In a rapid technologically advanced society, books are being laid more and more to the wayside in exchange for video games and toys. Here are a list of books which may help replenish a child’s thirst to read!
1. Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone
Who said reading means doing nothing but staring at pages? Steve Jackson’s and Ian Livingstone’s Choose Your Own Adventure-style storytelling will be sure to put the “game” in “gamebooks”. With only a pair of dice, your child will be rolling and flipping pages, battling onslaughts of enemies, looting treasure, and strategically thinking about every choice they make. Every choice they make can affect their skill, stamina or luck on their adventure sheet. Why stop there? Read together and see how two brains can think over any decision!
2. Goosebumps/ Goosebumps Horrorland by R.L. Stine
Do you think your child is interested in any of the following?
- Living puppets
- Haunted schools, houses
- Creepy camps and carnivals
If so, Goosebumps might be the choice for them! From intergalactic egg monsters to learning how to kill a monster, these stories are sure to satisfy a wide range of fears and curiosities. Filled with more than enough supernatural, mystical and scary elements to keep your child busy, this gigantic book series will be sure to “hook” them in.
3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
If you ever think a child may be too smart for their own good or plays games like a criminal mastermind, the Artemis Fowl series may be the novels for them. In the first book, Artemis, a young anti-hero, captures a fairy and holds her ransom. The way he outwits fairies and full-grown adults will be sure to have you trembling in your toes, and your child plotting masterful ways to have their way with things.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Sometimes children like a taste of reality. A Series of Unfortunate Events will show them the bitter aspects of life. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are survivors of a house fire, leaving them orphans. Adopted by their eccentric and greedy uncle, Count Olaf, the three children must find a way to protect their family fortune and survive all the misfortunes meeting them at every corner. These books will leave the reader just dying to see how the three characters survive their ordeals.
5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
How can we ever forget the classic books of fantasy and magic that brought a whole new world to children’s literature? J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series created a wonderfully well-crafted new world of mythical animals and wizardry living beside the human world. Children will be scrambling to learn new magic spells as they follow Harry in his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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