of battle is used to depict the very harsh conditions the troops endure.

The tragedy and folly of “the war to end all wars” will leave no reader of this book feeling anything other than regret.

21. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Arthur Wesley Wheen

A group of young, idealistic German schoolboys are persuaded to join the “glorious war” in 1914 by their schoolmaster.

They enlist with the fervour and passion of youth. The heartbreaking tale of a young “unknown soldier” who encountered the misery and desolation of life in the trenches is what follows.

22. Knit Your Bit by Deborah Hopkinson

During World War I, Mikey’s father left the country to fight abroad, and Mikey wants to do something HUGE to assist.

Mikey and his classmates scoff when their instructor advises that the class take part in a knitting bee in Central Park to make clothes for the troops knitting is for females.

However, the lads only need to rise to the occasion when the girls make it a contest.

Knit Your Bit demonstrates to readers that making a significant contribution is as simple as trying something new, based on an actual “Knit-In” event that took place in Central Park in 1918.

Women Suffrage

23. Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood

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Lilia Brooke unexpectedly enters Paul Harris’s ordered life in London after escaping the restrictions of her existence as a rural schoolteacher, upending his perception of women as delicate beings in need of care.

By supporting the right to vote, free unions, and contraception, Lilia hopes to improve the lives of women.

Anglican priest Paul has a lofty goal to become St. John’s Cathedral’s youngest dean. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, yet she is drawn to Paul’s intelligence, morals, and brilliant smile.

Paul is becoming more and more motivated to advance in the church while Lilia discovers her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union.

Although they are attracted to one another and cannot resist it, they are aware that they do not belong in each other’s worlds.

The Depression

24. The Babe and I by David a. Adler

Hard circumstances are prevalent in 1932. But things aren’t always horrible. Baseball is still a national pastime in America, and Babe Ruth remains its greatest player.

And two youngsters are going to learn that by using their imagination, perseverance, and a little assistance from the Babe himself, they can contribute to helping their own squad.

25. That Book Woman by Heather Henson

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The Pack Horse Librarians, who helped countless youngsters see the stories amid the chicken scratch and helped turn them into lifelong readers, are honoured in the rare and touching narrative “That Book Woman,” which is about them.

Cal isn’t the kind to read. Living up in the Appalachian Mountains, he would rather go out and hunt for lost sheep or assist Pap with plough work than try some book study.

Cal does not want to read some chicken scratch while lying still. However, that Book Woman continues showing up nonetheless.

She arrives in the drizzle. She travels over snow. Cal is aware that riding up the side of a mountain straight on is not an easy task.

And all of this was done to lend his sister some books. Why that woman must be a complete fool or is she more courageous than he ever imagined?

26. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Alfred Liebfeld

A story that is intimately personal yet magnificent in scope and moral vision, basic but blunt, tragic but ultimately uplifting in its human dignity, emerges from their struggles and recurrent encounters with the harsh reality of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots.

The novel portrays the horrors of the Great Depression and inquires into the very essence of equality and justice in America.

It is a depiction of the fight between the strong and the downtrodden, of one man’s violent reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoic resilience.

Steinbeck’s enduring classic work is arguably the most American of all American Classics because it functions simultaneously as a realistic epic, captivity tale, read fiction, and transcendental gospel.

27. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

When Lydia Grace Finch travels to the large, dreary city to visit with her cantankerous uncle Jim the baker, she carries a bag full of seeds with her.

There, she starts a slow makeover by gradually illuminating the store and cheering up customers with the flowers she plants.

However, Lydia Grace creates her masterpiece—an enormous rooftop garden—in a discreet location with the goal that even Uncle Jim will be impressed.

The tale of Sarah Stewart’s young heroine is presented through letters she writes home to her family, while David Small’s drawings masterfully capture the mood of the Depression era.

World War II

28. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

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Shorty and the other campmates need something to look forward to, even if it’s just for nine innings, as they battle the heat, dust, and icy desert nights.

A baseball league is established when a playing field is constructed in this odd location.

Shorty quickly realizes that he is playing not just to win, but also to achieve dignity and self-respect given the barbed-wire gates and towering guards around him.

This stirring tale of hope and bravery in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, which was inspired by true events, sheds light on a long-hidden and repulsive aspect of American history.

29. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

The Dutch town of Olst, where Katje is from, has not recovered much since World War II. Like the majority of Dutch families, her family is forced to patch its worn-out clothes and forgo necessities like milk and soap.

Afterwards, Postman Kleinhoonte rides his bicycle down Katje’s neighbourhood to deliver a strange box—a box from America—on a spring morning when the tulips are blooming “thick and vivid.”

The gift, which is filled with soap, socks, and chocolate, was provided by Rosie, a young American woman from Mayfield, Indiana. Her gift is a part of a charitable initiative to aid Europeans.

The contents of the package so astonish Katje that she writes a note of appreciation, starting a conversation that is filled with so many shocks that the girls and the residents of their village will never be the same.

This motivating tale, which features stunningly unique artwork and is based on the author’s mother’s youth, will demonstrate to young readers that they, too, can make a difference.

30. One Candle by Eve Bunting

One family’s interpretation of the traditional Hanukkah celebration is more profound.

Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose start telling their story, which they do each year, amid the food and festivities.

Every generation receives a story about enduring the worst of the Holocaust and finding the willpower to keep celebrating Hanukkah in the only way they could.

The values of tradition and family are reinforced by their story, which also demonstrates how we can preserve hope for the future by continuing to remember the tragedies and victories of the past.

31. Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott

As Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, approached, a neighbourhood cat observed changes in German and Jewish homes in Berlin.

This cat’s-eye perspective gives kids a light introduction to the Holocaust that might start a conversation about this time.

32. The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida

All Japanese Americans must travel to a location known as an internment camp, where Emi and her family are being taken.

It is the year 1942. Japan and the United States are at war. Emi, age 7, doesn’t want to leave her friends, school, or home, but her mother explains that they have no option because they are Japanese Americans.

Emi keeps quiet about her dissatisfaction for the sake of her mother. Emi can’t help but want to cry on the first day of camp when she realizes she lost her heart bracelet.

She asks herself, “How will I ever remember my best friend?”

33. The Yellow Star by Carmen Agra Deedy

Deedy presents the story of Danish King Christian X’s straightforward act of bravery and resistance, which helped to rally his people against the Nazis by fusing truth and folklore.

The monarch has a tradition of riding around Copenhagen’s streets unattended, relying on his subjects’ affection to keep him safe.

The monarch comes up with a plan to safeguard them when the Nazis issued the directive that all Jews must wear yellow stars on their garments.

He performs his morning rounds as usual, but his best suit is adorned with a golden Star of David.

34. The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse couldn’t get the story out of her head after reading a brief piece on cats deceiving the Gestapo at the Warsaw railway station during WWII.

This moving narrative of a Jewish girl’s participation in the Resistance is the end outcome.

This fictional tale, which was based on extensive research, is both horrifying and emotional at the same time.

It is a monument to history and to our fervent will to survive, as only Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse can write it.

35. Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco

When Tucky Jo enrolled in the army at the age of fifteen, he was referred to as the “child from Kentucky.”

It was difficult being the youngest recruit in the Pacific theatre of World War II. However, he makes a friend with a little girl who helps him treat his insect bites.

He gets to know her family and shares part of his rations with them.

Tucky Jo and Little Heart communicate the same language of kindness even if the young girl doesn’t speak English.

In this heartwarming picture book based on a true story, Tucky Jo and Little Heart reconnect years later, and an act of kindness is returned just when it’s needed.

The Great Migration and Civil Rights

36. A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson

Two little girls slip out of their house, down the street, and across the town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice.

There is a beautiful, delicious scent in the air. Two Coretta Scott King recipients provide a heartwarming insight into the contributions that several kids and teenagers made to the civil rights struggle.

37. A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulkner

You may put Abbey Finch to blame. LuLu and Jelly wouldn’t have needed to go see for themselves if she hadn’t returned from town with tales of a fountain gushing with “coloured” water.

However, Abbey is not to blame. Early in the 1960s, coloured water isn’t the fruit-flavoured Technicolor marvel LuLu and Jelly were hoping for. A drink does not come without a cost, though.

38. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

John Henry and Joe have a lot in common. They both enjoy shooting marbles, aspire to become firefighters and enjoy swimming.

But there is one significant difference between them: Joe is white, while John Henry is black.

In 1964, this meant that John Henry was not permitted to do anything his best buddy was.

Then legislation is passed that outlaws discrimination and allows everyone to use the community pool.

Joe and John Henry are so eager that they run to the location. However, they soon learn that changing people’s hearts requires more than a new rule.

39. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold

If buses could talk, they would relate the tale of Rosa, a young African-American girl who had to travel miles to attend her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white students took a bus to school.

It would describe how Rosa the adult couldn’t sit in the same row as a white person while riding a segregated city bus to and from work.

The story would describe the momentous occasion when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how her bravery inspired people all across the world to fight for freedom.

In this book, the bus actually talks, and Marcie, a little girl heading to school, discovers why Rosa Parks is regarded as the founder of the Civil Rights movement.

Marcie’s enchanted journey comes to an end when she runs across Rosa Parks at a birthday celebration attended by a number of eminent people.

40. More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby

A story of Booker T. Washington’s youth that is fictitious.

After being freed, nine-year-old Booker worked at the salt works from dawn till nightfall while living in a West Virginia village.

He travelled there by lantern light. He has a growling tummy, but his true hunger is a burning desire to become literate.

41. This is the Rope: a Story From the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

During the Great Migration, many African American families left the South in search of better prospects.

A little child in South Carolina discovers a rope one summer under a tree, which begins the tale of one family’s migration north during the Great Migration.

She is unaware that the rope will go down in her family’s history.

However, the rope has been passed down through three generations, used for everything from jump rope competitions to securing baggage to a moving truck for the big move up to New York City, and even for a family reunion where the original little girl is now a grandmother.

An Uprising Cultural Movement

42. Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang

Tai Shan and his father, Baba, have a similar sense of freedom as the kites as they fly kites from their roof and see the bustling city streets below.

While the two kites—one red and one blue—rise, dip, and soar together, Baba enjoys reciting Tai Shan stories.

Then, something awful happens. Schools are closed, business signs are broken, and homes are searched by individuals wearing red armbands.

Tai Shan moves in with Granny Wang while Baba is exiled. Despite being separated by a great distance, father and son manage to remain close in secret.

They fly their red and blue kites as a daily greeting until Baba can be set free once more, just like the kites.

Canadian Historical Fiction

43. Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

A little girl and her grandfather have a lovely relationship, as told in this story.

Grandpa confesses that his language, Cree, was taken from him when he was a youngster when she asks him how to pronounce something in his language.

The little child then embarks on a mission to assist her grandfather in rediscovering his native tongue.

The intergenerational effects of the residential school system, which took young Indigenous children away from their families, are examined in this thoughtful picture book with warmly rendered illustrations.

The tale acknowledges the suffering of those whose culture and language have been taken away from them, how that suffering is passed down, and how healing can also be shared.

44. When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson

A little girl starts to discover things that intrigue her while she helps take care of her grandmother’s garden.

Why does her grandma dress in gorgeous colours and have long, braided hair? Why does she spend so much time with her family and speak another language?

She inquires about these things with her grandma, who then tells her about life at a residential school decades ago when all of these things were taken away.

The tale of When We Were Alone is one of empowerment and fortitude that finally takes place during a trying period in history.

Books Inspired by Historic People

45. George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra

The Father of His Country had toothaches his whole life, from dealing with them while fighting the British to having rotting teeth extracted by his dentists.

However, he never possessed a set of wooden teeth, unlike what many people think.

George Washington started losing teeth at the age of 24, and by the time he was elected president, he barely had two teeth left.

Readers will learn the truth as they trace the path of missing teeth to total toothlessness in this reverently humorous story written in rhyme and based on Washington’s letters, journals, and other historical archives.

46. Independence Cake by Deborah Hopkinson

King of the picture book historical fiction Deborah Hopkinson transports us to late eighteenth-century America where Mrs Bean, a mother of six muscular sons, struggles to maintain order in her chaotic home before Amelia Simmons comes and restores order.

How expertly she prepares everything from pickled cucumbers to bread pudding to flapjacks.

Additionally, she creates new dishes with American vegetables like winter squash.

The fact that she can bake is the cherry on top; she makes thirteen Independence Cakes, one for each colony, and offers them to George Washington as a gift. He squeals, “Delicious” Includes a recipe from the author plus a note.

47. New York’s Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne

A genuine volunteer fireman by the name of Mose Humphreys gained notoriety for his bravery in New York City in the 1840s.

In 1848, plays about him were being presented on Broadway, and over time, his bravery and courage assumed Paul Bunyan-like dimensions.

His legends have been condensed by Mary Pope Osborne into a short, dramatic, occasionally humorous, but ultimately moving picture book narrative.

The magnificent paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher show this eight-foot-tall superhero leaping into oncoming flames, rescuing infants and bankers, and gobbling up the feasts bestowed upon him by the appreciative residents of old New York.

The book is dedicated to the 343 New York City firefighters who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, in order to save others, and the author has added a historical note on the genesis of this tall tale.

48. Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey and Floyd Cooper

Little ballerinas dream big. fantasies of doing pirouettes and grand jets, as well as dreams of enrolling in the top ballet programs and landing leading parts on stage.

However, in 1950s Harlem, ambitions weren’t always realized since they required a lot of effort and optimism. And hope might be difficult to find at times.

But Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina, did achieve her goals.

And those aspirations served as an example for ballerinas everywhere, proving that skin tone was no barrier to success.

49. Moi and Marie Antionette by Lynn Cullen

One of history’s most well-known monarchs, Marie Antoinette was also a little child at one point.

Here is the tale of the young princess’s life as related by her conceited but faithful dog, Sebastian: from her early years in Austria to the elaborate ceremonies leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unfortunate ascent to power during unstable times to the birth of her own children.

The lively book by Lynn Cullen illuminates a side of Marie Antoinette that few have seen—that of a young girl who was thrown into a position that was far larger than she could have ever anticipated.

The splendour of life in 18th-century Versailles and the tender intimacy of a child’s enduring love for her pet are beautifully depicted in Amy Young’s illustrations.

50. Will’s Quill or How a Goose Saved Shakespeare by Don Freeman

When a goose named Willoughby travels to London, he befriends the amiable actor-playwright Shakespeare and contributes to the development of literature.

Final Thoughts

Make history lessons exciting for children by encouraging their sense of exploration, generating fresh inquiries, and fostering debates.

History is such a vast subject with so many incredible stories to share.

American history offers tales of optimism, adventure, love, and tragedy that we may read on our own or utilize as a group activity with family and friends.

Do you like studying historical occurrences or well-known figures from the past? If yes, check out our page for more interesting books.

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