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7 Books for 7 Year Olds

My 7 year old happens to be male and, without wishing to resort to stereotypes, his relationship with books (and indeed with learning as a whole) has always been different to his sister’s. He has always adored stories but the desire to read them for himself did not show until he was six (as opposed to his sister who could read before she started school, due to her own determination). For a long time, the stories he enjoyed were largely read to him by me, and there were some that he couldn’t get enough of. Room on the Broom, for example, was a bedtime staple for many months when he was two, to the extent that he was soon able to recite it, almost word for word. Nowadays, he is a proficient reader and happily reads chapter books to himself, though he is quite picky about what he will read – it has to really grab his attention. I asked him last night if he could find for me his 7 favourite chapter books (I …

9 Books for 9 Year Olds

I’m frequently asked “What books would you recommend for 9 year olds?” and I’ve been meaning to write this post in response for a while now.  I have my answers to this question, and they would inevitably involve some Katherine Rundell, but I decided it would make more sense to ask my 9 year old her opinion.  I sent her off to her bookcase on a quest to find the 9 books she had enjoyed most this year, and here is what she produced a while later: Beware! Low Flying Rabbits: Poems by Roger Stevens Happy Holidays by Jacqueline Wilson Sam the Stolen Puppy by Holly Webb Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos by Kes Gray Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling Billionaire Boy by David Walliams A Home for Molly by Holly Webb Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of) by Liz Pichon Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake A fairly good mix, I think, though I would have liked to see some classics in amongst …

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Book Review – AniMalcolm by David Baddiel

Jasmine loves a chapter book and has made her way through entire collections (Roald Dahl and David Walliams to name a couple) so was very excited to be given the opportunity to review the new David Baddiel book, AniMalcolm. So far, she has only read the first three chapters but first impressions are good; she immediately found the premise of someone who doesn’t like animals being surrounded by animals very amusing. Aimed at boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 11, AniMalcom is written in a style that children can easily comprehend and, at the age of 8, Jasmine has been able to read it to herself without any problems. It is available in hardback (£12.99), paperback (£6.99) and audiobook. With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, I have been looking for new chapter books to encourage Jasmine to continue reading even when school is out and AniMalcolm is the perfect start to the collection. To find out more, check out the official trailer below. I am looking for recommendations of other suitable books for …

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Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume

My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort.  Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day …