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Historical Fiction Awards for Children’s Books

Best Historical Fiction Books for Kids

One of my favorite blogs, The Fourth Musketeer, just covers KidLit Historical Fiction. I pretty much file every book review of hers into an email folder labeled “Books I Want to Read.” She posted on the Historical Association Awards Young Quills  from Great Britain here. I have listed the winners as well as the short lists for this year and last year. Historical fiction is a great way to get kids excited about history! If you want to find more great books, be sure to subscribe to The Fourth Musketeer’s blog. She’s a librarian and the go to person on that!
The winners are …

The Sacred Scarab, by Gill Harvey, part of The Egyptian Chronicles. For ages 8-12.

Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin.  The Fourth Musketeer reviewed it here. It’s for ages 12 and up.

Here’s the other chapter books on the short list for 2011:

Older Children (ages 8-12)

The Blue-Eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes

A Boy Called Mouse by Penny Dolan

The Dumpy Princess by Karin Fernald

Young Teens (ages 12 and up)

The Cabinet of Curiosities by Paul Dowswell

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

The Fool’s Girl by Celia Rees

Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale

Montacute House by Lucy Jago

And here’s the short list from 2010:

Young Fiction (Under Age 7) 

In Egyptian Times by Kate Davis and Alfredo Belli

Older Children (ages 8-12)

The Magic Half  by Annie Barrows


Day of the Assassins by Johnny O’Brien 

Thief! by John Pilkington

Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Young Teens (ages 12 and up)
  • The Wild Man by Mark Barratt
  • Dido by Adele Geras
  • Far From Home by K.M. Peyton
  • Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Anne Rodman

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jen

    Uh oh. I just overflowed my Amazon wishlist…

  2. I found your blog recently- I can’t really remember how- but I just wanted to let you know I love it! I go through the click, click, click of deleting all the emails around it, and then always read what you have to say. So excited to delve into some of your book recommendations for my kid!

  3. Thanks so much for the kind shout out about my blog! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jen

    My kids are too young for these, I want them for me!

    • To Jen,
      I’m the same way. I buy books ahead for me and then hope one of my kids will read it at sone point too. I do have to say it’s so much fun when we both love the same book.

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