Children’s Historical Fiction Series, Chronological Order

Children's Historical Fiction Series, Chronological Order

These books are aimed at upper elementary-aged children (ages 8+), but I think even teens could enjoy them. Please be aware that many do dive into some pretty rough topics, so make sure your kids are ready for them.

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-2554Pyramid of Secrets: Pharaoh KhafraJim Eldridge StoryEgypt
-57Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the NileKristiana Gregory Royal DiariesEgypt
78Pompeii: A Roman Girl's DiarySue Reid StoryItaly, Pompeii
84Roman Invasion: A British BoyJim Eldridge StoryBritain
531Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the SouthLaurence Yep Royal DiariesChina
595Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and StarsSheri Holman Royal DiariesKorea
749Lady of Palenque: Flower of BacalAnna Kirwan Royal DiariesMesoamerica
1008Viking Blood: A Viking WarriorAndrew Donkin StoryScandinavia
1136Eleanor: Crown Jewel of AquitaineKristiana Gregory Royal DiariesFrance
1415A Hail of Arrows: Jenkin LloydMichael Cox StoryFrance, Agincourt
1466Isabel: Jewel of CastillaCarolyn Meyer Royal DiariesSpain
1490Egyptian Princess, Princess Hatshepsut's DiaryVince Cross Royal StoryEgypt
1490Anacaona: Golden FlowerEdwidge Danticat Royal DiariesHaiti
1501Catherine of Aragon: A Tudor Girl's Diary, 1501-1513Alison Prince StoryEngland
1525Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor ValjeanAlison Prince StoryEngland, London
1536Henry VIII's Wives: The Story of Henry's Six QueensAlison Prince Royal StoryEngland
1544Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of TudorKathryn Lasky Royal DiariesEngland
1544Elizabeth: A Tudor Princess's DiaryKathryn Lasky Royal StoryEngland
1547Lady Jane GreySue Reid StoryEngland
1553Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a CountryKathryn Lasky Royal DiariesFrance
1553Mary, Queen of Scots: A Scottish Queen's DiaryKathryn Lasky Royal StoryFrance
1553Bloody Tower: A Tudor Girl's Diary, 1553-1559Valerie Wilding Royal StoryEngland
1583To Kill a Queen, An Elizabethan Girl's Diary, 1583-1586Valerie Wilding StoryEngland
1587Armada: The Story of Thomas Hobbs, 1587-1588Jim Eldridge StoryEngland
1595Nzingha: Warrior Queen of MatambaPatricia McKissack Royal DiariesAfrica, Angola
1609Our Strange New Land : Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book OnePatricia Hermes America: Colonial Times / Elizabeth's 1st DiaryU.S., Virginia, Jamestown
1609The Starving Time : Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book TwoPatricia Hermes America: Colonial Times / Elizabeth's 2nd DiaryU.S., Virginia, Jamestown
1610Season of Promise : Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Book ThreePatricia Hermes America: Colonial Times / Elizabeth's 3rd DiaryU.S., Virginia, Jamestown
1620A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, MayflowerKathryn Lasky America: Colonial TimesU.S.
1620The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, a Pilgrim BoyAnn Rinaldi Name Is America: Colonial TimesU.S., Massachusetts, Plymouth
1627Jahanara: Princess of PrincessesKathryn Lasky Royal DiariesIndia
1638Kristina: The Girl KingCarolyn Meyer Royal DiariesSweden
1643Civil War: Thomas Adamson, 1643-1650Vince Cross StoryEngland
1653Weetamoo: Heart of the PocassetsPatricia Clark Smith Royal DiariesU.S., Massachusetts-Rhode Island
1665The Great Plague: The Diary of Alice Paynton, 1665-1666Pamela Oldfield StoryEngland, London
1670Highway Girl: An English Girl’s DiaryValerie Wilding StoryEngland
1691I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch TrialsLisa Rowe Fraustino America: Colonial TimesU.S., Massachusetts Bay Colony
1743Catherine: The Great JourneyKristiana Gregory Royal DiariesRussia
1745The '45 Rising: The Diary of Euphemia Grant, 1745-1746Francis Mary Hendry StoryScotland
1763Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave GirlPatricia C. Mckissack America: Colonial TimesU.S., New York Colony
1763Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey LoganMary Pope Osborne America: Colonial TimesU.S., Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley
1769Marie Antoinette: Princess of VersaillesKathryn Lasky Royal DiariesAustria-France
1769Marie Antoinette: An Austrian Princess's DiaryKathryn Lasky Royal StoryAustria-France
1774Love Thy Neighbor : the Tory Diary of Prudence EmersonAnn Turner America: American RevolutionU.S., Massachusetts, Greenmarsh
1774The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, a Revolutionary War PatriotBarry Denenberg Name Is America: American RevolutionU.S., Massachusetts, Boston
1776Five Smooth Stones : Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book 1Kristiana Gregory America: American Revolution / Hope's 1st DiaryU.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1777The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart: The Winter of Red SnowKristiana Gregory America: American RevolutionU.S., Pennsylvania, Valley Forge
1777We are Patriots : Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book 2Kristiana Gregory America: American Revolution / Hope's 2nd DiaryU.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1778When Freedom Comes : Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book 3Kristiana Gregory America: American Revolution / Hope's 3rd DiaryU.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1779Cannons at Dawn : the Second Diary of Abigail Jane StewartKristiana Gregory America: American RevolutionU.S., Pennsylvania, Valley Forge
1790No Way BackValerie Wilding StoryEngland/Australia
1790Transported: The Diary of Elizabeth HarveyGoldie Alexander StoryAustralia, Sydney Cove
1792The Fall of the Blade: A Young Aristocrat's Diary, 1792-1794Sue Ried StoryFrance
1799Trafalgar: James Grant, HMS Norseman, 1799-1806Bryan Perrett StoryUK
1804The Journal of Augustus Pelletier, the Lewis and Clark ExpeditionKathryn Lasky Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S.
1814Waterloo: Bob Jenkins, Royal House Artillery, 1814-1817Bryan Perrett StoryNetherlands
1829Victoria: May Blossom of BritanniaAnna Kirwan Royal DiariesEngland
1829Victoria: An English Princess's DiaryAnna Kirwan StoryEngland
1836A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda LawrenceSherry Garland America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Texas, Gonzales
1838The Journal of Jesse Smoke, a Cherokee BoyJoseph Bruchac Name Is America: Native AmericanU.S., Trail of Tears
1840Dodger: The Story of a Victorian PickpocketJim Eldridge True StoryEngland, London
1842Mill Girl: the diary of Eliza Helsted, 1842-1843Sue Reid StoryEngland, Manchester
1845The Journal of Jedediah Barstow, an Emigrant on the Oregon TrailEllen Levine Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Oregon Trail
1845The Hunger: The Diary of Phyllis McCormackCarol Drinkwater StoryIreland
1846Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalia de MilagrosSherry Garland America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Alta California, Sonoma Valley
1846The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, the Donner Party ExpeditionRodman Philbrick Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Sierra Nevada Mountains
1847So Far From Home : the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, LowellBarry Denenberg America: 19th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., Massachusetts
1847Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie : the Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie CampbellKristiana Gregory America: Westward ExpansionU.S., The Oregon Trail
1848All the Stars in the Sky : the Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack RyderMegan McDonald America: Westward ExpansionU.S., The Santa Fe Trail
1848A Perfect Place : Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book TwoPatricia Hermes America: Westward Expansion / Joshua's 2nd DiaryU.S., Oregon, Willamette Valley
1849Seeds of Hope : the Gold Rush Diary of Susanna FairchildKristiana Gregory America: Westward ExpansionU.S., California Territory
1849The Wild Year : Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book 3Patricia Hermes America: Westward Expansion / Joshua's 3rd DiaryU.S., Oregon, Willamette Valley
1850The Crystal Palace: The Diary of Lily HicksFrancis Mary Hendry StoryEngland, London
1852The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, a Chinese MinerLaurence Yep Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S., California
1853Crimea: The Story of Michael Pope, 110th Regiment, 1853-1857Bryan Perrett StoryCrimean peninsula
1853Elisabeth: The Princess BrideBarry Denenberg Royal DiariesAustria-Hungary
1856As Far as I Can See : Meg's Prairie Diary, Book OneKate McMullan America: Westward Expansion / Meg's 1st DiaryU.S., Missouri, St. Louis to the Kansas Territory
1856For This Land: Meg's Prairie DiaryKate McMullan America: Westward Expansion / Meg's 2nd DiaryU.S., Kansas
1857Freedom's Wings : Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book OneSharon Dennis Wyeth America: Underground Railroad / Corey's 1st DiaryU.S., Kentucky
1857A Fine Start: Meg's Prairie DiaryKate McMullan America: Westward Expansion / Meg's 3rd DiaryU.S., Kansas
1857Indian Mutiny: Hanuman Singh, 1857-1858Pratima Mitchell StoryIndia
1858Flying Free : Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book TwoSharon Dennis Wyeth America: Underground Railroad / Corey's 2nd DiaryCanada
1858Kazunomiya: Prisoner of HeavenKathryn Lasky Royal DiariesJapan
1859A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave GirlPatricia C. Mckissack America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., Virginia, Belmont Plantation
1859Message in the Sky : Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book ThreeSharon Dennis Wyeth America: Underground Railroad / Corey's 3rd DiaryCanada
1861A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia MartinKaren Hesse America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., Delaware, Fenwick Island
1862The Journal of Rufus Rowe, Witness to the Battle of FredericksburgSid Hite Name Is America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., Virginia, Bowling Green
1863The Journal of James Edmond Pease, a Civil War Union SoldierJim Murphy Name Is America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., Virginia
1864When Will This Cruel War Be Over? : the Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, VirginiaBarry Denenberg America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., Virginia, Gordonsville
1864The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow : the Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo GirlAnn Turner America: Native AmericanU.S., New Mexico
1864After the Rain: Virginia's Civil War Diary, Book TwoMary Pope Osborne America: Civil War/Slavery / Virginia's 2nd DiaryU.S., Washington D.C.
1865I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly, The Diary of Patsy, a Freed GirlJoyce Hansen America: Civil War/SlaveryU.S., South Carolina, Mars Bluff
1865A Time to Dance : Virginia's Civil War Diary, Book 3Mary Pope Osborne America: Civil War/Slavery / Virginia's 3rd DiaryU.S., Washington D.C.
1867The Journal of Sean Sullivan, a Transcontinental Railroad WorkerWilliam Durbin Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Nebraska and Points West
1868The Great Railroad Race : the Diary of Libby WestKristiana Gregory America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Utah Territory
1870Sweep's Boy: A Victorian BoyJim Eldridge StoryEngland, London
1871The Diary of Pringle Rose: Down the Rabbit HoleSusan Campbell Bartoletti America: 19th cen. disastersU.S., Illinois, Chicago
1871The Journal of Joshua Loper, a Black CowboyWalter Dean Myers Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Chisolm Trail
1871Workhouse: A Victorian Girl's DiaryPamela Oldfield StoryEngland, London
1873Land of the Buffalo Bones : the Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English Girl in MinnesotaMarion Dane Bauer America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Minnesota, New Yeovil
1874The Journal of Brian Doyle, Greenhorn on an Alaskan Whaling ShipJim Murphy Name Is America: Westward ExpansionU.S.
1879Zulu War: JabulaniVince Cross StoryAfrica
1880Behind the Masks : the Diary of Angeline ReddySusan Patron America: Frontier LifeU.S., California, Bodie
1880My Heart is on the Ground : the Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian SchoolAnn Rinaldi America: Native AmericanU.S., Pennsylvania
1881My Face to the Wind : the Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie TeacherJim Murphy America: Westward ExpansionU.S., Nebraska, Broken Bow
1883West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino ViscardiJim Murphy America: Westward ExpansionU.S., New York to Idaho Territory
1888Factory GirlPamela Oldfield StoryEngland
1889Kaiulani: The People's PrincessEllen Emerson White Royal DiariesU.S., Hawaii (before statehood)
1896A Coal Miner's Bride: the Diary of Anetka KaminskaSusan Campbell Bartoletti America: 19th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., Pennsylvania, Lattimer
1899The Journal of Finn Reardon, A NewsieSusan Campbell Bartoletti Name Is America: 20th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., New York, NYC
19001900: A Brand-New Century A London Girl’s Diary, 1899-1900Carol Drinkwater StoryEngland, London
1901Suffragette: The Diary of Dollie BaxtonCarol Drinkwater StoryEngland, London
1903Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant GirlKathryn Lasky America: 20th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., New York, NYC
1903Hope in My Heart : Sofia's Immigrant Diary, Book OneKathryn Lasky America: 20th Cen. Immigration / Sofia's 1st DiaryU.S., Ellis Island
1903Home at Last : Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book TwoKathryn Lasky America: 20th Cen. Immigration / Sofia's 2nd DiaryU.S., Massachusetts, Boston
1903An American Spring : Sofia's Immigrant Diary, Book ThreeKathryn Lasky America: 20th Cen. Immigration / Sofia's 3rd DiaryU.S., Massachusetts, Boston
1905The Journal of Otto Peltonen, a Finnish ImmigrantWilliam Durbin Name Is America: 20th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., Minnesota, Hibbing
1906A City Tossed and Broken : the Diary of Minnie BonnerJudy Blundell America: 20th Cen. DisastersU.S., California, San Francisco
1909Hear My Sorrow : the Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist WorkerDeborah Hopkinson America: 20th Cen. ImmigrationU.S., New York, NYC
1912Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady: RMS TitanicEllen Emerson White America: 20th Cen. ImmigrationEngland, London, Titanic
1912Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Anne Brady, RMS TitanicEllen Emerson White StoryEngland, London, Titanic
1914The Trenches: A First World War Soldier, 1914-1918Jim Eldridge Story
1914Anastasia: The Last Grand DuchessCarolyn Meyer Royal DiariesRussia
1915Flying Ace: Jack Fairfax, Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1918Jim Eldridge Story
1917A Time for Courage : the Suffragette Diary of Kathleen BowenKathryn Lasky America: WWI EraU.S., Washington, D.C.
1917When Christmas Comes Again : the World War I Diary of Simone SpencerBeth Seidel Levine America: WWI EraU.S.
1917Road to War A First World War Girl's DiaryValerie Wilding StoryFrance
1918Like The Willow Tree : the Diary of Lydia Amelia PierceLois Lowry America: WWI EraU.S., Maine, Portland
1919Color Me Dark: the Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration NorthPatricia C. Mckissack America: Early Civil RightsU.S., Illinois, Chicago
1932Christmas After All : the Great Depression Diary of Minnie SwiftKathryn Lasky America: DepressionU.S., Indiana, Indianapolis
1932Mirror, Mirror on the Wall : the Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the BlindBarry Denenberg America: DepressionU.S., Massachusetts, Watertown
1935Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace EdwardsKatelan Janke America: DepressionU.S., Texas, Dalhart
1935The Journal of C. J. Jackson, A Dust Bowl MigrantWilliam Durbin Name Is America: DepressionU.S., Oklahoma to California
1936Berlin Olympics: Olympic SwimmerVince Cross StoryEngland/Germany
1938One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping : the Diary of Julie WeissBarry Denenberg America: WWII EraAustria, Vienna to New York
1938Nowhere to Run: A Second World War Refugee's DiaryCarol Drinkwater StoryFrance
1939Battle of Britain: A Second World War Spitfire PilotChris Priestley StoryEngland
1939Desert Danger: Tim Jackson, WWIIJim Eldridge StoryNorth Africa
1939Sophie's Secret War: A Second World War Girl’s DiaryJill Atkin StoryFrance
1939The Storm to Come: Two Boys on the Run from the NazisYankev Glatshteyn StoryAustria, Vienna
1939U-Boat Hunter: Peter Rogers, HMS ArumBryan Perrett StoryEngland
1939War Nurse A Second World War Girl’s Diary, 1939-1940Sue Reid StoryEngland
1939Wartime PrincessValerie Wilding StoryEngland
1940Blitz: A Wartime Girl's Diary, 1940-1941Vince Cross StoryEngland, London
1940Codename CelineJim Eldridge StoryFrance
1941Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber BillowsBarry Denenberg America: WWII EraHawaii
1941My Secret War: the World War II Diary of Madeline BeckMary Pope Osborne America: WWII EraU.S., New York, Long Island
1941The Fences Between Us: the Diary of Piper DavisKirby Larson America: WWII EraU.S., Washington, Seattle
1942The Journal of Ben Uchida, Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment CampBarry Denenberg Name Is America: WWII EraU.S., California, Mirror Lake Internment Camp
1942Spy Smuggler: Paul Lelaud, 1942-1944Jim Eldridge StoryFrance
1944The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II SoldierWalter Dean Myers Name Is America: WWII EraFrance, Normandy
1944D-Day: A Second World War SoldierBryan Perrett StoryFrance
1948The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro LeaguesWalter Dean Myers Name Is America: Civil RightsFrance, Normandy
1954With the Might of Angels: the Diary of Dawnie Rae JohnsonAndrea Davis Pinkney America: Civil RightsU.S., Virginia, Hadley
1968Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly MacKenzie FlahertyEllen Emerson White America: Vietnam WarU.S., Massachusetts, Boston
1968The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine CorpsEllen Emerson White Name is America: Vietnam WarVietnam
1917No Safe Harbour: The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte BlackburnJulie Lawson CanadaCanada, Nova Scotia, Halifax
1966These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet PesheensRuby Slipperjack CanadaCanada, Ontario
1755Banished From Our Home: The Acadian Diary of Angelique RichardSharon Stewart CanadaCanada, Acadia, Grande-pre
1902All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby RobertsJean Little CanadaCanada, District of Alberta, Frank
1941Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah BernsteinCarol Matas CanadaCanada, Manitoba, Winnipeg
1948Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose RabinowitzCarol Matas CanadaCanada, Manitoba, Winnipeg
1847A Sea of Sorrows: The Typhus Epidemic Diary of Johanna LearyNorah McClintock CanadaIreland to Canada East