10 Favourite Children’s Books – 9 Year Old’s Choice

During August we celebrate Children’s Book Week. Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and is in its 63rd year.

Book Week this year runs from August 16th -22nd and theme in 2008 is “Fuel your Mind”. To celebrate Book Week on this blog, each Tuesday in August I will be posting lists of favourite children’s books, as selected by my children.

Today’s selection is by Thinker. He is 9.5 years old, in grade four and is an avid reader. I have to admit that if I were to have chosen on his behalf, I would have chosen quite a different list. But I think this list does reflect his love of diversity in reading materials.

Thinker kindly gave up some of his time, to describe to me why he liked each book and I have included his responses under each title. In no particular order his favourite 10 books at the moment are:

(1). Raven’s Gate – Anthony Horowitz (The Power of Five series)
This book is about magic and find stories about magic interesting.

(2). Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – J.K.Rowling (Harry Potter Series)
This is my favourite in the series and it is about war and mystery. The mystery makes me keep wanting to read more so I can find out what is going to happen.

(3). Funniest Stories – Paul Jennings
Book of short stories about funny stuff people do. I like it because they make me laugh and they are a little bit crazy.

(4). The Power Of One (Young Readers’ Edition) – Bryce Courtenay
I like the main character Peekay. He keeps trying no matter how mean people are to him.

(5). Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
It is an adventurous story and the main characters have lots of attitude.

(6). The Twits – Roald Dahl
Mr and Mrs Twit do heaps of disgusting stuff to each other. It is great how the animals out smart them.

(7). The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
It talks about as you get older you tend to play less and less. It teaches you that it is important to give to others.

(8). The Adventures of Tintin – Red Racksham’s Treasure – Herge
Tintin and the crew have to keep trying and trying to find the treasure. Professor Calculus is my favourite character in this story.

(9). Rowdy Revolutions – Terry Deary (Horrible Histories series)
It is about real history and is full of action. It is quite violent and lots of people died in the revolutions.

(10). Once – Morris Gleitzman
It is a very sad story about the holocaust. I enjoyed it because the young children were running away from the Nazis. Not everyone survived.