As a child who loved to read, I could probably name hundreds of children’s books that I enjoyed. Not all of those are equally as enjoyable as an adult, however. Here is a list of some of the books I read that you should definitely read if you haven’t already…
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM ~ BY MICHELLE MAGORIAN
In primary school, we actually had to read this book since we were going to be studying World War II that year. We started it off by reading the first chapter as a class, and the teacher then set it as homework for us to read up to chapter 5. I came back on Monday having read the entire book. It’s a beautiful book and it made me cry. It’s about a grumpy man who takes in a 9-year-old evacuee and they develop a strong friendship. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil it for you, but it’s a great book, and you should definitely read it.
PRIVATE PEACEFUL ~ BY MICHAEL MORPURGO
I’m not purposely following a theme here, but this book is also set during a war. It’s about a young Private who is on night watch and looks back over his childhood. I actually re-read this a few days ago because my niece is currently studying it at school and accidentally left her copy at my house. It’s a touching story about love, friendship, family, war and injustice, and I definitely recommend it.
HOLES ~ BY LOUIS SACHAR
A story about a boy who is sent to a Juvenile Detention Centre in the middle of a desert where he is assigned a job to dig a hole every day and report his findings. However, the warden isn’t looking for fossils or pretty rocks, so he starts to wonder what he’s actually looking for. I haven’t read the second book in this series yet, but this one is definitely worth a read. I like the simple writing style and humour.
THE SNOW SPIDER ~ BY JENNY NIMMO
I’ll be honest and say that I only picked up this book because it’s based on a Welsh family. On his 9th birthday, Gwyn is told by his grandmother that he may be a magician like his ancestors and is given 5 gifts that will help him. He throws one of the gifts, a brooch, into the wind and in return he gets Arianwen, the Snow Spider. The story follows Gwyn as he tries to use his new-found magic to bring home his sister. It’s a good book and worth a read. However, it’s a part of a trilogy and I didn’t enjoy the last two books as much as I did this one.