Forthcoming Children’s and YA Historical Novels for 2025

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles for readers aged 4 – 18, set in eras from ancient times to the mid 1970s. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard (US, CAN, UK, ANZ) using publisher descriptions and recommended age suitability.

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See our guide to forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2024 for the previous year’s releases.

For adult titles, see our guides to forthcoming historical novels for 2025 and for 2024.

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Last update: June 30, 2024

January 2025

H. M. Bouwman, Scattergood, Neal Porter, Age 9-12 (coming-of-age in rural Iowa in 1941, where twelve-year-old Peggy’s quiet life is turned upside down by refugee arrivals, first love, and a heartbreaking diagnosis)

Judith Eagle, illus. Jo Rioux, The Accidental Stowaway, Walker Books US, Age 8-12 (rollicking transatlantic romp set in 1910, where a plucky girl accidentally stows away on a glamorous steamship, finding herself in the midst of a mystery)

Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus. London Ladd, When I Hear Spirituals, Holiday House, Age 6-9 (a girl connects with heritage and history through twelve spirituals and four events in African American history—Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Great Migration, and the Enslaved People’s Uprising of 1811)

Maria van Lieshout, Song of a Blackbird, First Second, YA (fiction based on true events, story has two intertwined timelines: one is a modern-day family drama, the other a tale of a WWII-era bank heist carried out by Dutch resistance fighters)

February 2025

Jeannine Atkins, Green Promises: Girls Who Loved the Earth, Atheneum BfYR, Age 10+ (meet three remarkable historical women who followed their dreams and paved a path for women in science)

Libba Bray, Under the Same Stars, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR), YA (historical mystery that examines truth, rebellion, reconciliation. Set in 1940s, 1980s and spring 2020)

Stacy S. Jensen, illus. Victo Ngai, Before I Lived Here, Neal Porter, Age 4-8 (a backwards history book which helps young readers to understand what came before – from a contemporary building to ranches, to log cabins to indigenous people and their eviction from their lands)

Carole Lindstrom, illus. Aly McKnight, The Gift of the Great Buffalo, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Age 4-8 (picture book illuminates the true history of Native-American life on the prairies in the 1800s)

Emma Otheguy, illus. Poly Bernatene, Cousins in the Time of Magic, Atheneum BfYR, Age 8-12 (historical fantasy in which three cousins get transported back to 1862 to play an important role in the Battle of Puebla)

March 2025

Karen Briner, Starry, Starry Heist, Holiday House, Age 8-12 (time travel adventure in which Max discovers his sick mother’s fate is connected to post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, who painted his most famous work under a twinkling night sky in Arles, 1899)

Linda Joan Smith, The Peach Thief, Candlewick, Age 8-12 (middle-grade debut set in 1850s Lancashire, England, explores longing, belonging, and the courage it takes to find your place)

Lauren Tarshis, illus. Karen De la Vega, I Survived the Great Molasses Flood, 1919, Graphix, Age 8-12 (graphic novel adaptation)
Also: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (graphic novel adaptation)

April 2025

Marie Benedict, Courtney Sheinmel, The Secrets of Lovelace Academy, Aladdin, Age 8-12 (a historical adventure about a young girl plucked from a London orphanage to begin attending a boarding school with more secrets than she could imagine

Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson, Shell Song, Beach Lane, Age 4+ (based on the author’s true family history, picture book about Japanese American incarceration in Hawai’i during World War II is a moving tribute to the importance of finding hope in dark times)

May 2025

June 2025

Anna James, illus. David Wyatt, Alice With a Why: Chronicles of Whetherwhy, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Age 9-12 (fantasy series in a war-torn Wonderland, beginning post-war in 1924, when Alyce is sent to live with her grandmother after her father is killed in the war)

July 2025




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