There are so many ways to learn history through reading–and it doesn’t have to be boring! In Episode 9 of Kidliterate we share our favorite biographies and memoirs, historical fiction, and classic fiction, and why we both prefer to get our history lessons through compelling stories. Join us!
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Links we discussed:
- Who Is? and Who Was? series, by various authors
- I Am book series, by Brad Meltzer
- Little Leaders series, by Vashti Harrison
- Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls, by by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, and Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons, by Ben Brooks
- I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition), by Malala Yousafzai
- The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Historical fiction Sarah remembers from growing up:
- American Girl book series
- The Little House book series
- Sarah read Prairie Fires, by Caroline Fraser (about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder)
- Ramona Quimby series
- Reid, age 9, is on a classics kick and has been reading Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, and Gulliver’s Travels
- We mentioned the Young Reader’s editions of Little Women and Anne of Green Gables
- Picture books like the ones by Robert McCloskey (Sarah’s favorites are Blueberries For Sal and One Morning In Maine) give visual scenes of everyday life in generations past
What we’re reading:
- Sarah finished Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun
- Allegra is reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
What you’re reading:
- Faiza and her 4-year-old son are reading Sadiq And The Desert Star (and subsequent books in the series) by Siman Nuurali
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