Children’s Historical Fiction – Ottoman Empire

Children’s Historical Fiction – Ottoman Empire

Although one of the world’s longest running and most powerful empires we haven’t found much on the Ottoman Empire. But we have found a couple of gems. Abraham Hannibal and the Battle For the Throne Frances Mary Somers Cocks (Author), Eric...
Abraham Hannibal

Abraham Hannibal

Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands  by Frances Mary Somers Cocks Abraham Hannibal and the Battle for the Throne by Frances Mary Somers Cocks “My name is Abraham, and my father is a noble lord of Africa” Based on a true story, these two books...
Minnow and the Bear

Minnow and the Bear

Minnow and the Bear, by Benedict Blathwayt (Red Fox Picture Books) A beautifully illustrated children’s book, but disappointing as historical fiction. Minnow, the caveboy longs to be old enough to go hunting with the men, but instead he accidentally falls into...
British History Basics – reference books

British History Basics – reference books

We started with a run through British history and have really appreciated the chronological backbone this has given us for our current world history. A good reference book forms the backbone for studying history, not only do they provide information but they also...
Nature Storybooks

Nature Storybooks

Our favourite series on animals is Nature Storybooks. Each one of these picture books is the life story or an homage to a different animal and each has a distinct character of its own. These books succeed in a way so few others do because they read like well-written...

The animals of Eric Carle

One our favourite author’s for younger children who love animals is Eric Carle. He has a way of combining a quick, colourful story with a good first look at a group of animals. Although most famous for the Very Hungry Caterpillar, with its less than realistic...
Kings and Queens of England

Kings and Queens of England

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we have been thinking about our favourite children’s books and a few other resources on the Kings and Queens of England. Our favourite: Tony Robinson’s Kings and Queens (or The Hutchinson Book Of Kings &...
Children’s Historical fiction – Stone Age

Children’s Historical fiction – Stone Age

Historical fiction is a great way of finding out more about history. This list includes some great picture books and novels for young adults. ***HIGHLY RECOMMENDED*** Stone Age Boy This historical fiction picture book is a great introduction to archaeology and stone...
Zoo-ology

Zoo-ology

This book is all about the illustrations! Zoo-ology, by Joelle Jolivet is a great first animal encyclopedia. This wonderfully over-sized book at nearly 45cm high, is big, bold, beautiful and packed with animals. Each double spread has a theme – cold, horned, in the...
Picture books – more

Picture books – more

15th Nov: A classic favourite… Today’s favourite is a real classic. An action song in a picture book - We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. The poetic use of repetition and rhyme make this a great read aloud and pull...