© 2017 The Literacy Classroom 

The Vikings

The Saga of Erik the Viking
by Terry Jones

Terry Jones much-loved classic tales of Viking adventure.  Set sail in the great ship Golden Dragon with Erik and his crew as they set out in search of the land where the sun goes at night, encountering monsters, magic and fierce creatures along the way. A classic books loved by children and adults alike.

Odd and the Frost Giants
by Neil Gaiman

Odd’s luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they’re actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods…Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods? With Neil Gaiman’s wit and style, this story transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.

The Littlest Viking
by Sandi Toksvig

When Amber, the littlest Viking, set out from Scandinavia to seek her fortune she must have got lost on her way! Now she’s in Pegwell Bay with no one but her pet squirrel for company. When Katie, Gary and Joshua find her stranded on the beach, they decide to look after her. Now there’s a Viking living in their garden!

Having a Viking in the family isn’t always easy. But when the garden is threatened by a nasty neighbour, Amber has some unusual – and hilarious – solutions to their problems . . .

The Sword of the Viking King
by Terry Deary

When King Alfred is left to wander the English countryside looking little better than a beggar, it seems there is no hope left – the Vikings will conquer the country and they will all become slaves. Ethelbert is still young, but he wishes he could fight to protect his country. And soon he is called upon to do just that. But when faced with such fearsome warriors, it is only through cunning and mystery that they will get the upper hand…A Viking story blending Norse mythology with historical fact and Terry Deary’s vividly imagined characters.

The Time Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror
by Julia Jarman

Topher is planning a trip to London to visit his friend Ellie – but will it be safe, with all the terrorist threats? It worries him, and so do the extended absences of his beloved cat, Ka. She is going travelling again, and Topher doesn’t want to lose her. And sure enough, in the middle of a big bomb alert, Topher is called away – to a Saxon village threatened by Norsemen. Now he must get the villagers to heed his warning and foil the aggressors led by the terrifying Viking, Ingwar the Boneless, infamous for his cruelty and devious tricks.

Myths of the Norsement
by Roger Lancelyn Green, introduced by  Michelle Paver

Norse myths and legends introduced by bestselling author Michelle Paver.

The great Norse sagas are full of magic and heroic deeds. Odin’s wanderings, Thor’s hammer, the death of Baldur, the vision of Ragnarok – tales which have been told since time immemorial – are given a fresh life in this version, written as one continuous exciting adventure story.
Puffin Classics contain additional endnotes for children including an author profile, a guide to who’s who, activities and more.

Viking Invasion (I was there)
by Stuart Hill

I Was There…is a perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past, allowing children to imagine that they were really there.  This series is aimed at slightly younger readers than the ‘My Story’ series, and contains a shorter, simpler story.

I Was There…Viking Invasion is an exciting account of a young boy helping to defend his village against fearsome Viking invaders. Brilliantly reimagined, readers aged 7+ will love this vivid first-hand account of a child’s experience of the Vikings.

How to be a Viking
by Cressida Cowell

The first HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON book ever, and the inspiration for Cressida Cowell's best-selling fiction books that is now a Dreamworks feature film.

So begins Cressida Cowell's stories about a little Viking who cannot fit in. Unlike his dad, Stoick the Vast, Hiccup is tiny, thoughtful and polite and scared of almost everything - especially of going to sea for the very first time. But go he must... So who will save the day when everything goes wrong aboard ship and all the big Vikings lose their cool? This wonderfully witty fable will delight all those who have ever faced up to their worst fears.

This 2014 reissue includes a letter from Cressida Cowell to the reader.

Viking Boy
by Tony Bradman

Gunnar is the son of a Viking chieftain, living peacefully on his family steading with his mother, father and their people – until they are raided by Skuli and his Wolf Men, who raze his home to the ground and take his father's life. Gunnar swears an oath to avenge his father's death and save his mother from Skuli – but first he must run to save himself. Murderous raiders, hand to hand battles to the death, mythical flying wolves and a relentless sea journey to the Land of Fire and Ice... Unknown to Gunnar, his life has been foretold, and he finds he has a destiny greater than his own story.

Viking at School
by Jeremy Strong

Sigurd, the Viking from the tenth century, is still stuck in the twentieth century. He lives with his friends the Ellis family in a seaside hotel and constantly causes chaos. When Tim and Zoe Ellis take him to school with them a series of seriously funny disasters results.

Thorfinn and the Terrible Treasure
by David MacPhail , illustrated by Richard Morgan

Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient...Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. Harald the Skull-Splitter and fellow chief Magnus the Bone-Breaker find a massive treasure chest in the remote Western Isles of Scotland. Thorfinn and his rival Olaf must guard it overnight, but despite their best efforts, they can't help falling asleep. In the morning the treasure has disappeared and now Thorfinn's village is at stake. Can Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and his friends find the missing loot in time to save their village? Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers which bridges the gap between Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!

Vulgar the Viking and the Spooky School Trip
by Odin Redbeard

Vulgar's new teacher is called Otto the Bone-Cruncher and he's a proper viking! Vulgar can't wait for the school trip, to learn all about hunting and exploring and having adventures. But after a very VERY long walk and a tea of roasted slugs, Vulgar's not so chipper. It's getting dark, and he's a bit spooked. There are tolls in these hills...

Thorfinn and the Gruesome Games 
by David MacPhail, illustrated by Richard Morgan

One day a little boy is walking along when he trips, stumbles and falls … into the Stone Age! He meets a girl his own age and her tribe, and learns all about their way of life. He watches them make tools, clothes and weapons. He sees how they hunt, fish, cook, celebrate – and even how they paint on the walls of caves. But when a furious cave bear attacks, he wakes up back in his own time where everyone tells him it was only a dream. But was it?

Viking Vik and the Wolves
by Shoo Rayner

Viking Vik is guarding the goats in the hills when he sees Greeneyes the Wolf. Wulf laughs at Vik. Everyone knows Greeneyes isn't real! But Wulf stops laughing when he hears a howl in the night...

Vulgar the Viking and the Rock Cake Raiders
by Odin Redbeard

Vulgar is a Viking boy who longs for the glory days of raiding, pillaging and enormous beards. Life in the village of Blubber is so dull, it's all knitting and goat-herding and yawwwnnn. Vulgar feels it's up to him to introduce a bit of mayhem and chaos, and just as soon as he's finished juggling with elk manure, he's going to relish the challenge.