Topic Books about The Victorians for Children in KS2

A Stitch in Time

by Penelope Lively

Whilst on holiday, Maria begins to hear things that aren’t there – a swing creaking, a dog barking – and when she sees a Victorian embroidered picture, Maria feels a strange connection with the ten-year-old, Harriet, who stitched it. But what happened to her? 

Tilly and the Time Machine

by Adrian Edmondson

When Tilly's dad builds a time machine  there's only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when her mummy was still here. But then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him . . . Will they make it back in time for tea?


Daisy Saves the Day

by Shirley Hughes

This charming picture book tells the story of Daisy Dobbs – a young girl who works in London during the coronation of George V. When Daisy starts as a scullery maid, she works hard to try and please her employers. But her greatest day comes when disaster strikes, and only Daisy can save the day...

Oliver Twist (Vintage Children's Classic) by Charles Dickens

Follow Oliver's rags to riches adventures in Victorian England from being left at the orphanage, sold into a job, running away and joining street urchins to being rescued by Mr Brownlow, then being abducted by Sikes and taken back by Sikes' girlfriend Nancy.


Explore! Victorians 

by Jane Bingham

Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild.

The Midnight Hour

by Benjamin Read

Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth.


You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Schoolchild! 

by John Malam

Growing up in Britain in the 1880s wasn't easy. For a young child in school the going is tough and the punishments are hard. Follow the experiences of Victorian schoolchildren and will learn some top tips on survival at school. 

Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians

by Terry Deary 

All the foulfacts about the Vile Victorians are ready to uncover, including the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and how stag hunting took place in Paddington Station!


Twelve Minutes to Midnight 

by Christopher Edge

Penelope is the feisty orphan heiress of the magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she's the author. One day, a letter she receives from the notorious Bedlam madhouse plunges her into an adventure more terrifying than she ever imagined.

Gaslight by Eloise Williams

All Nansi knows is that her mother disappeared out of Cardiff docks in 1899. Now she works at the Empire Theatre, trying to earn money to hire a detective to find her. But everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre - when Constance recognises her, and realises who her mother must be - Nansi's world is turned upside down forever.


Eyewitness Victorians by DK

Be upstanding for the Queen! Experience a golden age in British history with this leading reference title for children, which celebrates peace, progress, and prosperity during the reign of Queen Victoria. A giant fold-out wall chart of Victorian history provides a useful reference tool for classrooms and bedrooms alike.

Children in Victorian Times

by Jill Barber

At the start of Queen Victoria's reign, children were treated the same as adults. By 1901 this changed. People thought childhood was a special time and that they should be treated differently. This book investigates the lives of Victorian children, and shows how schools were set up and became free for all children.


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

Queen Victoria's Knickers

by Jackie French

Meet Lizzy, whose family are in the clothing industry. Very few people know that Queen Victoria made the wearing of underpants popular. At the beginning of her reign very few women wore them. But by the time she died just about every woman in Britain wore underpants like hers!


Hetty Feather

by Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original historical novel. Featuring a brand-new feisty Victorian heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a compelling, moving, funny and totally fascinating Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill and captivate readers.

100 Facts on Victorian Britian

by Jeremy Smith

100 Facts Victorian Britain is an interesting illustrated children's book for 7-10 year olds, presenting in stunning detail an exciting period in British history. 


Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan 

Queen Victoria loves to swim, but can't work out how to get to the water without her devoted subjects glimpsing her swimming suit. Fortunately it's Prince Albert to the rescue with an invention fit for a queen! This quirky tale and authentic includes a picture of the actual bathing machine Prince Albert created.

Street Child

by Berlie Doherty

The unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children’s homes. 

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