Here's what she concluded:
Historical fiction is still seen as meaningful.
While it might be a “hard sell,” historical fiction isn’t dead! Many adults are sharing titles with young people. Many kids are reading.
I've been reading historical fiction most of my life. Come to think of it, even the stories I heard growing up were probably mostly fiction and definitely historical.
These are the books I cut my reading teeth on. We thought they were true! Even librarians classified them as biographies. No longer. Now most agree- there's a whole lot of storytelling going on in the Childhood of Famous Americans series.
(I've never seen these early editions. The titles haven't changed,
but the ones I read were mostly turquoise!)
Don't forget to click on the link to Caroline's blog up there.
It's a very interesting survey.
So, what do you think? Is historical fiction dead? Do kids still read the genre?