Scholarly References

NOTE: All historical fiction books are listed individually in their respective articles and pages.


Adamson, L. (1987). A reference guide to historical fiction for children and young adults. New York: Greenwood Press.

Coffey, R. & Howard E.F. (1997). America as story: Historical fiction for middle and secondary schools. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association.

 Crew, H. (2014). Experiencing America's story through fiction: Historical novels for grades 7-12. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Galda, L. (2013). Biography and memoir. Literature and the child. New York: Cengage.

Gillespie, J. T (2008). Historical fiction for young readers (grades 4-8). Westport, Conn.:   Libraries Unlimited.

Schwebel, S. (2011). Child-sized history: Fictions of the past in U.S. classrooms. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Vardell, S. (2014). Children’s literature in action: A librarian’s guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Wilson, K. (2011). Re-visioning historical fiction for young readers the past through modern eyes. New York: Routledge.


Aronson, M. (2009, October 23). What makes for great historical fiction? Nonfiction Matters, School Library Journal. Retrieved from

Barton, Keith. “What role should fiction have in the U.S. history classroom?” Roundtable discussion: A balanced and critical approach to historical fiction,   Retrieved from

 Herz, S. K. (1981). Using historical fiction in the history classroom. Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. Retrieved from

Lindquist, T. (1995). Why and how I teach with historical fiction. Scholastic Teachers.  Retrieved from

Lindsay, N. (1999). Packaging the past. School Library Journal, 45(7), 34-35.


Bookworm for Kids: a resource for books for children.

The Common Core State Standards.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center.


Kid Lit History.

Literature for Kids.


School Library Journal.

Teacher Vision: Popular Historical Fiction Resources.

Wikipedia. Five laws of library use.