Ten children's books series that are great to re-read Photo by SpanglesPlace
Books we love, Kids reads, Reading Recommendations

Ten children’s books series that are great to re-read

In this post I want to share recommendations of two great children’s books series that my son is currently re-reading. Thinking about these reminded me of more series that are great to re-read. These are tried and tested great children’s books to get stuck into, read and re-read over and over.

The adventures of re-reading children’s books

There are many benefits for children in re-reading the same books. As well as helping to grasp vocabulary, fluency and confidence, it’s a great way for kids to unpick narratives and become really enthused about characters and worlds. This can especially be the case with re-reading books from a series of children’s books.

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Jacob Meydenbach, Ortus Sanitatis (Strasbourg, 1491) (c) British Library Board
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Find out the intriguing stories behind the magic of Harry Potter

Don’t miss Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Last weekend the BBC showed a fascinating documentary on the history of magical traditions which inspired and informed the Harry Potter books. The documentary told the story of the exhibition of the same name  – currently being shown at The British Library. If you or your children are fans of Harry Potter or are interested in the history of magic, you will be amazed by the artefacts you can see in the exhibition.

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Get Philip Pullman’s spooky classic to have kids reading like Clockwork

Clockwork: or All Wound Up is a mysterious tale from Philip Pullman. It’s perfect for young readers who love spooky stories. Reading it out loud together on Halloween or a cold winters night –  snuggled and cosy indoors – should be a real treat. Although not a new release, Clockwork is a new read for our household.

The story begins in the small German town of Glockenheim. In the warm and cosy White Horse Tavern, the townspeople gather to keep warm and be sociable on a winter’s evening.

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Tom Gates Epic Adventure by Liz Pichon
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Tom Gates books – laugh out loud adventures for your kids

I am really pleased to introduce our first guest contributor – Anna. She would like to recommend a series of kids books that has been appreciated and enjoyed in her family by her son “Bee” and previously by his older sister. We also hear from Bee on why he loves the Tom Gates book series.

“They are interesting. I like how he does cheeky things, how he follows his dreams cause he plays in a band.” – Bee, 8.

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The Incomplete Book of Dragons Sea Dragons by Cressida Cowell Photo by SpanglesPlace - books with illustrations can help encourage reluctant readers
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Ideas to inspire reluctant readers – including dragon training!

You may have heard of the phrase “reluctant readers”. If your child seems to fit this description, you may feel worried that they will never be confident readers. But don’t panic. There are many ways to allow them to find the inspiration that will get them loving books. Often these can come along without any plan or intention, but there are some ideas you can try.

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My Brother Is A Superhero and sequels by David Solomons Photo by SpanglesPlace
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Kids love My Brother is a Superhero – a well-worn kids book is a great sign

Reading recommendation for superhero kids

My Brother is a Superhero is a book that comes highly recommended from our household. You can tell how highly by how shabby our copy is. The spine is creased, there is wear and tear around the edges of the cover. The cover is actually coming lose from the spine. The book is well-loved and has been well read, several times over. If you like to see pristine books look away…

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Harry Potter Prisoner Azkaban meeting Hippogriffs 2 - Photo by SpanglesPlace
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The Hippogriff of Hogwarts: in awe of Buckbeak

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Recently we visited the Making of Harry Potter WB Studio Tour. The props, costumes, sets and artwork from the making of the Harry Potter films impressed us hugely. From stepping into the Great Hall to seeing the scale model of the exterior of Hogwarts there were many moments of wonder. We saw and interacted with thousands of objects and items. But the moments which I found most inspiring were encountering life-size models of the Hippogriff, Buckbeak. Artists made three Buckbeak models for the filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. 

I have come to the conclusion that to me Buckbeak is the most amazing beast of the Harry Potter books and films. In this post I will be explaining why I am so in awe of Buckbeak.

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Setting up the right space to work at home in a small home

Recently I have been looking at getting out of the back to school rut for work at home Mums. In this post I will be looking at an important consideration for those working at home. Finding a space to be in a work frame of mind and where you can stay focused is crucial.

Whatever your kind of work is; when working at home you may find yourself distracted by the endless parade of household tasks that come up. When you have a defined place to work in you can put housework aside.

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Dragon books by Cressida Cowell Photo by SpanglesPlace
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Let the Wizards of Once’s fascinating landscapes draw you in

Cressida Cowell’s new book The Wizards of Once is now available. As mentioned in a previous post, the author’s How to Train Your Dragon book series was a big inspiration for my son’s reading. His imagination was set soaring by the viking and dragon adventures. He even decided to use the nickname Toothy after reading about the adventures of the pesky but cute little dragon Toothless.

The Wizards of Once depicts a fascinating world

Like How to Train Your Dragon, The Wizards of Once contains delightful, detailed drawings and maps drawn by Cowell. It’s easy for children (and admittedly adults too) to get caught up in the fascinating worlds depicted.

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Grown-ups reads, Kids reads, Reading Recommendations, Reading Tips

Kids should be reading more for enjoyment – and parents should be too

It was a surprise, but a very welcome one, when a “family reading time” was introduced to our daily routine. This was not an initiative of us parents or a suggestion from school to improve kids reading. The child of the house had introduced it. Whether our children are reading enough is often a concern for parents and for schools.

Kids reading at schools and tests

There is rightly an emphasis in schools on kids reading. “Are children reading enough?” –  is probably a good question to ask. Another question which comes up a lot is, “are they retrieving the correct information when they read?” And kids are tested on their reading in schools from an early age.

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