Booklist: Children's Books about the Great Fire of London
Fire of London
In 1666, a famous fire that started in a London bakery spread quickly to burn down much of the city. The fire was so impactful that it was called the Great Fire of London. We've picked a selection of recommended children's books on the topic of the Great Fire of London. Look out for wooden houses, buried cheese, flame-hopping fleas and detailed diaries in our list of best books for the Fire of London topic...
The Great Fire of London: 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666
Emma Adams & James Weston Lewis
Published to mark the 350th anniversary of the fire, The Great Fire of London is a spectacular visual retelling of whole story of the fire, from the first piece of coal that starts smouldering in the oven of the Pudding Lane bakery to a whole city engulfed by raging red and orange flames. With stunning illustrations, captivating storytelling and a treasure trove of historical fact, this books is an absolute essential for classrooms covering this topic. There is also an accompanying activity book.
Vlad and the Great Fire of London
Kate Cunningham & Sam Cunningham
This is a picture book about the Great Fire of London, written by a primary teacher who was inspired to create it after teaching the topic for many years. It follows the events of the Great Fire as seen through the eyes of a tiny flea called Vlad who lives on the back of Boxton the rat. The two friends visit the bakery on Pudding Lane and witness the start of the fire before they join the masses of people fleeing the fire. Vlad and Boxton travel through the burning streets of London, watching the houses being destroyed and passing Samuel Pepys as he buries his most precious possessions. We were really struck by the images of the London refugee camps at the end, drawing striking comparisons to current day events and experiences. The author also offers school visits and resources via her website.
Toby and The Great Fire Of London
Margaret Nash & Jane Cope
Illustrated early reader
Written especially for young readers, Toby and The Great Fire of London tells the story of Toby's experiences of the Great Fire of London. A great short story for KS1, with detailed cartoon-style images that bring the events of the Great Fire to life.
The Great Fire of London Unclassified
An exciting non-fiction text that will capture pupils' interest through its quest to find the real story behind the Great Fire. The Great Fire of London Unclassified is a popular choice for guided reading, especially for those looking for a text with a less 'cartoony' feel to it than most of the other non-fiction options for this topic.
The Great Fire Of London
This non-fiction book was written especially for KS1 and is a good way of introducing the conventions of information texts, including a full glossary, captions and an index. The accessible text of The Great Fire Of London is accompanied by detailed illustrations and photographs of artefacts.
This is a novel featuring the adventures of young Nick Truelove as he encounters the Great Fire of London and sets out on a quest to seek revenge for the death of his parents. Raven Boy is a good choice if you are looking for a text suitable for more confident readers or a slightly older class.
Short Histories: The Baker's Boy and the Great Fire of London
Tom & Tony Bradman
This exciting chapter book brings the tale of the great fire of London to life for young readers.
When Will Farriner wakes to the sound of crackling flames and the smell of smoke, he knows something is terribly wrong! As his family escape the flames engulfing their bakery, Will realises he must stop the fire from spreading. But what can be done before all of London goes up in smoke?
Full of adventure and danger, this chapter book is aimed at KS1 and lower KS2.
Who Was: Samuel Pepys?
Samuel Pepys is famous for the diary he wrote 400 years ago. The diary tells us about lots of important events such as the Great Fire of London and the Great Plague.
Find out why people thought his diary was written in code, why Pepys was known as the 'father of the modern navy' and why he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London.
Why do we remember?: The Great Fire of London
A simple, friendly first history series that takes a close look at some key events and personalities through history and reveals how and why they are still important to us today. Each book uses a rich variety of historical sources, from diaries to paintings, to bring events to life, while simple historical vocabulary is introduced and explained.