During December I’m running a promotion to encourage grown ups to buy lots of books for young readers this Christmas. Now, you Girls Heart Bookers probably get lots of books as presents – I hope you do – but some adults don’t consider books a ‘real’ present or are confused by the age groups and different types of books available. So me and my trusty team of elves are here to help them. Look out for #bookelves16 on Twitter and Facebook.
Here are some of the books I’ll be recommending this season:My favourite picture book this year is Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field. Its ridiculous rhymes and lively, colourful illustrations never fail to make me laugh. The original in the series, Oi Frog! is another winner.
Irish writer Dave Rudden’s Knights of the Borrowed Dark is the first in a new fantasy adventure series for age 10+, about orphan, Denizen Hardwick who is thrown into a strange world of dark shadows and mysterious knights and it’s a super read.
Girls Heart Books blogger, Judi Curtin’s Time After Time sees Molly and Beth travel back to the 80s to find someone special. It’s a compelling friendship tale and ideal for age 9+. Published by O’Brien Press, you can order it online if it’s not in your local UK bookshop.
My novel of the year is Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, a tale filled with such wisdom and so beautifully crafted that I found myself stopping to re-read sentences. When Raymie’s father runs off with a dental hygienist she puts a plan in place to win back his attention. A deeply affecting tale of adventure, friendship and baton twirling for age 10+.
Are there any books YOU loved in 2016? Do tell me all about them!
And hope Santa brings you lots and lots of books.
Happy nearly Christmas,