19 Sep 2010 No Comments
Some familiar titles, some not so recognizable, but The Guardian’s list is an excellent resource. Once again, you could have trouble finding a couple of these titles on Amazon, so you may have to actually check your local library.
From the small genius of The Borrowers to the giants of children’s books, the Narnia stories, Lucy Mangan and Imogen Russell-Williams pick their must-reads for 8-12 year-olds by Lucy Mangan and Imogen Russell Williams
Stig of the Dump: Clive King
This was the first original Puffin published in 1963. The story of eight-year-old loner Barney who befriends Stig, a remnant of the Stone Age hidden in the local chalk pit, has not been out of print since. The two boys grow to appreciate each other’s eras and skills as they contrive ingenious solutions to Stig’s various problems living out of the junk that is thrown into the pit. A modern classic.
Charlotte’s Web: EB White
“‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother” is probably the most famous opening line of any children’s book. He is going to dispatch Wilbur, the runt of the litter, until Fern pleads for clemency. With the help of Wilbur’s wise and devoted friend, Charlotte, the spider is able to live out the rest of his days in safety. You may feel like warning your child that Charlotte dies “as spiders do” at the end of the summer. You should resist. It’s a book that teaches you that characters can be made to live for ever simply by turning back to the first page and starting again.
The Family from One End Street: Eve Garnett
This episodic collection of the adventures (in the late 1930s) of the multitudinous Ruggles family (seven children, two parents) was one of the first books for this age group to take working-class life as its central theme and to depict it with charm and without condescension. They remain as fresh as the day they were penned. More →