Friday, 9 October 2009

Childrens books that grown-ups might like!

I was covering for Lou on her Daytime show today and we got in to a discussion on childrens reading. I asked if there were any good books that the children are reading that might be good for adults to read. Kate Robinson from the Oxfordshire County Council Library service was listening and as she specialises in Childrens books she sent us the following recommendations:

  • How I live now, by Meg Rosoff.
    Powerful, insightful, funny and moving. A 15 yr old girl is experiencing a dystopian view of Britain, being torn apart through civil war.
  • Here Lies Arthur, by Philip Reeve.
    Original, almost poetic writing at times - re-working the myth of King Arthur. Seen through the eyes of a young runaway, who becomes the assistant to Merlin.
    And also - from a while ago,
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon.
    If you haven't read it -do so. Funny and gives an insight into a the world of Christopher -a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome.
  • For a silly, funny, childish read- go for the Mr Gum books - a series by Andy Stanton. You will see why he won the Roald Dahl award for funniest book last year!
  • And for Picture books -that adults will enjoy -try local author Mini Grey - all her books are witty, anarchic, original works of art.
Thank you for those Kate,

Why not have a read and let me know how you get on.


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