This is, perhaps, a slightly indulgent blog post, for me because books are my favourite things, and for our company creator, because she’s written one. Anyway, if you’re looking for new books to get your kids to read, we have some ideas.
This book features on the Book Trust’s best books for 9 – 11-year olds and is coincidentally one of my all-time favourite books, even to this day. It tells the story of the orphan Maia, who is sent to live with her distant relatives in South America. We follow Maia’s adventures as she finds unusual friends and animals and makes her own family as she journeys down the Amazon river.
Most people are familiar with Roald Dahl’s books, and this is one of the best (in my opinion!) Matilda is barely five years old but has a mind that is capable of so much more. Facing the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, Matilda finds she has a special gift, which she must use to help her favourite teacher, Miss Honey. Children will love this novel for Matilda’s strength, her mischief and her fun.
Set in the Second World War, Willie Beech is evacuated to a small village in the countryside and is given into the care of Thomas Oakley – a widower who at first proves difficult to live with. The two soon form a strong bong, but when Thomas must go back to his neglectful mother in London, Tom is concerned and sets out to find him. This is a wonderfully written novel, that is worth a read for children and their parents too.
This is a French book, translated by Katherine Woods, which tells the story of a pilot who lands in the middle of the Sahara Desert. He creates a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him enchanting, magical stories – a must for kids whose imaginations are continuously growing. (there’s also a Netflix original for when they’ve finished reading it! Book first, then film!)
A familiar tale to many of us, C.S. Lewis’ book tells the tale of the Pevensie siblings, who find themselves heading through a wardrobe into a magical land called Narnia. They encounter many creatures, good and bad, and journey to save all of Narnia from the White Witch. This novel has many layers, and explores good and bad, forgiveness and understanding – and is a must for your children to read.
So there are just a few books to get you started. If you’re still looking, why not check out ‘A Million Footsteps’ on Amazon, written by our very own Caroline Carter. This adventure novel follows two brother’s journey through France to find their little sister, and is well worth a read. You can find out more online here