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Books About Titanic for Kids - New Releases

Updated on September 11, 2014

Titanic Books for Kids

Why books about Titanic for kids? Everyone is interested in learning more about the ill fated ocean liner these days, and that includes kids.

It's now been over 100 years since the sinking of the great ship, and many commemorative activities took place to mark the centennial last year. A number of new books about the tragic event were published, including some written especially for young readers.

There are books about the passengers on the Titanic- the ones who survived, and the ones who didn't. There are books about the ship - how it was built, and how it sank.

There are even fictional stories that take place against the backdrop of the great sea tragedy.

Many of these are books written specifically for kids, or that kids will want to read. So, I'm seizing upon this opportunity to encourage kids to read by presenting a page of recently published books about Titanic for kids.

page created 02/17/2012.

The Tragedy Was Front Page News - The Disaster Made News Around the World

Front Page if New York Herald on April 16, 1912
Front Page if New York Herald on April 16, 1912 | Source

Front page news. It was the biggest - and worst - news imaginable.

There was no internet or television then. People got their news from the newspaper.

For a newspaper to devote the entire front page to one event meant it was most important!

When the big ship went down it shook people on both sides of the Atlantic.

This what the front page of the New York Herald looked like that day, and it was how people learned what had happened.

Titanic: Disaster at Sea
Titanic: Disaster at Sea
RATED FOR: kids aged ten through 14, with a cool pull-out poster!

Popular Titanic Titles for Children Have Recently Been Published

A number of new books were published in the run up to the April, 2012 anniversary of this horrific tragedy at sea. Quite a fewe of those books were written and / or compiled especially for youngsters. Authors found that a new generation of children are gobbling up new reading material about an event that happened long before their parents were born.

Many of them, like the one shown at right, are heavily illustrated, and include lots of annotated pictures and drawings.

Explolre the Great Ocean Liner with a Book and CD

Rated for ten to fifteen year olds, but the high ratings and positive comments from adults indicate that it can be enjoyed by just about anyone.

Includes an interactive CD that 'goes inside' the ship.

All the details of the grand ship, recreated using amazing digital graphics.

Children On Board

109 children aged 12 and under were on board Titanic

Bertram and Milvina Dean
Bertram and Milvina Dean

The Ship's Littlest Passenger

Millvina Dean (2 February 1912 - 31 May 2009)

Millvina Dean was almost two and a half months old when she sailed from Southampton with Mom, Dad, and big brother Bertram.

The family was sleeping. Awakened by a jolt, Millvina and Bertram's father went out to see what happened, then came back and got his family up and dressed. The went up on deck. Mrs. Dean and the two children escaped disaster in lifeboat #10. They never saw Mr. Dean again, but he made sure his wife and children were safe that awful night.

Bertram and Millvina Dean, PD and

Millvina Dean in 1999 (seen below )

Little Millvina grew up and lived a long life. A very long life. She was, in fact the very last one of the survivors left when she passed away at the age of 97. Being the last living Titanic Survivor, she enjoyed a bit of celebrity late in life.

Millvina Dean in 1999

Millvina Dean in 1999
Millvina Dean in 1999
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
This is another book that was actually written for a younger audience (ages 8 and up) but that has been enjoyed by Titanic fans of most any age. Of the over 2200 souls on board only around 700 survived the tragedy. Includes direct quotes from some of those actual survivors about the events of that night

How many children were lost?

The lives of 52 or 53 Children

age 12 and under were lost that night

What About Loraine Allison?

Was she number 53?

Some sources say 52 children were lost, but all 6 first class children survived. Was Helen Loraine Allison number 53?

Loraine (2) and Trevor (11 months) were in first class. As lifeboats were being loaded, Mrs Allison had Loraine, and nurse Alice had Trevor.

In the confusion, they got separated. Mrs. Allison refused to leave until she found the baby, and never made it off the ship. She didn't know Alice and Trevor were already safely in lifeboat 11.

But the story MAY not have ended there....

In 1940, a woman claimed to be the same Loraine Allison, saying her mother finally handed her off to a Mr. Hyde, who raised her in America. The Allison family never believed her.

Some passenger listings name all 6 children in first class as survivors, making the number that perished 52. But what about Loraine Allison? She would have been number 53.

What do you think?

Do you think Loraine Allison survived or not?

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Mystery on Board Titanic

A Fictional Trilogy by Gordon Korman

Bestselling author Gordon Korman brings you a fascinating mystery on board the one of history's most famous ocean liners. A great read for kids, with real historic details woven seamlessly into the story. Parents report being captivated by it as well, so don't be surprised if you find yourself looking forward to each new chapter if you're reading it to your child!


Youngsters from very different backgrounds form a bond and find themselves in the midst of a mystery on the world's most famous ship.

Paddy, Sophie, Juliana, and Alfie need to find the truth, unmask the killer...and try not to go down with the ship.

You won't want to stop until you've found out what happens to each of them!

You'll want to start at the beginning, of course. The first in the trilogy is called Unsinkable (Titanic, No. 1) , and it's followed by Collision Course and S.O.S.

Dogs On board

Various sources report that 9 dogs

were aboard Titanic,

and two of them survived

Children will Eagerly Read Books About the Famous White Star Liner

Released for the Centennial

The famous ocean liner sailed for the White Star Line, and she had been built because the owner wanted bigger and better ships than the Cunard Line. The two lines were big rivals.

A number of books for kids ages 6 and over were released in conjunction with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Get them books about a subject that fascinates them, and watch them show a real eagerness to read.


"What Sank the World's Largest Ship?" is one of those books that kids will want to read.

Answers to kids' "must-know" questions about the building, launch, and tragic sinking of the most famous ship of all time. Kids are good at asking questions, and really love to get answers. This book does both - it's in an engaging modified question and answer format.

You can get it in either hardcover or paperback.

For age 7 and up.

From National Geographic

National Geographic Readers: Titanic
National Geographic Readers: Titanic
Recommended for ages 6 to 9 From National Geographic! The industrial feat of the building of powerful ship, the tragedy of the wreckage, and the fascinating stories of survival
Bow of Titanic on the Ocean Floor
Bow of Titanic on the Ocean Floor | Source

The Shipwreck is Still on the Ocean Floor

Where the Luxurious Ocean Liner Went Down

Titanic began sinking before midnight on April 14, 1912, and it was after midnight when she finally slipped beneath the surface. She fell amost two and a half miles to the ocean floor.

The Voyage was to end in New York City, and she about 450 miles away from her destination when she sank. The nearest land to the shipwreck of the vessel is 370 miles away, at Mistaken Point, Newfoundland.

The great ship literally broke in two, and the two parts lie separately on the ocean floor, each being slowly eaten by microbes.

Bow of Titanic in 2003 Courtesy NOAA

What Is RMS?

RMS stands for

Royal Mail Ship

(Lots of mail sank, too)

The Band Played As the Great Ship Sank - What was the Last Song They Played?

This is one of three tunes that MAY have been the last one played by the Ship's Orchestra, led by violinist Wallace Hartley. Give it a listen.

See Wallace Hartley and the Titanic Band to find out what the other two tunes were and learn more about these eight brave men.

Remembering the Titanic

Scholastic Reader Level 3: Remembering the Titanic
Scholastic Reader Level 3: Remembering the Titanic
Age 6 and up Released in March of 2012, to tell youngsters the story of what life was like aboard the ship. In it, they can also meet some of the passengers and the crew. They'll also find out about Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic 73 years later, and what's been discovered since. PAPERBACK

What do you think about the information on this page? Do you have (or know) a child who loves to learn about the Titanic?

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      6 years ago

      Well researched. Here's another book for older kids: Missing in Time by Catherine Harriott

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      7 years ago

      Great lens and so well researched. It will always make a fascinating story for young and old. Featured on Nearer My God to Thee. Well done :)

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Aunt-Mollie: It's not just little kids - I STILL cry watching Bambi!

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      7 years ago

      I'm glad there are books that are appropriate for children on this subject. They all seem to know about it, probably because of the movie, but the movie is too scary for young children to watch. (I've seen little ones cry watching Bambi for the first time!)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      @SquidooPower: Great! Can't wait to see what you find!

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      7 years ago

      I have never heard this story about Loraine Allison and now I'm completely intrigued by it. Researching this some more is in he very near future.

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      7 years ago

      Interesting lens

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I never read these facts about survivors of the Titanic before. Thank you for the facts and speculation regarding Lorraine Allison.

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      Teri Villars 

      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I like this niche that you have. Squid Angel blessed!

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      You did a great job featuring these books. Kids love true adventure books.

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      8 years ago

      I like the detail and mystery of who was and was not lost that night. Fascinating lens!

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      8 years ago

      A wonderfully done presentation of resources for children to learn all about the Titanic!...*

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      8 years ago from Florida

      This is great! I'm featuring this on my lens on a lesson on boats and ships . Thank you! Blessed and liked.

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      8 years ago

      This is a wonderful resource for learning more about the Titanic. Really liked how you categorized the books by children's age. ~~Blessed~~

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: So cool! isn't it great when kids get excited about reading and learning?

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      8 years ago

      My oldest grandson has read a lot about the Titanic. He knew more about it than the lady who was working at the museum when they went to the Titanic exhibit!

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting...I always love stories about the Titanic. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      What a great lens! I'll be posting a link to this lens on a Facebook group page for a virtual Titanic cruise to mark the anniversary of the voyage of the Titanic! (Leaving harbor soon) There will be children participating in the virtual cruise. If you want to join the virtual cruise, please contact me, and I'll see what I can do about getting you an invitation.

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      8 years ago

      A 100 years down the line... and sure this a great resource to fire up the imagination of the younger lot! Never knew that there were so many books on the 'Titanic' for the kids!

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      8 years ago

      My great grandfather survived the tragedy of the Titanic. I have been working on a children's book about his story. Who should I send it to ? a publisher?

    • LadyelenaUK profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice share. Every kid should have knowledge of the Titanic.

      The books are interesting.

    • LadyelenaUK profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice share. Every kid should have knowledge of the Titanic.

      The books are interesting.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      I'm sure I too would enjoy these books!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Excellent recommendations for children! What a great way to spark a child's interest in history. I always loved reading real life stories and accounts.

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      8 years ago

      Didn't know about little Allison. How tragic, but then the whole Titanic sinking was tragic.

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      8 years ago

      More great reading lists for children - love them. thanks so much for sharing some great books and ideas about this historical topic - big year 100th anniversary.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Nita9: So glad to hear he liked it.

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      8 years ago

      My son JUST read the "I Survived" Titanic story. I think kids are really interest in disaster stories and it's good to have books about it on their level. Great page!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent information. I didn't realize so many children were on board.


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