United Kingdom

Books for Kids

Books to read before, during and after

your trip to the United Kingdom


There are so many wonderful books for your kids to enjoy if you are planning a trip to the United Kingdom.  My absolute favorite historical fiction book is Crispin by Avi.  It will give your kids an entertaining and riveting account of life in England during the Middle Ages.  Also consider historical books on England's long history, Shakespeare, and classic literature stories set in London or the countryside.




Crispin: The Cross of Lead 

by Avi

This story is set in England in the Middle Ages in the year 1377. It is about a young boy called Crispin, who is declared a fugitive by the steward of his village. He runs away and is hunted by the steward and his men. He meets a friend called Bear and travels with him to the city, where he learns the truth about himself and manages to win his freedom.




by David Macaulay


The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town.

Mission London: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure

by Catherine Aragon


Send your kids on a scavenger hunt through London with this fun interactive book.




The Kings and Queens of England

by Ian Crofton


A richly illustrated history of the lives and reigns of the Kings and Queens of England. For each monarch there is a detailed timeline, and the narrative is further amplified by display quotations, feature boxes, and panels of key biographical facts.



Who Was William Shakespeare?

by Celeste Mannis


The beloved plays of Shakespeare are still produced everywhere, yet the life of the world's most famous playwright remains largely a mystery. Young Will left the town of Stratford to pursue theater in London, where his work eventually thrived and made him a famous and wealthy man. With black-and-white illustrations that include a diagram of the famous Globe theater, Celeste Davidson Mannis puts together the pieces of Shakespeare's life and work for young readers.


A great introduction to Shakespeare for a young audience, I love this series:

Romeo and Juliet


A Midsummer's Night Dream




The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame


Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the pleasures of country life and the dependability of good friends will never grow old. In this splendid volume, Inga Moore depicts its unforgettable characters with charming freshness, while recapturing such timeless moments as Mole’s first enraptured row on the river, Toad’s irrepressible adventures in and out of automobiles, and many more. So gather ’round to read or listen, and a fine time will be had by all!




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