Summer Holidays: Your Child’s Reading List

Don’t hit the pause button on your child’s reading skills this summer. Browse our selection of recommended books for children from pre-school through to secondary from the librarians at Canadian International School of Hong Kong and ESF’s King George V School.
Summer Holidays: Your Child’s Reading List
By Carli Allan
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Summer holiday reading list

Colleen Williams, librarian at CDNIS (featured image), shares her recommended reads for children aged three to 16 years.

Early Years: three years and above

“As children in the early years begin and continue to develop an interest and love for reading and books, it would be highly beneficial to have children listening to stories based on those experiences that they can relate to. Early years students need to be immersed in stories that engage with members of their family, parents, brothers and sisters and the emotions that may be associated with these interactions.

“Extending from this are stories surrounding play with friends, both in and out of school. Books that focus on a particular interest of the child are great for introducing the genre of non-fiction. Above all it is important that the parent responds with as much enjoyment to the story as much as the child.”

Recommended authors:
• Mo Willems
• Oliver Jeffers
• Mem Fox
• Julia Donaldson
• Lauren Child

Young Readers: 7-10 years

“The TBH series by Lisa Greenwald have been the hottest books in our library this year!”

Recommended books:
Geronimo Stilton series
Warriors (and all the related series) by Erin Hunter
Spy School; Fun Jungle; and Moon Space Alpha by Stuart Gibbs
They are on FIRE! The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
• Anything by David Walliams and Kate DiCamillo

Older Readers: 10-14 years

Recommended books:
Percy Jackson; Kane Chronicles; Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
War Horse and Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Among the Hidden series; Found series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
• Graphic novels by Raina Relgemeier (Sisters, Drama, Smile, Ghosts, Baby-Sitters Club)
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
• Graphic novel series Bone by Jeff Smith

Next: Golden Dragon Books Awards: recommended reads

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