Historical fiction books have the ability to transport young readers to different time periods and places, offering them a compelling blend of real history and imaginative storytelling. For 2nd graders, these books serve as a powerful tool to encourage curiosity, empathy, and critical thinking skills.
In this post, we will explore 27 Wonderful Historical Fiction Books For 2nd Graders.
The books mentioned in this post are based on comprehensive research and reviews and are considered some of the best Historical Fiction Books For 1st Graders.
Are You In a Hurry?
If you’re in a hurry, your search is over! We have selected three highly recommended books.
- Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
- I Survived the Children’s Blizzard
- Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Table of Contents
Overview Of The 27 Wonderful Historical Fiction Books For 2nd Graders
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In “All-of-a-Kind Family” by Sydney Taylor, meet five sisters living with their parents in New York City. Follow their adventures as they share exciting experiences, cherish every moment together, and navigate through surprises. This classic tale captures the love, laughter, and strong bond of this family.
In “Caleb’s Story” by Patricia MacLachlan, Caleb loves writing but his family is incomplete. While everything changes when Cassie, their little sister, finds a mysterious old man in the barn. Join Caleb as he shares a heartwarming story about love, forgiveness, and the bond of family.
In “The Bears on Hemlock Mountain” by Alice Dalgliesh, young Jonathan is told that there are no bears on Hemlock Mountain, so he sets out alone over the mountain without fear. However, one cold night, he makes an unexpected discovery! Join Jonathan in this classic story as he faces dangers and learns important lessons.
“Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder takes readers on a journey as they leave their homes and head to Kansas in a wagon. They find the perfect location to build a little house on the prairie and start a new life. This story of family bond and strength will delight young readers and adults alike.
I highly recommend checking out The Little House Box Set.
“Ben and Me” by Robert Lawson follows how a clever mouse, shares his account of his friendship with Benjamin, and how he played a significant role in shaping American history. Join Amos and Benjamin on this adventure.
In “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth, go on a thrilling journey back in time. This book features Paul Revere’s midnight ride on April 18-19, 1775. Join the adventure as Paul Revere warns the patriots that the British are coming. Learn about the true history of this historic event.
In “Arthur Lost in the Museum” by Marc Brown, join Arthur on a class trip to the museum. When he takes a wrong turn and finds himself in trouble. Will he find a way out before it’s too late? Follow Arthur’s adventure filled with humor and excitement in this book.
“Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” by Rush Limbaugh takes back to the year 1620. Meet Rush Revere, a history teacher, and his talking horse. Together, they journey on the Mayflower with brave families to experience the rough and dangerous ocean. Discover life as a pilgrim, join them in the adventure.
Don’t forget to explore The Incredible Adventures of Rush Revere Box Set.
In “Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving” by Ann McGovern, kids are introduced to the Pilgrims’ challenging first year and the historic event of their first Thanksgiving celebration. The book explores the hardships they faced. Join the Pilgrims on their journey of survival in this informative book.
“The Long Winter” by Laura Ingalls Wilder takes you back to the winter of 1880 in the Dakota Territory. Join Laura, her family, and the townspeople as they struggle to survive the relentless blizzards that seed the town in the snow. Wilder and her friend begin on a courageous journey across the prairie to find wheat and save the town from hunger.
In “Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares” by Frank Murphy, readers will discover the fascinating world of Benjamin Franklin and his incredible inventions. Join the fun-filled journey into Ben Franklin’s world and explore the magic of creativity!
In “Sarah Morton’s Day” by Kate Waters, join Sara as she drives about her daily tasks of building fires and cooking food. Amidst her tasks, Sarah finds ease in her best friend, Elizabeth, with whom she shares her dreams. Experience life in early America through Sarah’s eyes in this story of family and friendship.
In “Dog Diaries” by Kate Klimo, follow Dash and his friend Mercy as they join their master, John, on a journey to the New World. The story is about the Pilgrims, who had a tough journey at sea. It’s a wonderful historical fiction book that both dog lovers and kids will enjoy!
“Johnny Appleseed” by Steven Kellogg is a short biography that celebrates the life of John Chapman, popularly known as Johnny Appleseed. This American folk hero devoted his life to planting apple trees across the frontier. Through his kindness and generosity, he spread joy and care to settlers. His legacy lives on through the apple orchards he planted, making him a beloved figure in American history.
“Revolutionary War on Wednesday” by Mary Pope Osborne takes readers on an adventure with Jack and Annie. Transported back to colonial times, they find themselves amidst the Revolutionary War, where General George is planning a crucial attack. Jack and Annie must act quickly to ensure the success of the mission and preserve the fate of their country. Join them as they begin on a courageous journey to save the day!
“I Survived the Children’s Blizzard” by Lauren Tarshis is a story of bravery and survival. John faces the deadly blizzard of 1888, one of the worst in American history. John must gather all his courage and strength to survive the difficult storm. With snow piling up, and danger all around, he fights to find his way back home.
Check out the “I Survived Box Set” for more thrilling historic adventures!
“The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich is about a girl named Omakayas, also called Little Frog, and her family who live on an island. One winter, a visitor comes with a dangerous enemy that changes their lives. The book explores the strong bond and support between Omakayas’ family and her community on the island.
“If You Were a Kid During the American Revolution” by Wil Mara takes readers on a journey back to the early days of the American Revolution. When Samuel’s father and uncle are blamed for being patriots by British soldiers, Samuel and his cousin Molly must step up to help them. Join them on a daring adventure as they witness the historic events of the American Revolution and create a plan to rescue their fathers.
“Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell is a novel that gives a powerful message of compassion and kindness. The story follows the life of a beautiful horse named Black Beauty, who experiences both love and cruelty as he changes hands from one owner to another. Through his journey, Black Beauty teaches valuable lessons about animal welfare and treating others with sympathy and respect.
“Wagon Wheels” by Don Bolognese, is a true story about the Muldie family. They travel to Kansas to get their land. The journey is tough, and they face many challenges. The two older boys take care of their little brother. When their dad leaves, the boys must go on their adventure to find him. This book is about their bravery and love for each other.
In “Brady” by Jean Fritz, young boy Brady stumbles upon a hidden Underground station near his family’s farm. This discovery puts him in a difficult position. Follow Brady’s journey of bravery and choices in this book.
In “Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky” by Faith Ringgold, Cassie goes on a special journey. Her brother joins a train of people escaping to freedom, but Cassie gets left behind. She bravely travels, hoping to find her brother. This story is about bravery and the love of family.
In “Follow the Drinking Gourd” by Jeanette Winter, a sailor named Joe helps slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. He teaches them a song about the drinking gourd to guide their way. A group of five follows the song’s directions to freedom. This picture book beautifully captures an important part of history.
“If You Were a Kid on the Oregon Trail” by Josh Gregory. Join Josephine and Stephen on an exciting journey along the Oregon Trail. Josephine travels with her family to find her father in the West, but she loses her beloved diary. Meanwhile, Stephen’s family moves to Oregon, leaving his friends behind. Follow them as they camp in the wild and prepare for their new life in the West.
In “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” by Deborah Hopkinson, follow the journey of Clara, a slave and tailor, who dreams of freedom for herself and her loved ones. When she knows about the Underground Railroad, Clara comes up with a brilliant idea. Using cloth waste and the information gathered, she creates a secret plan for freedom. This story of creativity and determination continues to captivate young readers.
“The Scarlet Stockings Spy” by Trinka Hakes Noble takes place in 1777, during the war with the British. Maddy Rose is a young girl who must deal with spies and suspicion. Her father died in the Battle, and her brother is away. As she gets involved in dangerous events, Maddy learns that even kids can help in the fight for freedom.
In “Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner, meet Ranger, a special dog with a talent for time-traveling. One day, he discovers a first aid kit in the garden, transporting him back to the year 1850 where he meets a boy named Sam, and with Ranger’s help, they face dangerous challenges together. Join Ranger on this adventure filled with courage, and friendship.
Don’t forget to check out Ranger in Time Series Set.
We hope that our list of historical fiction books for 2nd graders has given you some great options to choose from and that you and your 7 year old will have fun exploring these historical fiction books together.
The historical fiction books recommended in this list have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, and are considered some of the best Historical Fiction Books For 2nd Graders. While I may not have personally read all of these books, they have been highly recommended by other readers.
Best wishes and happy reading to you and your family!
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