Historical Fiction
Editor’s Note
I Declare January Is "National Historical Fiction Month"
Sylvia M. Vardell
I think that January should be "National Historical Fiction" month because it's a perfect time to look back and read books about the past to help us move into the New Year. Many young readers see it as the castor oil of children's literature—good for them, but not pleasant. We need to change that perception! Fortunately, there are many excellent novels that infuse humor in the history or incorporate fantastic time travel or tap into themes that are particularly timely. Read More
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