For some reason, I’m not fully into the Christmas season yet. I’m sure a lot had to do with the fact that Thanksgiving was so late this year. I’m just startled whenever circulation staff tells patrons that their materials are now due 12/26 (12/28 by the time you read this!). Three weeks!
My inability to grasp the inevitable is the reason why I decided to post about “Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day!” It may not be as well known as Talk Like a Pirate Day, but it does have its own official Facebook page, at least. Even if you decide to not wear a costume for Time Traveler Day, you can mark the occasion by booktalking or displaying time-travel books and/or DVDs, such as the following:
A Holocaust time-travel book might have turned into a cringeworthy and/or exploitative read if written by a less capable author than Jane Yolen. When Hannah opens the door for the Prophet Elijah during her family’s Seder, as is customarily done during the feast, she is transported to Poland. It is now 1942, and Hannah (now Chaya) is captured by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp. Friendship, family, and the importance of memory are themes finely woven into this provacative children’s novel about the Holocaust.
Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventure series is a fast-paced and fun ride through baseball history. Joey meets baseball greats when he travels back in time, thanks to a valuable baseball card featuring Honus Wagner found while cleaning an elderly neighbor’s attic. Additional titles feature Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and other elite players.
I read Home Sweet Rome before I realized that it was the second entry in Marissa Moss’s Mira’s Diary series (the series begins with Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris). Luckily, Moss includes enough background material that reading the series in order isn’t imperative. Mira must rescue her time-traveling mother in Rome; to do so requires Mira to travel back to 16th century Rome, in which she meets Caravaggio and his controversial group of scientist and artist friends. There’s lots of humor and hijinks in Mira’s adventures, but history (including the treatment of Jewish Romans during this time) is learned in adventures that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
(Source: Macmillan website)
Lottie Stride’s The Time Travelers’ Handbook is a wacky and fascinating look at life throughout the ages. Readers will “learn” how to compete at the ancient Olympics, how to build a Viking ship, and how to fight a samurai, among other skills that would have been very useful in the past. Give this to readers not quite ready for the Worst Case Scenario Survival books.
What are your favorite time-travel books? Tell us about them in the comments!