historical children's books

A box set of the first three books in the Elisabeth, Princesse à Versailles series by Annie Jay. The series consists of illustrated chapter books for children inspired by the youth of Elisabeth de France, younger sister of the future Louis XVI. There are currently 6 books in the series with a 7th coming in May 2017.

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Day 344: Warwick Goble


Warwick Goble (22 November 1862 – 22 January 1943) was an illustrator of children’s books. He specialized in Japanese and Indian themes.

Goble was born in Dalston, north London, the son of a commercial traveller, and educated and trained at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art. He worked for a printer specializing in chromolithography and contributed to the Pall Mall Gazette and the Westminster Gazette.

In the 1890s, he contributed half-tone illustrations to monthly magazines such as Strand Magazine, Pearson’s Magazine, and The Boy’s Own Paper. In 1893, he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy. In 1896, he began illustrating books. In 1898, he was the first to illustrate H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, having illustrated it for Pearson’s Magazine in 1897. He briefly continued with scientific romance themes.

In 1909, he became resident gift book illustrator for MacMillan and produced illustrations for The Water Babies, Green Willow, and Other Japanese Fairy Tales, The Complete Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Stories from the Pentamerone, Folk Tales of Bengal, The Fairy Book, and The Book of Fairy Poetry. During World War I, he was employed in the drawing office of Woolrich Arsenal, and volunteered for service with the Red Cross in France. He worked occasionally for New York MacMillan, and produced editions of Treasure Island and Kidnapped. Goble gradually gave up illustration to pursue sculling, cycling, and travelling. He died in his Surrey home in 1943.”

Massive Book Recommendation Post

This is just a big post of some of the books and book series nearest and dearest to my heart. I am often frustrated by reading ruts and wanted to make this to help other people out of them. Feel free to ask me anything about any of these!

                                              Genres

Fantasy:

  • Infernal Devices series
  • Mortal Instruments Series
  • Harry Potter series
  • Under the Never Sky series
  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (more paranormal but whatever)
  • Lux series (haven’t finished it but I like it. ps don’t read it if you didn’t like twilight. It was a bit derivative at first)
  • Angelfall
  • Twilight series (I don’t like it nearly as much as I used to, but I feel like a fraud not including it because it has had a special place in my heart.)
  • Song of the Sparrow
  • Beastly
  • Elsewhere (nobody seems to know about this one but I read it in like a night and loved it).
  • A Wrinkle in Time (more children’s sci-fi but whatever it’s amazing)

Dystopias:

  • The Hunger Games series
  • The Selection series
  • The Giver
  • City of Ember

Historical Fiction

  • Angela’s Ashes (memoir)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Between Shades of Gray
  • Out of the Dust
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Number the Stars
  • Ophelia (her take on Hamlet)
  • Song of the Sparrow
  • The Birchbark House
  • Fever 1793
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Night (holocaust memoir)

Contemporary

  • Speak
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (this is by no means groundbreaking, but it is a fun summer read)
  • Crank
  • Dear John
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Marley and Me
  • The Glass Castle (memoir)

Classics

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Great Gatsby
  • A Little Princess
  • Black Beauty
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Romeo and Juliet

Children’s

  • Ida B
  • Frindle
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods
  • Little House of the Prarie series
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • City of Ember
  • Love, Ruby Lavender
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio
  • So B. It
  • The BFG
  • The Witches
  • Gregor the Overlander series (same author as Hunger Games!!)
  • The Tale of Desperaux
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (poetry)
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Bridge to Terrabithia
  • A Little Princess
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (This book is absolutely brilliant. It takes an adult to fully appreciate it.)
  • Number the Stars
  • Matilda
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins ( I have read this at least 6 times. LOVE.)
  • Hatchet
  • The Birchbark House
  • Esperanza Rising
  • Princess Academy
  • The Goose Girl
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
  • Walk Two Moons

                                                    Lists

Tearjerkers:

  • Infernal Devices Series
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Between Shades of Gray
  • Out of the Dust
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Night
  • Dear John
  • Marley and Me
  • Bridge to Terrabithia

Will Make You Think/ Change Your Outlook in Life:

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Elsewhere
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Night
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Giver
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Hunger Games

Feel Good:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (your age is irrelevant you will laugh until you cry)
  • Little House on the Prarie Series (so heartwarming)
  • Mortal Instruments (disclaimer: has it’s fair share of angst, but makes me feel really happy)
  • Matilda
  • Under the Never Sky
  • The Selection
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Epic:

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Harry Potter series
  • Mortal Instruments series
  • Infernal Devices series
  • The Hunger Games series
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Twilight series
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Best Romance:

  • Infernal Devices series
  • Mortal Instruments series
  • Dear John
  • Twilight series
  • Under the Never Sky series
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Last Song
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Lux series
  • Song of the Sparrow

My Blacklist- Do yourself a favor and don’t read these:

  • The Acorn People
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Matched
  • Daisy Miller
  • Animal Farm
  • Beauty Queens
  • The Handmaid’s Tale

Overrated in My Opinion:

  • The Darkest Minds
  • Divergent
  • The Host
  • Shatter Me
  • Graceling
  • Sarah Dessen books in general
  • A Walk to Remember

My Ultimate Recommendations- The Best of the Best:

  • Infernal Devices series: This series by Cassandra Clare is the single most heartbreaking thing that I have ever read. It has a perfectly formed romance that manages to be unique from anything else that I have ever read. The plot twists and turns like a roller coaster. The characters are complex and so emotionally ensnaring. This series, similar to Harry Potter, got better and better with every book. The end can be described as nothing other than perfect- completely bittersweet and perfect.
  • Mortal Instruments Series: This series is also written by Cassandra Clare, and is a sister series to Infernal Devices. Although it is set in 2007, while Infernal devices is set in the 1880’s, some characters are shared. There are many connections between the series as well, which make it all the more fun to read! This, while being perhaps a little more fun that Infernal Devices is dwarfed by the utter perfection in Infernal Devices in my opinion. However, it does hold its own as one of my favorite series. The characters are often comical, and that provides a certain levity. This book is filled to the brim with plot twists. The last book is set to be released in May.
  • Gone With the Wind: I will never understand why this book doesn’t have a fandom of its own. It is a sweeping epic set during the civil war, following a young woman named Scarlett O'Hara. She is an absolute firecracker. Spoiled, unrelenting, and tenacious, she the most interesting character that I have ever read. If you like the strong, Katniss Everdeen type, you would like the female lead. You will want to slap her sometimes and you will want to hug her sometimes. Her harrowing journey will have you up reading until 3 AM. This book is huge, but you will be glad once you get into it. I would give it a hundred pages to get into it (but being it is a 1000 pg novel, that’s nothing). But once you are hooked, there is no going back. This novel is so unbelievably epic. Suddenly, there is meaning given to the civil war, and you can feel how everything is on the line. This is one of those books that my mind wanders to occasionally because there is just so much to think about. This book taught me a thing or two about love, loss, and courage. The end of this book is among the best I have ever read. It showed how unrelenting the human spirit can be. It showed the change in our beloved Scarlet, and also in ourselves as readers. This is not a happy book, but it is fantastic.
  • Harry Potter: I think I can be pretty brief with this one. Harry Potter is epic, a whole new world. It is something that people of all ages and background can draw strength from, something to give hope.
  • The Hunger Games Series: Again, I can be quick with this one. Great, compelling series. Very quick and action packed, you will read this very quickly. A great series that perfectly lays out real problems in a dystopian world.
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: About a young Japanese girl who is diagnosed with Leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the atomic bombs during WWII. This is the story of her battle. I read this in fourth grade, and it was the first book that made me break down into a real crying spat. Although it is a children’s book, it can be enjoyed by anyone.
  • Angela’s Ashes : This is a memoir written my a man who was a young boy in Ireland during the great potato famine. Being a real look into an awful situation, this book is very sad. The story is about he and his family enduring life during the famine. Overall, a great book.

These are my opinions, so obviously, this won’t be the same for everyone, but this will give you a pretty good idea of whether or not our reading tastes match. These are not all of the book that I have ever liked, just some that have particularly stood out to me. I tend to lean towards young adult, fantasy, and historical fiction, although I do like to read a bit of everything. I included a children’s section because so many of the books I love are ones I read when I was a child. I do believe that most on that list would still be enjoyed by adults, however. Sometimes, we all need to satisfy the child in us :).

The Birth of Black America: The First African Americans and the Pursuit of Freedom at Jamestown

Tim Hashaw

The voyage that shaped early America was neither that of the Susan Constant in 1607 nor the Mayflower in 1620. Absolutely vital to the formation of English-speaking America was the voyage made by some sixty Africans stolen from a Spanish slave ship and brought to the young struggling colony of Jamestown in 1619. It was an act of colonial piracy that angered King James I of England, causing him to carve up the Virginia Company’s monopoly for virtually all of North America. It was an infusion of brave and competent souls who were essential to Jamestown’s survival and success. And it was the arrival of pioneers who would fire the first salvos in the centuries-long African-American battle for liberation. Until now, it has been buried by historians. Four hundred years after the birth of English-speaking America, as a nation turns its attention to its ancestry, The Birth of Black America reconstructs the true origins of the United States and of the African-American experience.

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Birmingham Sunday

Larry Dane Brimner

Racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it became known as “Bombingham.”

Until September 15, 1963, these attacks had been threatening but not deadly. On that Sunday morning, however, a blast in the 16th Street Baptist Church ripped through the exterior wall and claimed the lives of four girls. The church was the ideal target for segregationists, as it was the rallying place for Birmingham’s African American community, Martin Luther King, Jr., using it as his “headquarters” when he was in town to further the cause of desegregation and equal rights. Rather than triggering paralyzing fear, the bombing was the definitive act that guaranteed passage of the landmark 1964 civil rights legislation. Birmingham Sunday, a Jane Addams Children’s Honor Book, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year, centers on this fateful day and places it in historical context.

One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to let down my hair, I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home.
—  Jacqueline Kelly, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate