Children's Books about
the King Arthur Legend



The below list of books about the King Arthur legend is short because none of us have traditionally been drawn to this genre. However, after reading the books below, one of us has had a change of heart, so hopefully this list will grow over the next few months. Got any good ones to recommend?

It's good for teachers to be familiar with popular books about the King Arthur legend because students who have an interest in this area can quickly become ravenous readers!

(Note: The interest age of the books listed below increases as you move down the page.)




Merlin and the Making of the King
Merlin and the Making of the King
by Margaret Hodges

Summary: 
A kid-friendly version of the King Arthur legend, accompanied by Hyman's spectacularly detailed illustrations. Three tales are included: The Sword in the Stone, Excalibur, and The Lady of the Lake. In a starred review, Booklist said this book is "a well-designed introduction to the well-loved tales."

Reading Levels:
Interest Level-- Gr. 2-6     Difficulty Level-- age 9-12

The Kitchen Knight
The Kitchen Knight
by Margaret Hodges

Summary:
This isn't exactly a King Arthur legend, but it does provide a "a wonderful taste of Arthurian legend, hopefully whetting young appetites for more." (SLJ)  The story is involved, but Hodges does a great job of making it 'kid-friendly.' And Hyman's lavish illustrations capture the drama and era beautifully.

Reading Level:
Interest Level: Gr. 3+   Difficulty Level: age 4-8
I Am Mordred : A Tale from Camelot
I Am Mordred
A Tale from Camelot

Summary:
Mordred is the son of King Arthur, a troubled boy who is trying to deal with the prophecy that he will eventually kill his father. Distressed, he flees and receives some help from a sorceress but eventually falls into the hands of Merlin, in whom Mordred mistakenly seeks help. Springer's portrayal of Modred is compassionate; he is a boy trying to do right but is caught up in forces beyond his control.


Reading Levels:
Interest Level-- Gr. 6+    Difficulty Level--Y.A.

A more detailed review of this book coming soon.

The Seeing Stone
The Seeing Stone  
(The Arthur Trilogy)

Summary: 
When a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur gets a special shiny stone that allows him to see events in King Arthur's life, he begins to believe that their lives are somehow connected. Young Arthur narrates the book, unraveling the mystery and sharing feelings and observations about life in a medieval manor. The book ends just as he is to become a squire, making the reader eager to read book two: At the Crossing Places (And then book three after that:
King of the Middle March).

Reading Levels:
Interest Level-- Gr. 7+     Difficulty Level-- age 9-12
Here Lies Arthur
Here Lies Arthur
by Philip Reeve

Summary:
A "powerfully inventive" (Booklist) retelling of the story of King Arthur, this time through the eyes of a girl named Gwyn, who works in the Arthurian court. Through her observations, "traditionally esteemed characters are revealed as unworthy and reviled ones shown as heroic."(SLJ)  In fact, King Arthur is depicted as a tyrant and a bully (gasp!) There is some gore so this "multilayered tour de force" (Bklst) needs to be recommended to students with caution.


Reading Levels:
Interest Level--Gr.8+    Difficulty Level--young adult



Do you know of a good children's books about the King Arthur legend?  If so, please let us know by completing the Suggest a Book form, located in the top right hand column.  Thank you.




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