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Top 10 Best Historical Books for 7-year-olds

Explore the fascinating lives, events and adventures of history in this list of the very best historical books for 7-year-olds. Discover lots of different exciting eras including the Stone Age, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Tudors, the Victorians and more.

1. Romans on the Rampage

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Jeremy Strong

In this rip-roaring Roman read, Perilus is a Roman boy who's mad about chariot racing. He loves to practise in his own homemade chariot and dreams of riding in the Circus Maximus one day. But when his hero, the awesome charioteer Scorcha, disappears on the day of the big race, Perilus finds his dream coming true sooner than anticipated! Discover this hilarious story from side-splitting storyteller, Jeremy Strong.

2. The Great Fire

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Ann Turnbull

It is 1666, and young Sam has been left alone and homeless by the Great Plague. He's lucky to get a job working for the Giraud family, although Andre, the son of his boss, makes things difficult for him. But then a fire breaks out on Pudding Lane. Before anyone fully realises what's happening, London's burning, and no-one can put the fire out. It's time for Sam to prove his worth - if he can make it out alive, that is... This riveting adventure is both gripping and illuminating about this significant historical event.

3. The Famous Five Series

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Enid Blyton

Join Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog on all of their exciting escapades - in caves, castles, secret passageways and more! The gang must outsmart thieves, hunt for hidden treasure, and unravel all sorts of mysteries in these riveting classic tales, published from 1942 to 1963.

4. The Wind in the Willows

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Kenneth Grahame

Published in 1908, this unforgettable tale stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful story.

5. How to Train Your Dragon

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Cressida Cowell

 Hiccup was an awesome sword-fighter and dragon-whisperer, the greatest Viking hero that ever lived - but there was a time, before all that, when Hiccup was a shy, quiet and thoughtful individual, a gentle person who had no idea how to be a tough, strong hero! Discover Hiccup's journey alongside his almighty dragon, Toothless, beginning with this first spellbinding story, and join him on his adventures throughout the sensational How to Train Your Dragon series of Viking adventures.

6. Stone Age Adventures

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Vivian French

Discover a world of Stone Age bedlam in this series of adventures featuring Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim's brothers are up to mischief and are driving her mad, leaving a mess wherever they go and preventing Pim from learning how to make pots! Can they be stopped? In Beware of Bears, the gang go off to fish, but there's big trouble when a hungry bear shows up! These wonderful books are great for helping kids learn to read confidently.

7. Horrible Histories Stories

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Discover the gruesome, the gory and the ghastly side of history in these fun-filled, hilarious books. They feature lots of eras in wonderfully funny detail, including the Awful Egyptians, the Savage Stone Age, the Terrible Tudors and lots, lots more.


8. Illustrated Stories from Dickens

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Charles Dickens

Five much-loved Dickensian classics have been retold for younger readers in this gorgeously illustrated collection. It includes Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield, as well as a short biography of the world-famous author himself. It also features internet links so kids can discover more about the life and times of Charles Dickens.

9. World War II Tales

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Terry Deary

Discover gripping stories of the Second World War on the Home Front from bestselling children's author, Terry Deary, writer of many of the Horrible Histories books. In The Phantom Farm, food is scarce and rationing is taking hold, but plenty of people are turning to the black market to get more than their fair share. In The Barrel Burglary, the local factory owner won't help support the Home Front, so they decide to use rather unconventional methods... Discover these and many more engaging WWII tales.

10. The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

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Saviour Pirotta & Jan Lewis

Escape to an ancient world of mystery, fantasy and adventure in this thrilling book of myths and legends. Featuring ten much-loved Greek myths, these tales have been retold with warmth and wit for younger readers, and illustrated with bright, vibrant artwork. Children will love learning about the epic characters and extraordinary quests of the ancient world, including Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus, Pandora, King Midas and more.