Resources

Resources

Your go-to page to find your next historical fiction: awards, curricula (coming soon), book lists (coming soon)

Good historical fiction opens a diologue between the past and the present.” Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea


Historical fiction can teach us about past times. But if the book lacks literary merit, will we want to read it?

How do you find engaging books for your children? Literary awards are a good place to start.

Newbery Awards

The Newbery Medal, named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is awarded to a United States publisher for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a foreign country and translated into English.

Scott O’Dell Award

In 1982, Scott O’Dell established this annual award for an author of the best historical fiction book for children or young adults.  He hoped this award would encourage writers and increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world. 

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