Conference Proceeding: Building the Credible World: The Importance of History in Jewish Children’s Books

Historical fiction and history nonfiction for young readers bear the obligation to make history come alive. They also bear the obligation to create a credible world. Many do so through a mixture of seven components: painstaking research, contextual setting, tone, focused storytelling, engaging characters, vetting by subject matter experts, and compelling back matter. Yet, others suffer from the lack of these things. This presentation celebrates the books that do it well (promoters) and shows why others do a disservice to young readers (detractors).