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
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?
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
The interest age of the books listed below
increases as you move down the page.)
the Making of the King by
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
Level-- Gr. 2-6 Difficulty Level-- age
Kitchen Knight by
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
'kid-friendly.' And Hyman's lavish illustrations capture the drama and
Level: Interest Level: Gr.
3+ Difficulty Level: age 4-8
Tale from Camelot
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.
Level-- Gr. 6+ Difficulty Level--Y.A.
A more detailed review of this book coming soon.
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).
Level-- Gr. 7+ Difficulty Level-- age
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.