Historical fiction for 2nd grade

"Ben and Me" - story about Ben Franklin and a mouse.

  • Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

  • Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport

  • The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin

  • Westward to Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary by Patricia

  • The Birchbark House by Erdrich is a little lengthier than
"American Girls" but I think 2nd grade might be able to handle it at
this time of year. Also, the Native American perspective is refreshing

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall and the sequels

  • Candace Ransom's Fire in the Sky is short enough for 2nd
graders. It's about the Hindenburg explosion.

  • There is a segment of the Dear America series called My
America that often has young boys...the Dear America series, of course,
is also outstanding.

  • The Earth Dragon Awakes

  • Honeycake by Joan Betty Stuchner and Cynthia Nugent

  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, Lynd Ward ( Illustrator)

  • Lynd Ward Young hero's of History series

  • The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis

  • An Island Far from Home by John Donahue

  • Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

  • Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury

  • The Kitchen Boy : A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty

  • Bradley, Kimberly Brubak. One-of-a-kind Mallie and Ruthie's

  • Deutsch, Stacia and Rhody Cohon. Blast to the Past series.

  • Osborne, Mary Pope. The Magic Tree House series.

  • Rappaport, Doreen. The Boston Coffee Party.

  • Whelan, Gloria. Hannah.

  • " " Next Spring an Oriole; Night of the
Full Moon and Shadow of the Wolf.



MY AMERICA by Scholastic

(In order by historical chronology):

  • OUR STRANGE NEW LAND: Elizabeth's Diary; Jamestown, Virginia,
1609 by Patricia Hermes
  • THE STARVING TIME: Elizabeth's Diary; Book Two; Jamestown,
Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes
  • SEASON OF PROMISE: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary; Book
Three; Jamestown, Virginia, 1611 by Patricia Hermes
  • FIVE SMOOTH STONES: Hope's Diary; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
1776 by Kristiana Gregory
  • WE ARE PATRIOTS: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Two;
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 by Kristiana Gregory
  • WHEN FREEDOM COMES: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book Three,
1778 by Kristiana Gregory
  • WESTWARD TO HOME: Joshua's Diary; Book One; The Oregon Trail,
1848 by Patricia Hermes
  • A PERFECT PLACE: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book Two, 1848 by
Patricia Hermes
  • THE WILD YEAR: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book Three, 1849 by
Patricia Hermes
  • AS FAR AS I CAN SEE: Meg's Prairie Diary; St. Louis to the
Kansas Territory, 1856 by Kate McMullan
  • FOR THIS LAND: Meg's Prairie Diary, Book Two, 1856 by Kate
  • A FINE START: Meg's Prairie Diary, Book Three, 1857 by Kate
  • FREEDOM'S WINGS: Corey's Diary; Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 by Sharon
Dennis Wyeth <http://www.kidsreads.com/reviews/0439141001.asp>
  • FLYING FREE: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book Two;
Amherstburg, Canada, 1858 by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  • MESSAGE IN THE SKY, 1859, Corey's Underground Railroad Diary,
Book Three by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  • MY BROTHER'S KEEPER: Virginia's Diary; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
1863 by Mary Pope Osborne
  • AFTER THE RAIN: Virginia's Diary; Book Two; Washington, D.C.,
1864 by Mary Pope Osborne
  • A TIME TO DANCE: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Book Three,
1865-1866 by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
  • HOPE IN MY HEART: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book One, 1903 by
Kathryn Lasky
  • HOME AT LAST: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book Two, 1903 by
Kathryn Lasky
  • AN AMERICAN SPRING: Sofia's Immigrant Diary, Book Three, 1903 by
Kathryn Lasky