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Victorian Period: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about Victorian period?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to Victorian period. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about Victorian period.

Our list includes chapter books. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about Victorian period, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Horton Halfpott to popular sellers like Little Men.

We hope this list of kids books about Victorian period can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Horton Halfpott
Written & illustrated by Tom Angleberger
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Tom Angleberger’s farcical middle-grade mystery begins when M’Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it has never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of “the Loosening,” the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can’t tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this romp of a mystery that combines supreme silliness with a tale of a young hero with heart.

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Case of the Vanishing Emerald, Volume 2: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 2
Written by & illustrated by Marion Lindsay
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

"Isnt it a bit strange that all these horrible things are happening to Miss Massey now... Just in time to make her think that the curse is working."

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Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
Written by Mary Pope Osborne & illustrated by Sal Murdocca
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Recommend Ages: 7-9
Join Jack, Annie and the Magic Tree House in this historical holiday story that puts a twist on Charles Dicken's classic The Christmas Carol. The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!
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Case of the Secret Tunnel, Volume 5
Written by & illustrated by Marion Lindsay
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mr. Fred Grange claims to work as a clerk for a biscuit company, but he’s out and about on the London streets at odd hours, and girl detective Maisie Hitchins soon discovers something very precious hidden in his rooms. Maisie is determined to unmask him as a thief, but the truth is far more complicated–and dangerous. Before long, Maisie and her friends are led into a web of mystery lurking in the London Underground. Like the other books in the series, <i>The Case of the Secret Tunnel </i>features black and white illustrations throughout. <p/>

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Elephant Thief
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

When young pickpocket Danny accidentally buys an elephant at an auction, he finds himself swept up on an unforgettable adventure. Offered a job by a zookeeper, all he has to do is ride Maharajah from Edinburgh to Manchester in one week.<br></br>Everyone in the country is watching, even the Queen, but the journey soon proves to be filled with drama and danger. A rival zookeeper will stop at nothing to make sure they fail, and soon Danny’s shady connections from his past threaten to overturn the mission…<br></br>Can Danny win the trust and friendship of the elephant and guide him home? Can the two of them stick together through the odds and win the day?

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  • Cogheart - Thirteen-year-old Lily Hartman always dreamed of adventure. A strong-willed girl, Lily felt trapped in a life of Victorian stuffiness at her prim boarding school. But after her father-a famous inventor-disappears on a routine zeppelin flight, Lily’s life gets turned upside down. Now cared for by her guardian, the heartless Madame Verdigris, Lily is quite certain that she’s being watched. Mysterious, silver-eyed men are lurking in the shadows, just waiting for their chance to strike. But what could they possibly want from her? There are rumors, Lily learns, that her father had invented the most valuable invention ever made-a perpetual motion machine. But if he made such a miraculous discovery, he certainly never told Lily. And all he left behind is a small box-with no key, no hinges. With the help of a clockmaker’s son, Robert, and her mechanimal fox, Malkin, Lily escapes London in search of the one person who might know something about her father’s disappearance-and what he left behind.

  • Case of the Feathered Mask, Volume 4: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins, Book 4 - In this fourth mystery about 12-year-old Maisie, the young detective must solve a crime for her friend Professor Tobin. The professor travelled all over the world collecting strange and wonderful objects, and the British Museum is opening a special room to house his collection. But before the professor’s donation, a thief steals a valuable Amazonian tribal mask! With just a single feather left behind, Maisie doesn’t have much to go on, but the stakes in her newest case are higher than ever. <br> Can’t get enough of Maisie’s mysteries? Look for <i>The Case of the Stolen Sixpence, </i> <i>The Case of the Vanishing Emerald, </i> and <i>The Case of the Phantom Cat</i><i>!</i> <br>

  • Case of the Phantom Cat, Volume 3: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 3 - “[A] young Nancy Drew adventure by way of Downton Abbey.” –<i>Publishers Weekly </i>review of <i>The Case of the Stolen Sixpence</i> <p/> In book three of Holly Webb’s The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins, twelve-year-old Maisie and her dog Eddie are invited to join Maisie’s friend Alice on a trip to the country. It’s lovely to get away from the London smog, but there is something strange about the manor where the girls are staying. Odd noises, horrid smells, and sightings of a spectral cat keep them up at night. Has Alice’s father rented a haunted house? There must be a logical explanation, and Maisie plans to use her detecting skills to find out what it is! <br>

  • Case of the Stolen Sixpence: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 1 - In the tradition of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries comes The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins!</p></p>Twelve-year-old Maisie is a <i>noticing </i>sort of person. Thats why she is convinced she would make an excellent detective if she ever got the chance! But instead of detecting, she spends her days polishing the banisters at her grandmother’s boarding house or fetching fish for the lodgers’ dinner. In <i>The Case of the Stolen Sixpence, </i>Maisie’s big chance to prove herself finally arrives when crime strikes her Victorian London neighborhood. While the grown-ups turn a blind eye to the whodunit and justice goes un-served, Maisie and her canine sidekick, Eddie, search the streets for clues to crack the case.</p></p>This first book in a series features black and white illustrations and a rollicking mystery complete with tricks, disguises, danger, and a little dog too! </p></p>

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What's So Special about Dickens?
Written by Michael Rosen & illustrated by Sarah Nayler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the Artful Dodger to Miss Havisham to Scrooge, Charles Dickens brought some of our favorite fictional characters to life. But what inspired him? Who was the man behind the pen? Michael Rosen s chatty and engaging narrative helps answer these questions and explores the world of Dickens and four of his best-loved books: A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations.

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Midnight Hour
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
For fans of portal fantasies like Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor, Colin Meloy's Wildwood, and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, and unlike so many other fantasies that introduce readers to a world of enchantment and wonder, The Midnight Hour is one filled with beasts and monsters for readers looking to shine their flashlights under the covers.
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Little Men
Written by Louisa May Alcott & illustrated by Reginald Birch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo’s Boys, was first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book in an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott’s 1886 novel Jo’s Boys. This book tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. It was inspired by the death of Alcott’s brother-in-law. It has been adapted to film and television.

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Mansfield Park
Written by Jane Austen & illustrated by Ann Kronheimer
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Recommend Ages: 9-11

At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price moves from her poor family home to live with her wealthy cousins at Mansfield Park. Settling into this proud family is only the first of many challenges she will have to face. Can Fanny, uneducated and inexperienced, win any respect or love, or will the spiteful Mrs. Norris turn everybody against her? When plays, balls and marriage proposals challenge Fanny’s judgement, will she be strong enough to do what is right? When jealousy, duty and flattery challenge Fanny’s heart, will it be strong enough to guide her towards true love? Just how strong is Fanny Price?

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