Archive for June, 2010

Great series for teenagers

June 30, 2010

If you are looking for something gripping for your teenager to read, my son has just discovered the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. The first book came out last year and has been quickly followed by the second, with the third due for publication in August. The series has a whopping 87 reviews on Amazon, 65 of which are at 5 stars.

I gave my 13 year old the first book last night and couldn’t prise it out of his hands at bedtime. He kept making excuses to read just a bit more every time sleep was mentioned. Think I’ll leave him to it tonight!


Is there life after Horrid Henry?

June 29, 2010

This seems to be a regularly asked question by teachers and parents. At one of the schools I work in, so many children who are really good readers (Stage 13+ of the Oxford Reading Tree) seem to find it difficult to move on from Horrid Henry. Good all Francesca Simon really seems to have got it right in terms of the subjects children like, a simple reading level as well as lots of pictures.

My feeling is that to stick with this formula is perhaps the best and not to try to leap from Horrid Henry to the Famous Five or other thick chapter books, however much we enjoyed them as children – it has to be a really gradual transition!

Try Ricky Ricotta, which although quite simple will show your child that there really is life after HH! Also the Geronimo Stilton books which have lots of pictures throughout the text and are great fun!

All the best children’s book recommendations from Hummingbird Books.

June 28, 2010

 Hummingbird Books is a site which recommends books that children themselves have rated as “amazing”, “5-star” or just “really, really good”. We believe that the first step in encouraging children’s love of reading is to make sure that they have access to books that they really want to read. That’s why we talk to children every week to find out their current favourites and it is these books that we feature on our website.

We have now joined a brilliant scheme which enables you to have our great recommendations and be able to buy them at great prices too! Every time you click on a “Check price/BUY NOW” link at Hummingbird Books, you will be redirected to, where you can buy at their amazing prices, knowing that you will be helping to keep our site going through the commission we receive on every book sold .