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Living Book List: Britain

This living book list includes recommendations for elementary through high school students. Use parent discretion. Some books contain sensitive content and are not appropriate for all ages. Some books are vintage with original language, including terms that are not respectful or appropriate today. Reading vintage living books aloud with your student creates an opportunity to engage in important dialogue about historical misconceptions/wrongs and the importance of word choice to show respect to all people. Four Square condemns any words used to describe people or people groups that undermine their value as created in the image of God.

Early British History and Literature


A Castle with Many Rooms, by Lorene Lambert
A History of the English-Speaking People’s: The Birth of Britain, by Winston Churchill
Beowulf – Author Unknown
Brittania: 100 Great Stories from British History, by Geraldine McCraughrean
Great Tales from English History, by Robert Lacey
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green  
Our Empire Story, by H.E. Marshall 
Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls, by H.E. Marshall
Our Island Saints, by Amy Steedman
Picture History of Britain (UK Version), by Clarke Hutton
Son of Charlemagne (Living History Library), by Barbara Willard 
St. George and the Dragon,by Michael Lotti 
Stories of our European Forefathers, by Henry Smith Chapman
The Story of Britain, by Patrick Dillon
The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation, by H.E. Marshall

Medieval Times


Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Janet Gray 
A Knight’s City, by Philip Steele
Chanticleer and the Fox, by Geoffrey Chaucer 
Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation, by Rob Shearer 
Giotto and Medieval Art: The Lives and Works of the Medieval Artists, by Lucia Corrain
If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard 
Ivanhoe, by Walter Scott 
Of Knights and Fair Maidens, by Jeff and Danielle Meyers
On a Medieval Day: Story Voyages Around the World, by Rona Arato
Knights, by Rachel Firth
Men of Iron, by Howard Pyle 
Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church, by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
St. George for Englandby G. A. Henty 
The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Roger Lacelyn Green 
The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend, by Paul Creswick
The Boy Knight: A Tale of the Crusades, by G. A. Henty
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer 
The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry, by Danna Smith
The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest, by Jennifer Paxton
The Story of the Middle Ages, by Christine Miller
The Story of the Renaissance and Reformation, by Christine Miller
The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, by Howard Pyle
Time Capsule’s Medieval England, by Michelle Caskey

16th and 17th Centuries


Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, by Kathryn Lasky
Fifty Famous Stories Retold, by James Baldwin  
Kings and Things, by H.E. Marshall 
My Story: Armada, by Jim Elderidge 
The Bloody Tower, by Valerie Wilding
The Queen’s Pirate, by Harry Kelsey
The Queen’s Smuggler, by Dave and Neta Jackson
Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland, by Charlotte Mary Yonge 

Shakespeare 


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare 
A Shakespearean Theater, by Jacqueline Morley
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare, by Diane Stanley
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare 
Puck of Pook’s Hill, by Rudyard Kipling 
Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare  
Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles Lamb
William Shakespeare and the Globe Theater, by Anne White
Will’s World: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk, by Jane Sutcliffe

17th and 18th Centuries 


Children of the New Forest, by Frederick Marryat 
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift  
Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion, by Andrea Gianopoulos 
Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, and Teacher, by John Hudson Tiner
Paradise Lost, by John Milton   
Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan 
The King’s Book, by Vernon Louise
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson  

Exploration and Colonization


A Lion to Guard Us, by Clyde Robert Bulla 
Columbus, by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
First Voyage to America: From the Log of the “Santa Maria”, by Christopher Columbus 
Freedom Seeker, by Gwenyth Swain
The World of Columbus and Sons, by Genevieve Foster 
Who Was Christopher Columbus?, by Bonnie Bader

Monarchy and Parliament 


Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?, by Jean Fritz
Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England, by Diane Stanley
In the Days of Queen Elizabeth, by Eva March Tappan
Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, by Sarah Tytler 
Kings and Queens of England and Scotland, by Plantagenet Somerset Fry 
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, by Kathryn Lasky
Queen Elizabeth, by Jacob Abbott
Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada, by Frances Winwar 

19th Century 


A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child’s History of England, by Charles Dickens 
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens 
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Caroll 
A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens  
At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell 
Elementary Geography, by Charlotte Mason 
Emma, by Jane Austen 1815
English Fairy Tales, by Joseph Jacobs 
Franklin and Winston: A Christmas that Changed the World, by Douglas Wood
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte 
Kidnapped by River Rats, by Dave and Neta Jackson
Madam How and Lady Why, by Charles Kingsley
Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady, by John Blundell 
Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics, by Charles S. Ludwig
Michael Faraday: From Errand Boy to Master Physicist, by Harry Sootin 
My Story: Mill Girl, by Sue Reid 
My Story: The Hunger, by Carol Drinkwater 
Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, by Stephen Mansfield 
Nory Ryan’s Song, by Patricia Reilly Giff
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens 
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen 
Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle  
The Gate in the Wall, by Ellen Howard
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald
The Story of Winston Churchill, by Alida Malkus
The Water-Babies, by Charles Kingsley 
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame  
Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome Klapka Jerome

20th Century


A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond 
A Book of Golden Deeds, by Charlotte Mary Yonge
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
Animal Farm, by George Orwell 
A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken 
Battle of Britain: Harry Woods, England, by Chris Priestly
Dubliners, by James Joyce  
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith
English Literature for Boys and Girls, by H.E. Marshall 
Five Children and It, by Edith Nesbit  
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, by James Hilton 
Little Lord Fauntleroy, by Frances Hodgkin Burnett 
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 
Matilda, by Roald Dahl 
My Story: Suffragette, by Carol Drinkwater 
One Hundred and One Dalmatians, by Dodie Smith 
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Stories of the Nations Volume 2: From Count Bismarck to Queen Elizabeth II, by Lorene Lambert
Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome
Survivors: The Night the Titanic Sank, by Caryn Jenner 
The Battle of Britain, by Richard Bickers
The BFG, by Roald Dahl 
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton 
The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien 
The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne 
The Narnia Series, by C.S. Lewis
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgkin Burnett
The Secret Sharer and Other Stories, by Joseph Conrad  
When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne

Picture Books


A Quiet Night In, by Jill Murphy
Dogger, by Shirley Hughes 
Gorilla, by Anthony Browne 
Lulu Loves Stories, by Anna McQuinn 
Mr. Bump, by Roger Hargreaves 
Mr. Grumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham 
Noddy, by Enid Blyton 
Old Bear, by Jane Hissey 
Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter  
Snuff, by Quentin Blake
The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber 
The Four Seasons of Brambly Hedge, by Jill Barklem 
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr 
The Treasure Hunt: A Tale From Percy’s Park, by Nick Butterworth
We’re Going on a Bear Huntby Michael Rosen 

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