Over 10 More Children’s Books 9+

I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

— Julia Donaldson

I love Donaldson’s final lines – “My chair and my house are just the same,/ But I have a book inside me.” If we know that experience for ourselves, we know how magical it is. Not wanting the book to end. So as half term approaches and the long summer break, let’s make sure we’ve got some books ready not only for ourselves but for our children. Perhaps a trip to the library or a browse in a charity shop is in order. If you are looking for ideas, here are some that my daughter (11) and son (10) have recently enjoyed.  There are lots more on the blog, so do have a browse.

Classics

419ugp1csql._sx331_bo1204203200_

41gqj6zul

51dojifzitl._sx321_bo1204203200_

51kch5gjljl._sx358_bo1204203200_

51dg36hclzl._sy291_bo1204203200_ql40_ml2_

 

Contemporary Fiction

 

51fqlasp5bl._sx319_bo1204203200_

512llajajel._sx311_bo1204203200_

518c4nv6dl._sx310_bo1204203200_

51fam36j0bl._sx324_bo1204203200_

51qicnuswal._sx324_bo1204203200_

51rgwyfdjl._sx328_bo1204203200_

519tz7cvsnl._sx342_bo1204203200_

51qmxlnkhdl._sx324_bo1204203200_

Further Recommendations

Children’s Book Recommendations 5-12

20 Children’s Books 9+

Over 20 Children’s Fiction 8+

Tudor Books 8+

WWII Historical Fiction 6+

Rainforest Literature for Kids

Easter Stories & Poems

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

— Martin Luther

With Lent underway and only 4 weeks until Easter, I’ve updated my Easter booklist below. Continue reading

20 Children’s Books 9+

Those who write for children are trying to arm them for the life ahead with everything we can find that is true.  And perhaps, also, secretly, to arm adults against those necessary compromises and necessary heartbreaks that life involves: to remind them that there are and always will be great, sustaining truths to which we can return.

— Katherine Rundell, Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise

Rundell’s words are ringing in my ears. Continue reading

Christmas is Coming

…the most startling thing about this wonderful tree was that hundreds of tapers glittered like stars in its dark branches, and the tree itself, shining with an inner light, invited the children to pick its blossoms and fruits.

The Nutcracker, E.T.A. Hoffman

In the midst of the chaos of 2020 and all that it has brought us, Christmas is still coming. There is true light in the darkness. What joy! So let’s get preparing….

Continue reading

Introducing South Africa

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

— Nelson Mandela

table-mountain-1995966_1280-1024x695-1

South Africa is a country dear to our hearts. My husband and I lived in Cape Town for the first three years of our marriage and so I have always been keen to introduce something of the place and people to our children. (A visit one day hopefully.) Continue reading

Read Alouds for 5 year olds

“…the voice that tells us a story aloud is always more than a carrier wave bringing us the meaning; it’s a companion through the events of the story, ensuring that the feelings it stirs in us are held within the circle of attachment connecting the adult reading, and the child listening. To hear a story is a social act.” — Francis Spufford, The Child that Books Built

I love Francis Spufford’s reminder that “to hear a story is a social act.” Continue reading

Children’s Fiction 8+

The children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times—a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story-books”

— Charlotte Mason (Vol. 1, p. 153)

So it looks like holidays are off the cards this summer for most of us but in Charlotte Mason’s words we can still “have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times…”  So at a time when we can’t travel and see people so easily, books are a magical way of doing just that both for us adults and our children. So let’s help our children travel this summer and choose books to take them places.  They may even make some friends along the way. Continue reading

Audiobooks are the Answer

We’re in ‘Week 2 of Unexpected Homeschooling’ as I write this. Lunch is cleared away and I’m sitting in the quiet on the sofa.  This is my sanity hour and I highly recommend it! Continue reading

Tudor Books 8+

It’s all about the Tudors this term in our house.  There’s nothing like well-written historical fiction to bring history alive for young ones, alongside visiting museums and relevant places of interest. Continue reading

Best Family Read Alouds of 2019

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.

— J.K. Rowling

Rowling talks of bedtime stories, and of course there is something special about children all ready for bed being read aloud a story about a faraway land before they drift off to the Land of Nod. Continue reading