Have you ever sought professional advice for a reading list for your children? Perhaps your children are happy finding and exploring books on their own? Teachers and librarians can be really helpful in finding good books for your children, especially if they know your children well. While Otis (9yrs) reads he isn't really 'in love' with reading. I want to help him find books he is enthralled by, that captivate him and totally draw him in. I was also looking for a book list, not just one book idea, or the next book to read. The school holidays seems like the perfect time to make this happen!
Recently our local book store started offering personalised, curated book lists for adults and children of all ages. Otis and I filled in the online questionnaire and in around two days we had a suggested reading list of five books. The personalised curated book list is complied by a person, a local bookseller, not by an algorithm. Otis wanted four of the five books on his book list so we were thrilled! I thought you might like to see which books where recommended for him.
- Artemis Fowl Book 1 by Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is a child genius from Ireland who has dedicated his brilliant mind to criminal activities. Artemis discovers that there are fairies living below ground and sees it as a golden opportunity to trick and cheat a whole new species. In this book, the first in the series, Artemis kidnaps elf Captain Holly Short in an attempt to ransom her for fairy gold, Holly is incredibly dangerous and the fairies fight back.
- The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan. Twins Arthur and Rose poured their hearts and souls into the Land of Roar when they were little - filling it with ninja wizards, mermaids, dragons, and magical horses. Now eleven, the twins question if it is just in their imaginations or something more.
- Monstrous Devices by Damien Love. Twelve year old Alex receives an old tin robot in the post from his Grandfather, which begins the strange roller coaster of events that start to unfold around him. Alex and his Grandfather travel around Europe in a quest to unravel the riddle of the robot. A story about good, evil, adventure, and family.
- Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. The first and only kids' adventure series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Achieves. Max Einstein is a kid genius with a mysterious connection to Einstein himself. She goes on secret missions, teaches college classes in New York, regularly dodges kidnappings with her best friend, and sometimes gets flown out to save the world.
- Kensy and Max 1: Breaking News by Jacqueline Harvey. After their parents go missing and they are are whisked off to London at a mysterious school, the twins Kensy and Max enter a world of mystery, secret codes, espionage, and cool gadgets.
These are a few other books that Otis has been reading lately.
- A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park. This is a book that we already had at home. It's a complex story that is frightening, but real. We started reading this book out loud together until we were about half way through and Otis finished it by himself. Reading it together allows me to get important feedback from Otis while still tackling hard topics. The story follows two 11-year olds in parallel stories in their quest for survival in Sudan. There is violence and hardship in their stories, this will pull at your heartstrings but can also open children's eyes to a world, culture and country they may never have explored before.
- Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe. An Australian history book for middle to upper primary aged children. It is written by the same author as Dark Emu which is the original and adult version. It is considered to be "A Truer History" the author has used records and diaries of early Australian explorers and colonists. The interesting part is that real evidence is used in the form of illustrations and documents and the focus is on Aboriginal settlements (including permanent structures such as housing, man-made wells, fenced villages) and agriculture (including organised fields of planted yam, fish traps, food storage including that of grain and stockpiling, and controlled burning). Which puts into question the claim of terra nullius - land belonging to no one. This is a fantastic source of information on early Australia. It also makes us ask why are we not looking at these traditional practices more moving forward. There is a lot for our children to learn about here. Children may walk away from this book with more questions than answers, but this is a positive!
- Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer. As I'm really hoping the Artemis Fowl series take off in our home Otis decided he wanted to try it in a graphic novel format too.
Let me know if your children have read or enjoyed any of these!
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