Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the most prolific writers of all time and possibly the most famous author of Victorian Britain.  

Dickens was born in Portsmouth and left school young, when his father was thrown in to debtors prison and he needed to financially support the family.  Many of Dicken's stories covered the realities of poverty and life for the working classes and reflected his own early life.

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Most of his novels were published in serial form meaning that they were accessible to the lower classes of society who would pay a contribution to hear them read.  

Many of the most famous literary characters come from Dicken's stories; Scrooge, Fagin, Miss Havisham, Mr Micawber and many more.

Charles Dickens was born on 7th February, and that's a good excuse to celebrate his birthday by finding out a little about him and enjoying some of his stories!

“Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings

Charles Dickens Framed Portrait Colouring Page

Charles Dickens Framed Portrait Colouring Page

Colour in an older Charles Dickens, looking very stately, complete with gilt frame. It's fun to cut out the complete picture and hang him up on display - your own famous writer's portrait gallery!

Charles Dickens Portrait Colouring Page

Charles Dickens Portrait Colouring Page

Here's a fun "portrait" style colouring page of Charles Dickens in later years, looking very grand and distinguished and well -dressed, like the celebrity he was!

Charles Dickens Poster

Charles Dickens Poster

Decorate the classroom with this Charles Dickens poster, or use it as the front page for a Dickens project, perhaps.

Charles Dickens Worksheets

Charles Dickens Worksheets

Find out some facts about Charles Dickens, and think about what you would talk about if you were able to meet...

Have a Heart That Never Hardens Poster

Have a Heart That Never Hardens Poster

This lovely quote by Charles Dickens is displayed on a poster showing Dickens in New York towards the end of his life. "Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."

Story Starter Dickens - Christmas Carol

Story Starter Dickens - Christmas Carol

Try this Charles Dickens story starter, borrowing the opening lines from A Christmas Carol. "Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no double whatever about that...."

Story Starter Dickens - David Copperfield

Story Starter Dickens - David Copperfield

Here's a worksheet which asks children to continue writing with the opening lines from David Copperfield - quick tricky!

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."

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Charles Dickens - according to Horrible Histories!

A short animated history of Charles Dickens' life

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