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10 Book Choices for Kids
Wed 8 Apr 2020
Reading books is a fabulous way to while away the time and have fun. If you’re looking for ways to keep your children entertained while they’re at home, Derby Libraries have pulled together a list of recommended titles for children to get stuck into.
You can download any of the books on our list, plus lots more, here at inderby.org.uk/books.
The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel
Alfie always has to stick to his routines. One day his usual babysitter can't come so Alfie is stuck with his mum's ex babysitter who can barely hear!
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from darkest Peru when the Brown family first meet him on the platform at Paddington Station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same, for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
It's a warm summer's afternoon when young Alice first tumbles down the rabbit hole and into the adventures that have kept readers spellbound for more than 150 years. In her adventures Alice meets the laconic Cheshire Cat, the anxious white rabbit and the terrifying Red Queen along with a host of other outlandish and charming characters.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
A girl gets her revenge on uncaring parents and a bullying headmistress when she discovers she has magical powers.
Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz
This is the third book of The Power of Five series. The battle with Old Ones continues in this exciting volume by the creator of Alex Rider. Jamie’s twin brother Scott is kidnapped by the sinister corporation, Nightrise, and Jamie must try and help him. On his journey, Jamie is propelled ten thousand years into the past, where he encounters the other Gatekeepers and witnesses the creation of Raven's Gate - and the first fateful battle against the Old Ones.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant has it all. One formidable teenage girl, one well-dressed skeleton detective and a cast of magical characters both good and evil come together in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Will evil win the day? Strap yourself in for a rip-roaring ride through a world filled with magic, mystery and murder most foul.
The Skylark's War by Hilary McKay
Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin Rupert. But normal life resumes each September- boarding school for the boys and a boring life for Clarry with her absent father as the shadow of war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes to fight at the front Clarry feels their Skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive the fearful war?
Witch Switch by Sibeal Pounder
Tiga Whicabim is settling in to the witchy, glitzy world of Ritzy City. Peggy is Top Witch and Tiga is enjoying life at the Brews' house with Ffluffanora. But when Fran the Fabulous Fairy visits Linden House and finds Peggy gone- leaving only a note, the girls realise something is wrong. Then witches all over town start to disappear. Tiga and Ffluffanora set out to investigate.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin. He lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to world of magic and excitement.
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
12 year old Dennis likes football but he also likes wearing dresses. His fascination with fashion starts a friendship with much fancied schoolmate Lisa James who persuades him to try on an orange sequinned dress she has designed. He looks at himself in the mirror with wonder and never looks back.
You can download any of these books from Derby Libraries online eLibrary service.
If you’re already a member of Derby Libraries, you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from our online services for free. If you’re not yet a member, you can join online as a temporary member, and you will get a card that remains valid until the libraries reopen. This means we all can make the most of the excellent facilities our Derby Libraries have on offer during this time.