"Historical fiction brings history to life for young readers through the inclusion of story about historical events. Most often, historical fiction features a child as the main character, allowing the child reader to identify with a historical event through a similar perspective. Historical fiction can:
Increase curiousity about historical events.
Support young readers in understanding a historical event through narrative
Encourage multiple interpretations of an event.
Extend the school curriculum through reading beyond a textbook
Integrate curricula (Gamble & Yates, 2008)."
Barone, D. M. (2011). Children's Literature in the Classroom: Engaging Lifelong Readers. Guilford Press.
Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.