“You know books… can I have some recommendations?”

The amount of times I’ve been asked for recommendations over the past few weeks is LUSH. Whether it’s from my kids for what to read next, for parents on what to buy their kids for Christmas or from my colleagues on what to read, it’s all lush to talk books.

Over the next 3 days I’m going to collate 3 different lists for books I’d recommend – be it to read or to buy someone for Christmas!

Today I’m tackling 7+ (ish) recommendations

Tomorrow will be 8+ish and then Wednesday will be YA recommendations! There are LOADS of recommendations out there, I just decided to collate my favourite 10 from the past year (or so)!

If you have a reader who is just starting to read chapter books, or likes the look of illustrated chapter books, these books are brilliant.

2018 recs

Violet and the… series by Harriet Whitehorn

Fabio – The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective by Laura James

Royal Rabbits of London series by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig

Amelia Fang series by Laura Ellen Anderson

Max – The Detective Cat series by Sarah Todd Taylor

The Wild Robot series by Peter Brown

The Twitches series by Hayley Scott

Sam Wu series by Katie and Kevin Tsang

Horace and Harriet series by Clare Elsom

There you have it! 10 of the best books for Y2+ I’ve read recently. I’d love to know your thoughts! Let me know!

Have you read any of these?
Do you have any recommendations that I could add?
Which of these would you like to pick up most?

Talk to me!

Remember to come back tomorrow for recommendations for books for those 8+ years!

S x

BOOK BLOG: Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang: brilliantly spooky books with gorgeous characters too!

“Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST!) and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball. And when the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realise things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem . . .”

“Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you’ll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine’s missing mother, Queen Fairyweather. But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust? And will they finally uncover the real villain keeping the kingdoms of Light and Dark as mortal enemies?”

I recently devoured both of these books in a matter of about 2 hours and my word, they’re BRILLIANT. These books would be perfect to read around Halloween time and with the 3rd book coming out soon (later this year I believe!) there’s no better time to pick these up than now!

In book 1, you meet Amelia Fang, who is not your run of the mill, ordinary girl. She’s a vampire with best friends who are also not human. Her best friends are Florence, a rare breed of yeti, (DEFINITELY NOT A BEAST) and Grimaldi, a young apprentice Grim Reaper. Amelia’s parents are hosting the annual Barbaric Ball and have invited the King and his son, Prince Tangine, to the ball. Having agreed to come to the ball, Amelia is tasked with looking after the Prince when he starts at her school. She definitely does not want this. What ensues is adventure, friendship and a whole load of acceptance. 

Then in book 2, the adventures continue with Amelia and her friends when they have to go to the dreaded Kingdom of Light to help rescue Queen Fairyweather, Tangine’s mother. Amelia meets all kinds of brilliant new characters and has to travel to a brand new land. That’s all sparkly and happy… completely different to where she comes from! She’s a brilliant friend, helping out a friend in need. Nothing could go wrong, right?

These books are BRILLIANT FUN and beautifully illustrated. I can’t tell you how much I adore the illustrations. They add so much to the books, I definitely loved seeing all these wonderful creatures and settings – they’re much better than my brain could’ve imagined! (People who can draw blow my mind, so the face Laura draws the pictures AND writes the story just baffles me! Massive massive props to her!) There’s a few copies going around the library at school at the minute because the kids are just devouring them! Book 3 can not come quick enough! I love the sense of adventure, friendship and family in these books. They deliver a message without kids necessarily realising it. 

Have you read the Amelia Fang books?
What kind of mythical creature would you choose to be?

Lets talk!

 Sx