I am a sucker for a good children’s book. Our library has an amazing collection of picture books, and when I was searching for children’s books on England our library had more books than I was allowed to put on my list (30 books) and more than I could check out at a time (45 books). I narrowed it down a bit, not much, and here’s my favorites from our England unit.
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English culture picture books
Market Square Dog– When I was in junior high I discovered James Herriot, so I was overjoyed to see picture books of some of his stories.
ABC UK– I always like ABC books like this that give a little bit of culture to them.
English history picture books
Godiva– technically I suppose this could go into the legends category, there’s a lot of discussion on figures like her, are they history or legend? Either way I loved the illustrations and the ways this story was told.
The Queen’s Progress: An Elizabethean Alphabet– During the early years of her reign Queen Elizabeth was known to randomly go around her country. To go along with this book why not look at some of her portraits and try your own hand at it?
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell– I always like to find examples of great women when I can, and English history has some great ones.
Come to the Castle!: a visit to a castle in thirteenth-century England– this book is one of the reasons I waited so long to write this post because I have yet to figure out how to write about our activity. It’s a super cool and fun book though, so snag it if you see it.
Will’s Quill, or How a Goose Saved Shakespeare– I’ll confess this one was checked out when I got them, but the book title amuses me so much.
English fairy tales and folk tales
The Little Red Hen– When I was teaching we’d use this story as part of a nutrition unit. I’m linking to a collection of his books because I really like the classic illustrations.
Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow– Robert San Souci books are awesome. That is all.
The Cow Tripped Over the Moon: A Nursery Rhyme Emergency– This is sort of a fractured fairy tale, and I love those.