Children's Books About the Sinking of the Titanic

Nonfiction, Fiction, Informational Books

These children's books about the Titanic include an informational overview of the building, brief voyage, and sinking of the Titanic, a book of questions and answers and ​historical fiction.

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Titanic: Disaster at Sea

Cover of Titanic: Disaster at Sea, a nonfiction children's book

Full Title: Titanic: Disaster at Sea
Author: Philip Wilkinson
Age Level: 8-14
Length: 64 pages
Type of Book: Hardcover, informational book
Features: Originally published in Australia, Titanic: Disaster at Sea provides quite a comprehensive look at the Titanic. The book includes a wealth of illustrations and historic and contemporary photographs There is also large pull-out poster plus a four-page gatefold diagram of the interior of the Titanic. Additional resources include a glossary, a list of online resources, several timelines, and an index.​
Publisher: Capstone (U.S. publisher)
Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 9781429675277

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What Sank the World's Biggest Ship?

Cover art for What Sank the World's Biggest Ship? children's nonfiction book
Sterling Publishing Company

Full Title: What Sank the World's Biggest Ship?, And Other Questions About . . . The Titanic (A Good Question! Book)
Author: Mary Kay Carson
Age Level: ​The book has a Q&A format and addresses 20 questions about the ship, from What sank the world's biggest ship? to After 100 years, why do people still care? The book is illustrated with paintings by Mark Elliot and a few historic photographs. It also includes a one-page timeline.  What I like about the book is the format, since it addresses a number of interesting questions not always covered in books about the Titanic and approaches them as clues to the mysteries surrounding how an "unsinkable" ship could sink.​
Length: 32-pages
Type of Book: Hardcover, informational book
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 9781402796272

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National Geographic Kids: Titanic

Full Title: National Geographic Kids: Titanic
Author: Melissa Stewart
Age Level: 7-9 (recommended for fluent readers and as a read aloud)
Length: 48 pages
Type of Book: National Geographic Reader, paperback, Level 3, paperback
Features: The large type and the presentation of information in small bites, plus lots of photographs and realistic paintings by Ken Marschall make this an excellent book for younger readers. The author quickly captures readers' attention with the first chapter, Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure, which is about how the team headed by Robert Ballard discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985, 73 years after it sank and is illustrated with Ballard's photographs. Not until the last chapter, Titanic Treasures, is the shipwreck featured again. In between is the well-illustrated story of the history of the Titanic. National Geographic Kids: Titanic includes an illustrated glossary (a nice touch) and an index.
Publisher: National Geographic
Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 9781426310591

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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Cover of the children's book I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Scholastic, Inc.

Full Title: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Age Level: 9-12
Length: 96 pages
Type of Book: Paperback, Book #1 in  Scholastic's I Survived series of historical fiction for grades 4-6
Features: The excitement of a trip on the Titanic turns to fear and turmoil for ten-year-old George Clader, who is on the ocean voyage with his younger sister, Phoebe, and his Aunt Daisy. Young readers can get a feel for what the passengers experienced before, during and after the sinking of the Titanic as they relive the terrifying experience through George Calder in this work of historical fiction, based on the actual history of the Titanic.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Copyright: 2010
ISBN: 9780545206877

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The Pitkin Guide to Titanic

Pitkin Titanic
Pitkin Publishing

Full Title: The Pitkin Guide to Titanic: The World's Largest Liner
Author: Roger Cartwright
Age Level: 11 to adult
Length: 32-pages
Type of Book: Pitkin Guide, paperback
Features: With a lot of text and a great many photographs, the book seeks to answer the question, "What happened on that fateful voyage, and why were so many lost? Was it fate, bad luck, incompetence, sheer negligence - or a fatal combination of events?" While the guide is well-researched and written and contains a great deal of information within the text and in short blue-boxed features, it lacks both a table of contents and an index, making it difficult to use for research.
Publisher: Pitkin Publishing
Copyright: 2011
ISBN: 9781841653341