Best children's books about the Stone Age
Life in prehistoric times is incredibly hard to picture, but teacher Ashley Booth's pick of the best Stone Age stories and novels for kids will help transport your child (far) back in time .
The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein(£13.99, Little Brown)
This stunning picture book transports the reader to a cave in France to explore cave paintings and when the first one might have been made. It’s a masterful, beautiful book, the ideal starting point for meaningful conversation with your children about history and what it means to be human.
The Boy With The Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler(£6.99, Kelpies)
Kathleen Fidler’s stunning novel for older children focuses on the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The residents of the village find themselves conflicted when a new boy arrives among them with previously unseen weapons and practises. What will they do? Historic accuracy is at the heart of this gripping and fast-paced tale.
How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley(£6.99 Simon & Schuster)
It may not have a Stone Age setting, but it is an excellent introduction to woolly mammoths! This funny and beautifully illustrated book will have you and your child giggling non-stop. It’s also a good way to talk about instructions and how to structure them in instruction texts. A winner all round!
Stig Of The Dump by Clive King(£6.99, Puffin Classics)
Clive King’s timeless classic focuses on a young man called Barney, who finds a new friend – only his new friend happens to be caveman called Stig. They learn all about each other’s ways and become great friends. A simple story which prompts children to think about past traditions and customs.
Ug: Boy Genius Of The Stone Age And His Search For Soft Trousers by Raymond Briggs(£7.99, Puffin)
Life isn’t easy for Ug: living in the Stone Age means that everything is made of stone… including his trousers! Ug starts to invent things to overcome his frustration with the stone he's surrounded by, but he’s met with resistance from his parents. Very funny, with wonderful illustrations to pore over.
Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura(£6.99, Walker Books)
A little boy is innocently walking along when, all of a sudden, he falls into the Stone Age! He meets a girl his own age and learns all about her way of life: how tools, clothes and weapons are made, how people hunt, fish and cook and how they celebrate and record their lives in paintings. The plot is easy to follow but this book is packed with information about the Stone Age.
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver(£32 for six books, Orion Children's Books)
Scandinavia, 6000 BC – the Mesolithic setting of Michelle Paver's six-book series about the Stone Age life of Torak, a 12-year-old who is orphaned when his father is killed by a bear. Immerse yourself in a land of snow, hunter-gatherers, tribes, clans, mountains, forests, bears and superstitions: the story is gripping and the setting is wonderfully imagined and sketched out.