I was trying to think of a great way to honor Columbus Day. Do I recommend books about Columbus or do I suggest titles that are historical or about exploration? Then I remembered this great series of books that are a humorous way to learn about history.
The series is called "You Wouldn't Want to ..." which makes history fun for kids. They explore such historical times as the Civil War, the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, Vikings, and Egyptian Pyramid builders, to name a few.
This title on Christopher Columbus is an amusing way to explain to children what it really was like to sail the open seas in 1492. It really brings into focus how people lived in those days without being boring.
These are great titles for reluctant readers and to help make history interesting.