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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.