I highly recommend the Dear America series. These books are probably written for kids in the 11-14 age group but I enjoy reading them too. All books in this series are historical fiction and written about topics such as segregation, racism, life on the prairie, Native American hardships, and The Dust Bowl. My kids (7 & 3) like to look at the authentic photos in the back of the book. We get to talk about them together...about how lucky they are today and how life wasn't so easy 100...or even 50...years ago for a lot of kids.