“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.
Oxford is feeling very autumnal.
The holidays are nearly over.
We have got building work beginning on our house tomorrow morning!
But before I think to the term ahead, I wanted to share some of the books I’ve read over the summer. My older two have loved passing on some of their favourites to me and we have had lovely conversations over meals or on car drives comparing thoughts on characters or plots. Michael Morpurgo became Continue reading