As you may know, I’ve taken the Bookstart 20 pledge to share at least 20 books this year. Now, sharing books and book ideas is what Playing by the book is all about, so what could I do to make my Bookstart 20 pledge a little bit more of a challenge?
I thought I’d start by choosing 20 books I’d share with some of the fictional children I’ve loved reading about.
Here’s where I would start…
I don’t imagine
Horrid Henry would sit still to listen to a book being read, but perhaps I’d put on an audiobook of the Nicholas stories by Goscinny so he could listen whilst he plotted his next naughty deed.
I’d love to have all the
Pevensie children from the books set in Narnia join me round a blazing fire whilst I read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
The Pevensie children
Sophie from The Tiger who Came to Tea would enjoy The Tiger Skin Rug by Gerald Rose.
Sophie and her tiger
I can imagine
Halibut Jackson loves books and has lots of favourites already, but one that I think would make him giggle, and feel less alone is The Invisible Boy by Sally Gardner.
If I could meet
Laura Wilder (I know she isn’t really a fictional child, but nor are the books entirely factual) I would offer her Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House.
To Ralph and Piggy in Lord of the Flies I’d give Charlie Higson’s The Enemy.
Katie Morag would adore the How to train your Dragon novels by Cressida Cowell.
Katie Morag and the Isle of Berk
Hiccup in the Cressida Cowell How to train your Dragon novels I’d give The Three Musketeers by Dumas.
I’d love to see
Toby Lolness‘s eyes open so wide as he read Charlotte Voake’s A Little Guide to Trees.
Toby Lolness and a page from A Little Guide to Trees
I have a sneaking suspicion that
Ottoline would probably enjoy the Amelia Bedelia books.
Coriander might enjoy The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
I’d love to see Quenelda’s eyes flash as she reads
Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris. Quenelda is the heroine of the Dragonsdome books by Lucinda Hare and come highly recommended if you’re looking for an adrenaline packed fantasy chapter book with a strong female lead.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen would make Tomas, in I believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo, smile.
A library lion and a library unicorn
I can’t decide whether I’d give
Immi Flotsam by David Wiesner or The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.
I’d love to give
Miranda the Explorer a copy of The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell and Graham Percy.
Ella Bella I’d select Ballet for Martha written by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca.
I think Robert Jacklin from Jason Wallace’s
Out of Shadows would recognise something in The Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Max Grafe and translated by Sarah Ardizzone.
Tom Gates would love a joke book. I’d start with the classic Ha Ha Bonk Book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and then move on from there.
And finally, to dear
Daisy (who does not like peas), I’d give I Do Not Eat the Colour Green by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain.
What books would you share with which fictional children? Do share!
And what books are you going to share with the real kids in your life? Don’t forget – if you haven’t already done so, you can take the Bookstart 20 pledge to share 20 books over the coming year.