Best Children's Historical Fiction

Your favorite children's books with a strong historical setting.
1

by
4.19 avg rating — 218,431 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.23 avg rating — 577,902 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.05 avg rating — 1,393,755 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.12 avg rating — 743,211 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
3.98 avg rating — 118,842 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
4.12 avg rating — 361,463 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
4.36 avg rating — 1,421,013 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.17 avg rating — 194,415 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
3.81 avg rating — 255,575 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
3.81 avg rating — 1,043,909 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
3.97 avg rating — 159,120 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.14 avg rating — 66,226 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
4.19 avg rating — 236,194 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.05 avg rating — 48,036 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
3.73 avg rating — 62,220 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
3.90 avg rating — 636,962 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.19 avg rating — 82,787 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
3.62 avg rating — 34,850 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 40,563 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.81 avg rating — 72,693 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.22 avg rating — 114,371 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
3.80 avg rating — 100,132 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
3.70 avg rating — 34,056 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.22 avg rating — 106,684 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
3.95 avg rating — 205,597 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
3.93 avg rating — 55,037 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.82 avg rating — 335,245 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.90 avg rating — 81,172 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
3.71 avg rating — 35,226 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
3.90 avg rating — 88,883 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
3.99 avg rating — 5,180 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.02 avg rating — 46,730 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
3.99 avg rating — 6,038 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.09 avg rating — 38,317 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.12 avg rating — 68,987 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.94 avg rating — 17,385 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.17 avg rating — 56,711 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
4.17 avg rating — 60,138 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
3.78 avg rating — 27,367 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
3.98 avg rating — 25,803 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.95 avg rating — 5,068 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
4.05 avg rating — 40,776 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
3.96 avg rating — 66,691 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.23 avg rating — 8,427 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
4.06 avg rating — 58,933 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
3.73 avg rating — 12,644 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
4.33 avg rating — 131,673 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.26 avg rating — 3,592,089 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
3.92 avg rating — 29,700 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
3.87 avg rating — 6,292 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
4.10 avg rating — 25,492 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.18 avg rating — 73,159 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
4.08 avg rating — 3,908 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 5,128 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
3.92 avg rating — 2,688 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.08 avg rating — 15,763 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.06 avg rating — 2,015 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.74 avg rating — 60,054 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.91 avg rating — 223,126 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
4.16 avg rating — 32,995 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.11 avg rating — 13,143 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
3.67 avg rating — 14,717 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
3.97 avg rating — 14,086 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.84 avg rating — 95,988 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
3.86 avg rating — 10,721 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.02 avg rating — 26,358 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.95 avg rating — 50,121 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
3.88 avg rating — 30,069 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.17 avg rating — 14,691 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.01 avg rating — 31,863 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71

by
3.86 avg rating — 30,838 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
3.65 avg rating — 28,030 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
3.83 avg rating — 8,283 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
4.47 avg rating — 10,008 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
3.97 avg rating — 8,380 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.22 avg rating — 20,663 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
3.82 avg rating — 2,553 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.03 avg rating — 5,697 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
3.99 avg rating — 24,571 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
4.47 avg rating — 12,476 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
3.89 avg rating — 12,793 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
3.83 avg rating — 36,071 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.09 avg rating — 37,248 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
3.97 avg rating — 1,406 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
3.54 avg rating — 20,197 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
3.99 avg rating — 23,629 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
3.85 avg rating — 2,780 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.19 avg rating — 22,370 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.89 avg rating — 9,168 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.87 avg rating — 4,340 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
3.91 avg rating — 9,278 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
3.97 avg rating — 4,488 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
3.91 avg rating — 11,296 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
3.71 avg rating — 3,088 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
3.79 avg rating — 14,486 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.44 avg rating — 9,972 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
4.20 avg rating — 12,471 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
4.42 avg rating — 10,608 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
4.29 avg rating — 32,743 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
4.12 avg rating — 9,848 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
711 books · 741 voters · list created August 15th, 2008 by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (votes) .
137 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3005 books
757 friends
Angel 865 books
34 friends
Amanda 303 books
53 friends
Nicole 1690 books
64 friends
Emily 83 books
2 friends
Mary 126 books
714 friends
Ashley 1027 books
45 friends
Antoine 949 books
166 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-31 of 31) (31 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Bialys It has to be 12-year old Makenna Gold. The Virago!


message 2: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Most of these seem to be written more for girls, but The Golden Goblet, The Wind in the Door, Johnny Tremain, and The Bronze Bow are all good for boys. Plus the the Time Warp Trio books are a sort of skewed historical fiction that is really funny for kids.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Carry On, Mr. Bowditch would probably also be good for boys, now that you mention it, Cindy.


message 5: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Thanks to everyone for voting on this list. I started it to tout my favorite characters, but I found some new characters in the process. My favorite so far is Phedre from the Kushiel's Dart series.


message 6: by Janna (new)

Janna Good list, but some should be removed because they aren't historical fiction: The Secret Garden, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, A Little Princess. Also I think Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins, Heidi... I'm pretty sure they are all set in the time they were written.


message 7: by A.C (new)

A.C allthough most of them (who I know) are great my favorite heroine must be Snake from Dreamsnake by Vonda Mcintyre!


message 8: by Kiri (new)

Kiri #24 Pride and Prejudice???? Great novel, yes, great female protagonist, yes, but on a list of best fantasy heroines????

Not enough people have read Elizabeth Moon's fantastic "The Deed of Paksenarrion" clearly, or it would be higher on the list. There is a kick-ass female protagonist making it in a man's world (although she is certainly not the only female mercenary).


message 9: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow Heh, everyone recommended The Deed of Paksenarrion to me. I was really disappointed to find it to be wish-fullfillment drek--like Mercedes Lackey or Tamora Pierce, a lot of fun as a tween, not so much later. There's no depth or danger to the protagonist--I never worried if she'd make the right choice or if she'd die. It was a little too clear that Moon thought her main character was the bestest. This the same reason I dislike the Honor Harrington series.


message 10: by Kiri (new)

Kiri Wealhtheow, I suppose it is true that fiction with exceptional main characters could be considered "wish-fulfillment drek", and you could certainly make the point that, including the grandfather of all such novels ("Lord of the Rings"), they present an unrealistic view of the world and the characters lack depth and complexity... But hey, this is a list of "best fantasy heroines", and as a genre fantasy tends to be exactly "wish-fulfillment drek". You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but you must find something to appreciate in fantasy or you wouldn't have even looked at this list.


message 11: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow I think there's a huge difference between being a fantasy with a talented or exceptional main character and something I would term "drek." Most of it's writing ability on the part of the author. I mean, I love Alanna of Trebond (from Tamora Pierce), even though she has purple eyes, extra powerful Gift, psychic bond with her cat, relationship with The Goddess, ancient magical sword, prophecies about her...all very wish-fullfillment-y. Yet the author makes her a well-rounded character, with flaws and quirks and her own personality, as opposed to an Authorial Insert.


message 12: by Kiri (new)

Kiri I guess Elizabeth Moon just rubbed you the wrong way! I thought she made Paks quite an interesting character, and I did not find her to be "perfect". She has a quick temper, and for the first two books of the series she struggles with a tendency to trust too readily. I will grant you that I found her a lot less interesting in the second half of the third book - I felt that Moon lost her edge and Paks was suddenly too wise, too knowing.
I too enjoyed the Alanna books, but I gotta say that I found Alanna less interesting in the end because of all her special attributes. As Pierce's characters go I loved Keladry of the "Protector of the Small" quartet - precisely because she has no magical talent she seems much more like an average person who makes good on the basis of hard work and honorable character.


message 13: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow I'll always love Alanna best of all Pierce's heroines, because I started the series when I was 10 or 11, Alanna's age. But I agree that Keladry was a refreshing change, and I'm really glad there are fantasy books out there with main characters with no special powers and nothing to rely on beyond their own wits and honor.


message 14: by Anny (new)

Anny Lin These Books Are Amazing!


message 15: by Anny (new)

Anny Lin i love the adventures of tom sawyer


message 16: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen SAD NOT TO SEE THE SACRIFICE OR QUEST
ON THIS LIST


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "All Votes."


message 18: by Pickles (new)

Pickles Please look up the definition of historical fiction, some of tis stuff is not even CLOSE to historical fiction. I mean what historical event is "To kill a mockingbird" about?? You guys are completely useless


message 19: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Arrowsmith To Kill a Mockingbird is about the way people lived in the American Deep South in the 1930s, and therefore is a historical novel. It is also based on a true event, a trial of a black man in 1936.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads On the other hand, is it really for children?


message 21: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Arrowsmith Not really - it just has main characters who are children. Though I read it when I was about eleven.


message 22: by Rosella (new)

Rosella Janna, I don't know about all of the ones you listed, but the Anne of Green Gables series and the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn books (yes, there were more than the two) were set in the time period of the author's childhood, so yes they were written as historical fiction.
Pickles, historical fiction means the books take place in an historical time period. Not that they tell about a specific event.


message 23: by Marleny (new)

Marleny My daughter saw the movie To Kill A Mockingbird when she was 12 and enjoyed it so much that she read the book. It's actually sold as a young adult book. It's also been read by high schoolers so I guess those are teens/kids. However, I'd agree it's not a book for the elementary and middle school reader.


message 24: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Johnson Pickles wrote: "Please look up the definition of historical fiction, some of tis stuff is not even CLOSE to historical fiction. I mean what historical event is "To kill a mockingbird" about?? You guys are complete..."

I agree not all of them are great picks...but I have looked up the definition of historical fiction (after all I'm a librarian) and there are several types of historical fiction. It doesn't have to be based on a specific event.


message 25: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Johnson Janna wrote: "Good list, but some should be removed because they aren't historical fiction: The Secret Garden, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, A Little Princess. Also I think Anne of Green Gables, Mary Poppins, Heidi... ..."

Contemporary fiction becomes historical fiction as it ages (so said my librarian professor).


message 26: by Kate (last edited May 04, 2014 07:19AM) (new)

Kate In terms of genre, contemporary fiction does NOT become historical fiction as it ages - it becomes a period piece. Therefore, books like Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables are not historical fiction; they're period pieces or classics. Readers might perceive these books to be historical fiction, and so the way they are read changes, but the fact that they were written by a contemporary of the time period doesn't.

Since there seems to be dissent about what should be included on this list, for now I'm only removing books that are not directed at children. Is the list creator still around to specify what he or she intended when creating this book list?


message 27: by Rosella (new)

Rosella Kate wrote: "In terms of genre, contemporary fiction does NOT become historical fiction as it ages - it becomes a period piece. Therefore, books like Pride & Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables are not historic..."

I don't have an opinion about contemporary fiction becoming historical fiction, but I'd like to point out that by your own definition the Anne of Green Gable series is historical fiction. L.M. Montgomery wrote the early books based on her childhood and thus set them a couple of decades earlier. For proof, note how the last couple of books foreshadow WWI.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I am indeed around. I didn't intend for say, older contemporary novels to be included.

I don't know enough about the writing of Anne of Green Gables to address that, but Little Women certainly isn't "historical fiction." Or The Secret Garden.

I don't mind the Little House books.


message 29: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Johnson Actually there are multiple lines of thought on that one...and some of them, to which I agree say that contemporary fiction does become historical fiction as it ages.


message 30: by Pam (new)

Pam great list to check out


message 31: by Lolade (new)

Lolade Hello,

The Horse & His Boy is NOT historical fiction. It's fantasy. Perhaps those 17 voters need to give it another look. Horses do not talk.

Okay. Bye.


back to top