Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age children’s books
Our list of children’s books about the Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age will help children explore prehistoric life, tools and weapons, food and culture, early settlements, and the growth of civilisations. This list contains 55 titles, suitable for primary schools – especially topic-based teaching and library learning in KS2. There’s a range of fiction and nonfiction, picture books and comic strips, fact books and pupil textbooks – all suitable for teaching, school libraries and independent reading. This list features books by Bridget Marzo, Raymond Briggs, Kathleen Fidler, Tom Palmer, Marcia Williams, Satoshi Kitamura, Sophie Kirtley, Terry Deary, Ben Lerwill & more.
Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age children’s books – our recommendations
Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age picture books
Mo’s Best Friend: A Stone-Age Story by Bridget Marzo
This engaging picture book brings the Stone Age to life. Follow Mo through a typical day spent whittling, protecting wildlife, eating, listening to the sounds of wildlife and being at all times aware of dangers. There’s an illustrated Stone Age survival skills appendix that will be useful for cross-curricular teaching, the spectacularly atmospheric illustrations will provide the perfect impetus for art ideas and literacy teachers will appreciate the onomatopoeia and expressive language. Highly recommended.
Afterward, Everything was Different by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng
The Stone Age life of a group of hunter-gatherers is depicted first-hand through the narrative drawings of a young girl who sees and appreciates everything that happens around her. Atmospheric, immersive and thought-provoking, this is an ideal resource for Stone Age topics, a hardback work of art to pore over, and a source of inspiration for creative writing in KS2. A stunning wordless picture book. Highly recommended.
Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age resource books and fiction chapter books
Once Upon a Hillside by Angela McAllister
Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, seven stories follow the same location and the people who lived there over 6000 years. Once Upon a Hillside will appeal to every child who has ever wondered about where they live, what happened in the past and how the people and times have changed. Linking the Stone Age with the Roman period, the Middle Ages, Victorian times, the interwar years and the present day, this book has immense potential to study as part of a cross-curricular history topic. It’s a stunning book for upper KS2 and lower KS3.
Everything Stone Age to Iron Age by National Geographic Kids
With a clear design and powerful photography, this textbook will really bring the Stone Age to Iron Age period alive for children in KS2. With brief chunks of concise text, this textbook will be accessible for literacy group reading in year 3, but sufficiently challenging for year 6s to use independently as a non-fiction text. Including case studies and features on the Ice Age, Cheddar Man, Stone Age living, boats, hill forts; and social history including homes, the role of women and everyday life – this is a must-have resource for topic teaching. Highly recommended.
Timeline Science and Technology: A Visual History of Our World by Peter Goes
This large-format hardback traces a chronology of the key technological developments in the history of mankind. Effectively a history of STEM, inventions and discoveries for each epoch are presented in an engaging visual style using glowing pen and ink drawings and deft typography – from the stone age, through to early civilizations, the Renaissance, and beyond. This is a blockbuster of a non-fiction book for children in KS2 – perfect for primary school libraries.
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
In this captivating narrative, 12-year-old Torak and his wolf companion embark on a perilous journey through dense forests and towering glaciers to fulfil a promise to his dying father. Michelle Paver’s meticulous research brings authenticity and rich natural details to this remarkable children’s tale. The engrossing fantasy historical adventure, suitable for children aged 10 and above, unfolds with a diverse ensemble of characters and richly descriptive ancient landscapes.
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Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age resources for teachers
- STEM learning features an extensive collection of science, technology, maths and engineering-themed ideas to incorporate into your Stone Age curriculum planning. These include learning about the Stone Age diet, examining rocks, and identifying animals by their sounds.
- English Heritage’s teaching prehistory pack features interactive and hands-on activities including building a henge out of biscuits, building a small-scale Stonehenge, and for the more ambitious, building a prehistoric roundhouse, either as a model for Lego figures or full-scale! – What a perfect addition to your school grounds to read your prehistoric books inside!
- Guardian Teacher Network has a collection of free resources to assist with teaching the Stone Age period that includes reading activities and a fascinating recipe for stewed fruit.
- BBC Bitesize for Years 3&4 in KS2 offers a thorough interactive guide with timelines, videos and quiz activities.
- British Museum’s Ancient Britain resources include a free KS2 PowerPoint guide to the people of Iron Age Britain, featuring art and design links.
- National Geographic Stone Age to Iron Age teaching resources are a fun and interactive option to help children understand more about prehistory and the Stone Age. The perfect companion to the Everything Stone Age to Iron Age by National Geographic Kids book.
- Historical Association offers a comprehensive collection of downloads to help bring your history topic alive. Including a teaching guide to the Boy With the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler, a resource on houses from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and a video exploring Stone Age art.
- Museum of London’s free teaching pack to download contains activities designed to support visits to the Museum of London, but which could also be used to help plan your own in-school sessions, for example using LEA or MAT resource boxes.