If you live in Canada and would like to encourage your children to enjoy some reading over the summer, head on over to your local library and sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club. We have participated every year since the boys were very small, and Noah and Will always have lots of fun discovering new books and keeping track of what they've read to show the librarian each time we visit our library.
The boys and I are back today to share a few more good kids' reads with you. The three of us sat and talked and wrote about books together last night, and these are Noah and Will's latest recommendations.
Noah's picks (age 10):
Asterix (a series of graphic novels by Rene Goscinny)
Open up the pages of an Asterix graphic novel and enter a world of adventures involving Roman soliders, Caesar's evil plans, the druid Getafix's magic potion, and of course, wild boars. Follow Asterix, the Gaulish hero, and his pal Obelix as they foil Roman plots to capture their village, compete in Olympic and gladiator games, or rescue one of their fellow villagers. The graphic novel format of this series makes the books very entertaining to read, and the combination of humour with action keeps the reader laughing throughout each book. Even if you think you don't like reading, you'll like this series.
The Ranger's Apprentice (a series of novels by John Flanagan)
The Ranger's Apprentice series follows main character Will over a period of fifteen or so years, from the time he is an orphan, to when he becomes the apprentice of the most famed but mysterious man in the kingdom of Araluen, to when he emerges as a highly skilled warrior. The books are full of intriguing conflicts, suspense, adventure, and oh-my-gosh-is-this-really-happening?! moments. The first book really grabbed my attention and I was excited that there were still many more novels to read in the series. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys thrilling fiction set in medieval times.
Will's picks (age 8):
squish (a series of graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm)
The squish books are a series of graphic novels about a little ameoba and his microscopic world. While the books' characters are a variety of slimy blobs, their experiences are very much like those of many school-aged children, and readers will easily relate to squish as he tries, like his favourite comic book hero, to have the courage to do what's right. Appealing illustrations, a quirky running commentary in captions, and interesting science facts scattered throughout the books' pages make these little novels an engaging and entertaining read.
Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo
And just for fun, an activity book:
Has your family discovered any really wonderful books lately? If so, please share them in the comments section below (because Noah and Will are always looking for new ones to add to the mountains on and around their beds!) Let's all keep our kids reading over the summer.