Your child is finally done with a long year of online classes.
Summer vacation is here!
But for you – it’s a lot of work.
As a mother of six, I know the difficulty I have in keeping all my little ones happy and engaged.
And I’ve always found a good book can do the trick.
Here are 6 books my children have read and loved.
These books are well-written and entertaining.
Your child will put them down with better vocabulary, improved reading comprehension and a broader view of the world.
What’s the best part of this list?
Every book on it is available at Elfwood Library!
Visit elfwoodlib.com to put these books on hold today.
Book #1 The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Here’s what this book is about : Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life. He rarely travels farther than his pantry or cellar. But his peace is disturbed when Gandalf, a wizard, and a band of dwarves arrive at his doorstep to whisk him away on an adventure. They want him to join their plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and dangerous dragon. Will Bilbo join their quest? And what perils will he face?
Neema’s Notes : At a time when everyone is stuck at home, this book about a long journey may be just what your child needs to get some space.
Book #2 White Mice by Ruskin Bond
Here’s what this book is about : Ruskin is keen to teach his scatterbrained uncle a lesson. After all, he put him on the wrong train! Armed with gifts from his new friend, the stationmaster (yummy rasgullas and a pair of beautiful white mice) Ruskin plans the perfect revenge.
Neema’s Notes : All children dream of playing pranks on the adults in their lives. And if squirmy creatures are involved, all the better. Your child will love the illustrations in this book.
Book #3 Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Here’s what this book is about : This is a collection of stories about the world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Armed with his keen observation skills and trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes is ready to take on the criminal underworld in 18th century London.
Neema’s Notes : Does your child enjoy puzzles, mystery and drama? Then they will love Sherlock Holmes. This book is a collection, which means your child will have plenty of stories to dig into.
Book #4 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Here’s what this book is about : Christmas won’t be the same for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy this year. Their father is away, fighting in the American Civil War. They may be poor but life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.
Neema’s Notes : The sisters in Little Women are used to making their own fun with their siblings. This book may inspire your little one to write a book, put on a play or just spend some time with the people at home.
Book #5 Anne of Green Gables by L. M Montgomery
Here’s what this book is about : Mark Twain called Anne ‘the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice’. This is the story of how a bad-tempered, naughty, red-haired orphan charmed a whole town. (This is a story of how a impulsive, dreamy, red headed orphan who often managed to get into trouble yet charmed the whole town.)
Neema’s Notes : Anne is a child who always wants to do the right thing. But most of the time she gets it wrong! Your child will love Anne right from the start of the book until the very last page.
Book #6 Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Here’s what this book is about : To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate was the most beautiful thing in her life, a symbol of the home she had lost. Now that her father was a migrant worker, Janey didn’t have a home she could call her own. Someday, Janey promised the willow plate, her family would be able to set down roots in a community.
Neema’s Notes : This book talks about many of the things all children need – family, friends and a stable home. This is one of the books your child will carry with them for many years to come.
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