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Books to Check Out

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Different people look for vastly different things in the books they choose for their children. I try to read a wide variety of books but without question I am drawn more to the genres I love, this is why sometimes it’s a great idea to check out the best of lists. Now no-one is likely to agree with everything that makes these lists, but sometimes it is good to expand our horizons, you might be surprised. To be totally honest those Best of All Time lists, are filled with books I have absolutely no desire to read, but I still go through them and sometimes am reminded of books that I’ve been meaning to pick up.

So with that in mind here is a link to The Bank Street Centre for Children’s Literature list.

Some great titles here and a large number of ones I’ve never heard of. Oh if only I didn’t actually have a day job, but I have to pay for my book addiction somehow.

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Christmas Ideas – Books Aren’t Just For Avid Readers

So it’s that time of year and shopping is probably almost done (hopefully). Inevitably though, someone will have slipped through the cracks. Books are always a wonderful option and don’t worry if the child you are buying for isn’t a reader as there are so many different types of books that there is always an option.

I am going to list some ideas for you.

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For your Hunger Games fan you can always buy the Catching Fire Illustrated Movie Companion. This is a comprehensive look at the film Catching Fire, it is chock full of pictures and behind the scenes information.

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

Published: 1 December 2013

Format: Paperback 160 pages

Categories: Film Tie-In, Hunger Games, Action

ISBN 13: 9780545599337

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For those interested in non-fiction information, facts and figures there is the Australian and World Records 2014. This covers records for things in areas ranging from science to nature to sport to entertainment.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Paperback 224 pages

Categories: Non- Fiction, General Knowledge

ISBN 13: 9781743622094

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For those young readers interested in Superheroes there is a compilation story book called 5 Minute Marvel Stories. If your favourite hero is The Hulk, Captain America, Thor or even The X-Men this book has a story they will enjoy.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Hardback 192 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9781743622216

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For Star Wars fans there are so many options but it is hard to go past the old school concept of a yearly release (the Annual). This contains information on characters, events, as well as quizzes and other activities.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 17 September 2013

Format: Hardback 80 pages

Categories: Activity Books, Annual

ISBN 13: 9781907602849

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Or if you have a more hands on kind of fan you can get them the Star Wars Build R2D2 kit. Once complete you will end up with a 30cm, 3D model complete with sound and light.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 November 2013

Format: Novelty book 48 pages

Categories: Activity Book, Novelty Book

ISBN 13: 9781742839837

the-captain-underpants-super-silly-sticker-studioFor a younger person who likes the silliness of the wonderful Captain Underpants books you can supplement their collection (or even get this to encourage them to pick up the books), with this Super Silly Sticker Studio that they can colour in themselves.

Publisher: Klutz for Scholastic

Published: 27 August 2013

Format: Mixed media product 42 pages

Categories: Activity Books

ISBN 13: 9780545615228

This is just a small sample of options to choose from. There is a terrific range of craft books out there if you know some children who love to get hands on with things.

See, books aren’t just for readers, they are for fans, and the info hungry. They can entertain and educate and even just give you something to fill your time. Lets face it that last one can be important when it’s holiday time and the kids are home all day every day.

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