Top five children's booksOn a rainy day, there is nothing better to see than your kids chilling out reading a book. We have constantly encouraged Emma and Josh to read. We’ve experimented with many different texts buying everything from magazines, books, classics, encyclopaedias, illustrated atlases, factual books, how things work and child friendly history books.

To get our children interested in reading regularly we exposed them to as many different books as possible and let them chose what they wanted to read. From the age of six my kids did not show any real wish to read what we remember as the childhood ‘classics’. They are happy for me to read these to them, but when it comes to picking something to read themselves, they tend to go for modern children’s fiction and factual books.

I wish I had read more when I was younger. I’m so pleased my children have discovered the amazing joy of books. It has also done wonders for their education. Both of them are a couple of years ahead of where they should be with their reading ability.  I put this down to them wanting to pick up a book every day. They don’t go to sleep without reading something these days.

One thing is certain, my kids are looking for modern stories they can relate to and carry a certain amount of fun, adventure and frolic within the plot. Here are Emma’s recommendations for girls aged around eleven to twelve.

Here are Emma’s Top five suggestions

In no particular order….

1) Geek Girl (series) – Holly Smale

This self-confesed geek, who nobody at school seems to like is spotted by a top model agency. What follows are her adventures and relationship dilemmas as she navigates herself through a radical transformation.

2) Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

Orphan kids living wild adventures on the rooftops of Victorian Paris.

3) The Chocolate Box Girls (series)  – Cathy Cassidy

A series about a girl who moves to Somerset to live with her dad’s new girlfriend and finds she has a number of new step sisters. The stories unfold introducing us to each sister, their adventures, the hopes of the adults to open up a chocolate making business and the growing relationships within the group.

4) The Dork Diaries (series) – Rachel Renee Russell

This series of books are the personal diary of fictional 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell. You can’t imagine the trials and tribulations this teenage girl has to contend with.

5) A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) – Lemony Snicket

The children in this series become orphans after their parents are killed in a fire. They are sent to live with a distant relative (Count Olaf) who plots to steal their inheritance. The Count’s attempts to get his hands on the children’s fortune leads to murder, arson and other wrong-doings. The mystery of their parent’s death and secret organisations start to unravel as the series progresses.

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