I’m a bookworm. Yes, I love reading and have no qualms putting that down as a hobby since I was a kid. Reading became a habit…I need a book when I’m on the bus, when I’m eating alone, when I’m in the toilet, even when I’m walking. So you can imagine my deep desire for my kids to love reading too!
Alas, my memory fails me when I’m in the library or at the bookstore. You see, I CAN’T remember what is a good book for my kids! I usually end up getting a book that way too easy for them or simply out of their league! I tried googling to find a recommended book list (there are many online), but the lists are so varied or the standard is just so different from our kids. I was so happy when Jan & Elly, one of my favourite English Language Schools in Singapore gave me a list of recommended books for kids! (Nadine attends classes there, and she loves loves loves it! You can read about it here)
Here’s what you can get for your kids from 6-8 year old:
I’m an avid reader, but when I was a kid, we didn’t have half of these books!! I mean, I know Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl, and I’ve Peter Rabbit products (but strangely never read the book!). The rest of the books on the list are truly an eye-opener.
Wait till you see the list for 9-12 year olds!
Ahhhhh!!!! I feel like retracting my statement about me being a bookworm! And as I read the short summary for each book, I want to go get all of these books now! I’ve only read 4 out of the 10 books!! An absolute embarrassment for a bookworm!
So what are you waiting for? These are books that are age appropriate for your kids. Read them with your younger kids, or if your child is older, read the book first (or at least the summary). They are great conversation topics with your little ones!