Hello everyone, Its Top Ten Tuesday again! TTT is a book meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top ten books we’d recommend to X. I’ve decided to go with a kid who hates books mainly because I think its SO important that children read and I love seeing children transform into bookworms because of one special book!
1. Anything and everything by David Walliams. David is probably best known in the UK as a comedian, but he has recently turned his hand to childrens books and he is great at writing them. These books have drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl, but I think they are really original and laugh out loud funny.
2. The Harry Potter books. I know, a VERY obvious choice but these were the books that turned me into a bookworm as a kid. Hogwarts is such an inviting place, the characters are crafted beautifully and Miss Rowling sure knows how to write for kids. Anyone that can make a child read a 600 page book is a genius in my opinion!
3. Roald Dahl. Roald wrote so many children’s books, and each one was original and funny and gruesome and perfect for children who are reluctant readers. My particular favourites are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches – perfectly horrible and enough to make any one completely engrossed!
4. Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. These books might be appropriate for children a little bit older – they are kind of terrifying, but written in such a delightful way by the magnificent Neil Gaiman.
5. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – This series is written in quite a simplistic way – great for children who struggle with longer and more complicated words. The world that Rick has created is amazing, and the series is action packed and highly enjoyable. This really is one of the best series I have read, and it’s well on it’s way to becoming a classic.
6. The Invention of Hugo Caberet by Brian Selznick – I recently read this book and found it to be such an amazing read. Consisting of a mixture of pictures and words, Hugo is half way between a graphic novel and a book. I would recommend this for very visual children and again, those who struggle with reading. My sister, who has dyslexia, recently read this and loved it!
7. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls & The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand – again these books might be for the slightly older kid, but they are both amazing reads, full of frights, friendship and fun.
8. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – again, great quick reads that are endlessly entertaining, slightly macabre and with a hilarious and witty narrator.
9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S Lewis – A great series of books, full of adventure and magic and talking animals! I loved Narnia as a kid and I think it’s a great series to read – especially if you’re a fantasy fan!
10. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman. Another Gaiman one, I know, but this new release is just too good to leave off the list! Quirky and original – this is another funny book and perfect for any reluctant reader to read.