Ten Books I am excited to share with Children this Autumn term (Part 1 of 2)

After what seemed like a Summer break that would never end, we are nearing the start of the autumn term, and whilst it will definitely be far from the sort of school day, week and term that we are used to and longing for, it does provide the opportunity to access books that have slumbered on their shelves over the school break. There will also be the chance to tell others about books we have each read over the summer break – those that we found to hold incredible adventures within the pages, with memorable characters and plots too. Escapism is needed and appreciated more now than ever, and with that in mind I am delighted to share the first half of my Ten Books I cannot wait to talk about back in school with children and colleagues alike. I tried to write a short reasoning for the titles that feature on this blog theme and found myself writing entire blogs (which will follow around publication dates) so I will give my reasons for my choice of titles as bullet points.

Owl and the Lost Boy – Amy Wilson (15th October 2020)

  • This is the sequel to Amy’s debut A Girl Called Owl, which is one of my all time favourite children’s titles.
  • This book has the most gorgeous cover, with a redesign of the first book being released to compliment it too.
  • Readers of Magic, Fantasy and Fae will delight in this story, which sees the human and fae worlds unite in an unforgettable adventure.
  • This book can be read as a standalone title – although I highly recommend reading A Girl called Owl first, and you still have time as this book isn’t due for publication until mid October.
  • The magical world created within this book is described so vividly that readers will enjoy feeling immersed within the adventure that Owl embarks on.
  • Amy Wilson has written the most incredible stories that bring the world of magic within fingertip reach of the reader, leaving them wondering if the world that came to life for them inside of her books could await them just around the next corner.

Jungledrop – Abi Elphinstone (1st October 2020)

  • This has been a highly anticipated instalment in the current series from Abi, having immensely enjoyed Everdark and Rumblestar alongside students. There have been so many requests as to when the next book will be available – testament to how much readers are enjoying this series.
  • With titles prior to this one available to read, and more anticipated, this is a fantastic opportunity to ignite chapter book readers’ love of books.
  • Each book features main characters unique to the unfolding adventure, whilst referencing characters and locations familiar to those that have read other titles in the series.
  • The books encourage readers to be proud of who they are and embrace differences, making them incredibly positive reads.

The Tigers in the Tower – Julia Golding (18th October 2020)

  • Set in Georgian Britain, with the story of one girl facing life in a new country as an orphan.
  • Her ‘family’ consists of two tigers that accompanied the girl on the voyage from India to Britain.
  • The story incorporates historical characters from the relevant time period.
  • The treatment of animals mirrors that of the treatment of children, which makes this a great book to debate around.
  • The story is powerful in both content and characters, with readers becoming invested in the entirety of the book as they look to learn whether justice is served.
  • Cultures are authentically detailed, giving readers an insight into aspects they would otherwise be unaware of.

Moondog – Jane Elson (20th August 2020)

  • Beautifully written, this is a powerful story that educates readers on the importance of researching getting a pet prior to purchase.
  • With main characters of both genders, this book will interest all chapter book readers – especially those that are fans of animals and adventures.
  • Chapters within the book alternate between Marcus and Delilah, keeping readers on their toes and giving multiple perspectives and vantage points.
  • The children have ongoing personal drama but remain steadfast to their beliefs, values and who they are as individuals throughout making them incredible role models for readers.
  • This would be a recommended title for chapter book readers that enjoy animal stories, adventures, crime solving and mystery.

The Wild Way Home – Sophie Kirtley (1st July 2020)

  • The stunning cover encourages readers to embark on the unforgettable journey within with its beautiful fully illustrated cover.
  • This book would be fantastic fictional content for classes learning about the Stone Age during topic time, and draws comparisons and differences between modern day life and that of the Stone Age.
  • Encourages readers to use their imaginations as they read this Stig of the Dump feel story.
  • It is so incredibly detailed and immersive that readers will be reluctant to want to put this book down.
  • All the characteristics of a modern day classic, from quality text, relatable characters, and thought provoking storyline.

These really are some incredible books that 8-12 year old readers of chapter books will enjoy as they provide them with some much welcomed escapism whilst taking them on unforgettable adventures, getting to experience the unimaginable! I chose these particular books because the content of them has stayed with me since reading them, and the quality and depth to the story within each of these books rewards the reader richly. The second part of this list will follow later this week as I look to offer an insight and understanding as to the titles I will enjoy discussing in school when term starts, and be advocating for our school library stock too.

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