How To Start a Children’s Home Library

book cThis article from The Guardian Book site gives sound advice on building a library for children. I’ve picked out the bones to help you speed through it, and also listed their reading list for ages 8-11. I can do other lists if you’re keen, just give me a shout.

1.This is the age at which reading starts to get interesting, and the time when you may be able to introduce your kids to the books you read as a child.

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2. Books are not medicine to be forced down; they should be fun, exciting doorways into other worlds and different feelings and points of view.

3. There is sometimes a density to the writing of many of the older classics, which can be very satisfying, but which can also be a turn-off to a generation raised on the Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn.

4. Between 8-11 there is no such thing as a bad book, it is the habit of reading that counts. Don’t get prissy and ban Enid Blyton.

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5. For some children this is also the age when books become friends, the same one consumed over and over in the same way that a teenager will play the same track on a new CD over and over. Assume, if this is the case, that the child is getting something crucial from it in the same way that the child who demands cheese three times a day for a week is probably unconsciously seeking some essential nutrient. At this age, books can be the most satisfying food in the world.

Further Reading :: BOOK LIST from The Guardian Book Site :: Ages 8-11

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Walker, £14.99)
  2. Rumpelstiltskin and Other Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Marketa Prachaticka (Faber, £8.99)
  3. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Collins Modern Classics, £5.99)
  4. The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston (Faber, £4.99)
  5. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey (Faber, £9.99)
  6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Puffin, £4.99)
  7. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (Puffin, £3.99)
  8. Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg (Puffin, £3.99)
  9. The Haunting by Margaret Mahy (Puffin, £4.99)
  10. Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark (Puffin, £4.99)
  11. The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo (Mammoth, £4.99)
  12. The House of Rats by Stephen Elboz (OUP, £3.99)
  13. The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo (Mammoth, £4.50)
  14. A Dog So Small by Phillipa Pearce (Puffin, £4.99)
  15. The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban (Faber, £4.99)
  16. The Finders by Nigel Hinton (Puffin, £3.99)
  17. The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi, £3.99)
  18. King of the Shadows by Susan Cooper (Puffin, £4.99)
  19. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (Granta, £6.99)
  20. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Puffin, £4.99)
  21. The Rinaldi Ring by Jenny Nimmo (Mammoth £4.99)
  22. A Voyage of Discovery 1: From the Land of the Amazons to the Indigo Isles by Francois Place (Pavillion, £12.99)
  23. The Ghost Drum by Susan Price (Faber £3.50)
  24. Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (Puffin, £3.99)
  25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Puffin Modern Classic, £5.99)
  26. The Earth Giant by Melvin Burgess (Puffin, £3.99)
  27. Woof! By Allan Ahlberg (Puffin, £4.99)
  28. Matilda by Roald Dahl (Puffin, £4.99)
  29. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Puffin, £2.99)
  30. Stig of the Dump by Clive King (Puffin, £5.99)
  31. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield (Puffin Modern Classics, £5.99)
  32. Mary Poppins by PL Travers (Collins, £5.99)
  33. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (Bloomsbury, £4.99)
  34. Lizzie Dripping by Helen Cresswell (Puffin, £3.99)
  35. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goodge (OUP, £4.99)
  36. The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Puffin Modern Classics, £5.99)
  37. Stonestruck by Helen Cresswell (Puffin £4.99)
  38. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Collins, £3.99)
  39. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (Red Fox, £3.99)
  40. The Boggart by Susan Cooper (Puffin, £4.99)
  41. The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden (Puffin, £4.99)
  42. Five Children and It by E Nesbit (Puffin, £3.99)
  43. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson (Corgi Yearling, £3.99)
  44. Watership Down by Richard Adams (Puffin, £5.99)
  45. The Runaways by Ruth Thomas (Red Fox, £3.99)
  46. Clockwork by Philip Pullman (Corgi Yearling, £3.99)
  47. The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Corgi Yearling, £3.99).
  48. A Pack of Lies by Geraldine McCaughton (OUP, £3.99)
  49. Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (Puffin, £4.99)
  50. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (Puffin, £3.99)
  51. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (Puffin, £5.99)
  52. Skellig by David Almond (Hodder, £4.99)
  53. The Guardians by John Christopher (Puffin, £4.99)
  54. The Tulip Touch by Ann Fine (Puffin £4.99)
  55. Wolf by Gillian Cross (OUP, £5.99)
  56. Two Weeks With the Queen by Morris Gleitzmann (Puffin, £3.99)
  57. Goggle-Eyes by Anne Fine (Puffin, £4.99)
  58. Smith by Leon Garfield (Puffin Modern Classics, £5.99)