A dynamic list, we’ll keep updating, both adults and children will enjoy to read:
- Snake and Lizard Series– Joy Cowley
An adorable tale about two friends snake and lizard. Captivating storyline. Delightful characters. Explores friendship and entrepreneurship. Lovely morals weaved in too, around prejudice and relationships. NZ Authors!!!
- Black Princess series – Shannon Hale
Slightly rambunctious female protagonist. Nifty stylised cartoon like illustrations. Funny. US Author (born in Salt Lake City).
- Sophie Stories series – Dick King-Smith & Illustrated by Hannah Shaw
‘Sophie turns six’ is the book we read together (which is the third book in the series). It goes like this 1) Sophie’s Snail 2) Sophie’s Tom 3) Sophie Hits Six 4) Sophie in the Saddle 5) Sophie is Seven 6) Sophie’s Lucky. My kids love having illustrations in books, so the Sophie Stories get a big jolly tick in that department. Sophie loves animals – so for readers who love animals, another TICK is given. My favourite parts are the relationship Sophie has with her non-conformist Great Aunt. I also love that Sophie makes up words (gets words jumbled up) and is delightfully okay with it, even when he Dad points out these confusions. I also love that the story challenges gender stereotypes, as our lead character Sophie wants to be Farmer…Does she become one? PS King-Smith wrote ‘The Sheep-Pig’ which won The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and also went on to become the film ‘Babe’. UK Author.
- Dani Series – Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson
I love filling my and our children’s lives with as much diversity as possible, it’s one way I feel we can do peace in action: learning about different ways of being, seeing and living in the world. For this reason I’m often on the look out for a geographical balance of TV/Film (varying accents etc) and Literature experiences. Lagercrantz and Eriksson are Swedish, and have been writing children’s stories for over 30 years. These tales that follow Dani’s life are published by Gecko Press (one of my fave publishers). We read ‘See you when I see you’ the elements that stand out for me in this book is that it addresses the meatier life topics. Dani’s Mum died, and she lived with her grandparents when her Dad was so sad he couldn’t look after her as he wanted to. In this particular tale he’s also had a car accident which means he now walks differently. Dani is brave and honest. Swedish Authors.