April 15, 2016 marks the 104th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Most everyone is fascinated by stories of the Titanic and kids are no exception. Somewhere after the dinosaur obsession comes interest in all things related to the Titanic. Beware! These titles will only increase your child’s curiosity about the “unsinkable” ship.
Unsinkable (Titanic #1), by Gordon Korman
The ultimate action and adventure trilogy begins, with #1 bestselling author Gordon Korman plunging readers into the heart of the Titanic. The Titanic is meant to be unsinkable, but as it begins its maiden voyage, there’s plenty of danger waiting for four of its young passengers. Paddy is a stowaway, escaping a deadly past. Sophie’s mother is delivered to the ship by police — after she and Sophie have been arrested. Juliana’s father is an eccentric whose riches can barely hide his madness. And Alfie is hiding a secret that could get him kicked off the ship immediately. The lives of these four passengers will be forever linked with the fate of the Titanic. And the farther they get from shore, the more the danger looms…
Titanicat, by Marty Crisp
Young Jim Mulholland can’t believe his good luck: He has signed on as a cabin boy to the world’s finest ocean liner, the Titanic, and can’t wait for the history-making voyage across the sea to America. As part of his duties Jim is in charge of the ship’s cat, a beautiful tortoiseshell that also appears happy to be on board. He calls the cat by the ship’s construction number, 4-0-1, certain that she will bring him good luck. And he’s delighted when 4-0-1 shortly gives birth to a litter of kittens. But once the ship’s trial runs are completed and it’s ready to launch to sea, Jim notices that 4-0-1 is nowhere to be found. He’s got to find her–the Titanic can’t cast off without her lucky cat. Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the rest of his life.
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, by Lauren Tarshis
Ten-year-old George Calder can’t believe his luck–he and his little sister Phoebe are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into a first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George’s life changes forever.
Lauren Tarshis brings history’s most exciting and terrifying events to live in this new fictional series. Reader will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!
DK Eyewitness Books: Titanic, by Simon Adams
Eyewitness Titanic is DK’s classic look at the history of the Titanic, now reissued with a CD and wall chart.Young readers will discover the triumphs and tragedies of this “unsinkable” luxury liner. Detailed images and text highlight all aspects of this fateful journey including how the ship was built and equipped, what kind of passengers and crew she carried, what facilities she offered onboard, how she struck an iceberg, why she sank so quickly, how many people were saved, and how many lives were lost.
Tonight on the Titanic, by Mary Pope Osbourne
Jack and Annie are in for an exciting, scary, and sad adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the decks of the Titanic. Is there anything they can do to help the ill-fated ship? Will they be able to save anyone? Will they be able to save themselves?
To teach children about the Titanic’s sinking, teachers and parents will find helpful hands-on experiments at teachingwithamountainview.com.