Top 10 History Books for Kids 2016

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2016 Best Children’s History Books

 
Two young boys pretending to fly in planeKnowledge of history goes far beyond being able to spout off interesting facts in a game of Trivial Pursuit — when one understands the events and people of the past, it helps to know how and why the world is the way it is today.

But when it comes to kids’ history, it is best to not pick the books packed with pretentious, multi-syllable words and information that they might not relate to. Luckily there are some wonderful “readable” choices that can grab the attention and interest of children.

What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best history books for kids. These are the picks that most people are looking for and buying more than the rest – and the ones that are getting the most raves and highest ratings from readers.

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What’s Here:

1. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
2. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
3. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown
4. Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
5. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
6. Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? by Roberta Edwards
7. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson
8. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
9. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child – Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer
10. Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards

1. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Ages: 12 – 17

Coming in at #1 of the top 10 history books for kids in 2016 is The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose.

This award-winning read is a historic account of the Churchill Club; a group of adolescents who opened the proverbial door to a revolt against Hitler in World War II. Riveting and well-documented. Their efforts began a full-fledged, war-ending Danish resistance.

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2. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Ages: 10 – 17

Holding a strong place among this year’s best history books for kids is I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai.

Recent from 2016, I am Malala is about a little girl, only 10 years old, whose town is overtaken by the Taliban.. Her neighborhood, once peaceful, is thrown into chaos. And one day, while riding the bus home, she was shot point-blank…and survived. This is her story of heroic perseverance.

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3. The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown

Ages: 10 – 14

Third in line on the list – The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown.

In 1936, a team of eight working-class young men set out to shock, rock, and surprise the world as Olympic rowers. But that isn’t the kicker. The real excitement and awe came when these boys pitted themselves against the German rowing team; those who dedicated their victories to Adolf Hitler.

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4. Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Ages: 10 – 14

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti makes it to 4th place of the top children’s history books in 2016.

If your kiddo is a history buff, they might be familiar with Typhoid Mary; a household cook who faced persecution after it was discovered her body naturally produced the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. This true story explores who Mary was, minus the hateful rumors. Quite a gripping bibliographic read.

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5. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Ages: 10 – 14

Also managing a place among 2016’s “best of” kids’ history books is Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.

1931 marked a historic event in the labs of a German chemist. This was the year when the world was struck with the genius and horror of a single scientist; one who discovered the atom bomb. For history-loving kiddos, Bomb is a must-read, packed with facts, discoveries, and global emotion.

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6. Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? by Roberta Edwards

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Ages: 8 – 12

My personal favorite on this year’s “best history books for kids” books — Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? by Roberta Edwards.

The title of this book says it all. Who was Leonardo da Vinci? Well, he was a talented painter, scientist, inventor, and musician; a jack of all trades, if you will. He lived in Italy during the height of the Renaissance; an adventurous, inspired era for artists and historians alike.

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7. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson

Ages: 9 – 14

Next, at 7th on the list – The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson.

Schindler’s List is a world-renowned historic document that became famous for saving the lives of thousands of concentration camp prisoners. In this true story, a 10-year-old boy leaves the dangers and horrors of the concentration camp, becoming one of the saved on that aforementioned list. Remarkable and heartbreaking at once.

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8. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

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Ages: 12 and up

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson is marked at 8th among children’s history books this year.

After John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln, he went on the run, leading police officers and investigators on a chaotic chase across three states. This book recounts, in vivid detail, the twelve-day manhunt that ended in the wilderness of Virginia.

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9. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child – Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer

Ages: 8 – 12

HItting the 9th spot on the list – The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child – Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer.

Consider this one of the best history books your little one will ever read. It tells the stories of earlier civilizations in engaging ways, leading historians-to-be from the pre-evolved Nomads to the last Roman emperor. This narrative answers fun, quirky, intriguing questions that would normally be absent from history books.

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10. Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards

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Ages: 8 – 12

The final pick among the 2016 top ten kids’ history books is Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards.

Another great from the Who Was collection. This book is all about George Washington. From his childhood, to his stint as America’s first president in 1789, to the honor of being placed on the dollar bill. Lovin’ the quirky illustrations!

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 06/26/16.

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