Episode 41: Reading Historical Fiction

April 11, 2023

In episode 41 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Reading Historical Fiction

Reading historical fiction for kids. Why should kids read books set in different time periods? How can we get them to engage with historical fiction? This week, Megan and Allison take a deep dive into history, sharing some of their favourite historical reads for kids (and adults) and why authors love writing books set in the past.

Plus, a tip for researching history and how to create a ‘table of learning’.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘A Good Place’ by Lucy Cousins

‘The Boy with Flowers in his Hair’ by Jarvis

‘Grow’ by Riz Reyes. Illustrated by Sara Boccaccini Meadows 

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‘Elsewhere Girls’ by Nova Weetman and Emily Gale (middle grade). Full review here.  

‘Brotherband and The Ranger’s Apprentice’ by John Flanagan (upper primary – middle grade)  

‘Tarin Of The Mammoths’ by Jo Sandhu (upper primary – middle grade) 

‘Wolf Girl’ by Theresa Tomlinson (upper primary – middle grade) 

‘Catherine, called Birdy’ by Karen Cushman (upper primary – middle grade) 

‘Haywire’ by Claire Saxby was a great read (upper primary) 

‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’ by Karen Foxlee (upper primary – middle grade) 

‘The Signature of All Things’ by Elizabeth Gilbert (adult) 

‘The Dictionary of Lost Words’ by Pip Williams (adult) 

History and Mystery books for Tweens by Allison Tait

Reading Diverse Time Periods, blog post by Megan Daley

Review of White Bird, blog post by Megan Daley (upper primary – middle grade)

Review of The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle, blog post by Megan Daley

The Historical Fiction writing of Claire Saxby, blog post by Megan Daley

Review of The Turnkey by Allison Rushby, blog post by Megan Daley (upper primary – middle grade)

Review of Ratcatchers Daughter by Pamela Rushby, blog post by Megan Daley (upper primary – middle grade)

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