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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Golden Dragon Books Awards: recommended reads

Another great reading list can be taken from the shortlisted titles in the 2019 Golden Dragon Books Awards, as recommended by Akina Lam at KGV School. This annual initiative is run by the Association of Librarians in English Speaking Schools (ALESS) in Hong Kong. The books in these awards are "chosen with a view to promote internationally-minded balanced book selections with appropriate, appealing, quality literature in each age category".

Many international schools, including Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS), Peak School, Clearwater Bay School, Glenealy School and Discovery College, have several copies of each title in their library.

Shortlisted titles in the 2019 Golden Dragon Books Awards are:

Three to seven-year-olds

•  I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
•  Bee and Me by Alison Jay
•  I'm Going To Eat This Ant by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
•  Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
•  LOVE by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long
•  Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Eight to 11-year-olds

•  Bad Dad by David Walliams
•  TBH #1: TBH, This Is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald
•  Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
•  Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
•  Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
•  The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan

11-15 year-olds

•  What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford
•  Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
•  See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
•  Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano
•  Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
•  Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

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