My son loves this series of historical fiction picture books that we have been getting from the library. Most of them tell the stories of kids who are living at important periods in history. One is set during the civil war, another during the renaissance and another in Egypt.
The are nicely illustrated and they include a lot of action and adventure which my son likes. But they also present a lot of rich historical details and they have encouraged my son to think and ask questions about times and places besides the present. I like that I can offer him a little education while also keeping him entertained.