The Sinking of the Titanic

On April 10, 1912, RMS Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Famous even before her tragic accident, the Titanic was not only the biggest ship in the world at the time but the White Star Line had spared no expense in also making her the most luxurious. First class passengers could enjoy a swimming pool, Turkish bath, library, gym, and a squash court, as well as very fancy common rooms. Even the third-class quarters were much nicer than other ships. Her passengers were a mixture of some of the wealthiest people in the world and immigrants hoping to find a better life in America.

People were so sure that the Titanic was unsinkable that there were only enough lifeboats on board for half of the ship’s passengers and crew. But only four days into her first journey, at 11:40 PM on April 14, she struck an iceberg and water began pouring into the ship. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the ship sank beneath the icy waters, only three degrees above freezing. The Carpathia rescued only 705 survivors of the more than 2,000 people on board. 1,522 passengers and crew were lost, probably because there weren’t enough lifeboats and the crew hadn’t been trained on how to use them. It is still one of the worst maritime disasters during peacetime.

More than a hundred years later, the sinking of the Titanic still captures people’s imaginations, inspiring movies, plays, artwork, songs, and of course, books. In honor of the 107th anniversary of its sinking, here are 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction books about the Titanic. 



I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic – Lauren Tarshis

Tonight on the Titanic – Mary Pope Osborne

Voyage on the Great Titanic – Ellen Emerson White

Titanic: Unsinkable – Gordon Korman

The Titanic Mission – Dan Gutman



What Was the Titanic? – Stephanie Sabol

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster – Deborah Hopkinson

On Board the Titanic : What it Was Like When the Great Liner Sank – Shelley Tanaka

Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Tonight on the Titanic – Mary Pope Osborne

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic!: One Voyage You’d Rather Not Make – David Stewart


#10 of 2017


Welcome to the first of 10 posts about our faves of 2017!  The cool thing about this list is that we have varying tastes in this department so even in the 10 spot, there are some awesome titles and a little something for everyone.  Check back tomorrow as our count down continues.



Miss Christina



Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner

Sarabella is daydreaming all the time—it’s in her DNA. Although her teachers appreciate her daydreaming, they have troubles with her not doing her schoolwork or even sharing what she is daydreaming about. When her teacher gives an assignment to draw a picture of her favorite daydreams, Sarabella has troubles until she has a dream.  To share it, you’ve just got to wear it, was the message. And that’s exactly what Sarabella did. She created an awesome paper hat that showed everything she was thinking about. I love the beautiful pictures and this sweet tale that says, daydreaming isn’t bad you just need to share it. Great to share with your own daydreamer.



Miss Teresa



Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker


A great coming-of-age friendship story!  When Mattie and her family move mid-year of 6th grade, she makes a friend in her apartment building, bust soon discovers that Agnes is “the weird girl” at school.  Will Mattie end her friendship with Agnes to fit in at school?


Miss Sarah



Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough

Through letters between Lucy and Santa she learns the true meaning of Santa.



Miss Marta



A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

Let me start by saying that the ONLY reason I ranked this book at 10 instead of higher is because I feel that adults may appreciate it more.  This book gave me the feels.  STRONG feels.  If as a child you ever felt out of place and then you met that one teacher or adult who just got you, who appreciated your uniqueness and knew just how to channel it so you were successful, get some tissues before reading.  The story is told from the perspective of an adult looking back on her younger self.  A child who tended to march to the beat of her own drum who FINALLY met a teacher who helped her on her way to finding her path in life.  The illustrations are beautifully done and as the child becomes more confident the pictures become more vibrant.  This book would make a great gift to any teacher friends but also is a good read to any kiddo who feels like they are always being told their curiosity is troublesome.


Miss Janna



Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder

A beautiful board book illustrating yoga poses even the littlest ones can do easily, this books is just lovely.  With simple fun text, and easy to understand illustrations, it’s the best yoga book for littles I’ve come across.