I love this month’s theme of History!
I’ve already told you that my favorite history program is the Mystery of History. And Misty recently shared some great history television shows with you.
So today I want to focus on another one of my favorite ways to study history – with living books! There are way too many great living history and historical fiction books to name them all, so I’m just going to focus on a few of our favorites:
These books are fantastic for teaching girls about different time-periods in American History.
There’s Kirsten Larson who sails to America from Sweden in 1854 and has to learn a new language and new culture once she arrives.
Then there’s Felicity Merriman, a spirited horse-lover during the Revolutionary time period. Feeling torn between her best friend (a loyalist) and her father (a patriot), Felicity has some very difficult decisions to make.
My personal favorite American Girl is Kit Kittredge – She’s a writer from my home state, so I immediately connected with her (she even looks a little bit like me!). Kit grew up during the Great Depression and she really brought life into the realities of hardships people faced during that time period.
There are 12 different historical book sets in all, and you can read about all of them here.
A word of caution: American Girl has changed out their books to a new BeForever line. They’ve modernized the historical characters for this new line so I recommend either visiting your library or purchasing the older historical versions off eBay.
I honestly didn’t know if my outdoorsy, adventurous child would like the Little House books, but she LOVES them! Make sure to check out this tip about how to listen to the Little House books for free.
Caddie Woodlawn is also based on a true story, and she’s considered the more adventurous version of the Little House books. Fun and spirited, Caddie will be read and treasured for many years.
My girls absolutely love this book about lighthouses and a brave girl who needed to take care of the lights while her father was away.
The author shares stories her own grandmother had told her, and each chapter is filled with adventure and good morals. Even my husband gets a chuckle out of some of these stories!
What are some of your favorite fabulous history books?