Top Ten Tuesday- Books I can hardly wait for my girls to touch

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.

This weeks theme is Books that no one is allowed to touch.

This weeks prompt I do understand in a way. I’ve got more cagey over the years about lending books, after not getting things back or an embarrassing request for it back (so British!!) I am less likely to lend a book outside of the house unless I’m happy for it not to come back.

However, I am trying to raise a house of readers so a ‘don’t touch’ policy isn’t conducive to a love of reading.

So this week I’ve smudged the prompt to make it

Books I can’t wait for my daughters to be old enough/ready to read.

Book cover for A pinch of magic
Cover illustration by Melissa Castrillon

A Pinch Of Magic– Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster)

Oh the magic and Betty Widdershins is a force of nature. Littlefae has already got her eyes on this little prize. She has been spotted with this in her hands flicking through shutting quickly if someone comes along and then saying ‘I’m just reading it in my mind!!’- so I’ve left it (blue sprayed edges version I could actually weep) where she can reach it and hopefully pick it up and start a wonderful reading adventure.

Book cover for Starfell
Illustrations by Sarah Warburton

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day – Dominique Valente (Harper Collins)

Oh my goodness, this is all my magic, hedgewitchy, Pratchetty dreams rolled into one and I know this will ignite both my girls’ imaginations especially with the humour from Oswin!

Littlefae has already shown interest thanks to the cover and illustrations by Sarah Warburton, fingers crossed she wanders into Starfell and it never lets go.

Illustrated by Davide Ortu Book cover design by Elizabetta Barbazza

The Dragon in the Library – Louie Stowell (Nosy Crow)

I’ve been sitting on this one since March because I want to post a review closer to the release date but OH MY this is such a wonderful and inclusive book on so many levels and it’s one book I can’t wait for my daughters to adore.

This book is for the children who don’t feel they fit into the characters they see in books, the ones who *whisper* don’t like books, who aren’t ‘perfect’ and makes A child like them the lovable protagonist.

And dragons, and libraries, and wizards! Oh my!

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Orion childrens/ Hachette)

The Magical world of Nevermoor is one so rich and imaginative that I want to dive headfirst into it. Both my daughters enjoy the early Harry Potter books/films (they aren’t ready for the later ones) so the revelation and exploration of a hidden Magical world is one they particularly enjoy.

This was the first book that Littlefae answered when I asked her what of the bigger books would you like to read.

Book cover by Aviel Basil

We Won an Island! – Charlotte Lo (Nosy Crow)

This tender account of a struggling family making a new life on a remote Scottish Island and how a new situation doesn’t necessarily fix existing problems but a fresh start has the opportunity to encourage initiative, innovation and healing.

The experiences of the children left to their own devices on the island reminds me of classic adventure books I read as a child and I think the whole setting is the kind of thing my girls would adore!

Book covers of the magic Faraway tree stories

The Magic Faraway Tree Stories- Enid Blyton (Egmont)

These were amongst my favourite stories as a child and whilst we have read some of the short highly illustrated excerpt stories such as Joe and the Snowman illustrated by Alex Paterson but the proper chapter book is a big jump after the full colour simplicity of the young reader editions.

I want my children to have memories of Moonface, Silky, The Slippery Slip, Popcakes and a feel of secret wonder when around nature.

Book cover for the way past winter The Way Past Winter- Kiran Millwood- Hargrave (Chicken House)

This mythology soaked quest is such a stirring and empowering narrative of the devotion and bonds of siblings and the power of girls.

The earthy magic, the Winter stricken land and the tender detail from snuggling up and playing with another’s hair to the care each sister has for the others wellbeing and Survival.

Illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino

The Train to Impossible Places- PG Bell (Usborne)

This whimsical adventure is a STEM/STEAM inspired land of wonder and whimsy yet a sharply witty and humorous Mash up of Discworld and Hitchhikers with cult humour in there for good measure.

Again, the excellent illustration work from Flavia Sorrento has already made an impact on Littlefae to be curious about these books- fingers crossed.

Book cover for the Borrowers

The Borrowers- Mary Norton

I know I mentioned this last Tuesday in Page to Screen but I really can’t wait for my girls to feel the same excitement and wonder about whether there were Borrowers under the floorboards! These stories are timeless in their ability to spark the imagination & wonder.

Plus they adore Arrietty by Studio Ghibli so they are half way there!!

Who Let The Gods Out? Maz Evans (Chicken House)

As a Classics/Ancient History graduate Greco-Roman mythology is close to my heart so stories that take those myths and make them accessible to younger children are going to make me very happy.

This was the other book that Littlefae said she really wanted to read when asked to pick a book! I think the humour and heart of Maz’ writings with a child friendly spin on recognised attributes will certainly be her kind of book.

How did you interpret the prompt?

Have you read any of these books?

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Books I can hardly wait for my girls to touch

    1. How lovely!! I love the idea of curating a library of wonder and inspiration, I have mostly MG at the moment but a few wonderful teen and YA I hope we will come to in time

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  1. I always love coming to your blog because you are one of the only bloggers consistently talking about middle-grade books and it makes my heart so freaking happy. I’ve added a couple of these to my TBR because I am old enough to read them now, YAYYY lol

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! That makes me so happy!! I sometimes wonder if I’m talking to myself about my love for middle grade so this really means SO much to me that it’s appreciated 💜 I hope you enjoy them as much as I have xx


  2. I felt the same way about the prompt! Even my most precious books (like the super old family Bible from the 1800s) is something meant to be touched. Otherwise, what’s the point? I love your twist on the topic! This is one I can relate to, too, because my daughter’s still reading early mid-grade, and gosh, hubby and I are both arguing over who she’s going to take after more book-wise (spoiler alert: so far it’s looking like neither, because she’s erring more towards contemporary and nonfiction, the weirdo).

    Aaaand now you’ve mentioned Pratchett in relation to Starfell, so now I *really* have to read it lol. Nevermoor is such a great choice! Lots of fun and imagination in it. Love the idea of Who Let The Gods Out, too, and I think it sounds like it’d be a great thing for kids to read.

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    1. All these books have caught my heart and I hope they love them too- luckily both my girls are into Magical, mythical and fantasy characters or contexts from picture books and early readers so fingers crossed these mean as much to them as I hope they will 💜
      And I totally agree, books are meant to be touched and are meant to be visible- we have books everywhere and the girls are constantly helping themselves, just as I hoped they would!

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    2. Ah, so lucky that your girls are into magic and fantasy and such! I’m still waiting for that book that sparks my daughter’s interest in it. I’m sure it’s there. She loves fantasy TV shows and is interested in fantasy creatures and elements, but just won’t read it.

      We have pets, so we keep all our books in one room (the library). But from the time she could walk, basically, our daughter was allowed free rein in there to go in and grab some books to read (or at that stage, be read to), and that seems to work out! Whatever system you can use to get them to know that it’s okay to pick up a book once in a while, right? xD

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    3. We are still in the reading to and taking turns stage – she can read but she likes mummy doing the voices and she’s working on her stamina.
      Littlefae is 6 and loves anything magical, Harry Potter, Fairies, Dragons and so middle grade magic will be a big draw! Tinyfae who is almost 3 adores all the same things so I am very lucky!!

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    4. Mine’s eight, and we sometimes do the taking turns, but she’s hit that stage where she’s more independent and really would prefer to read on her own. I can’t blame her. Both her parents were that way, too. 😛 I would do that before I even know how to read. I used to take my grandfather’s paper and get really mad at him when he tried to take it back, because I was reading to him and telling him all the news. xD Except I was only, like, two, and for some reason, he didn’t find that helpful? Adults are weird.

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    5. Aww my younger does that with picture books- she brings a book to be read to and then afterwards tells herself (and if I’m honoured, me) the story from the pictures 💜

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    1. It’s wonderful, it’s more early chapter than MG in tone but it’s such a wonderful concept! I will be reviewing closer to publication to keep the review fresh in minds when people see it!

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  3. I like your twist on this week’s topic. I’d be happy to loan out many of my books, although some I wouldn’t lend outside of the family (because I probably would want to read it again, LOL). My daughter has ruined some of the books I’ve lent her, so I’m more careful with what I let her borrow, but getting her reading is most important.

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  4. We’ve read and loved Nevermoor and I’ve lost count of how often we’ve read The Magic Faraway Tree. There are several on your list that I would like to read, especially The Dragon in the Library and A Pinch of Magic.


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    1. The Dragon in the library is just wonderful and fun and thoughtful and Pinch Of Magic is something inspirational, just beautiful I hope so much that they love it as much as I do!


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