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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 


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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