My Summer Reading List (For the Kiddies)

by Ahalya on April 13, 2012

  • My Summer Reading List (For the Kiddies)

The good news: There are more absolutely wonderful books waiting to be read than you have the time for!

The bad news: There are more absolutely wonderful books waiting to be read than you have the time (or pocket money) for.

I blame it on the summer. Longer evenings. Restless humid afternoons. Too-hot-to-go-out-or-do-anything weekends. And is there anything interesting on TV ever? So. The books. Full of another life, bursting at the margins with experiences you can collect, people you can meet and love or leave, places you can feel, adventures you can dream about. Who can blame you? And a recent three-hour visit to a bookstore yielded so many, many good books that I left with a really heavy heart. Where do I begin. So, I’ve listed all the books I think really deserve to be read now. Right now. As soon as you can get your hands on it.

Start on a series, the summer isn’t getting over soon, so you’ve got plenty of time to conquer at least a couple of seven-ten strong series of books. Read short stories, they go by so quickly, you meet so many different people, and yet they last for so long. Read books written for kids, believe me they de-stress you, they are sure to amuse you. Pick up long family histories, or set in a faraway time kind of narratives, you will have the pleasure of wading through them in less than a few weekends, and feel richer for it. Part one of the summer reading list is for the younger lot. Mail me if you’d like to be alerted about the next four parts.

So here it goes:

For the kids

Deathtrap Dungeon
by Ian Livingstone

And others of the Fighting Fantasy series. I can’t believe I did not know about these books when I was a kid. So, these books, written in the 80s, are available in glossy new covers, and belong to a category called gamebooks. So, while you read the book, you take decisions that shape the story! Well! Who’d have thunk! I love it!

by Robin McKinley

I heard that this is the best friendship story, EVER! Well, that remains to be seen, but there are definite parallels between this book and Eragon. A youngster is paired with a mythical, magical beast. They develop a strong bond and their friendship will change the course of events for an entire world. A few excerpts I got my hands on seemed good.

The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush!
by Adeline Foo

With a title like that! So, if you want your kid to get enthusiastic about writing, you could keep this book within his/her grasp. Nothing more remains to be said. Amos Lee will do the rest. Amos writes while sitting on the potty, though. So, expect an irreverent, witty look at a young writer’s life.

The Secret Series Complete Collection

by Pseudonymous Bosch

I just love the idea of this entire series. An author whose real identity is unknown. The tight conversational style that pulls you right into the book.  The extraordinary stories about young, gifted, troubled kids. And lots of witty puns and twists in the plot. Definitely a must-read not just for the kids.

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy
by Andy Briggs

I hadn’t read Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan, although my Dad was an avid reader of the books. I think the modern re-telling of Tarzan does pale in comparison to the original, but no reason to not read it anyway. It’s fast, it’s got an ark full of animals.

Ella Minnow Pea
by Mark Dunn

One for the older kids, and for the literary adult. Ella Minnow Pea (LMNOP, did you get it!) is a novel in letters (a.k.a. an epistolary novel).  And this is one strange story. So Ella lives on an island, that was home to the creator of that immortal pangram, ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. Ella writes about the strange happenings on her island, as the letters from the pangram fall off a memorial that had been set up in the creator’s honour. After any letter topples down, the island’s inhabitants are prohibited from using that letter in their everyday communication. Ella saves the day, but how, you will have to read.

Hank Zipzer:  The World’s Greatest Underachiever
by Henry Winkler

Do you remember Fonzie from that old TV show Happy Days? Well, that leather-clad, cocky, getting into trouble and grinning his way out of it guy has now become a respectable-looking old man, and he has written some really delightful books for kids. The title says it all.

Novels by Walter Moers: The 13 1|2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, the City of Dreaming Books (Zamonia, #1, #3, #4)
by Walter Moers

I just love the illustrations in these books. And the strange, magical, unreal, literary, twisted plots and characters are just what a curious kid needs to imagine a whole new world.

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
by Geronimo Stilton

Why aren’t more books for kids written this way? I just love the well-designed pages. Any 3-6 year old will love the way   some words appear in different fonts. Not only are the words animated, the sentences are peppered with teeny, cute illustrations that make reading this book a hugely enjoyable experience. And there are so many in the series. Get the whole set for your kid!



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