Have you taken the poll for this week? Well, I have! My favorite genre is historical fiction. I devour works of fiction that take place in the past. I especially enjoy the stories that tell a tale of a strong willed woman who is perhaps breaking society’s rules to make her own way and hopefully make the world a better place. I always feel strengthened from such books. I learned this great love of strong female characters in 2nd grade when my teacher read aloud Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura was a little girl growing up with a traditional pioneer family but she had a spark to her. She was a girl who had opinions and was so smart. She was feisty and imperfect. Yet, she always learned right from wrong and truly wanted to be a good person. I wanted to BE her!!! My days were suddenly spent playing Little House. I was always lost in the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Since working at St.Philip’s library I have had the wonderful chance to read! A few months ago I stumbled upon the book The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi. Like Laura Ingalls I have also been fascinated with Queen Elizabeth I. She was also a brilliant woman from history. Ann Rinaldi’s book about Elizabeth’s childhood is beautifully written and incredibly accurate. The reader is led through the exciting world of knights, kings and queens. Along the way you just might find yourself growing as Elizabeth does; finding her strengths and weaknesses and turning into the noble queen history knows her to be.
This book is recommended for readers age 10-13.
So what are your favorite Historical Fiction book(s)?