It’s officially summer and we all love to read a good book. Make sure to pick up a few examples for your young ones as well! I have completed a list of my favorite books ages 6 to 8. Bring the kinds to the library and let them grab some great books to explore during summer. Feel free to share your favorites and recommendations!
· The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
A lovely magic story about Joe, Beth and Frannie moving into a new home and discovering the Enchanted Wood right on the door step. It is a vivid story of unusual friendships and exciting adventures. Meet the Saucepan Man and the Land of Treats and the Land of Do-As-You-Please.
· Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
This is one of my personal favorite stories since childhood. Meet Moomin the cheerful and chubby troll that live in the magical Moominvalley with his parents and all of their friends. Before hibernation at winter the family fill their tummies with pine needles to be ready to wake up in spring ready for an adventurous summer.
The story is beautifully written filled with remarkable adventures. It’s a book for both children and adults to enjoy together.
· The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Poor little accident-prone Mildred is a witch attending Miss Crackle´s Academy. All things possible goes wrong: her broomstick crashes, her spells go wrong and she accidentally turn the teacher’s pet into a pig! Miss Hardbroom her strict and stiff teacher is not at all impressed but a twist will turn it all around as Mildred turns into the heroine. A heartwarming story that will intrigue the young readers.
· Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
I am sure we all are quite familiar with Pippi and her amusing escapes. Let the children join in on amazing adventures in Pippi´s Ville Villekulla along with her horse, monkey, her suitcase full of gold and best friends Tommy and Annika. Dive into a world of birthday celebrations, joining the circus, lifting horses and dancing with burglars.
· Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
The popular Horrid Henry series presents us to naughty Henry and his brother, Perfect Peter. A brilliant way for children to discover the brother’s differences and compare their own behavior to the characters. Prepare for lots of laughter and great fun.
· The Arrival by Shaun Tan
This is a rather unusual story about a man who packs his bags and leaves his family to move to a new country. It is a profound story allowing the readers to experience this young man’s struggles. It´s a story of immigration following a journey of obstacles concerning communication, work, accommodation and culture. With a happy ending as the family joins the young man in the new country and a prosperous future ahead this is an important story to share with our young ones. It´s a gripping story for big and small which allows for discussion about immigration, loneliness and related topics.
· Charlotte´s Web by E B White
This is a witty story about a little girl named Fern. Together with a very friendly talking spider called Charlotte, Fern saves her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of fat little pigs. This is a modern classic which introduces the topic of mortality.
· Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
Mr. Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls leaning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who´s magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool. But, he still only has one boot. Then one day a mysterious parcel arrives…
A delightful story of whimsical nonsense rhyme in a picture book format. It is a book filled with energy and humor of verse which is good fun to read out loud together while looking and admiring the colorful illustrations.
· Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Ingalls family lives in a small house in the big woods with their wild animals. There are bears, bees, deer and wolves. It is a beautiful story based on Laura Ingalls’s early childhood memories from life in America in the late 19th century.