Students often consider history to be dull and the textbooks difficult. Because of the many trade books available, however, history can be brought to life. These books create characters, both real and fictional, within settings of actual historical events. Not only are authentic details given, but the motivations underlying a chronology of causes and effects are presented in readable fashion that may be quite different from textbook material.
Wendelin, K. H. (1984). Enliven History with Books. Reading Horizons, 25 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol25/iss1/5