I have some young readers who love books and I am so happy I can always offer them some amazing titles to choose from. As half term is just around the corner, what better way to unwind from school than with a beautiful book to spark your imagination?

I know parents go a bit crazy when kids got no school so I just thought I could throw some captivating stories here to keep the little ones busy for a bit.

Here are my top books to guarantee half term fun

  1. MALAMANDER by Thomas Taylor – I got this book today for my friend’s daughter. It’s children’s book of the month in Waterstones. It come highly recommended and sounds like one hell of a read.

Could the monstrous Malamander be lurking midst the rocks and wrecks of Eerie-on-Sea? The tropes of supernatural children’s classics are given a fresh and witty spin in this tale perfect for lovers of maritime mysteries such as The Storm Keeper’s Island and Sea. The briny world of Malamander may be inhabited by mechanical mermonkeys and diabolical villains but Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma are on a mission to find Violet’s missing parents and nothing is going to stand in their way. Taylor is currently best known as the illustrator of the original Harry Potter covers – but Malamander more than proves his talents as a children’s author as well.

2. HIGH RISE MYSTERY by Sharna Jackson – With its vibrant urban setting and winning characterisation, High Rise Mystery is a very welcome addition to the burgeoning child detective genre.

The murder of their art school teacher sets young sleuths Nik and Norva on a thrilling adventure to bring his killer to justice. Whilst the brooding presence of the high rise block, theTri, ensures the novel feels topical and real, High Rise Mystery is, at its heart, a classic children’s whodunit.

3. CAN YOU SEE ME? by Libby Scott – This is a novel about autism with one very significant difference. Co-author Libby Scott is autistic herself and she is also 11 years old, thus ensuring that the narrative of Can You See Me? is as credible as possible.

Endearing, insightful and warmly uplifting, Can You See Me? is a story of autism, empathy and kindness that will touch readers of all ages.

Tally is eleven years old and she’s just like her friends. Well, sometimes she is. If she tries really hard to be. Because there’s something that makes Tally not the same as her friends. Something she can’t cover up, no matter how hard she tries: Tally is autistic.

Tally’s autism means there are things that bother her even though she wishes they didn’t. It means that some people misunderstand, her and feel frustrated by her. People think that because Tally’s autistic, she doesn’t realise what they’re thinking, but Tally sees and hears – and notices – all of it. And, honestly? That’s not the easiest thing to live with.

4. A PINCH OF MAGIC by Michelle Harris – this is yet again another winner from Waterstones and an amazing read for every child who loves a bit of magic.

‘For as long as I can remember, stories about enchanted objects have fascinated me. From the comb which steals Gerda’s memories in The Snow Queen to the painting imprisoning the little girl in The Witches, the idea of everyday objects having hidden powers brings magic that little bit closer.’ – Michelle Harrison

All books can easily be found in Waterstones and some are on offer as well. I went today and had my second book half price, not to mention that I added another stamp on my loyalty card. I am so close to my £10 credit.

If you are stuck in the house with a little 2-3 year old because nursery is closed, head on and check TOP FIVE BOOKS FOR MY TODDLER . There are such amazing and entertaining titles there.

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