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Suggested Historical Fiction for Kindergarten

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson

Bused across town to a school in a white neighborhood of Boston in 1974, a young African American boy named Brewster describes his first day in first grade. This book also includes historical notes on court-ordered busing.

Dancing with Katya by Dori Chaconas

In the late 1920s, Anna tries to help her younger sister Katya regain her strength and joy in life after she becomes crippled by polio.

In Venice, Italy, in the 1890s, a stray cat draws attention to a coffee shop in which he inspired composer Guiseppi Verdi, and as the feline's fame grows, the shop's owner entertains royalty, the Pope, and many others. Includes historical notes about the real Nini and his visitors.

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.

Jackie's bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki

Joey, the batboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, learns a hard lesson about respect for people of different races after Jackie Robinson joins the team.

Enjoy a humorous look at five of our country's founding fathers.

Pop's bridge by Eve Bunting

Robert and his friend Charlie are proud of their fathers, who are working on the construction of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

In 1931, a boy and his father watch as the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building, is constructed, step-by-step, near their Manhattan home.

Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting

In the late 1800s, Marianne travels westward on the Orphan Train in hopes of being placed with a caring family.

In this wordless picture book, a young Southern farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding behind the corn crib in the barn and decides to help him.