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Escape from Pompeii

Christina Balit

Escape from Pompeii tells the story of a young boy called Tranio who lives in Pompeii at the time of the famous eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.  This captivating picture book allows readers to follow the footsteps of Tranio and his friend Livia as they come to terms with the destruction of their city and find their own routes to freedom. There is also an accompanying KS2History Planning Pack available.

Earth Shattering Events

Sophie Williams & Robin Jacobs

Earth Shattering Events explores geological and meteorological disasters, with each page dedicated to a different natural event from volcanoes and tsunamis to cyclones and wildfires. Each event is explained in a way that is easy to understand for junior children without compromising on presenting the underlying scientific facts. A real strength of the book is how highly visual it is, with appealing diagrams, large illustrations, maps and charts contributing greatly to the readers’ understanding of each topic. Also of high interest are the explanation boxes showing what to do if you get caught in the various disasters and the charts that show how each one is measured.

The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth

Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady

A very popular non-fiction text that has detailed and engaging illustrations.  This book tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a busy, modern landscape. Topics include rock formation and erosion. This is a classroom essential!

The Rock Factory: A Story About Rocks and Stones

Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly

Part of a popular series called 'Science Works', this book uses simple but engaging cartoons to explain concepts about rock formation, including volcanoes and crystallization. The book includes experiments and links to websites for extra information. 

A Rock Is Lively

Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long

This is the perfect accompaniment to a rocks and soils topic. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction text showcases different types of rocks and gemstones in all their splendour, using the stunning pictures as a way in to explaining the science behind how they appear. If it never occurred to you to appreciate how beautiful rocks can be, it will after reading this! 

The Street Beneath My Feet

Charlotte Guillian & Yuval Zommer 

I'd like to recommend this beauty. I recently used it to introduce Class 3's 'Under Our Feet' topic and there were gasps from the children. Sublimely illustrated, its concertina-style pages fold out into a long cross section of the Earth: in one side and out the other. It contains a wealth of information and opportunities for further questions from curious young minds. Just stunning. (Recommended by Louise Gall (@mrsgclass3), Year 3 teacher).

 

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100 Facts: Planet Earth

Peter Riley

This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in 100 Facts: Planet Earth include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks and fossils. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post.

 

Stone Girl Bone Girl

Laurence Anholt and Sheila Moxley

This book tells the true story of Mary Anning, who was made famous by discovering a fossilised sea monster when she was a little girl. This compelling story with its bright illustrations will engage your pupils and inspire them to become fossil hunters!

Survivors

David Long & Kerry Hyndman

This is an exciting non-fiction text containing a collection of captivating real life tales of men, women and children who have survived the most perilous situations against all odds, often in extreme environments like volcanoes or deserts. The book features a mixture of well known adventurers, like Shackleton, and lesser-heard stories like that of Poon Lim, a man who wrestled for survival by living alone at sea on a raft for months and, desperate for something to drink to stay alive, captured and killed a shark in order to drink its blood! Many of the stories are truly incredible and they encapsulate how the sense of sheer determination, guile and radical bravery found deep within the human spirit enables people to overcome adversity in the most unlikely situations. This is a superb non-fiction-that-feels-like-fiction text that we highly recommend to KS2 classrooms.

 

Also featured on: Reading for Pleasure Blog

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Kathy Furgang

This non-fiction text is part of the National Geographic 'Everything' series and is full of high quality photographs and incredible facts that will build a picture of just how powerful volcanoes and earthquakes can really be. 

This Little Pebble

Anna Claybourne & Sally Garland

A child finds a small pebble and what follows is an explanation of how rocks are formed, how the rock cycle works and the role that rocks play in the geology of our planet. The illustrations are wonderfully appealing to young readers and we highly recommend this non-fiction text for primary school libraries. 

King of the Cloud Forests

Michael Morpurgo

If you are looking for a gripping novel  on the theme of mountains, this one could be for you. This story, from the popular children's author Michael Morpurgo, recounts the perilous journey of Ashley and his Uncle Sung across the Himalayan Mountains as they battle for survival.

The Abominables

Eva Ibbotson

Another novel on the theme of mountains, but this one is a more light-hearted choice, popular with lower KS2. Full of humour and imagination, this laugh-out-loud book tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped by the Yetis of the Himalayan Mountains and given the tasks of bringing up their unruly children. Although this book is very funny, it also carries a strong message about caring for our planet. 

Destination Planet Earth

Jo Nelson & Tom Clohosy Cole

A highly visual information text, with each double-spread taking the reader to a different scene from our planet. Visit deserts, volcanoes, mountains and tectonic plate boundaries to discover a wealth of fascinating facts about the physical geography of the Earth.

The Brockenspectre

Linda Newbery

This is the story of Tomas, whose father is a climbing guide in the Swiss mountains. When his father disappears, Tomas worries that a mountain monster called the Brockenspectre might be at work and sets about to brave the treacherous mountain terrains to find his father before it is too late. Covering themes of family relationships and grief, this is a gripping story for upper KS2.  

Under Earth, Under Water

Aleksandra Mizielinski & Daniel Mizielinski

A highly-recommended non-fiction text all about what lies beneath the surface. The book can be flipped open in two directions, with one side exploring different things that exist underneath the earth and the other side exploring under the sea. The information is presented in a visually appealing way and is accompanied by engaging illustrations. A popular choice for KS2.  There are also accompanying activity books from the same authors (available here). 

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Escape from Pompeii Christina Balit Escape from Pompeii tells the story of a young boy called Tranio who lives in Pompeii at the time of the famous eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.  This captivating picture book allows readers to follow the footsteps of Tranio and his friend Livia as they come to terms with the destruction of their city and find their own routes to freedom. There is also an accompanying KS2History Planning Pack available. Buy on Amazon The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth Meredith Hooper & Chris Coady A very popular non-fiction text that has detailed and engaging illustrations.  This book tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a busy, modern landscape. Topics include rock formation and erosion. This is a classroom essential! Buy on Amazon The Rock Factory: A Story About Rocks and Stones Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly Part of a popular series called 'Science Works', this book uses simple but engaging cartoons to explain concepts about rock formation, including volcanoes and crystallization. The book includes experiments and links to websites for extra information. Buy on Amazon A Rock Is Lively Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long This is the perfect accompaniment to a rocks and soils topic. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction text showcases different types of rocks and gemstones in all their splendour, using the stunning pictures as a way in to explaining the science behind how they appear. If it never occurred to you to appreciate how beautiful rocks can be, it will after reading this! Buy on Amazon The Street Beneath My Feet Charlotte Guillian & Yuval Zommer ​I'd like to recommend this beauty. I recently used it to introduce Class 3's 'Under Our Feet' topic and there were gasps from the children. Sublimely illustrated, its concertina-style pages fold out into a long cross section of the Earth: in one side and out the other. It contains a wealth of information and opportunities for further questions from curious young minds. Just stunning. (Recommended by Louise Gall (@mrsgclass3), Year 3 teacher). Also features on: favourite non-fiction books Buy on Amazon 100 Facts: Planet Earth Peter Riley This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in 100 Facts: Planet Earth include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks and fossils. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post. Buy on Amazon Stone Girl Bone Girl Laurence Anholt and Sheila Moxley This book tells the true story of Mary Anning, who was made famous by discovering a fossilised sea monster when she was a little girl. This compelling story with its bright illustrations will engage your pupils and inspire them to become fossil hunters! Buy on Amazon Survivors David Long & Kerry Hyndman This is an exciting non-fiction text containing a collection of captivating real life tales of men, women and children who have survived the most perilous situations against all odds, often in extreme environments like volcanoes or deserts. The book features a mixture of well known adventurers, like Shackleton, and lesser-heard stories like that of Poon Lim, a man who wrestled for survival by living alone at sea on a raft for months and, desperate for something to drink to stay alive, captured and killed a shark in order to drink its blood! Many of the stories are truly incredible and they encapsulate how the sense of sheer determination, guile and radical bravery found deep within the human spirit enables people to overcome adversity in the most unlikely situations. This is a superb non-fiction-that-feels-like-fiction text that we highly recommend to KS2 classrooms. Also featured on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Volcanoes and Earthquakes Kathy Furgang This non-fiction text is part of the National Geographic 'Everything' series and is full of high quality photographs and incredible facts that will build a picture of just how powerful volcanoes and earthquakes can really be. Buy on Amazon This Little Pebble Anna Claybourne & Sally Garland A child finds a small pebble and what follows is an explanation of how rocks are formed, how the rock cycle works and the role that rocks play in the geology of our planet. The illustrations are wonderfully appealing to young readers and we highly recommend this non-fiction text for primary school libraries. Buy on Amazon King of the Cloud Forests Michael Morpurgo If you are looking for a gripping novel  on the theme of mountains, this one could be for you. This story, from the popular children's author Michael Morpurgo, recounts the perilous journey of Ashley and his Uncle Sung across the Himalayan Mountains as they battle for survival. Buy on Amazon The Abominables Eva Ibbotson Another novel on the theme of mountains, but this one is a more light-hearted choice, popular with lower KS2. Full of humour and imagination, this laugh-out-loud book tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped by the Yetis of the Himalayan Mountains and given the tasks of bringing up their unruly children. Although this book is very funny, it also carries a strong message about caring for our planet. Buy on Amazon Destination Planet Earth Jo Nelson & Tom Clohosy Cole A highly visual information text, with each double-spread taking the reader to a different scene from our planet. Visit deserts, volcanoes, mountains and tectonic plate boundaries to discover a wealth of fascinating facts about the physical geography of the Earth. Buy on Amazon The Brockenspectre Linda Newbery This is the story of Tomas, whose father is a climbing guide in the Swiss mountains. When his father disappears, Tomas worries that a mountain monster called the Brockenspectre might be at work and sets about to brave the treacherous mountain terrains to find his father before it is too late. Covering themes of family relationships and grief, this is a gripping story for upper KS2. Buy on Amazon Under Earth, Under Water Aleksandra Mizielinski & Daniel Mizielinski A highly-recommended non-fiction text all about what lies beneath the surface. The book can be flipped open in two directions, with one side exploring different things that exist underneath the earth and the other side exploring under the sea. The information is presented in a visually appealing way and is accompanied by engaging illustrations. A popular choice for KS2.  There are also accompanying activity books from the same authors (available here).

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