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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    Here are ten of the greatest and best-loved Greek legends retold with warmth and humour for young children and illustrated with bright, friendly artwork. Meet Theseus and the Minotaur, Odysseus, Pandora, King Midas and a whole cast of larger-than-life characters in a series of extraordinary adventures. The perfect introduction to Greek Myths.
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    This is a beautifully illustrated collection of five best-loved classics from one of Britain's most famous writers, Charles Dickens, retold for younger readers. It includes "Oliver Twist", "Bleak House", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield" as well as a short biography of the great author himself. It is presented with internet links to find out more about the life and times of Charles Dickens.
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    This timeless story opens with Mole leaving his spring-cleaning and going above ground to explore the world beyond his burrow. Making friends with Ratty, the two become inseparable and together they spend long summer days enjoying the delights of the river and its banks. Then they meet the impetuous Toad and the distinguished though slightly stern Mr Badger and find themselves caught up in a series of adventures to rescue Toad from his own reckless behaviour and return him safely to Toad Hall. Stolen cars, prison sentences, daring escapes, and dastardly villains all feature in this classic tale of high-adventure and rock-solid friendship. The Wind in the Willows is a story full of beautifully-drawn characters. It is cherished from one generation to the next and so makes a perfect choice for a gift book as it will be enjoyed in equal measure by those tucked up in bed hearing the story for the first time and those who remember many of its lines fondly as they read the story aloud for their young listeners. Now available with a set of 32 beautifully illustrated character cards, perfect for playing family-favourite games such as snap or pairs.
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    Perilus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing. He loves to practise in his own homemade chariot (pulled by the family goat) and dreams of riding in the Circus Maximus himself one day. But when Perilus' hero, the brilliant charioteer Scorcha, goes missing on the day of the big race, Perilus finds his wish coming true sooner than he'd imagined! It is a laugh-out-loud story from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong.
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the explosive Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Awful Egyptians covers all things horrible in ancient Egypt. With over 250 savage stickers, children can help to explore perilous pyramids, meet suffering slaves and saunter past scheming sphinxes. But be careful not to get lost for ever in the mummifying mazes!
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    Long ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to them? Where are they now? These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy. A keen dragonwatcher, Hiccup paints a picture of the brilliance and fire and spirit of that lost dragon world.

    Featuring dragon profiles, dragon anatomy, dragon riding tips and lots more must know info e.g. how to spot the difference between an arsenic adderwing and a glow worm (you don't want to mix those two up) and what to do when confronted with a Hellsteether. This is a must for all keen dragonwatchers out there...
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    Stories of the Second World War on the Home Front from the bestselling Terry Deary, author of the hugely successful Horrible Histories. With food scarce and rationing taking hold, plenty of people turned to the black market to get more than their share. In this tale, a girl finds herself mixed up in a spiv's illegal dealings - and what is the secret of the haunted farm?
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    "In sixteen hundred and sixty-six, London burned like rotten sticks." Left alone and homeless by the Great Plague, Sam struggled to survive. He was lucky to get a job working for the Giraud family. Though Andre, the son of his boss, doesn't make life easy. And then a fire breaks out on Pudding Lane. Before anyone fully realises what's happening, London's burning ...and this fire can't be put out. Now it's time for Sam to prove what he's really worth. If he can get out alive...A thrilling historical adventure produced in partnership with the National Archives. Sam's previous adventure is The Great Plague: A Cross on the Door, published by A&C Black.
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    Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim is being pushed to the limit by her brothers, who are up to mischief! They leave a mess wherever they go and keep stopping Pim from getting to learn how to make pots. When she finally gets started, all her brothers can do is sling mud! Where will the chaos end? This is the second Stone Age Adventures book. Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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