Kid's Book News Five exciting new middle grade fiction releases for fans of mythology and magic books 3
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Five middle grade fiction releases fans of mythology and magic shouldn’t miss

Young readers who love mythology and magic books are in for a treat this Spring. New releases of middle grade books include a growing range of fiction based on ancient myths. Seeing myths from different cultures brought to life will be exciting for fans of Percy Jackson and other mythology adventures. There are also great books for kids who enjoy magical adventures in fantastical worlds.

Many action and adventure books for children have a boy as a lead character. The lead character is often a great role model for young readers. These books can be enjoyed by both girls and boys, and more balance is needed in gender representation. It is encouraging to see that more of the new books coming out feature a girl as the main character.

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Book review: Stormbreaker – the first Alex Rider action-packed adventure

Stormbreaker, Alex Rider, Book one 
Anthony Horowitz
Walker Books, 2000
Book type: Children’s fiction – action and adventure
Approximate age: 9+

Book review by Toothy, age 10

I am only ten so this might not be that descriptive, just thought you should know that. (Don’t worry Toothy, you are doing great: Ed./your Mum). So this review is about the Alex Rider book series  by Anthony Horowitz. There are eleven books in the series so far. This review will cover the first book.

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The Pirates Next Door The Jolley-Rogers picture book reading inspiration book reviews book blog feature
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For a kids’ picture book with a positive message try The Pirates Next Door

picture book The Pirates Next Door
“When pirate family the Jolley-Rogers move to Dull-on-Sea, rumours of shocking behaviour start spreading around the town. Only little Matilda can’t wait to meet the fascinating new family next door!”

The Pirates Next Door starring The Jolley-Rogers
Jonny Duddle
Templar Publishing, 2011
Book type: Children’s Picture book
Approximate age: 5+

If you are looking for a fun picture book with a positive and thoughtful message The Pirates Next Door is a good choice. This month’s featured children’s books was a big favourite for bedtime stories when my son was younger.

If you grew up in a sea-side town like myself, you too might find Dull-on-Sea very familiar. The town is affectionately portrayed. But it is “too busy in the summer… and in winter it shut down”.

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11 charming books for kids who love witches and wizards

A reading round-up of spell-binding books for kids

Are your children big fans of witches and wizards and all things magical? Are you are looking for more magical books for kids?

My children’s book of the month is a magical story of witches and wizards by Cressida Cowell. In keeping with the theme of magic, this month’s reading round-up is full of witches, wizards and magicians. I’ve included magical books for young readers from toddlers to teens. Please note: all age range guidelines given in bold are 100% approximate and flexible.

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Take your children on a magic books reading adventure kids book of the month The Wizard of Once Photo by ReadingInspiration.com
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Take your children on a magic books reading adventure

Featured Children’s Book of the Month for January 2018 – The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

This month’s featured children’s book recommendation is a treat from the author of the How to Train Your Dragon book series. It was received well by critics on its release in 2017. My personal children’s book tester who loves magic books, certainly enjoyed the book and gave it a huge thumbs up.

“I like magic books. This book’s got magic. I really liked Wish, the Warrior Princess because of the power she didn’t know she had.” Toothy, age 10

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Ten children's books series that are great to re-read Photo by SpanglesPlace
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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
Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Fantasy, Exhibitions

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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Clockwork by Philip Pullman – this spooky classic will have kids reading like clockwork

Clockwork: or All Wound Up is a mysterious tale. 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 by Philip Pullman is a new read for our household.

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Tom Gates Epic Adventure by Liz Pichon
Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Humour, General Reading Tips

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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