I have tried to incorporate more historical fiction into my reading to help give students context of when things have happened. Let's face it, seven and eight year olds don't always have the most up-to-date knowledge of history and even current events.
Case and point today.
One of my girls was so excited that she had found some author information in the back about Molly (one of the American girl dolls). Molly's life takes place in the 1940s...era of WWII. We were looking at the photographs together when she inferred, "I think that's Molly's dad."
Quickly looking at the photo, I interjected, "Um, no, that's Adolf Hitler." And thus entered a VERY brief synopsis on who he was and what he stood for.