How do kids benefit from reading historical fiction? Answer 3

“Authors of historical fiction provide young readers with the human side of history, making it more real and more memorable.”

(Lynch-Brown, Essentials of Children’s Literature, 2008)
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How do kids benefit from reading historical fiction? Answer 2

“Every book set in the past invites a comparison with the present. Opportunities for critical thinking and judgment are built into the many novels that provide conflicting views on an issue and force characters to make hard choices… Historical perspective also helps children see and judge the mistakes of the past.” (Charlotte Huck’s Children’s Literature, 2009)

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How do kids benefit from reading historical fiction? Answer 1

“Reading historical novels satisfies our curiosity about other times, places, and people… it provides adventure, suspense, and mystery… and to teach particular lessons. (Nilson et al. Literature for Today’s Young Adults, 2013)

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What qualifies as historical fiction? Answer 2

“For a writer to create a historical novel, it’s not enough to take a generic character and put him or her on the Titanic or in ancient Egypt. The character has to act like someone who lived in the period and place, with the values and attitudes of people in that times.” (M. Rabey, Historical Fiction for Teens, 2011)

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What qualifies as historical fiction? Answer 1

It’s a matter of perspective, some think.

“Teen readers often consider anything that happened before they were born to be ancient history. Teen readers I asked considered stories set in the 1980s and prior to be historical fiction.” (D.T. Herald, Teen Genreflecting 3, 2011)
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