Junior Fiction (6-12 years)

Following toddlerhood, pre-teen years are most formative in creating good reading habits and placing high quality books in children’s hands is an important role in assisting their development. Here you’ll find my recommendations on books which I believe would be great to have around and grow up with.

"Struwwelpeter": fusion of humour and horror in the world's most successful cautionary tales Junior Fiction (6-12 years) Junior Fiction (6-12 years)

“Struwwelpeter”: fusion of humour and horror in the world’s most successful cautionary tales

Heinrich Hoffmann’s “Struwwelpeter” (1845) was to Germans what Carroll’s “Alice in wonderland” was to British or Lindgren’s “Pippi Longstocking” has become to Swedish a hundred years later – a national …

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“The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan: on belonging through connection Junior Fiction (6-12 years) Junior Fiction (6-12 years)

“The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan: on belonging through connection

“The Lost Thing” was first published in 2000. It ended up being a multi-award winning picture book, which in 2004 was reinvented as a highly acclaimed theatre production (by Jigsaw …

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Shaun Tan's "The Red Tree" when you feel lost and misunderstood hope might be just around the corner Junior Fiction (6-12 years) Junior Fiction (6-12 years)

Shaun Tan’s “The Red Tree” when you feel lost and misunderstood hope might be just around the corner

Shaun Tan is the Australian author and illustrator whose work I fell in love with at first sight. It was the sight of “The Red Tree”. The book has received …

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