What are the best children's books with a 1960s setting?

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    #1Duck and Cover

    Duck and Cover

    Duck and Cover is a historical fiction novel written by Janet F. Smart. This book for middle grade and young adult readers was originally published in 2017.

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    Christopher Bennett
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Duck and Cover is an amazing children's book. Smart really knows how to tell a children's story."
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    #2The Egypt Game

    The Egypt Game

    The Egypt Game is the first book in the Game series written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and Alton Raible. This fiction book for middle grade and young adult readers was originally published in 1967.

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    Danielle Ellis
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I've never heard of this book and I can name countless others I hold in high regard that would be an accurate solution to this. It may be a good choice, although I dont really think it has to be (or should be) written in the era it was set, it this scenario anyway."
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    #3I Love You, Michael Collins

    I Love You, Michael Collins

    I Love You, Michael Collins is a historical fiction novel for middle grade and young adult readers. This book is written by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, and it was originally published in 2017.

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    Josefina Olvera
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book, set at the end of the 60s, (summer of '69), is a sweet middle-grade love story. With the backdrop of neil armstrong's moon landing, the characters are both independent of and informed by their surrounding culture."
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    #4Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty is a historical fiction novel written by Ellen Emerson White. This was originally published in 2002.

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    Harry Peters
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Having read "Where have all the flowers gone?"I can't say it's a very good CHILDRENS book, it's an important piece of literature by it's self but as it's historical fiction it has it's place elsewhere."
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    #5Trapped in Death Cave

    Trapped in Death Cave

    Trapped in Death Cave is a mystery novel for children and young adult readers written by Bill Wallace and Greg Call. This was originally published in 1984.

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    Francisca Gil
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A lot of people want to protect kids from every negative thing in life, even in a fictional setting. I am not one of those people. This story turns on the death of the protagonist's grandfather, which he thinks was a murder. Furthermore, his grandfather has left a note that makes reference to treasure and an Indian curse. This makes for an exciting tale that will engage young readers. Adults may find the story a bit simplistic and the characters a little flat, but we are not the intended audience. Grade school children will find this book engaging and exciting through the very last page."
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    #6It's Like This, Cat

    It's Like This, Cat

    It's Like This, Cat is a Newbery-winning classic novel written by Emily Cheney Neville, and illustrated by Emil Weiss. This fiction book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1963.

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    Wendy Yin
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I remember this book from when I was a little girl. It seemed cute but a little dated then. Now it just seems stupid. They really had no clue about life in thee 60's."
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    #7Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy is the first book in the Harriet the Spy series written by Louise Fitzhugh. This book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1964.

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    Humberto Bravo
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a beloved and well known children's book, from a renowned author. The time in which it was written was the 60s and 70s, but the setting is not as explicit, so I don't know that this is exactly what I'm looking for here. This is still a wonderful and creative book for kids, that does also evoke the sense of a 60s setting."
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    #8Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck
    Wonderstruck is a historical fiction novel written by the Caldecott MedalistBrian Selznick. This was originally published in 2011 for children and young adult readers.
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    #9Fallout

    Fallout

    Fallout is a historical fiction book for children and young adult readers. This book is written by Todd Strasser, and it was originally published in 2012 with a 1962 setting.

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    Eugene Davidson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is exciting. It is informative and makes the reader think. It is a well written piece."
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    #10The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is a Newbery Honor book written by Christopher Paul Curtis. This historical fiction book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1995.

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    Kathryn Hughes
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a great book, especially for middle schoolers. The characters are fun and engaging. The reason I think middle schoolers would understand and love this book is because they're at the age to try and change the world. This book gives them reason to understand how things change, but stay the same."
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    #11Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

    Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories

    Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories is a Jewish children's picture book created by Isaac Bashevis Singer. This book is about a village of fool called Chelm. It is nominated for Newberry medal and it is first published in 1966. 

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    Brenda Reyes
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The books are charming and the illustrations really make everything come to life. I was expecting something much different because of how deep his adult books are, but these are just right for children of all ages!"
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    #12Kaytek the Wizard

    Kaytek the Wizard

    Kaytek the Wizard is a children's picture book written by Janusz Korczak and illustrated by Avi Katz. It had the translation from Antonia Lloyd-Jones. It was released in August 2012. It is about a boy who found out he had magic powers.

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    Cecilia Sandoval
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book, while being a great read, is not a good option for books set in the 1960s because it was written about the 1930s. A great wizarding book that significantly pre-dates Harry Potter, this book is a great read, however I don't feel it is the best choice if you're looking for 1960s settings. "

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Best What are the best children's books with a 1960s setting
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Duck and CoverBooks 18 Paid
2The Egypt GameBooks 15 Paid
3I Love You, Michael CollinsBooks 13 Paid
4Where Have All the Flowers Gone?Books 12 Paid
5Trapped in Death CaveBooks 10 Paid
6It's Like This, CatBooks 9 Paid
7Harriet the SpyBooks 9 Paid
8WonderstruckBooks 7 Paid
9FalloutBooks 5 Paid
10The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963Books 1 Paid
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