Five Books is all about interviewing experts, and who are the ultimate experts about kids' books other than kids themselves? In these interviews we've approached children who are particularly passionate about reading and asked them to make recommendations about the books they most love to read.
A few tips we find help when it comes to getting children reading:
1. Read a lot yourself. Children tend to copy your behaviour and if you seem mesmerized by books, they're more likely to get reading too.
2. Reduce screen time. There are so many interesting books being published for children at the moment, there's just no reason they should spend all of their time watching an iPad or TV. The rest of the time they can spend delving into books about whatever subject catches their fancy.
3. Read with your children before bedtime. Even after they can read for themselves, children love being read to.
Please get in touch if you have a child who'd like to make recommendations! Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle Angel Alita
by Yukito Kishiro
The Promised Neverland
Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (illustrator)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Crystal S. Chan, illustrated by Nokman Poon
Pokémon Adventures (Red and Blue)
Hidenori Kusaka, Mato (illustrator)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
by Koyoharu Gotouge
Long associated with Japanese popular culture, manga are now found in translation across the world. In North America, this dynamic form of visual narration is overtaking comics and graphic novels in popularity. Oscar, age 13, recommends his favourite manga for children and teenagers.
This is a big week for Rick Riordan fans as The Tower of Nero, the final book in his Trials of Apollo series, is published. Here, Alex, a 13-year-old boy living in Oxford, explains what Rick Riordan’s books are about, why he finds them so mesmerizing, and which book you might want to start with if you’re interested in reading them.
Young adult science fiction extends far beyond the typical dystopian novels which immediately come to mind. Estelle Francis, a teenage author who recently published her first book, shares her favourite reads on this topic.
Are you longing to get your children as excited about Shakespeare as you are? There’s a lot of books out there to introduce kids to the Bard. Here, Natasha, a 10-year old living in Oxfordshire, recommends some of her favourite retellings of Shakespeare stories.
Fantasy novels, with their limitless scope for possibility, appeal to children with vivid imaginations. Here 14-year-old Zoe, who lives in the US and is a big fan of the genre, recommends her current favourites.
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” Eight-year-old Helen feels the same. Here she tells us why reading graphic novels is fun, relaxing and definitely not for babies – and recommends her current five favourites.
Are you trying to get your son or daughter into reading more history? Here Alex, a 10-year old boy living in Oxfordshire in the UK, shares some of his favourites.
Everyone wants to get their kids reading, and a really gripping series is a great way of developing their inner bookworm. Izzy, a 10-year-old girl living in the UK, talks us through her favourite series for kids.
Goalkeepers Are Different
by Brian Glanville
The Illustrated History of Football
by David Squires
The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia
by Clive Gifford
Kane (Ultimate Football Heroes)
by Matt & Tom Oldfield
Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
by Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton & Spike Gerrell
There are a lot of books about football for sale in bookshops these days, but which ones are any good? 11-year-old Alexander, who loves football as well as reading, shares his choices of the best football books for kids as part of our ‘By Children for Children‘ series.