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The story of castles

Young Reading Series 2
The story of castles

  • The fascinating history of castles told for children just beginning to read growing in reading confidence and ability.
  • Explains in a lively way why castles were first built, what it was like to live in one, and the cunning tricks used to defend them.
  • Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.


Key Stage: KS1 E; Age 6+

Lexile Measure: 690L

Book Band: 11 - Lime

CEFR Level: C1

Hardback with ribbon marker:
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9780746080559
64 pages
196 x 130mm

Hardback with CD:
Price: £6.99
ISBN: 9780746089064
64 pages
196 x 130mm

Author/Editor: Lesley Sims

Illustrator: Terri Gower

Reader Reviews

Good Book
This is a funny, good book. I think everyone would like this book, big or small and it has lots of information in it too.

Good Book, 19th April 2014
Bought this for my 4-year-old to appease him on a long journey and it is still going strong 2 years later. The narration on the audio CD is excellent; the music and sound effects are fun and the book really makes castles come alive. I recommend you get the version with the CD - my boy is now learning to read for himself and there is much extra mileage to be had for the extra quid!

Gemma Beher, 1st February 2011


  • Usborne Reading Programme
    Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, download a chart of the seven levels and watch an interview with reading consultant Alison Kelly.