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Books that Inspire Travel to England

As with previous posts, I’ve put together a list of books we have read with our children or recommend for reading with children before traveling abroad. These books will hopefully provide some inspiration before heading to England or maybe they will tide you over if you need a “Downton Abbey” fix before the next season. Don’t miss these books about England to read before your next trip.

Books That Inspire Travel to England-Kids Are A Trip

Books About England for Young Children (Preschool Age)

The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan

Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Paddington Treasury: Six Classic Bedtime Stories by Michael Bond

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

B is for Big Ben: An England Alphabet by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Dodsworth in London by Tim Egan

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

A Beatrix Potter Treasury (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter

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Books Set in England for Grade School Students

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Katie in London by James Mayhew

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

The Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England by Kathryn Lasky

Who Was William Shakespeare? by Celeste Mannis

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #22: Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens by Mary Pope Osborne

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This is London by Miroslav Sasek

Books Set in England for Middle School and High School Students

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer

The Cross of Lead (Crispin) by Avi

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling

The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London by Elvira Woodruff

Books Set in England for Adults

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel by Philippa Gregory

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson

The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons