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Summer reading for children
Summer reading is an opportunity to learn about books that are not in school curricula. At the top of popularity have adventure books, where is lot of action and humor. But even from easy reading we should expect some quality. Choosing the appropriate reading for the so called tweens can be particularly difficult.
Many students can not wait for summer holidays to throw their books in corner, but real fans can only in the summer truly satisfy their taste. There is a lot of time to read during holidays, no pressure from the schools and you have complete freedom of reading choice. Just perfect for bookworms!
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But beware - complete freedom can be sometimes a bit confusing. I often see kids in libraries looking for something good, but can't be more specific. Are they into action and adventure genre? They want to find some kind of romance? A suspense? Something with historic background? A humor, maybe?
The librarians are doing their best, but it's hard to guess what may be of interest for every specific reader. Sometimes even a small detail - number of pictures or size of font for instance - can make a difference.
In general there are no good and bad books. For majority of readers, especially casual ones, there are only books they liked and the books they don't like. Here you'll find a fine selection of the best books which entertained more than one generation. In a way we could say they are evergreens!
The Top 5
In short we will introduce five top contemporary authors with extensive literary opus. Their books for kids contain a lot of action and humor. These two components are probably the most important factors for popularity. Of course this is by no means the ultimate selection, because taste of every generation differs and even the classics are not always in the same demand.
But we have to start somewhere and these authors survived the test of time and all of them achieved international success. For each of them we will choose the best work and present it with few words in our selection.
Astrid Lindgren is a Swedish writer with Andersen's Award, the highest award for children's and youth literature. Many people believe she actually earned a Nobel Prize for literature, which is unfortunately not available for children's authors, no matter how great and influential their writing is. If we are looking for the best of the best, Astrid Lindgren is definitely a name which should be included in every list.
Beside her legendary Pippi Longstocking she created a bunch of interesting characters, of which we recommend series about naughty Emil's adventures.
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Emil in the Spotlight
Astrid Lindgren is renowned for its heroic girls, but Emil is her favorite rogue! Are you ready for full load of fun? Emil is a boy who is always ready for pranks and together with his friends always in some kind of trouble.
Emil's adventures are loaded with action and humor, which is not the same as at Pippi's, but probably even more appealing to boys. If you are looking for a fun summer book for boys, this may be the one. And the good news is there are actually three books about Emil's adventures!
Rene Goscinny started his career as an illustrator, but today is best known as author of comics about Asterix, Lucky Luke and Iznogoud. They are all known among fans of comics, but Asterix is by far his most popular achievement. While all Goscinny's comics are made for slightly older audience, his Little Nicolas is aiming at kids, the range from seven to twelve, I would say.
There was recently made a film based on his series of books about Nicholas, naughty schoolboy, in which every child can identify.
Nicholas - your choice for summer reading
Excellent, witty, lots of action, imaginative story in which can identify both adults and children. The stories about Little Nivcolas (Goscinny wrote about a hundred of them altogether) are full of interesting characters which are surprisingly realistic despite their comic apperance.
Julia Donaldson has been earning a living from writing songs for commercials on demand. The guinea pigs, cleaning agents, healthy food, eco-friendly fertilizers, what ever she was ordered. She says it is more difficult for her to write in prose as in verse and The Gruffalo is a wonderful example of successful poetry. This bestseller also has a sequel: The Gruffalo's Child.
If you like these two books, there is much more, but in my opinion both Gruffalo books are the best this author offered to the market so far. Great reading for kids from three years up!
Let's meet the Gruffalo!
They say you can lie for forever to some and for some time to everybody, but you can't lie all the time to everybody. Well, a little mouse is just about to test this old wisdom.
The story of the clash of tricks and power told in an original, entertaining way. In verse!
Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series, which mixes incredible fantasy with a remarkable sense of humor, similar to humor of Douglas Adams or Neil Gaiman. He have written a lot for children and young adults, some alone, some in collaboration with other famous authors. Anyone who enjoys the parody, should take Pratchett's books in his hands!
One of the most remarkable characteristics of Pratchett's books is his ability to create extremely imaginative and original fantasy worlds which are very realistic and surprisingly close to our reality in some very surprising details. This way Pratchett always surpass the basic story with satiric criticism of the current problems here and now.
Bromeliad - series of three books
Human society is an inexhaustible source of entertainment. Parody which guarantees to produce streams of tears of laughter.
Although the main characters are gnomes, they are more human than human beings with which are they dealing in whole series of adventures and misadventures. In this case we are dealing with three books. Start with Truckers, the sequence of other twos is unimportant. Really:)
Always contemporary classics
Instead of the fifth author we suggest something else. Holidays are the perfect opportunity to read slightly dusty classics. Why not use our free time to peacefully enjoy in the collections of the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Aleksandr Nikolaevich Afanasev or Oscar Wilde? Collections of classic fairy tales are first-class reflection of our society and one of the cornerstones of our education!
Be honest - can't we say an Ugly Duckling, Briar Rose and other timeless classics are part of basic education? And if we risk just a little bit and take the whole collection instead of the most known fairy tales, we will without doubt find many unknown treasures!
This is my favorite trick - when you find a great book by certain author, it is always worth to try his other works. In most cases you'll find more great reading without trying to hard.
Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm - Complete
Most famous collection of fairy tales of all time. Anyone who who is not familiar with this book does not know the fairy tales. This book the most successful German book after the Bible and is part of world cultural heritage.
Just a mere look at the table of contents reveals why. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Brave Little Tailor, Rapunzel and other names are dear guests of children's rooms all over the world.