I am a sucker for a good children’s book. Our library has an amazing collection of picture books, and when I was searching for an England booklist our library had more books than I was allowed to put on my list (30 books) and more than I could check out at a time (45 books). I narrowed it down a bit, not much, and here are my favorites from our England unit all part of our greater geography lessons and my ever-growing booklists.
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English culture picture books
- Market Square Dog– When I was in junior high I discovered James Herriot, so I was overjoyed to see picture books of some of his stories.
- ABC UK– I always like ABC books like this that give a little bit of culture to them.
English history picture books
- Godiva– technically I suppose this could go into the legends category, there’s a lot of discussion on figures like her, are they history or legend? Either way I loved the illustrations and the ways this story was told.
- The Queen’s Progress: An Elizabethean Alphabet– During the early years of her reign Queen Elizabeth was known to randomly go around her country. To go along with this book why not look at some of her portraits and try your own hand at it?
- Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell– I always like to find examples of great women when I can, and English history has some great ones.
- Come to the Castle!: a visit to a castle in thirteenth-century England– this book is one of the reasons I waited so long to write this post because I have yet to figure out how to write about our activity. It’s a super cool and fun book though, so snag it if you see it.
- Will’s Quill, or How a Goose Saved Shakespeare– I’ll confess this one was checked out when I got them, but the book title amuses me so much.
English fairy tales and folk tales
- The Little Red Hen– When I was teaching we’d use this story as part of a nutrition unit. I’m linking to a collection of his books because I really like the classic illustrations.
- King Arthur and the Sword– I love how the illustrations in this look like stained glass, and it was the inspiration for our stained glass project when we had our mini King Arthur unit.
- Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow– Robert San Souci books are awesome. That is all.
- Magpie Nest– A fun story of how different birds came to build their nests, it could work really well with this nest craft we did back when the kids were studying Flying Creatures.
- The Cow Tripped Over the Moon: A Nursery Rhyme Emergency– This is sort of a fractured fairy tale, and I love those.