Vietnam War Nonfiction

The Vietnam War continues to evoke strong emotions for those who served and those who protested, but few kids today know much, if anything, about it. It isn’t covered in school curricula and doesn’t reach the level of World War II. It was a war unlike any other, and many kids, if introduced to it,…

MG Stories Set in East Asia

China, Korea, and Japan have their histories. It’s unsettling, and yet fascinating. There’s China with its Cultural Revolution that killed millions. Japan and its power grab of Korea, then Pearl Harbor. Perhaps most disturbing is the inhumanity in North Korea that continues as this is written. These books will give you a better understanding of…

Civil War Historical Fiction

Certain topics in historical fiction have struggled over the years. The Civil War tops that list. Many books once considered classics and award winners have not stood the test of time with today’s youth. They want drama, details, and an emotional connection. On the other hand, they want simplicity. Finally, after reading, or attempting to…

Civil War Nonfiction

It’s hard to imagine a war fought in backyards. The Civil War was that war. From Bull Run to Appomattox Courthouse, and all the the battles in between, it was a war that should have been over in a month. Family members fought on both sides. 620,000 men died, a staggering number. Battles. Spies. Slaves….

Middle Grade Holocaust Nonfiction

No moment in history is more horrific than the Holocaust of World War II. Everyone, including young people, are drawn to the stories of real people who experienced disaster and tragedy. The survivors. The heroes. The monsters. When the Titanic sunk, women and children were saved first. During the Holocaust, they were killed first. Some…

Middle Grade Revolutionary War Stories

  Good Revolutionary War stories are hard to find. In all honesty, many of them are downright boring. This wasn’t an easy list to create. I tried to cover many different aspects of the war. These are my top picks for books that are the most likely to keep young people’s attention. If you like…

World War II Nonfiction

World War II, especially Hitler and the annihilation of the Jews, is a topic that sells itself. We will never stop being shocked by what Hitler did. Some of those books are on this list. But that is only a piece of the World War II story. There was the war with Japan that came…

Revolutionary War Nonfiction

Most of us learned our history from dry, boring textbooks, and pretty much can’t remember any of it. One of the most well respected children’s nonfiction authors, Steve Sheinkin, admits to being one of those boring textbook writers. He’s made amends, and two of his books appear on this list. Who knew American history could…

Middle Grade Refugee Historical Fiction

Although refugee stories exist all across the globe, in all time periods, this group of books focuses on the tragedies in the Middle East and Africa. Almost always it is the result of a corrupt government or hatred between different ethnic or religious groups. Some of these books are newly published and some of them…

Middle Grade Stories in Verse

Stories in verse are great for understanding complex historical events and encouraging the reluctant reader. These selections are some of my favorites from authors who have already established themselves as exceptional writers. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Told from the perspective of a young girl who recounts the frequent struggles against the dust…

Middle Grade WW2 Historical Fiction

No horror story matches that of the German and Soviet attempts at ethnic cleansing that occurred during World War 2. The attempt to control the lives of the innocent citizens continued well into the Cold War. These are some of the best written recreations of what happened during that time.