Historical Fiction for Middle to
Escape from the Slave Traders: David Livingstone (Trailblazer, Gr. 3-10)
In this exciting story, African boys are
pulled into slavery, and hope for aid from
David Livingstone (the great missionary
doctor and explorer) during his important
and challenging work as a missionary doctor in Africa and crusader for the African
people and land.
Listen for the Whippoorwill: Harriet Tubman, by Dave & Neta Jackson (Trailblazer,
A “fictional” slave girl experiences the
much-deserved thrill of being rescued from
slavery by Harriet Tubman, giving readers a
chance to vicariously “meet” this great and
God-fearing woman who faced incredible
risks for the sake of others.
Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan (Gr. 3-12)
True story of Norwegian children asked to
smuggle the nation’s gold stores past Nazi
soldiers, before the Nazis can apprehend
it. This is one of the best children’s books
ever written, in my opinion! Adults seem
to remember it more vividly than almost
any other book read in their childhoods,
and I feel sure that your children will say
The Secret Road, by Bruce Lancaster (Gr.
A riveting story displaying the brilliant and
courageous efforts of the Culper Spy Ring
during the American Revolution. I know a
man, still patriotic, who was thrilled by this
as a teen.
For Early Readers to Enjoy
Little Toot, by Hardie Gramatky (Gr. 1-2)
Classic story of a happy tugboat who pluckily “rescues” a large ship even though he
is frightened of big waves. Children have
loved this book for generations! (You can
follow his further adventures in other
books in the series.)
Flip, by Wesley Dennis (Gr. 1-3)
A tender pony must summon the courage
to face his fear of jumping over the creek,
in this long-beloved story that every child
Marven of the Great North Woods, by Kathryn Lasky (Gr. 2-5)
A Jewish boy must courageously make his
own way at a lumbering camp in the big forests of Minnesota after being sent there by
his parents to escape an influenza epidemic.
Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh
No girl should miss this wonderful, award-winning, fact-based, story of a pioneer girl
who is trying to dauntlessly help her father
while settling in a new area of Connecticut
where Indians live. I’ve never heard a girl
not rave about this!
Films for the Family
Rack, Shack, and Benny (Veggie Tales®, various ages)
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