We just finished reading "The Reluctant Dragon" (which I also highly recommend) and this book was next on the shelf. "Voyage With the Vikings" grabbed our interest from the first. I love History as much as I love books, and my kids love History, too. I've been reading them great historical non-fiction (try David Adler's picture book series) and great historical fiction since they were tiny. No dry Ferris Bueller-style History lessons for us!
"Voyage with the Vikings" is actually the first book in the Imagination Station series by Marianne Herring and Paul McCusker. This book is about real-life vikings Eric the Red and Leif Eriksson. The cover itself gives an accurate description of the book: 2 kids, Beth and Patrick, end up going back to around AD1,000 and getting mixed up in a viking adventure. "Voyage with the Vikings" delves into the history of Iceland, Leif Eriksson's conversion to Christianity and the strife that caused between he and his father, and so much more... but you'll have to read it to find out the "more"!
This series is great, exciting fiction that's sure to peak your kids' interest in History. It's very similar to the popular Magic Treehouse Series but better because it's got great spiritual values, too. It's the Christian version of good kids historical fiction I'd been waiting for! These kids pray and rely on Jesus whether they're living in 2010 or 1000 years in the past.
You can read the super cool click book sample of "Voyage with the Vikings" here!