Booklist: Children's Books

Stone Age to Iron Age

From stone circles and woolly mammoths to hill forts and roundhouses, the Stone Age to Iron Age history topic is such an interesting one to dig into. We've put together a list of recommended children's books to help transport readers back to prehistoric times...

Stone Age Boy
Stone Age Boy
Satoshi Kitamura
Picture book

This engaging picture book tells the story of a boy who falls down a hole to find himself back in time 15,000 years. He wakes in a prehistoric camp and finds out about life in a Stone Age village.

 

Stone Age Boy is a hugely popular book with lower KS2 classes and helps to encourage children to engage with how life might have been different during Stone Age times. Extra facts and information are peppered throughout. There is also an accompanying 2-week English unit available from KS2History. 

Stig of the Dump
Clive King
Chapter book

Stig of the Dump is a classic children's novel about a young boy called Barney who encounters a strange cave dwelling creature called Stig. Stig takes Barney on a series of fantastic adventures into prehistoric times.

This text is superb as a class reader or for a literacy unit. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond (click to see on Amazon) book to help teachers with planning. 

The Boy with the Bronze Axe
Kathleen Fidler
Chapter book

If you are looking for a class text about the Bronze Age, this is the one for you. Set in the Scottish settlement of Skara Brae, The Boy with the Bronze Axe is a well-researched story filled with exciting challenges and mysteries. Perfect for confident readers or as a class novel.

The Stone Age: Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths
Marcia Williams
Comic-style information book

Marcia Williams embraces the Stone Age topic with her distinctive comic-book style. This informative text covers a range of sub-topics including prehistoric animals, hunter-gathers and Stone Age tools. This is a book with a high level of visual appeal and is particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers.

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley
Picture book

A whimsical and quirky picture book doubling as an instruction manual for the 'mammoth' task of washing this prehistoric beast. This is a humorous and creative text and a brilliant way into instruction writing. There is an accompanying 2-week English unit from KS2History. 

Wolf Brother
Michelle Paver
Chapter book

This gripping children's novel takes us back in time 6000 years as twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf cub journey through the prehistoric landscape.
Wolf Brother is a real page-turner that uses the structure of an adventure story and majors on the theme of good versus evil in a prehistoric setting. Highly recommended for more confident readers or upper KS2 pupils.

 

The Wild Way Home
Sophie Kirtley
Chapter book

A wildly heartfelt timeslip adventure that takes readers back to the Stone Age to explore themes of family, courage, loss and what it means to be human.

Charlie lives in modern times, but after hearing very bad news about a new sibling, Charlie flees to the forest and is transported in time to a Stone Age forest. This is an exciting narrative that will be lapped up by mature readers who are ready for a roller coaster of adrenaline and who can handle difficult themes. Most suitable for Upper KS2.

The Secrets of Stonehenge
Mick Manning & Brita Granström
Information book

The Secrets of Stonehenge is a fascinating information text full of images, questions and captions that probe deeply into the mysteries of Stonehenge. This engaging non-fiction text is easy to understand, visually appealing and bursting with interesting facts and theories about the mysteries of Stonehenge.

The First Drawing
Mordicai Gerstein
Picture book

A story set in the Stone Age that explores how the first drawing could have come to be, based on real discoveries made in the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in France, which contains some of the oldest known cave drawings made 30,000 years ago. A free educator's guide is also available.

Defenders: Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
Chapter Book (dyslexia friendly)

In the ‘Defenders’ series, best-selling author Tom Palmer brings together his passions for football and history in haunting stories that are ‘super-readable’ due to their accessible layout including a dyslexia-friendly font and tinted paper. In this story, a boy called Seth encounters visions of severed heads raised high on spikes surrounding an Iron Age hill fort. Seth discovers that the heads were a means of keeping intruders out of the hill fort in Iron Age times and must find a way to face the horrors of the past that echo through the ages. 

The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age
Clare Hibbert
Information Book

An accessible information text designed especially for the National Curriculum, this is a text pitched for teachers and pupils of lower KS2. Taking an investigative approach to history, The History Detective Investigates Stone Age to Iron Age examines key questions and pieces of evidence from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in order to build a picture of life in prehistoric times.

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Stone Age Boy Satoshi Kitamura This engaging picture book tells the story of a boy who falls down a hole to find himself back in time 15,000 years. He wakes in a prehistoric camp and finds out about life in a Stone Age village. Stone Age Boy is a hugely popular book with lower KS2 classes and is a great way of encouraging children to engage with how life might have been different during Stone Age times. There is also an accompanying literacy unit available. Buy on Amazon Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age Raymond Briggs A comic style book in which Ug lives with his parents during the Stone Age. Raymond Briggs uses imaginative humour to detail the challenges of prehistoric life including stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age is a popular text that provides a great gateway into debate and discussions about how fair a portrayal of Stone Age people as basic and primitive might actually be. This book is highly recommended if you are looking for a humorous text to appeal to boys. Buy on Amazon Stig of the Dump Clive King Stig of the Dump is a classic children's novel about a young boy called Barney who encounters a strange cave dwelling creature called Stig. Stig takes Barney on a series of fantastic adventures into prehistoric times. This text is superb as a class reader or for a literacy unit. There is also an accompanying Read & Respond (click to see on Amazon) book to help with planning. Buy on Amazon The Stone Age: Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths Marcia Williams Marcia Williams embraces the Stone Age topic with her distinctive comic-book style. This informative text covers a range of sub-topics including prehistoric animals, hunter-gathers and Stone Age tools. This is a book with a high level of visual appeal and is particularly popular for engaging reluctant readers. Buy on Amazon How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley A fun and quirky picture book doubling as an instruction manual for the 'mammoth' task of washing this prehistoric beast. This is a humorous and creative text and a brilliant way into instruction writing. You may also like the How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth planning pack from KS2History. Buy on Amazon Skara Brae Dawn Finch This informative non-fiction text covers the topic of Skara Brae, a prehistoric settlement in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. The site was discovered by archaeologists after a storm in 1850 and the remains of the village give important clues about what life was like during the Stone Age. This information book is well-pitched for KS2 and includes colour photographs that show how the findings help to explain life during the Stone Age. Buy on Amazon The Boy with the Bronze Axe Kathleen Fidler If you are looking for a class text about the Bronze Age, this is the one for you. Set in the Scottish settlement of Skara Brae, The Boy with the Bronze Axe has a story line filled with exciting challenges and mysteries. Perfect for confident readers or as a class novel. Buy on Amazon Defenders: Pitch Invasion Tom Palmer In the ‘Defenders’ series, best-selling author Tom Palmer brings together his passions for football and history in haunting stories that are ‘super-readable’ due to their accessible layout including a dyslexia-friendly font and tinted paper. In this story, a boy called Seth encounters visions of severed heads raised high on spikes surrounding an Iron Age hill fort. Seth discovers that the heads were a means of keeping intruders out of the hill fort in Iron Age times and must find a way to face the horrors of the past that echo through the ages. Check out our recent blog post about the Defenders series to find out more. Buy on Amazon Stone Age Tablet Andrew Langley Written in the form of a newspaper, this fun book is packed with information about different aspects of prehistoric life. Articles include 'What's So Great About Iron?', an interview with a flintknapper, homes for sales, fashion updates and adverts for hunting lessons.  Buy on Amazon The Archers of Isca Caroline Lawrence This is a great book for upper KS2 that explores in detail life in Iron Age Britain. The Archers of Isca is the second of Caroline Lawrence’s four Roman Quests stories, which follow the adventures of a group of siblings who are forced to run away from Emperor Domitian in Rome and settle in Roman Britain. Despite the name, there is a great cross-over covered here between the Roman topic and the KS2 topic of Iron Age Britain, as in this story we visit Iron Age villages and explore tribal culture. Also featured on: Reading For Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Wolf Brother Michelle Paver This gripping children's novel takes us back in time 6000 years as twelve year old Torak and his wolf cub journey through the prehistoric landscape. Wolf Brother is a real page-turner that uses the structure of an adventure story and majors on the theme of good versus evil in a prehistoric setting. Highly recommended for more confident readers, this also works well as a gripping class novel to link to your Stone Age topic. Buy on Amazon The Secrets of Stonehenge Mick Manning & Brita Granström The Secrets of Stonehenge is a fascinating information text full of images, questions and captions that probe deeply into the mysteries of Stonehenge. This engaging non-fiction text is easy to understand and bursting with interesting facts and theories. Buy on Amazon The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age Clare Hibbert An accessible information text designed especially for the 2014 National Curriculum, this is a text pitched for teachers and pupils of lower KS2. Taking an investigative approach to history, The History Detective Investigates Stone Age to Iron Age examines key questions and pieces of evidence from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in order to build a picture of life in prehistoric times. Buy on Amazon Stone Circles Dawn Finch This non-fiction text written by school literacy consultant Dawn Finch, explores the topic of prehistoric Stone Circles. Find out who was behind the construction of stone circles, where they are located, how the builders managed to move such enormous blocks of stone and why these ancient monuments were built in the first place

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