Penguin Books asked me to pick my pick of best reads for kids this month, and here’s what I chose out of quite a big selection of their new books.
If we were judging these books on their covers alone, I’d give them a high five, but they’re great reads too.
I Wish I Were A Dog by Lydia Monks: A beautifully illustrating rhyming story book about a kitty who is fed up with being a cat, and wants to be a dog because they seem to have all the fun.
Ben Ten Omniverse Annual 2014: This annual is almost as essential as a Ben 10 watch – it’s full of adventure stories, plus games and challenges.
Peter Rabbit Sticker Activity Book: This book is great for travel as it’s full of puzzles and activities, and more than 150 stickers to play around with. There’s also a certificate of completion at the end.
Disney Princess Annual 2014: Readers will meet all the Disney princesses, read their stories, and do some fun activities.
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan: This is the third in the Percy Jackson series, and has been made into a movie (so there’s bound to be a lot more hype around this book). It’s a fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology, and while it’s worth starting the series from the beginning, it’s okay to start here.
Bit-Bot The Blob by Jo Litchfield: This is a charming adventure about George and his dog Monty who stay at his uncle Widget’s house as his parents are snowed in. The illustrations are great and the characters and machines kind of pop into life.
The Children’s Madiba by Sean Fraser: This book is a concise and wonderful story of the life of Nelson Mandela, and a great resource for kids.
Angelina’s Cinderella by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig: Angelina is off to a dance show, where she will be dancing as Cinderella. But then rain ruins the show’s scenery, and the cast have to put it back together.
Lego City Christmas Caper: There are puzzles, a story, comics and a Lego figurine, all Christmas themed – what a win for Lego lovers!