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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life, Volume 2 edited by Joyce E. Salisbury. (Greenwood Press, 2004)
A comprehensive look at the lives of ordinary people — their clothes, food, culture, customs, beliefs, etc.

A History of the Vikings by Gwyn Jones. (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Explores the civilization, culture, and achievements of the Vikings of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

The Oxford History of the Vikings by Peter Sawyer. (Oxford University Press, 2001)
A scholarly examination of Viking life, culture, and legacy, illustrated with pictures and maps.

The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Hawood (Penguin, 1995)
This book explores Vikings as traders, craftsmen, explorers, and mercenaries.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga by the National Museum of Natural History. (Smithsonian Books, 2000)
Scholars examine the archeological evidence of the Vikings in the New World, as well as Viking life and culture.

For Students


Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths by Padraic Colum. (Aladdin, 2004)
A retelling of the Norse sagas about the gods and goddesses before the dawn of time.
Another book by the same author:

Nordic Gods and Heroes by Padraic Colum.

Daughter of the Wind by Michael Cadnum. (Orchard, 2003)
A tale of love, kidnapping, and revenge set in Viking times. For older readers. Another book by the same author:

Raven of the Waves by Michael Cadnum.

Elwyn's Saga: Story and Pictures by David Wisniewski. (HarperCollins, 1990)
This original saga, inspired by Viking lore, describes the origins of the northern lights.

Favorite Norse Myths by Mary Pope Osborne. (Scholastic, 2001)
Illustrations enhance the fourteen legends retold from the Viking culture. More books about Myths:

D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire (Delacorte, 1986),

Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings by Neil Phillip (Scholastic, 1996),

Vikings! by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Orion, 2002).

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. (Little, Brown, 2004)
In this mixture of humor and fantasy, young Hiccup, the son of the chief of the Hairy Hooligans, isn't exactly heroic Viking material.

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer. (Atheneum, 2004)
A blend of history, mythology, and humor, this epic fantasy features a Saxon boy who is taken to the court of King Ivar the Boneless. For older readers.

The Viking Claw by Michael Dahl. (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Finnegan Zwake continues his search for his archeologist parents, who disappeared while on a dig at the ancient — and possibly haunted — Viking city of Tquuli in Iceland.

Viking It and Liking It by Jon Scieszka. (Puffin, 2002)
Can the Trio survive a wild ride with Leif Erickson, match wits with his evil cousin, and get back home in one piece?

What a Viking! by Mick Manning. (R & S, 2000)
Bjrn, a Viking from Sweden, goes on many adventures and describes Viking history, art, religion, and sports. A picture book for younger readers.

Yo, Vikings! by Judith Byron Schachner. (Dutton, 2002)
In this picture book, Emma embarks on a school assignment about Vikings and becomes immersed in the history and culture.


Around the World...in 1200 by Alexandra F. Service and Pamela F. Service. (Benchmark Books, 2003)
Around the World series. This book surveys events and developments throughout the 13th century world from Europe (including Scandinavia) to Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Food and Feasts with the Vikings by Hazel Martell. (New Discovery, 1995)
A look at the customs of the Vikings, illustrated with color photographs.

Going to War in Viking Times by Christopher Gravetti (Franklin Watts, 2001)
This book explores what it was like to be a Viking warrior.

The Grandchildren of the Vikings by Matti Pitkanen and Reijo Härkönen. (Carolrhoda, 1996)
Examines of the lives of children who are bound together by common threads of Viking tradition, culture, and history.

The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders, Fiercesome Raiders by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger. (National Geographic, 2003)
Photographs of art, artifacts, maps, and archeological discoveries help debunk some of the myths we have about Vikings.

Technology in the Time of the Vikings by Peter Hicks. (Steck-Vaughn, 1998)
The tools and techniques Vikings used for building, cooking, traveling, and staying healthy.

Viking by Susan M. Margeson. (DK, 2000)
Eyewitness series. Color photographs of Viking ships, weapons, clothing, jewelry, and other artifacts offer a wealth of information.

Viking Times by Antony Mason. (Simon & Schuster, 1997)
If You Were There series. Explores the culture and lifestyle of the Vikings.

A Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley and Mark Bergin. (Frankling Watts, 1999)
Visit a typical 9th or 10th century Viking town, meet some of its residents, and learn about their activities.

The Vikings by Gillian Chapman. (Heinemann, 2000)
Directions for making longships, helmets, runestones, and other objects related to Viking life.

The Vikings: 350 Years of Adventure to Unlock and Discover by Fiona MacDonald. (Running Press Kids, 1997)
This "treasure chest" — an actual box — is filled with a variety of Viking information and recreated artifacts.

Web Sites

Nordic Underwater Archeology
Learn how the discoveries of underwater archeologists are helping us understand more about Viking ships and the people who built them.

The Viking Deception
This NOVA site explores the origins of a map of Vinland, originally believed to be drawn by Viking explorers.

Viking Heritage
This database, created by researchers, contains a wealth of information about all aspects of Viking life.

The Vikings
This NOVA site examines a new, less barbarian image of the Norsemen based on recent archeological investigations. On this site visitors can explore a Viking village, learn the secrets of Viking longboats, and write their names in Runes.

The World of the Vikings
A collaboration between the Museum of Denmark, the York Archeological Trust, and over 50 museums, this site offers a CD containing information on every aspect of life in the Viking Age.

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