New kids' picks corner

I am often asked what my kids are reading or what would I recommend to a friend. There are lots of reading lists and recommended books out there, but I thought about posting books in this corner that my own children have loved or that friends of theirs are recommending to them. Some of them are classics, some of them are on reading lists, some of them aren’t, but they are all books they haven’t been able to put down.

Here are a few we’ve enjoyed lately:


The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

“I loved The Parker Inheritance because it brought in elements of mystery and southern history, especially themes of social justice and social conflict. I love how the author gave you a chance to solve the clues before making the main characters actually solve them. I found it very exciting. I really loved this.”

- Recommended by Eloise, aged 11, Colorado.


The Vanderbeekers of 141st St

by Karina Yan Glaser

“I loved this book because I found it very funny and entertaining. I loved the way every Vanderbeeker has a different personality and the way they join together to try and save a place they love. I recommend this book for anyone who liked The Penderwicks.”

- Recommended by Eloise, aged 11, Colorado.


The Land of Stories

by Chris Colfer

“I have just finished this book and I really liked it because it’s SO EXCITING and I couldn’t put it down.

I’m 8 but I reckon other 8 year-olds who love to read would love it too. But my sister read it when she was 10. It’s great.”

- Recommended by Will, aged 8, Colorado


Geronimo Stilton and The Temple of the Ruby Fire

by G. Stilton

“ I loved this book. I love all the Geronimo Stilton books, there are lots of them. They are funny and exciting. And once, I met Geronimo at a book festival.”

- Recommended by Will, aged 8, Colorado