Industrial Revolution Book List For Kids- 1760 -1860

industrial revolution booklist for kids

Movement of People: Industrial Revolution in the Curriculum

The period of history covered in Year 9 of the Australian curriculum is from 1750 – 1918.

Booklists for this period are:

Australian history is usually covered in primary school but the other topics are not required subjects in primary school. However many children like to study this period of history in their early school years. To use these topics in your planning you can record them as part of your literature, geography and history studies.

industrial revolution for kids

Industrialisation and the Crimean War

North and South by Catherine Gaskell

A woman moves with her family from the South of England to an industrial region Northern England. Most of the town workers are employed in cotton mills. The story shows the struggles of the masters and the workers. A great story about the north and south struggle with some a little romance thrown in. There are quite a few  French quotes in this book and the version linked to has footnotes on their meaning. The BBC period drama of North and South is also excellent.

My Story: Mill Girl – Sue Reid It is 1842. Eliza Heisted of Manchester, England is swallowed up in the industrial revolution as she begins work at the local mill as a factory hand. The fictional diary of her first year there. Ages 9 —16 yrs.

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

A long abridgement  of the famous story of poor children in London in the I 800’s, pressed into working as pickpockets for a living. Dickens attempted to reveal these injustices to the upper classes. Ages 9 — 14 yrs

William Carey – Janet Benge

In a day when the English expected God to save people “without our help”, the Carey’s travelled to India, launching the modern missions movement. There they lost family members to death and lifetime savings, but they pressed on, with magnificent consequences. Ages 8 — 16 yrs.

Mill – David Macaulay

With the clear, detailed line drawings Macaulay is known for this architect illustrates a story, brick by brick, about four mills running in the New England area of eastern USA in the nineteenth century, and the lives of their workers. Ages 7 yrs – Adult.

Chimney Sweep’s Ransom – Dave & Neta Jackson A mystery involving a chimney sweep and the evangelist and Methodist reformer, John Wesley, which well portrays 18th century England and a poor coal-mining family. Ages 8 — 14 yrs.

Workhouse: A Victorian Girl’s Diary – Pamela Oldfield

In the easy to read diary style, read about the (fictional) life of one girl, Edith Lorrimer, who goes to visit the English workhouse her mother patronises in 1871. Here the poor work as virtual slaves in laundries hour upon hour, day after day. Ages 11 – 17 yrs.

My Story: Crimea – Bryan Perret What really happened in the Crimean War? Michael Pope of the 110th British Regiment tells his (fictional) story of the years between 1853 and 1857 when he fought in the Crimea. Maps and pictures included. Ages 10 — 17 yrs.

Florence Nightingale — God’s Servant at the Battlefield – David Collins

A Sower series biography of a remarkable young woman who was unwilling to conform to the customs of her time when she sensed God’s call on her life. The beginning of modern nursing. Ages 9 — 18 yrs.

Famous Lives: Florence Nightingale– Usborne A well-written large print chapter book about the famous girl whose call from God led her to revolutionise nursing care.Includes her call from God and her work on the Crimean battlefields. HB Ages 6 – 12 yrs.