Top Ten Books That I Want My Nephew To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about books we’d want our children/future children/niece/nephews to read! So here are mine…

My nephew is almost 6 and I can’t wait for him to get to the age where he might read/hear these books. All of these books I either loved as a child or read to my current class who are 6/7 years old!

The BFG- Roald Dahl


I absolutely adore this book. I think he would love it too. He’d love the whizzpoppers!

George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine

Loved this book. It’s always my first class book with Year 2. I hope he wouldn’t get ideas to make a medicine for his Gran!

The Witches- Roald Dahl

The Witches

This one would scare him at the moment, but I hope he eventually gets to read it!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

The World’s Worst Children and World’s Worst Children 2- David Walliams

The World's Worst Children

I have a feeling he’d love some of these disgusting tales!

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Definitely for when he’s older! 🙂 I think he’d love this mixture of pictures and words!

The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster (Demon Headmaster, #1)

Such a classic from my childhood. I’d love him to read this one day.

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

Another classic. My current school reads this with 10-11 year olds. It’s such a fantastic book.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Again, this book wouldn’t be suitable right now, but years down the line it will be. I feel its educative too. Can’t escape the teacher in me.

What did you post this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!


Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit 2015: The Round Up

1) What was your favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?

BETH: SUCH a tough choice. We had some super amazing titles this year. If I absolutely had to choose one it would be Goodnight Mister Tom which narrowly beats The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, one of my all-time favourites. So beautiful. So moving. I may have shed a tear or two…

CHRISSI: It has to be Goodnight Mister Tom which is one of my favourite books of all time, even as an adult it moved me. Possibly more so. Arghhhh the love I have for this book.

2) What was your least favourite Kid-Lit book of 2015 and why?

BETH: Hmm. There weren’t any real howlers this year (compared to the horror that was The Swiss Family Robinson last year!). Again if I had to choose, I would go for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid. This is not because it’s terrible because it’s not at all. Perhaps I was just expecting something a bit more and maybe I’m the wrong demographic but it wasn’t an amazing read for me.

CHRISSI: Watership Down. I’m a massive rabbit lover and wanted to connect with it more.

3) What was the Kid-Lit book of 2015 that surprised you the most?

BETH: Either Watership Down which was slightly darker than I expected or Velveteen Rabbit which was even more adorable than I expected!

CHRISSI: The Lightning Thief. I didn’t expect to enjoy Percy Jackson as much as I did!

4) Have you been inspired to read any other books from a Kid-Lit author of 2015?

BETH: Yes! Something else from Ruth Thomas after once again thoroughly enjoying The Class That Went Wild as an adult and David Walliams as I thought Gangsta Granny was a brilliant read. Wonder if one of these authors will turn up on our list for 2016?

CHRISSI: More from David Walliams and Rick Riordan!

British Books Wrap Up 2015

The British Books Challenge is something that I’ve really enjoyed doing since I began blogging almost 3 years ago. Every year I try to ensure I’m reading British writers because they are awesome and deserve recognition! This year I read 73 British writers. I’m SO proud of that total.

Linked below are my reviews for the books I’ve read by British writers. Feel free to take a look!

I will be participating in the British Books Challenge 2016. Link can be found on the page I dedicate to it.


Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!


The story is set during the Second World War, when Tom Oakley, an elderly and unsociable widower, finds himself with a young evacuee on his hands. Willie is a sickly, under-nourished and ill-treated London child, but we see him blossom in Tom’s care into a healthy, happy and talented boy. He makes friends for the first time, and is surprised to find that he soon forgets to be homesick, as there is always so much to do in the village. This tale traces the beautiful and profound relationship that develops between the man and the boy.


This book is one of my absolute favourites. I was quite late to reading this book, reading it at the age of 13 at school. I remember studying it in my English class, and my teacher would only read one chapter a lesson with us. It was utterly frustrating and looking back on it now, I wish I had had my own copy to read at home! I probably would have devoured it over a weekend.

Goodnight Mister Tom is suitable for younger children though. Although, I personally  wouldn’t recommend it to under 9 year olds as I think some of the issues are incredibly dark. I know at my current school where I am a primary school teacher the Year 5/6 classes are studying it as part of their Evacuees topic.

Goodnight Mister Tom centres around a young boy called William, who is evacuated to the country to live with Tom Oakley. Tom is a widower and isolates himself from the rest of the community, so it is quite the shock to the system for him to have a young, dependent, unfortunately mistreated, sickly boy on his hands. However, Tom and Will develop a beautiful relationship. Mister Tom becomes a role model to young William, as he feeds him up, reads to him and gently teaches him how to read and write. He becomes the dad that William has never had. Will makes friends with the children in the village, but life isn’t rosy for him. His mum summons him back home and some dreadful things take place.

As I mentioned, some dreadful, dark things happen within this book, which is why I don’t think it’s a great book for under 9’s. It’s emotional, it’s heart-breaking and it’s true to the tough times experienced during the war, so I believe you need a certain amount of emotional maturity in order to tackle this book. I remember feeling moved by it when I was a teenager, and it still moves me now.

The writing in this book is so beautiful. It’s easy to read without becoming too twee which unfortunately some children’s books are that have been released in the ’80s. Goodnight Mister Tom is truly a children’s classic and I hope it continues to be read and enjoyed for many years to come.

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Next up in the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (November):
The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

This Week In Books #20

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope The Start of Me and You None of the Above

NOW- The Time In BetweenNancy Tucker– I am thoroughly engrossed by this memoir about a young girl with anorexia. It is SO well written. It’s disturbing, it’s raw and it’s real. I’m putting it down momentarily today to read Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian for my kid-lit challenge with Beth, but as soon as I’m back from London later I shall be picking it back up!

THEN- The Start of Me and YouEmery Lord– I would’ve said I just read a lighter read looking at the cover, but one of the great things about Emery Lord’s contemporary books are that they have so much depth than your average contemporary. This book deals with grief and moving on. It’s a beautiful book and has cemented Emery Lord as one of my auto buy authors.

NEXT- None of The AboveI.W Gregorio- Wow, I have a heavy reading week! I have been looking forward to this book for ages though. It’s about a teenager who finds out they are intersex…

What are you reading this week?

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit 2015: The books are revealed…

Beth and I have been completing a Kid-Lit Challenge for 2 years now. This year we thought we’d shake it up a bit and add modern children’s literature to our list! Here is our completed list. My picks are in purple and Beth’s are in red!

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

What do you make of our picks? Have you read any of them? Let us know!