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What's New on the Titanic?

Updated on February 6, 2013
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Adele Jeunette has been a librarian for 20 years. She lives in Denver, not too far from the Molly Brown house.

Newest Books, Articles, and Shows About the Titanic

The year 2012 ushers in an explosion of books, articles, and shows about the Titanic. This site showcases the very newest items. Here you will find the new books that are just rolled off the presses, as well as new magazine articles and books for the kids.

The Best

Titanic at the docks of Southampton.
Titanic at the docks of Southampton.

These are the most engaging and well-written materials for a person who is interested – but not absolutely obsessed – with the Titanic.

A New Series on the Titanic

This TV miniseries is by the same team who gave us the excellent and muscular series about Henry VII, entitled "The Tudors."

Lifeboat No. 8 -- Kindle Single

This little Kindle single provides an engaging and fast-paced (it takes just about an hour to read) account of the experiences of some of the people who were rescued from the Titanic.

101 Things You Thought You Knew...

This surprisingly readable and engaging book puts forth 101 propositions (as promised) and discusses whether those propositions are true or not.

Titanic: the Tragedy That Shook the World: One Century Later

LIFE Titanic: The Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later
LIFE Titanic: The Tragedy that Shook the World: One Century Later

Of course we need a Life coffee table book to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And of course it will have lots of large photos. And of course the text will be just a little too cute and impressed with itself.

But it's a pleasant way to leaf through the images, from the majestic photos of Titanic's construction to the poignant shots of men recovering in the hospital. What makes this book notable is that it describes the lives of many of the survivors beyond the Titanic tragedy.

 

New CGI Model of the Sinking from National Geographic

Many accounts talk about the Titanic slipping quietly into the ocean, but it was anything but a quiet event. This new video drives home how massive the Titanic was, and the enormous damage it took as it broke apart and sank.

Titanic sinking, Willie Stower. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.
Titanic sinking, Willie Stower. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

New Information from SMITHSONIAN magazine

The March 2012 issue of Smithsonian includes several interesting articles with new information about the Titanic.

Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us by Andrew Wilson

This article highlights information from Wilson's book Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived. One of the most interesting was Dorothy Gibson, the silent film star who survived the wreck and went on to star in the first film about the disaster just a month after the sinking.

Optical Illusion: a New Explanation for the Disaster adapted from A Very Deceiving Night by Tim Maltin

This article shows how a thermal inversion altered the light and made it difficult for the crew of both the Titanic and the Californian to accurately judge distance and light.

Seven Famous People Who Missed the Titanic by Greg Daugherty

Many famous people sailed on the Titanic. This article tells of the notable people who planned to be aboard, but who changed their plans at the last minute.

New Kid's Book from the Author of War Horse

Ages 8 to 10

Kaspar the Titanic Cat
Kaspar the Titanic Cat

Fresh off his success with the novel (and movie) War Horse, author Michael Morpugo weaves together the story of a young bellboy at London's Savoy Hotel, a Russian Countess, an American girl, and a cat that brought them all together.

Add to that the drama the sinking of the Titanic, and you have a sweet, old-fashioned book, reminiscent of childhood classics of the 1940’s and 1950’s in which a plucky young boy overcomes hardship, makes new friends and has a rousing adventure.

Its large print, simple sentences, and frequent pictures make it ideal for the child who has just begun to get comfortable with reading chapter books and likes animal stories. The main character, Johnny Trott, is a likable and good-natured hero.

 

Good Book for the Youngest Kids

This book will fit the bill for parents who have a preschool, or kindergarten-age child interested in the Titanic, but is not ready for longer books on the topic.

Scholastic Reader Level 3: Remembering the Titanic
Scholastic Reader Level 3: Remembering the Titanic

Using a vocabulary of under 1500 words, this book describes the major events of the Titanic's voyage in engaging and simple style. Each two-page spread includes a large photo or illustration, (many of them in color), that helps bring the subject alive for little ones.

An Easy Reader, Level 3, this is ideal for reading to a young child, or for beginning readers to read themselves.

 

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Very interesting and timely! "Liked" by a Giant Squid.