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Historical Fiction Books for Kids

…and Flocabulary Songs to Go With Them!

If your students are reading historical fiction, help set the stage with Flocabulary’s history songs! We’ve assembled a list of Flocab videos to help you add a historical component to your literature, or a literary element to your social studies. These raps quickly provide historical context for favorite works of historical fiction.

World History

If you’re reading…                 …you could use:


Middle Ages: Europe - "It's Dangerous"

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood



Imperialism - "The Sun Never Sets"

The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg by Sibusiso Nyembezi






Postcolonialism - "Our Own Nation"

Homespun by Nilita Vachani

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beal





The Modern Middle East - "What Lies Beneath"

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi







Modern China - "Don't Mess with the Dragon"

The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong

Spring Pearl: The Last Flower by Laurence Yep

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom by Katherine Paterson



American History

If you’re reading…                 …you could use:


Thirteen Colonies - "I Want America"

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter




American Revolution - "This Ain't Working"

My Brother Sam is Dead by Chistopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier

A Stitch in Time by Ann Rinaldi






Civil War - "Ghosts of the Civil War"

Steal Away by Jennifer Armstrong

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Hamilton

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe


World War I - "The Great War"

Letters From Rifka by Karen Hesse

Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque




The Great Depression - "FDR" (Interlude)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback

Native Son by Richard Wright

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse




"Jazz Age"



The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald





World War II - "Would You Drop It?"

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Summer of My German Soldier by Betta Greene

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

A Separate Peace by John Knowles




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