We invited our resident blogger Ealing Mummy along to team up with Waterstones for some light Spring reading. See what she has to say below!
I’ve always had a love of reading ever since I was a young child and I still have my nose in a book a lot of the time now too. I’m always keen to encourage my daughter Amelia to love books too. This Easter I have teamed up with Waterstones, at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre to give you a run down on my top five books to get the kids reading this Easter. To hopefully spend less time on electronic devices! Plus, I have a competition over on my Instagram for you to enter. You could win a £10 Waterstones voucher, plus four top kids titles get you going, the prize is worth £38! Head over to my Instagram now to enter!
My first recommendation has been a firm favourite with my Daughter and the stories always keep her coming back for more. Aimed at children of the between the ages of 4-6 years old. There are a variety of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Stories. This one is entitled The Cat Burglar, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton.
“Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped a life of crime for baking cakes in their cafe. But now there’s a new robber in town – the infamous Kitty-le-Claw! When there’s a midnight robbery at the bank, can the two baker dogs save the day?”
My next suggestion is The winner of Watermans Children’s Book Prize 2019. The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q. Rauf. I would say it is suitable for children aged 7 years and up. It might be a book that you could also read to your children, but it could be suitable for them to read to themselves depending on their reading ability.
“A story of friendship, hope and the importance of kindness, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a story full of heart and humour, told from a unique perspective. Featuring illustrations from Pippa Curnick, this is an exceptional book by an emerging voice in children’s writing.”
You can’t go wrong with Charlie Changes Into a Chicken, by Sam Copeland.
“Charlie McGuffin tries to be an optimist, but in reality he’s a bit of a worrier.
Some of the things Charlie is worried about:
- His brother (who is in hospital)
- Their very panicked parents
- Unwanted attention from the school bully
- The fact that he’s started turning into animals!
Even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn’t keen on turning into a pigeon in the middle of the school play.
But what happens if he does? Will he get sent away for Science to deal with? Will his parents crack under the extra stress?
With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way of dealing with his crazy new power – and fast!”
We also love Lightning Girl by Alesha Dixon. It’s great to see a superhero that is a girl for a change!
“My inspiration to create a superhero called Lightning Girl began with wanting my young daughter to feel empowered. It’s been a dream to create a strong role model that any child can look up to – I want my readers to see themselves in Aurora.” – Alesha Dixon
The winner of the Waterstones Children Book Prize for older children. Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adyemi, is suitable for Teens.
“Magnificent from the off, Adeyemi’s richly drawn world is a breath of fresh air in Teen and Young Adult fantasy. Written with seemingly endless reserves of imagination, our booksellers were captivated by this distinctive and exhilarating novel, which is all at once fearless, immersive, emotional and cinematic beyond its pages. This poignant debut has more than enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.” – Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer
Don’t forget your local Ealing Waterstones has something for all ages and abilities of reading. They have an excellent section for younger children and a wide range of picture books.
Also, if you are going away over Easter and need some activities to keep the kids entertained on a long journey, you can’t go wrong with a sticker book and Waterstones currently have a buy one get one half price offer.
They also have a great range of toys and gifts too! If you have a birthday party coming up.
I hope you have a very Happy Easter and enjoying encouraging your child to read or read with them!
Don’t forget your Ealing Waterstones has it’s very own social media accounts, so follow them if you want to find out what’s going on locally.
Disclaimer – (AD) This post is a paid collaboration with Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre and I was gifted the above products from Waterstones in return for a review.