Children's Books About the Sinking of the Titanic

Nonfiction, Fiction and Informational Books

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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

Titanic: Disaster at Sea

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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 a 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?

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

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 Calder, 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

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