Today’s list of books for Fantastic Fiction for Kids comes from Ella, one third of the team behind the very best radio programme for kids anywhere in the world – Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. (I have no affiliation with them – I’m just a big fan!)
Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child is a weekly radio show for kids and their grownups, originating from Northampton, Massachusetts, but available to listen to anytime over the internet via WRSI.com. Spare the Rock is a family production, with Bill Childs and his kids Ella (our guest poster today) and Liam hosting and producing, and They. Really. Rock. If you like music, if you want to hear great music, if you want to discover brilliant music that you will really enjoy as well as your kids, then you must find a way to listen to Spare the Rock!
But it’s not all music – most shows there’s Book Time with Ella, and The River (the radio station where the show originates) organizes an annual family music and book festival – this year they’ve already got Mo Williams confirmed as attending.
Now a little bit more about our guest poster today. Ella says of herself, “I’m 10 years old and I like to fence and to play soccer. I enjoy school and reading a lot. I hope to be a paleontologist when I grow up.” And here are the books she’s chosen for us:
Rusty is a house cat that dreams of living in the wild. He gets his chance when he is invited to live with a group of wild cats. He goes of to live with them in the wild. There he learns many important lessens and finds a home. I like this book because it
shows how the smallest are as important as the rest.
A mouse named Mariel washes up with no memory. She goes to Redwall Abbey and there recovers her memory. She learns that her father has been capture by Gabool the Wild and goes to kill him. I like this book because it’s so thrilling.
As to music to read by (extra music today what with our guest poster and her Dad being DJs!), you could try:
If you or your kids enjoy Into the Wild you might want to explore the official website of the Warriors series, or the teachers or readers guides to Into the Wild published by Harper Collins.
Activities, including several fun sounding recipes, relating to Mariel of Redwall can be found at TeacherVision, or at Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site.
Since being made into a film there are plenty of movie related activities for The Tale of Despereaux – for example at Activity Village or Peppers and Pollywogs. At the other end of the scale, here’s a 20 page teacher’s guide to the book, from Candlewick.
My big thanks to Ella for this lovely selection of books – and now please do go and check out Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and say hello to her, her Dad and her brother!