Middle Ages Children's Books

A Chronological List of Children's Books for Teaching about the Middle Ages (500 A.D. - 1500 A.D.)

 

Here is a list of children's picture books and historical fiction chapter books to read aloud for learning about the history of the Middle Ages. This list of books is arranged on a timeline that covers events from 500 to 1500 A.D.


c. 670 A.D. – Caedmon composes a hymn which is the first known Old English poem

Caedmon's Song, by Ruth Ashby

Caedmon’s Song, by Ruth Ashby, illustrated by Bill Slavin


871 – Alfred the Great becomes King of Wessex

Alfred the Great and the Saxons, by Robin May

Alfred the Great and the Saxons, by Robin May


c. 985 – Eric the Red  founds the first European settlement on Greenland

Eric the Red, by Neil Grant

Eric the Red, by Neil Grant


c. 1000 – Leif Eriksson,  the son of Eric the Red,  discovers North America

Leif the Lucky, by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

Leif the Lucky,  by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire


1066 - The Norman Conquest: King Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, is defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings

The Norman Conquest, by C. Walter Hodges

The Norman Conquest, by C. Walter Hodges


December 25, 1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned William I, King of England in Westminster Abbey, London

William the Congueror, by Robert Green

William the Conqueror, by Robert Green


1081 A.D. - Alexius I Comnenus becomes the Byzantine emperor, and reigns until his death in 1118 A.D.. He is emperor during the First Crusade.

Anna of Byzantium, by Tracy Barrett

Anna of Byzantium, by Tracy Barrett (Chapter Book)


November 27, 1095 –  In Clermont, France, Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to help the Byzantines and to free the city of Jerusalem from Islamic rule

Crusades, by Jayne Parsons

Crusades (DK Discoveries),by Jayne Parsons


December 29, 1170 – Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered at Canterbury Cathedral.

If All The Swords In England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard

If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard (Chapter Book)

25 Vocabulary Words for If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard


1173 - Construction begins on what becomes known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Engineering the Leaning Tower of Pisa, by Adam Furgang


1206 – Genghis Khan, the conqueror who founded the Mongolian Empire,  gains control of central and eastern Mongolia

Genghis Khan, by Demi

Genghis Khan, by Demi


June 15, 1215 – King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta

Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution, by Roberta Baxter

The Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution, by Roberta Baxter


1271 – Kublai Khan, Genghis Khan’s grandson, establishes the Yuan dynasty and assumes the role of Emperor of China

Kublai Khan: The Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull

Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Robert Byrd


1295 – Marco Polo returns home to Venice

Marco Polo, by Demi

Marco Polo, by Demi


September, 1297 – William Wallace,  leader of the Scottish rebellion against Edward I, defeats the English army at Stirling Bridge

Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and Scotland’s Battle for Independence, by Don Nardo

Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and Scotland’s Battle for Independence (Taking a Stand) by Don Nardo,


1340s – The Black Death – The Bubonic Plague sweeps through Europe, killing millions of people.

Bubonic Plague, by Jim Whitling

Bubonic Plague (Robbie Readers), by Jim Whitling


May 30, 1431 – Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France

Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, by Ann Tompert

Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, by Ann Tompert, illustrated by Michael Garland


c. 1440 – Johann Gutenberg invents the movable type printing press

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, by Bruce Koscielnniak

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, by Bruce Koscielnniak


1455-1487 : The Wars of the Roses in England

The Battle Between the Red Rose and the White Rose, by Baby Professor

The Battle Between the Red Rose and the White Rose, by Baby Professor


1492 – Christopher Columbus reaches the New World

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, by David A. Adler, illustrated by John Wallner and Alexandra Wallner


May 20, 1498 – Vasco da Gama reaches India. He is the first European to reach India by sea.

Vasco Da Gama, by Kathleen McFarren

Vasco Da Gama, by Kathleen McFarren


 

This site has a list of beautiful read-aloud children's picture books and chapter books for teaching about the history of the Middle Ages. The books are arranged in chronological order.