Historical Fiction: The Great Depression

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Angels in the Dust-Raven (4.2/0.5) The Babe and I-Adler (3.2/0.5) Born and Bred in the Great Depression-Winter (no level) Don’t Forget Winona-Peterson (2.8/0.5) The Dust Bowl-Booth (3.8/0.5) Dust for…

Historical Fiction: War of 1812

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-2) An American Army of Two-Greeson (2.9/0.5) The Battle for St. Michaels-McCully (3.1/0.5) The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story-Evans (3.4/0.5) Chet Chestnut-Sargent (4.2/0.5) Snow (White)-Sargent (4.5/0.5) (Description: A…

“T” Party

During our Letter T week, we had a “T” party…get it, T like tea. 🙂 We initially were going for Tuesday the twenty-first at ten. But, then decided to have it while we had some Chinese foreign exchange students over.  So, it turned into a party for the kids followed with dinner for the adults…

South African Safari Photos (Pilanesberg National Park)

Here are a photos from the spring in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Find a list of historical fiction set in Africa here. These photos are published under a creative commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). If it seems like the photo isn’t downloading at a res you’d like, please leave a comment with the number of…

California History Field Trip: Native Americans and Exploring

My  sister-in-law is homeschooling her 4th and 2nd grader.  She is not a fan of California history (crazy!), so I offered to try and put together some field trips for the kids.  We live in the general LA/San Gabriel Valley area, so you won’t be finding us taking any Sacramento trips. I love my niece…

Historical Fiction: The Civil War

 [Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Civil War Causes and Events Lower Grades (K-3) Abraham Lincoln-D’Aulaire (5.2/1) A. Lincoln and Me-Borden (3.5/0.5) Abe Lincoln’s Dream-Smith (3.0/0.5) Alec’s Primer-Walter (3.4/0.5) Billy and the Rebel-Hopkinson (3.2/0.5) The Blue and the…

Historical Fiction: African Folktales

[This is a subtopic of Africa  and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers.  For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) The Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales-Arkhurst (4.4/1) The Amazing Tree-Kilaka (3.7/0.5) Anansi and the Box of Stories-Krensky (3.2/0.5) Anansi and…

Historical Fiction: Africa

[This is part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers.  For the full list and to see more info, click here.] There are a limited amount of English historical fiction books about Africa, so I included some modern and generic ones that help explain the culture, tribal life, animals and geography…

Historical Fiction: Traveling West

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]  Lower Grades (K-3) The Adventures of Laura and Jack-Wilder (3.5/1) Aurora Means Dawn-Sanders (4.1/0.5) (1800, OH) Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story-Lester (4.5/0.5) A…

Historical Fiction: Lewis and Clark/Louisiana Territory

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]  Lower Grades (K-3) Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark-Sneve (4.6/0.5) The Crossing-Napoli (3.6/0.5) Mack-Sargent (4.4/0.5) My Name Is…

Historical Fiction: Texas Revolution/Mexican-American War

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Grady-Sargent (4.1/.5) Francisca Alvarez: The Angel of Goliad-Egan (5.3/0.5)  Middle Grades (4-8) The Alamo Cat-Kerr (4.4/1) All for Texas: A Story of…

Historical Fiction: California History

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Amelia’s Road-Altman (4.1/0.5) Astro: The Stellar Sea Lion-Harvey (4.5/0.5) Barrio: Jose’s Neighborhood–Ancona(5.6/0.5) Boom Town-Levitin (3.7/0.5) Brothers-Yin (3.1/0.5) Calling the Doves-Herrera (4.5/0.5) Chang’s Paper…