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Books to Bring History Alive!

Posted on 26/07/2017 in Books Fun Stuff

History is fascinating and visiting a museum or historical location is a great way to fill up a rainy day over the school holidays. Combining a trip with a great story can really help to get kids excited about the history around them!

Max and Zap at the Museum (for 3-6 year olds)

Max and Zap at the MuseumIn our new picture book, Max and Zap at the Museum, a family trip to the museum turns into an exciting treasure hunt adventure when the museum exhibits come to life. Why not create your own treasure hunt challenge to accompany a museum visit? You could include tasks such as finding the oldest thing in the museum, the biggest thing in the museum, or perhaps the weirdest exhibit in the museum!

Speed Bonnie Boat (for 5-8 year olds)

Speed Bonnie Boat tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s famous escape to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden. Alfredo Belli’s stunning illustrations bring the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of Scotland’s west coast to life. This is the perfect story to share with children on a trip to Skye, the Glenfinnan Monument or perhaps the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

Listen to the song (sung by Catherine Tinney) over on our YouTube channel.


Museum Mystery Squad (for 6-8 year olds)

If your children think that museums are boring places full of glass cases, dust and stuff no-one cares about, Museum Mystery Squad will prove them wrong! In a hidden headquarters the gang are waiting, ready to handle dangerous, spooky or just plain weird problems. From a mysterious moving mammoth, to ancient egyptian riddles and even some futuristic robots, the series is perfect for super sleuths and amateur detectives. You could encourage children to invent their own mysteries based on some of the exhibits in your local museum.

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking (for 6-8 year olds)

Prepare yourself (and your children) for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don’t mind and it’s not too inconvenient… Vikings get a bad reputation. (It must be something to do with all the pillaging and plundering…) But Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Kids will love collecting the trading cards that come with each book, as well as the fun games and activities. Try out the Viking name generator (you’ll find it in Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion) on your way to the Vikingar! exhibition in Largs.

Check out our full range of books with historical themes.







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