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History Showtime with music by Avril Thompson (BA 1967)

2 December 2013

History Showtime is a new series of books featuring historical information, music, drama, craft work and games to bring history to life for Key Stage 2 pupils. The books are written by Liza Phipps and include songs composed by Avril Thompson (BA 1967).

There are four books in the series: Ancient Egypt, Vikings, Romans and Ancient Greeks. Each book includes four songs, composed by Avril, with lyrics that reinforce key historical facts. The books contain the vocal scores – and the instrumental backing tracks, with and without choir, can be downloaded, together with piano/vocal scores and lyrics. The songs are also part of a short play suitable for class sharing assemblies.

The History Showtime books offer a memorable and exciting way for children to enjoy history, through songs, acting and craft work, and are perfect for busy teachers looking for inspiration!

You can hear samples of the songs at To find out more about these books, please visit the Hachette Children's Books website.