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Engaging with our children and inspiring them to start reading (and keep reading!) is so important, and the younger the better. It can help set them up for lifelong love of books and help them develop good habits around concentration, studying and attention span. This list of 30 Books to Read to a Six-Year-Old gives a varied, fun and riveting selection to help young minds enjoy books.
Is Enid Blyton simply an anachronism? Does the fact that she has sold hundreds of millions of books count for anything when critics say her adventure stories are old-fashioned and no longer relevant to today's young readers? We think the critics are wrong.
Relive the glory days of the Famous Five and Secret Seven, and decide for yourself.
In 2011, Britain's education minister said an 11-year-old should be reading 50 books a year. That statement sparked a lengthy debate. We just know that 11-year-olds should be reading, so here's a list of 50 fantastic books that appeal to young readers. It can be a tricky age, straddling the line between young children's books and young adult books. We think these fit the bill well.
Fairies, sprites, brownies, pixies and other tiny mythical creatures have featured in the folklore of many nations over the years. Publishers, writers, anthologists and illustrators have also embraced the tales of the wee people and have retold them again and again.
A penguin has wings for a reason . . . doesn't he? Having a best friend with his own airplane is one thing, but actually experiencing what it feels like to fly by himself? Here is one penguin who believes this is precisely what he needs to feel complete. Only . . . if flying by himself is so wonderful, then why does he feel so empty? Because some experiences are better shared. (And penguins are much happier on the ground). Oliver Jeffers delivers the perfect companion to his much-loved Lost and Found. Penguins everywhere will take flight in delight.
In the 1890s, dime novels aimed at teen-agers proved immensely popular, selling millions of copies each year. Edward Stratemeyer, a prolific and ambitious writer, had rattled around the publishing world for a decade, alternately pumping out pot-boiler tales and editing and publishing story magazines. It was all he had wanted to do since he was a boy - he printed his first stories when he was just fourteen.