Hope no one minds me suggesting this (and I hope this is the best place to post this) but I wondered if anyone would be interested in having a list of books that their children have really enjoyed reading / are enjoying reading at various ages? I have really struggled at times to find books so would appreciate other people's suggestions and hope other people might find it useful too... I couldn't find any similar posts but am happy to be pointed to them if I am just missing them! There was a good forum on Amazon once but it has been overtaken by authors trying to plug their work.
I have an 11 yo dd and a 10 yo ds, both of whom are inveterate readers and read constantly so I am always trying to keep up with providing them with books. I tend to be quite strict still with content (for example the books have to be reasonably well written - in my opinion
- and be appropriate for their age). Obviously they have both devoured Harry Potter and all the really super popular books for children in the past...
Dd loves fantasy type books. Her favourite books over the last 18 months or so have been "The Mysterious Benedict Society" books by Trenton Lee Stewart, "The Wildwood Trilogy" by Colin Meloy, the "Inkheart" series by Cornelia Funke (she loved this series so much she asked for a German dictionary for her birthday so she could read them in the original
) and the "Mortal Engines" series by Philip Reeve. None of these seem very well known in the uk, talking to other friends, but we were advised by an amazing bookseller at Daunt books in Belsize Park who advised all of these in turn... She is planning to start the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy next.
Ds is harder to please. He has loved the Alex Ryder books and the HIVE series. At the moment we are back to Harry Potter though as he can't find anything else he fancies at the moment. He has really struggled to read the books that dd loves (even though they are very unisex) because they are much more wordy than he likes and have less fast-paced action...
What books would your children recommend?