The team over at Prufrock Press sent me a set of their Top Secret Files series to check out. These are small, non-fiction books featuring quick stories about spies, secret missions, and experimental weapons throughout history. The books are each grouped by their time period, including:
- The American Revolution
- The Civil War
- World War II
These are highly engaging social studies books that I could see kids really sinking their teeth into. The combination of true stories, unusual historical figures, and the focus on secret missions really pushes a lot of the right buttons. The series reminds me of a History Channel special for kids in book form.
What I liked:
- The diversity of historical figures featured in the books.
- The kid-friendly DIY spy activities sprinkled throughout.
- The designs: eye-catching and themed to the time periods, but still readable.
Be aware that the books are pretty focused on war and battles, if that’s something that bothers you.
You can find the series on Amazon Let me know what your class thinks!
Note: I don’t post about every book I’m sent, just the ones that I see offering real value to a classroom.