Tudors 

Diver's Daughter

Patrice Lawrence

Part of a new series called ‘Voices’, which celebrates the experiences of BAME figures in British history, Diver's Daughter gives a uniquely fascinating perspective into life in Tudor times. Eve and her mother start the story in South London. Eve’s mother was stolen from Mozambique as a child and so the story offers insight into the lives of black families in England during this time. Patrice Lawrence paints a vivid picture of life within the cramped and dirty London streets, which transports the reader into Tudor times. The action moves from London to the South Coast and brings in the story of the sinking of the Mary Rose, as well as the fascinating lives of the divers who went to search for its treasures​.​

 

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The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy

Philip Ardagh & Jamie Littler

Part of Philip Ardagh's popular 'The Secret Diary of...' series, this is highly entertaining historical fiction for a young audience, bringing a place, a time and a way of life alive for its readers. This one focuses on Thomas Snoop, a trainee spy looking to uncover Tudor traitors making plots against the king.

Shakespeare's Globe (I Was There)

Valerie Wilding

This short novel follows the exciting story of a young boy actor who was part of Shakespeare's own theatre company. Written from the first-person perspective, the text helps children to imagine what it was like to live in Shakespeare's times and be part of his plays in their original productions.

The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

Marcia Williams

Retelling key events from Tudor history in an accessible way, pupils will enjoy looking over this book time and time again. The historical 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. 

Tudor Tales: The Prince, the Cook and the Cunning King

Terry Deary

From the author of the popular Horrible Histories, this book is part of the 'Tudor Tales' series. The story is about a young boy who dares to challenge King Henry VII's claim to the throne. The text, which is accompanied by fun illustrations, is easily accessible to most pupils in lower KS2. You may also like the other tales in this series: The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King (available here), The Maid, the Witch and the Cruel Queen (available here) and The Actor, the Rebel and the Wrinkled Queen (available here).

Treason

Berlie Doherty

Most suitable for upper KS2, Berlie Doherty offers a tensely dramatic tale with plenty of detail to explore about Tudor life. Set in the time of Henry VIII, this story explores the high tensions around religion and politics in this era as well as opening discussions about the power of the monarchy.

 

Tudors Picture Book

Emily Bone & Galia Bernstein

A visual, image-filled information text from Usborne, covering different aspects of the Tudor period from monarchs and palaces to dresses and art. A handy reference guide for KS2 pupils to access independently. 

The Executioner's Daughter

Jane Hardstaff

Moss is the daughter of a Tudor executioner in the Tower of London and her job is to hold a basket to catch the heads of people as they are executed. When Moss escapes, she finds herself in an identity quest that will uncover surprising truths. An exciting and pacey tale suitable for readers in Upper KS2 who are able to handle some gruesome details. 

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

Michael Rosen

Award-winning children's author Michael Rosen explains what it was like in Shakespeare's time and how Shakespeare's plays became such a big part of our literary heritage. The text is full of interesting facts and written in a lively and compelling style. 

The Queen's Token

Pamela Oldfield

A Tudor story accessible to most readers in lower KS2, providing a lighter read than some of the other children's novels based on this topic. Stable boy Hal longs to work at King Henry's palace, but his dreams appear to be dashed when he gets accused of being a spy.

Tudor

DK

The ultimate DK eyewitness guide to all things Tudor. With photographs, timelines and plenty of facts, this is non-fiction guide is essential for KS2 classrooms exploring the Tudor topic.

My Friend Walter

Michael Morpurgo

Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo brings past and present together when Tudor explorer Sir Walter Raleigh visits a modern day family as a ghost. A good text to choose for making past-and-present comparisons as well as if you are looking into the figure of Sir Walter Raleigh. 

Elizabeth I

Stephanie Turnbull

A simple and easy-to-read introduction to Queen Elizabeth I, covering her reign, family and lifestyle as well as key dates and more general information about life in Tudor England.

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Diver's Daughter Patrice Lawrence Part of a new series called ‘Voices’, which celebrates the experiences of BAME figures in British history, Diver's Daughter gives a uniquely fascinating perspective into life in Tudor times. Eve and her mother start the story in South London. Eve’s mother was stolen from Mozambique as a child and so the story offers insight into the lives of black families in England during this time. Patrice Lawrence paints a vivid picture of life within the cramped and dirty London streets, which transports the reader into Tudor times. The action moves from London to the South Coast and brings in the story of the sinking of the Mary Rose, as well as the fascinating lives of the divers who went to search for its treasures​.​ Also featured on: May 2019 Books of the Month Buy on Amazon The Secret Diary of Thomas Snoop, Tudor Boy Spy Philip Ardagh & Jamie Littler Part of Philip Ardagh's popular 'The Secret Diary of...' series, this is highly entertaining historical fiction for a young audience, bringing a place, a time and a way of life alive for its readers. This one focuses on Thomas Snoop, a trainee spy looking to uncover Tudor traitors making plots against the king. Buy on Amazon Shakespeare's Globe (I Was There) Valerie Wilding This short novel follows the exciting story of a young boy actor who was part of Shakespeare's own theatre company. Written from the first-person perspective, the text helps children to imagine what it was like to live in Shakespeare's times and be part of his plays in their original productions. Buy on Amazon The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets! Marcia Williams Retelling key events from Tudor history in an accessible way, pupils will enjoy looking over this book time and time again. The historical 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. Buy on Amazon Tudor Tales: The Prince, the Cook and the Cunning King Terry Deary From the author of the popular Horrible Histories, this book is part of the 'Tudor Tales' series. The story is about a young boy who dares to challenge King Henry VII's claim to the throne. The text, which is accompanied by fun illustrations, is easily accessible to most pupils in lower KS2. You may also like the other tales in this series: The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King (available here), The Maid, the Witch and the Cruel Queen (available here) and The Actor, the Rebel and the Wrinkled Queen (available here). Buy on Amazon Treason Berlie Doherty Most suitable for upper KS2, Berlie Doherty offers a tensely dramatic tale with plenty of detail to explore about Tudor life. Set in the time of Henry VIII, this story explores the high tensions around religion and politics in this era as well as opening discussions about the power of the monarchy. ​ Buy on Amazon Tudors Picture Book Emily Bone & Galia Bernstein A visual, image-filled information text from Usborne, covering different aspects of the Tudor period from monarchs and palaces to dresses and art. A handy reference guide for KS2 pupils to access independently. Buy on Amazon The Executioner's Daughter Jane Hardstaff ​Moss is the daughter of a Tudor executioner in the Tower of London and her job is to hold a basket to catch the heads of people as they are executed. When Moss escapes, she finds herself in an identity quest that will uncover surprising truths. An exciting and pacey tale suitable for readers in Upper KS2 who are able to handle some gruesome details. Buy on Amazon What's So Special About Shakespeare? Michael Rosen Award-winning children's author Michael Rosen explains what it was like in Shakespeare's time and how Shakespeare's plays became such a big part of our literary heritage. The text is full of interesting facts and written in a lively and compelling style. Buy on Amazon The Queen's Token Pamela Oldfield A Tudor story accessible to most readers in lower KS2, providing a lighter read than some of the other children's novels based on this topic. Stable boy Hal longs to work at King Henry's palace, but his dreams appear to be dashed when he gets accused of being a spy. Buy on Amazon Tudor DK The ultimate DK eyewitness guide to all things Tudor. With photographs, timelines and plenty of facts, this is non-fiction guide is essential for KS2 classrooms exploring the Tudor topic. Buy on Amazon My Friend Walter Michael Morpurgo Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo brings past and present together when Tudor explorer Sir Walter Raleigh visits a modern day family as a ghost. A good text to choose for making past-and-present comparisons as well as if you are looking into the figure of Sir Walter Raleigh. Buy on Amazon Elizabeth I Stephanie Turnbull A simple and easy-to-read introduction to Queen Elizabeth I, covering her reign, family and lifestyle as well as key dates and more general information about life in Tudor England.

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