“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
I have fond memories of arriving at my grandparent’s in Spain each summer, and my grandmother had thoughtfully chosen books from their bookshelves and put them on my bedside table for me to enjoy during my stay. It was such a treat to retreat after lunch to the cool of my room for a siesta and be taken off on an adventure as I turned the pages of a du Maurier, Chekov or Hardy novel.
So why not get a stack of books ready for your kids to enjoy this summer? Head down to your local library or check out the secondhand bookshops near you. If you need some inspiration, here are some that have been enjoyed in this home by our 9 and 8 year olds over the last few months (and plenty more lists below too):
Loads more ideas below in previous posts – so do have a browse….
My Boy’s Book Recommendations 6+
Classics for Young Independent Readers 6+
Stories for Animal Lovers
Master Storyteller Michael Morpurgo
20 Picture Books for 3-5 year olds
Over 20 Modern Classics (7-11 year olds)
WWII Historical Fiction 6+
Victorian Historical Fiction 6+
Summer Picture Books
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau
With the summer holidays fast approaching, there is plenty of time to develop the world of our imagination. We find audiobooks a great way of immersing ourselves in stories, so here are some we’ve enjoyed this year that you might like for your travels: Continue reading
As promised in last week’s post on World War II Historical Fiction, I’ve put a list together of literature set during the Victorian times that my daughter has pulled off our bookshelves. Continue reading
Just before Easter we got to hear Michael Morpurgo live in conversation with Nicolette Jones at the Sheldonian as part of the Oxford Literary Festival. Morpurgo is one of my son’s favourite authors and was speaking on his birthday, so it was an ideal birthday outing. The conversation covered topics from the personal to the political and engaged all ages.
However there were three things that he emphasised as being key for today’s children: Continue reading
“Rome, the city of visible history.”
— George Elliot
If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that we’ve just got back from an amazing few days in Rome. George Elliot is spot on. Rome certainly is “the city of visible history”. Wherever we looked – whether up at the domes, down the cobbled alleyways or strolling around the Colosseum – history was there.
We probably read Shakespeare in the first place for his stories, afterwards for his characters, the multitude of delightful persons with whom he makes us so intimate that afterwards, in fiction or in fact, we say, ‘She is another Jessica,’ and ‘That dear girl is a Miranda’; ‘She is a Cordelia to her father,’ and, such a figure in history, ‘a base lago.’ To become intimate with Shakespeare in this way is a great enrichment of mind and instruction of conscience. Then, by degrees, as we go on reading this world-teacher, lines of insight and beauty take possession of us, and unconsciously mould our judgments of men and things and of the great issues of life.
— Charlotte Mason
It feels as though we have just taken the lid off a treasure chest as we have opened William Shakespeare together this term. Continue reading
I know it’s only just November! But I thought I’d share one of my plans for the rest of term. In the lead up to Christmas we are going to go ‘Nutcracker’ crazy!
Tchaikovsky’s perfect seasonal ballet. Continue reading