Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spooktacular Sunday: Reading recommendations and the fun of reading with your kids

So I've been working on a book list for kids and I thought now might be a good time to share some of the great books that I've found so far. Books make the perfect gift, at least I think so, and it's always fun to share an interest with your kids. I love talking to my daughter after she's read a really great book because she comes up with all these theories, like why vampires may or may not be real or how fairies help our plants grow. She doesn't like zombies much (eating brains is just too gross) but mummies are okay (weird) and lately she is particularly fond of were-creatures. Storytime has evolved as my monsters get older but we still have family books and I think that reading together is a nice way to connect and communicate.

Anyways...here are a few of the books that I highly recommend for the younger set, maybe ages 8 and up. Listed in no particular order.

1.  The Book Without Words by Avi
The Book Without Words is a volume of blank parchment pages. Or so it might seem. But for a green-eyed reader filled with great desire, it may reveal the dark magic of Northumbria, including the forgotten arts of making gold and achieving immortality. For generations its magic has been protected from those who would exploit it. But on a terrible day of death and destruction, The Book Without Words falls into the hands of a desperate boy.

Many years later, that boy, Thorston, is an old man on the brink of realizing his dangerous dream—when he falls down, dead. Now his servant, Sybil, and his magical talking raven, Odo, must face their fate. With their master gone, will they be evicted into the cold, decaying streets of Fulworth to fend for themselves? Or can they somehow unlock the secrets of The Book Without Words and reap the presumed benefits of limitless gold and eternal life? But Sybil and Odo soon learn that nothing is as it appears to be: secrets are not secrets, gold is not gold. Most important of all, even their master’s death and their own lives are not certain.

Set in early medieval England and rich with mystery and atmosphere, this is a thought-provoking fable about life and death, greed and betrayal, magic and secrets.

Website:
http://www.avi-writer.com/index.html


 2. The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls follows four goddesses-in-training – Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis– as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most priviledged gods and goddesses of the Greco-Roman pantheon hone their mythical skills. In each book, readers get to see how each goddess became who we know today. These much-beloved classic myths are given a modern twist and follow storylines familiar to modern tweens, from dealing with bullies (Athena and Medusa) to first crushes (Persephone and Hades).

Athena the Brain follows Athena's first days at Mount Olympus Academy. She always knew she was smart and special, but she didn't realize that she was a goddess! When she's whisked away to MOA, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad (Zeus). Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she's ever had.

In Persephone the Phony, Persephone develops a crush on bad-boy Hades. Her mom (Ceres) doesn't approve, and neither do her friends. Persephone finds herself sneaking around to see him, but he ultimately tells her that she should tell them the truth and it's revealed that he isn't all that bad, just misunderstood! The GG support her and eventually her mom comes around too.

Aphrodite the Beauty features Aphrodite, goddessgirl of love, as she deals with jealousy after giving Athena a makeover (godboys pay more attention to her!), and dealing with a crush from an unlikely place -- the nerdy Hephaestus (god of the smith).

Website:
http://www.suzanne-williams.com/books.html
http://www.joanholub.com/


3. Creepella Von Cacklefur: The Thirteen Ghosts by Geronimo Stilton

This NEW Geronimo Stilton series spinoff stars spooky, silly Creepella von Cacklefur!
Creepella von Cacklefur and her niece, Shivereen, visit scary Squeakspeare Mansion. There they meet Bobby Squeakspeare, a descendent of the famouse writer, William Squeakspeare. Will the spooky rooms and ghosts they find inside the mansion be friendly - or frightening?

Biography:
GERONIMO STILTON is the publisher of The Rodent's Gazette, Mouse Island's most famouse newspaper. He is Rattus Emeritus of Mousomorphic Literature and Neo-Ratonic Comparative Philosophy. In his spare time, Mr. Stilton enjoys collecting antique cheese rinds, playing golf, and telling stories to his nephew Benjamin. He lives in New Mouse City, Mouse Island.

Visit Geronimo online at www.geronimostilton.com.



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