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History book for a 6 year old.

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jangly Tue 12-Jul-11 15:04:37

My grandson (going to be 6 soon) is showing definite signs of being interested in history. I really want to encourage this, but I'm finding it hard to find a suitable book for him. I bought a Horrible Histories one - Britain and Ireland - this morning, but I think its too gruesome for his age. (It goes into tortue a bit explicitly!)

Has anyone got any ideas please?

twizzle Tue 12-Jul-11 15:19:55

jangly, A Street Through Time by Anne Millard is about a journey along the same street over a period of 12,000 years. A really interesting book, which may be a good introduction to history for your grandson.

jangly Tue 12-Jul-11 15:36:49

Yes, that is a good one Twizzle, but I bought it for his older brother for Christmas! smile Thank you anyway for the recommendation.

Annobel Tue 12-Jul-11 16:12:42

Children seem able to take pretty strong meat! My GS, just turned 7, loves Horrible Histories on TV. He is very interested in history so I will try to remember 'A Street Through Time' for him and/or his sister.

Ganja Sun 04-Dec-11 09:33:33

jangly Our Island Story by HE Marshall is a real old fashioned story book giving the history of Britain from the Romans to Queen Victoria, designed to be read a chapter a night as a bedtime story. Was a great success for a younger friend in France who was desperate that her children should not miss out on the history of their own country just because they are being educated in France at the moment. Lots of Kings and Queens and battles! Have just bought it from Amazon for my own DGC.

kittylester Sun 04-Dec-11 09:43:28

We have just bought our grandson "How to be a Knight" as he is also getting quite interested in history. We've had fun going through it to. It is on Amazon and the reviews were very good.

jingl Sun 04-Dec-11 10:27:57

Ganja I've got that book! smile Haven't got round to giving it over to grandkids yet as I'm liking it too much. shock

Will look at that one kittylester, but, trouble is, he has inherited a lot of knights books from big grother. Still, be nice for him to have one of his own.

Thank you very much, both. smile

jingl Sun 04-Dec-11 10:34:09

Right. I've just bought him that one kittylester. It does look good.

Will ignore pile of presents on the spare bed, already purchased. shock grin

crimson Sun 04-Dec-11 10:36:55

Pity that Mike the Knight merchandise isn't coming out till next year, as my grandson loves it, so I feel an interest in all things knightly will happen. Will have a look at that book, even though it's a tad too old for him as yet.The 'Not On the High Street' catalogue has a fantastic pop up castle play tent which I'm tempted to buy [even though I've bought far too many presents already this year!].

kittylester Sun 04-Dec-11 10:48:31

My grandson loves Mike the Knight too, which prompted the book and, although it looks quite grownup, I think it will work on lots of different levels eg my husband (who could of course be entering a second childhood!) won't leave it alone. Might have to hide it or I shall be handing over a book with sellotaped flaps! grin Or buy him his own. I've already bought him the Dangerous Book for Boys that someone suggested on another thread wink

Jacey Sun 04-Dec-11 18:07:37

jangly first where did the 'y' come from? I can't keep up with you girl ...last time I saw if was 'jingl' 'e'!! I go away for a weekend and you change your name again!!

Anyway another alto-ego spoke about being a member of the National Trust? Well they do lots of lovely history books for younger children might try accessing their web-site ...or many of their house's shops are open on specific days leading up to Christmas. smile

jingl Sun 04-Dec-11 21:18:31

I haven't changed it for ages jacey!! hmm A whole fortnight now! (watch this space) (not really Geraldine!) (see date of original post) smile

Yes, you're right about the National Trust shops. Haven't been away for a while but, hopefully will visit one of their shops before Christmas. smile

nanapug Sun 04-Dec-11 22:32:43

Saw this advertised in the Telewag last weekend and am considering getting it for my 6 year old GS. "How well do you know your explorers" (£7.99 It is a Top Trumps type educational game for youngsters interested in history, written by a history teacher. Going to try it.. All the Usbourne books are excellent too.

Ganja Mon 05-Dec-11 08:08:50

* jingl* You are so right about Our Island Story. I have a complete blank between the Restoration and Queen Victoria! Changed schools at the wrong moment I think, so am hanging on to book till I have time to catch up.

kittylester Am so grateful for your recommendation for How to be a Knight. Have just had a look on Amazon and it looks perfect for DGS's birthday, which comes far too soon after Xmas for inspiration to be up and running again.thanks

Nsube Mon 05-Dec-11 09:01:48

When he's slightly older all the books by Rosemary Sutcliffe are wonderful. The Eagle of the Ninth is a novel about Roman Briain and has enthused me and thousands of others about history. Nina Bawden has written some wonderful stories too, and one of the very best is anything at all by Penelope Lively. She began her writing career in children's books. The best one IMP is The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.

jingl Mon 05-Dec-11 09:08:12

Thank you Nsube. I, myself, blush have got, and adore, the Rosemary Sutcliffe ones you mention, but I will proceed immediately with The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (for me). grin

jingl Mon 05-Dec-11 09:11:26

I will pass it on to my older GS when I've read it. I promise. blush

Ganja Tue 06-Dec-11 08:20:11

nanapug how did we ever cope with Xmas before GN? What a brilliant suggestion. I have just bought both. The History one for honorary grandchild in France to see if he was listening when his mum read them Our Island Story a year or two ago. The Explorer one for DGS. He is having Benedict Allen's Book of Exploration as main present, which is brilliant but a slightly daunting tome for a 10 year old. This will bring an element of fun into it all. His GF and I read a lot of travel and exploration writing so I shall look forward to playing it with him.

Ganja Tue 06-Dec-11 08:23:46

nanpapug. [ thanks, thanks, thanks] Hope it works this time

Nsube Tue 06-Dec-11 19:44:09

I know these are not history books but if you have a grandchild aged between 9&11 then any novel by Ruth Thomas is brilliant. They may not be in print but you can get them from amazon. Absolutely the very best books for this age group, she gets inside the skin of ordinary children and introduces the sort of experiences and dilemmas which they face. They are tightly plotted and the writing is superb.

Nsube Tue 06-Dec-11 19:45:46

Jingle let me know if you enjoyed it...

Ganja Sun 11-Dec-11 09:09:49

* nanapug* [ thanks] [ thanks] [ thanks] Just been taught by * shysal*

Ganja Sun 11-Dec-11 09:11:37

Try again thanks. thanks thanks

nanapug Tue 13-Dec-11 18:08:28


Ganja Sun 01-Jan-12 09:39:43

* nanapug* just had an email from France saying the How Well Do You Know Your History has been a resounding success with my honorary GS and his whole family. Hope it went down as well with your DGS. thanks Looking forward to playing the Explorers one with my own DGS.