BOOKLISTS

Hana's Suitcase
Karen Levine

Evans Brothers Ltd

ISBN 0237526301

This book makes the past come alive in a way that children at KS2 will really be able to relate to. Not only does it tell Hana’s story but that also offers pupils an insight into how historians can piece together evidence from the past. The book makes excellent use of sources, which are photographed and displayed throughout and these could provide an interesting starting point for a class discussion on the value and reliability of sources. Specific National Curriculum links include finding out about ‘events, people and changes from an appropriate range of sources’ and a study of Britain since 1930. See Discussions & Activities.

Hana's Suitcase
War Game

Chrysalis Children's Books

ISBN 1857937139

War Game is selected for its equal appeal to both boys and girls. The watercolour illustrations are beautiful and it provides pupils with an insight into what life was really like for young boys who signed up as soldiers in the First World War. This book contains pictures of many sources that would have been used to persuade people to join in the war effort. This could lead to interesting discussions with older children (Year 6) about propaganda and how sources can often present a biased view. The book could also be used as a good starting point for pupils to write a diary entry about what it might have been like for a soldier living in the trenches. Specific National Curriculum connections include the opportunity to teach that ‘the past is represented and interpreted in different ways’ and finding out about ‘events, people and changes from an appropriate range of sources of information.’

War Game
King Henry VIII
Emma Craigie

Short Books Ltd

ISBN 190497757X

One of the Short Book series of biographies, this is a super book to read to pupils or them to read independently. It provides interesting facts about King Henry VIII that may not be covered in conventional textbooks, such as the fact that the cost of Henry VIII’s evening meal was the equivalent of £1,285 in contemporary monetary value. . National Curriculum links include the study of Tudor Monarchs who shaped the period. Further suggestions can be found in the DFES History Unit 7. See Discussions & Activities.

King Henry VIII
King of Shadows

Puffin Books

ISBN 0141307994

King of Shadows makes effective links between History and English and has the potential to capture the imagination of both boys and girls. It links with the study of the Tudors as it is set in The Globe Theatre. A number of areas emerge from this book that would be very interesting to tackle with a class: research into the Bubonic Plague and how it affected people could be worthwhile and with older pupils could even lead to a study of recent outbreaks of illness and why vaccinations are so important. National Curriculum links include the study of events and individuals who shaped the Tudor period. See Discussions & Activities. Audio version available: ISBN Audio: 0754052133.

King of Shadows
Lizzie's Wish

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 0746060300

The book is introduced with a plan of the house, which is a good starting point for pupils to draw a plan of their own house and compare the similarities and differences between them. If they live in an old house, they might investigate census material to find out about previous occupants. An exploration of the language and the Victorian items/events/books etc that are referred to throughout would be an effective starting point from which various facets of The Victorians could be explored. There is an internet link at the back of the book which pupils could follow if they wish to find out more about living in Victorian times and living in a Victorian house. www.usborne-quicklinks.com Enter the keyword ‘lizzie.’ National Curriculum connections include the study of Victorian Britain. Further recommended titles in this series are: Polly’s March by Linda Newbery, Josie Under Fire by Ann Turnbull

Lizzie's Wish
Tiger, Tiger

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN 0007190425

This novel provides an interesting perspective on life in Roman times as seen through the point of view of twin tigers. Historical facts are woven through the story very effectively. Mixing elements such as gladiators and animals, the inclusion of both male and female characters and setting all of this against the backdrop of Ancient Rome is bound to appeal to a wide audience. It would be a valuable activity to discuss Aurelia’s first visit to the Coliseum to watch the Gladiators fighting. Questions such as why this was considered such good entertainment in Roman times and the treatment of slaves and animals will be significant ones to explore with the class. Alongside reading this book, it would be worthwhile to get pupils to research the life of Caesar, the history of the Coliseum and the lives of the Gladiators. The BBC website provides useful resources to support the teaching of the Romans. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/romans/. This book would provide useful extended reading for pupils studying the Romans in Britain.

Tiger, Tiger
Rose Blanche
Ian McEwan

Red Fox

ISBN 0099439506

This is a stunningly illustrated and thoughtful book about the Holocaust told from the eyes of a German girl called Rose Blanche and should provoke some interesting discussion. Pupils might write a diary entry for one of the characters in the book e.g. Rose Blanche might write a diary entry talking about the day that she followed the boy; her mum might write a diary entry about how she felt when she couldn’t find her daughter and about what might have happened to her. This is a poignant book and pupils must be allowed space for emotional engagement and response. This book provides a useful extension for pupils studying Britain since 1930 including the impact of the Second World War.

Rose Blanche
Fair's Fair
Leon Garfield

Hodder Children's Books

ISBN 0340795220

Fair’s Fair is an excellent class reader for children studying Victorian Britain. It provides opportunities for studying the rich language which children can emulate as a model for their own writing. Issues and dilemmas can be explored as well as characterisation through drama activities such as hotseating, thought tracking and conscience alley.

Fair's Fair
N/A

ISBN 0747584346

This book is suitable for older Key Stage 2 readers (Year 5/6).This is a story set in the village of Set Maat, which is a real place that could be researched further by pupils on the Internet. Many facts about historians’ discoveries about this village have been woven into the story, which helps to make this book seem realistic and appeals to the reader’s curiosity. There is a map and a glossary at the back, which will definitely be useful to pupils as they read this book. The glossary could easily be used as a starting point for further research into the life and times of the Egyptian people. The supporting website contains the glossary, maps and an interview with the author: www.orphanofthesun.com. National Curriculum links include a study of world history including the everyday lives of men, women and children in Ancient Egypt.

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Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN 0007150075

This is a beautifully written and poignant novel about Private Thomas Peaceful, a soldier fighting at the Western Front in World War I. It is clearly well-researched and will help pupils understand what conditions were like for soldiers. It describes life in the trenches vividly and could be used in conjunction with other literature (e.g. war poems, War Game). The story raises the controversial issue of deserters and their punishment, which would be an interesting debate to have with the class. Pupils could find out what happens to deserters in modern times –the recent case in the news of the soldier who refused to go to Iraq to carry out his duty could be considered. National Curriculum links include the study of Britain in its European and wider world context. Audio version, ISBN 0007178441, and Play ISBN 0007224869, also available.

Private Peaceful