Booklist: Children's Books about Castles and Knights

Castles & Knights

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Take a time trip into the past to explore the exciting world of castles. From early Norman defences to splendid Tudor castles, this is a fun history topic to explore with primary school children. Whether you are looking into turrets and trebuchets or drawbridges and dungeons, there's plenty to discover among our list of recommended children's books about castles and knights.

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Attacking a Norman Castle
Robin Twiddy
Non-fiction

Life was different long ago, but how? Jump back in time to experience the lives of children in Roman times, or the Stone Age. What did they eat? How did they defend themselves? What happens if you try to storm a Norman castle? Ready to find out all this and more? Let's go!

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
Castles Magnified
David Long & Harry Bloom
Non-fiction

Grab your magnifying glass and charge into battle with this search-and-find history adventure packed with more than 200 things to spot in each eye-boggling illustration.  
Meet history's most heroic knights as you travel back in time to follow Sir Gallahad into the court of King Arthur, Joan of Arc into battle and Richard the Lionheart on his last crusade.
Use the magnifying glass to explore cutaway castles , epic medieval battlefields and impressive royal tournaments , then learn about chivalry , armour and jousting .

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
DKfindout! Castles
Philip Steele
Non-fiction

This children's history book has everything you need to know about medieval castles, including knights, jousting, sieges, drawbridges, and forts.
Learn about castle design, from the earliest motte and bailey styles to stone fortresses and beautiful castles in Japan and India. See some of the most impressive castles in the world, and stock up on amazing facts. Packed with information, artefacts, and colourful pages, DKfindout! Castles brings the medieval world to life.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
George and the Dragon
Christopher Wormell
Picturebook

This is the story of a mighty dragon who seems ferocious, until we discover that he is terrified of George, a tiny mouse who pops round to borrow some sugar. This is a beautifully illustrated story coupled with the kind of gentle humour that draws readers in and makes them want to read it over and over again.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Marcia Williams
Comic-style short stories

Delve into the fascinating legends of King Arthur and his knights. The tales are retold in Marcia Williams' distinctive comic book style, with speech bubbles and many humorous details in both the text and illustrations that pupils will love. 

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
Look Inside a Castle
Conrad Mason & Barry Ablett
Non-fiction

Lift the flaps to explore behind the scenes of a bustling medieval castle as Lord Robert and Lady Margaret hold a feast, watch a tournament and fight off fearsome enemies. Amid the hustle and bustle in the colourful illustrations, find flaps beneath flaps and many more surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained. Young readers can meet lords, ladies, knights and squires and find out how they live, work, fight and relax in their magnificent castle home.

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Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Castl
Richard Platt & Stephen Biesty
Non-fiction

History comes alive in this incredible children's illustrated book about castles. Slicing through different areas of a medieval fortress, extraordinary views reveal the people busy inside, and preparing for battle as an enemy army approaches.
Packed with facts, you'll find out what it takes to build a massive 14th-century castle, dress a knight in armour, or prepare a feast fit for a king or queen. From the drawbridge to the dungeon, Cross-sections Castle swarms with the people who keep the castle ticking over - the workers, craftsmen, and servants. And, as you pore over every page, look out for the villainous spy. Is he in the well... the keep... the moat? No? Keep looking, he's there somewhere!

 This unique illustrated book will be enjoyed by older children for the packed-in information and by younger children who simply will enjoy proing over details of the 'cross-section' images.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
The Battle of Hastings
Claudia Martin
Non-fiction

Why Do We Remember?: The Battle of Hastings looks at the gripping events that led up to the famous battle of Hastings in 1066 and the following Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon Britain.  This simple, friendly children's non-fiction text is aimed at readers aged 5 and up and takes a close look at some key events and personalities involved in the Battle of Hastings. A good support to learning about history at Key Stage 1, the book uses historical sources to bring events to life. 

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The Castle the King Built
Rebecca Colby & Tom Froese
Picturebook

Find out exactly what goes on inside a medieval castle in this impeccably stylish picture book from the National Trust.

How many people does it take to build a castle? And what exactly does each person do? Discover masons to merchants and bakers to blacksmiths in this unique take on the classic rhyme 'This is the House that Jack Built'. Explore what happens inside the castle the king built with striking retro artwork from illustrator Tom Froese and a carefully researched rollicking rhyme from author Rebecca Colby.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight
Elli Woollard & Benji Davies
Picturebook

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don't realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT? The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
The Knight Who Said "No!"
Lucy Rowland & Kate Hindley
Picturebook

Ned the knight ALWAYS does exactly what he's told. When his parents ask him to pick up his toys, dig up the cabbages or go to bed on time, he does it all with a smile. And when the dragon swoops into town every night, he always runs inside just as he's asked. But one morning, instead of saying,"yes," he says, "NO!" He will NOT help his dad find his shield, his arrow or his bow, and he will certainly NOT let the butcher go past. That night, he refuses to go inside, and in doing so he confronts the dragon, making a very unlikely friend . . .

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The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight
Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty
Picturebook

Leo the mouse isn't like the other knights. While they like fighting, he'd rather read a book. Leo's parents are keen to turn him into a proper knight, so they pack him off on a mission to tame a dragon. But Leo knows that books are mightier than swords, and he tames not just the dragon, but a troll and a griffin, too - by reading them stories. With its witty rhyming text and glorious, detailed illustrations, The Knight Who Wouldnt Fight is a joyful, magical picture book about the power of stories.

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The Naughty Knight
Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul
Picturebook

When Winnie and Wilbur fly over a castle, they swoop down to take a closer look. When it turns out to be nothing more than a ruin, Winnie realizes that they are 'hundreds of years too late' and so makes a swoosh of her wand to take them back to medieval times. The ruin becomes a fully functioning fortress and it's a day of much archery, jousting and feasting. Winnie disguises herself as a medieval lady-in-waiting. Wilbur is a dashing knight in armour. But when they come across a naughty knight,making mincemeat of his rivals in the tournament and losing his temper in the banqueting hall, a little magic is required to put him in his place and give everyone else the entertaining day they've come to enjoy. Sir Wilbur is given pride of place at the banquet and everyone wants to know who the mysterious knight could be. Winnie realizes things could go badly if their true identities are revealed. They make a swift exit before out-staying their welcome, and the castle is restored to the ruin it was. With medieval magic and mayhem from the start, this story is a classic Winnie and Wilbur adventure.

Victorians children's books: Hetty Feather
The Paper Bag Princess
Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko
Picturebook

When Princess Elizabeth is all set to be married to Prince Ronald, disaster strikes! Suddenly, a fire-breathing dragon appears, smashing its way into the castle, scorching the princess’s clothes and kidnapping Prince Ronald! Resourceful Elizabeth finds a paper bag to replace her burnt clothes and sets off on a brave quest to rescue the prince, only to find that her prince isn’t quite as gallant as she had imagined. A very popular and entertaining story that is unafraid to twist traditional character stereotypes....

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