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The Saga of Erik the Viking

Terry Jones & Michael Foreman

Erik the Viking and his crew set sail on a quest aboard the great ship Golden Dragon. Along their way they will encounter monsters, magic and mythical creatures. This is an exciting adventure written in the style of the original Viking sagas. 

Viking Boy

Tony Bradman

This book is very popular in primary classrooms, especially in upper KS2. The action-packed plot follows the story of Gunnar, who sets out to avenge his father's death after an attack by rival raiders. Combining elements of history and mythology, this is a gripping story that brings the gruesome Viking period to life. 

Arthur and the Golden Rope

Joe Todd Stanton

This highly appealing text is a hybrid between picture book and graphic novel. It follows the story of young Arthur, who embarks upon a quest to seek out the help of the Viking gods in relighting a fire before the villagers back home freeze to death. In return for their help, Thor sets his own quest for Arthur to complete. 

The Dragon's Hoard: Stories from the Viking Sagas

Lari Don & Cate James

This volume contains 11 illustrated retellings of sagas, which are Viking stories that are characteristically gruesome but also filled with magic and treasure. The retellings in this collection are engaging, exciting and well pitched for KS2.

There's a Viking in My Bed and Other Stories

Jeremy Strong

There's a Viking in My Bed is the hilarious story of Sigurd the Viking, who finds himself transported to a modern day seaside town in England. Will he be able to adapt to modern ways? This is a witty, light-hearted text to use to help draw out the differences between Viking and modern times.

 

Defenders: Killing Ground

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. Football-lover Seth, who can see shadows of the past, discovers that dark and supernatural forces are at play when he witnesses a horrifying Viking massacre in his local football stadium. Together with his friend Nadiya, it is up to Seth to put an end to the violence and save the town. 

Check out our recent blog post about the Defenders series to find out more. 

Odd and the Frost Giants

Neil Gaiman

This is a great adventure for upper KS2 or more advanced readers. It follows the story of Odd as he takes up a Viking quest to Asgaard, the home of the Norse gods. You'll enjoy this story best if you are able to suspend your disbelief and enter the weird and wonderful world of Viking mythology. 

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror

Julia Jarman

This novel is part of the very popular Time-Travelling Cat series. It is a suitable text for either Anglo-Saxon or Viking topics as it tells the story of a cat who travels to a Saxon village under threat of Viking invasion. The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror is a clever invasion-themed story that will have pupils gripped from the start.

Viking Longship

Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

An appealing non-fiction text exploring Viking life from the point of view of the crew of a longship. With accessible text and engaging illustrations, this is a great addition to your library of books covering the Vikings topic.

Vikings in 30 Seconds

Philip Steele

The ‘In 30 Seconds’ series of non-fiction texts aims to provide information on various different aspects of a topic in small chunks of text taking approximately 30 seconds to read (we averaged at 27.5!). This text is pitched for KS2 and is accompanied by a range of pictures, infographics and glossaries, making it accessible and appealing to children and well suited to guided reading.  ‘Vikings in 30 Seconds’ explores a comprehensive range of interesting chunks of information for the Vikings topics and we particularly enjoyed the extra ‘3-minute mission’ challenges! 

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Cressida Cowell

This story is a big hit with children in KS2 and will leave its readers pleading for more at the end of each chapter. Follow the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, an unimpressive Viking who finds it hard to live up to expectations. Hiccup finally learns how to fight dragons and become a hero, although it is a very bumpy ride full of hilarious mishaps along the way. 

You may also like the KS2History How to Train Your Dragon Teacher's Pack.

Who Were the Vikings?

Jane Chisholm, Struan Reid & David Cuzik

This is a newly-revised version of the classic Vikings information text for schools, complete with up-to-date research and weblinks. It is full of fun facts and interesting illustrations designed to answer key questions about the Vikings.

100 Facts: Vikings

Fiona MacDonald & Rupert Matthews

This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in '100 Facts: Vikings' include warriors, laws, food and legends. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post.

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The Saga of Erik the Viking Terry Jones & Michael Foreman Erik the Viking and his crew set sail on a quest aboard the great ship Golden Dragon. Along their way they will encounter monsters, magic and mythical creatures. This is an exciting adventure written in the style of the original Viking sagas. Buy on Amazon Viking Boy Tony Bradman This book is very popular in primary classrooms, especially in upper KS2. The action-packed plot follows the story of Gunnar, who sets out to avenge his father's death after an attack by rival raiders. Combining elements of history and mythology, this is a gripping story that brings the gruesome Viking period to life. Buy on Amazon Arthur and the Golden Rope Joe Todd Stanton This highly appealing text is a hybrid between picture book and graphic novel. It follows the story of young Arthur, who embarks upon a quest to seek out the help of the Viking gods in relighting a fire before the villagers back home freeze to death. In return for their help, Thor sets his own quest for Arthur to complete. Buy on Amazon The Dragon's Hoard: Stories from the Viking Sagas Lari Don & Cate James This volume contains 11 illustrated retellings of sagas, which are Viking stories that are characteristically gruesome but also filled with magic and treasure. The retellings in this collection are engaging, exciting and well pitched for KS2. Buy on Amazon There's a Viking in My Bed and Other Stories Jeremy Strong There's a Viking in My Bed is the hilarious story of Sigurd the Viking, who finds himself transported to a modern day seaside town in England. Will he be able to adapt to modern ways? This is a witty, light-hearted text to use to help draw out the differences between Viking and modern times. Buy on Amazon Defenders: Killing Ground 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. Football-lover Seth, who can see shadows of the past, discovers that dark and supernatural forces are at play when he witnesses a horrifying Viking massacre in his local football stadium. Together with his friend Nadiya, it is up to Seth to put an end to the violence and save the town. Check out our recent blog post about the Defenders series to find out more. Buy on Amazon Odd and the Frost Giants Neil Gaiman This is a great adventure for upper KS2 or more advanced readers. It follows the story of Odd as he takes up a Viking quest to Asgaard, the home of the Norse gods. You'll enjoy this story best if you are able to suspend your disbelief and enter the weird and wonderful world of Viking mythology. Buy on Amazon The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror Julia Jarman This novel is part of the very popular Time-Travelling Cat series. It is a suitable text for either Anglo-Saxon or Viking topics as it tells the story of a cat who travels to a Saxon village under threat of Viking invasion. The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror is a clever invasion-themed story that will have pupils gripped from the start. Buy on Amazon Viking Longship Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom An appealing non-fiction text exploring Viking life from the point of view of the crew of a longship. With accessible text and engaging illustrations, this is a great addition to your library of books covering the Vikings topic. Buy on Amazon Vikings in 30 Seconds Philip Steele The ‘In 30 Seconds’ series of non-fiction texts aims to provide information on various different aspects of a topic in small chunks of text taking approximately 30 seconds to read (we averaged at 27.5!). This text is pitched for KS2 and is accompanied by a range of pictures, infographics and glossaries, making it accessible and appealing to children and well suited to guided reading.  ‘Vikings in 30 Seconds’ explores a comprehensive range of interesting chunks of information for the Vikings topics and we particularly enjoyed the extra ‘3-minute mission’ challenges! ​ Also featured on:  #bookpost Buy on Amazon How to Train Your Dragon Cressida Cowell This story is a big hit with children in KS2 and will leave its readers pleading for more at the end of each chapter. Follow the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, an unimpressive Viking who finds it hard to live up to expectations. Hiccup finally learns how to fight dragons and become a hero, although it is a very bumpy ride full of hilarious mishaps along the way. You may also like the KS2History How to Train Your Dragon Teacher's Pack. Buy on Amazon Who Were the Vikings? Jane Chisholm, Struan Reid & David Cuzik This is a newly-revised version of the classic Vikings information text for schools, complete with up-to-date research and weblinks. It is full of fun facts and interesting illustrations designed to answer key questions about the Vikings. Buy on Amazon 100 Facts: Vikings Fiona MacDonald & Rupert Matthews This accessible information text offers a wealth of fascinating facts, projects and cartoons. Topics in '100 Facts: Vikings' include warriors, laws, food and legends. For more about the 100 Facts series, check out our recent blog post.

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