History is full of tales of courage, danger, adventure, and fun. And studying the discipline may spark a child’s interest—whether in a time period, individual, or social movement.
True stories from history are a great way to increase reading skills in students of all ages, or expand their knowledge of a topic they’re already enthusiastic about.
When reading about history, it’s important to remember that our knowledge of the past depends on what remains from the particular time period today; what documents have been saved, what artifacts have been uncovered, what buildings remain standing. Some stories, either whole or in part, have been lost forever, are hidden from view, or are misinterpreted by scholars.
HMH has published a lot of compelling nonfiction books for children of all ages and below are just a few to consider. Most of the books I list here use primary sources to illuminate previously untold aspects of history, whether some part of a larger story that’s already familiar to your students or one that has been overlooked. These books also provide good examples of different ways one can write about history.