Family read alouds are close bonding times that help children develop a love of reading. Reading historical fiction can give children an understanding of our present-day society by seeing what the past was like and how that led to our present times. This article has a list of historical fiction.
I haven't read all of those books - they sound good. I'm reading murder in Matera (Helene Stapinski) right now. It is a story about an ancestor from Italy who was involved in a murder. The author wants to find out what really happened and goes to Italy. I love the chapters telling about what life was like in the mid 1860s and why people immigrated.