New children’s book on Welsh history 'a game changer'


History Grounded/Hanes yn y Tir (Image: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch)

Dr Elin Jones, one of the country's leading historians, has written a new children's book that charts the history of Cymru. Both a Welsh and an English version of the book have been written.


In History Grounded/ Hanes yn y Tir, Dr Elin Jones takes readers on a "visual journey through over 5,000 years of history around the whole of Wales".


According to Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, the book is a “comprehensive, must-have book of Wales’ history, from the Cromlechi to the Senedd” and is suitable for children 8-12 years old.


The book asks a number of questions such as: who were the first people to live in Cymru?; why is Glyndŵr an important figure for many Welsh people?; and what was the country's role in the slave trade?


Gwasg Carreg Gwalch said: “Representing Wales’ history in all its rich diversity was central to the work.

“During the past year we have gained a new appreciation of the importance of learning the history of marginalised communities, as well as an appreciation of education as a tool to fight against racism and all other forms of prejudice.

“This is the most comprehensive, colourful, and ambitious Welsh history book for children. It’s a game changer.”