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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

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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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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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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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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