Over the past few years, something amazing has happened: kids are starting to love reading about history. Remember when you were a child and history seemed a boring collection of names, dates and events? That’s no longer the case. As you may have discovered later on, history is about characters, people, what they did and why. Kids are now discovering this amazing journey and the future may just be brighter as a result. Here’s a look at why kids read history for fun.
The Popularity of History
From Harriet Tubman to Hellen Keller and Anne Frank, kids are learning more about important figures in our history. New book series have allowed them to dig into the characters behind the names and dates, and this has proven a popular attraction across the board. Whether it’s the events of the Civil War, the Fall of Rome or the history of ancient Japan, this new wave of literature among kids is becoming wildly popular across the nation.
Why History Resonates
Some people think that the reason history is finally starting to resonate with kids is that we are teaching it differently in schools. Since 2009, the standard for education is known as the Common Core. While it has come under fire for the way it teaches math in some circles, the focus on nonfiction has had a positive effect in reading and language arts.
As historical fiction and nonfiction have been pushed to the forefront of studies, kids are starting to discover the fascinating events that have actually happened. As any aficionado of history can tell you, Hollywood can’t make up half the stuff that really went down in the world, and kids are excited and interested in these events.
The Next Steps
It’s important to keep and nurture this interest in history among children, because history is important to the future. As children learn from the experiences of their forebears, they may be less likely to repeat mistakes as they grow to become the leaders of the next generation. A wide variety of series exist that are specifically targeted at children, including the “Who Was?” series, the perennially popular “Magic Tree House” series and the “Ordinary People” series.
History can provide children with much better role models and heroes than they may otherwise have in pop culture figures or reality TV stars. Young people can look up to Amelia Earhart or Rosa Parks, George Washington or Jackie Robinson. The inspiration, determination, bravery and drive a child can gain from a love of history can even lead a child to grow up to change the world.
It’s never too late to start getting your kid excited to read history. Start with an interactive eBook like The Amazing Life of Helen Keller, and then explore our dozens of other eBooks and early literacy tools. Get your child started on their journey to change the future today!