It’s hard to over-estimate the benefits of getting children into reading from a young age. A good book can help improve their vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. It can also expand their imagination to fantastic new depths. Perhaps most importantly of all, it’s a great way of keeping the little whipper-snappers occupied for a while!
The key to finding books that children enjoy is looking for an author that they really love. It’s easy enough to find a book from legendary authors like Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, J.K Rowling or Jacqueline Wilson, but there are plenty of less famous authors out there for those who want to stray from the norm.
David Walliams is best-known for being a fantastic actor and comedian, but his foray into children’s books has been hugely successful. Whatever this man touches turns to gold. He’s written five children’s books to date and they’ve all been well recieved. His second book, ‘Mr Stink’, was made into a one-off TV series which aired on BBC1 over Christmas in 2012.
The former ‘Little Britain’ actor is involved in so many projects that you can’t bank on him having enough time to pen another classic. He’s written at least one book a year since his debut ‘The Boy In The Dress’ was published in 2009, so fingers crossed that trend continues in 2013.
David Bedford started writing children’s books about football over a decade ago and they remain popular to this day. Most of his popular children’s books feature adventures surrounding the subject of soccer. His writing style is kooky, fun and enjoyable for football lovers of all ages! His works would be a perfect present for any child getting into football in 2013.
Jonathan Meres is another experienced author who has continued to enjoy success throughout the years. He’s the author of the ‘Yo! Diary!’ books which were made into a BBC TV series. His book ‘The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts’ is up against David Walliams tale ‘Gangsta Granny’ for a Red House award.
His latest read could be potentially of use to anyone fascinated by the English language. It’s titled ‘Phenomenal! The Small Book of Big Words’.
Elen Caldecott is a wonderful author who wrote some beautiful books in 2012. She describes some fascinating adventures that young readers will not be able to put down. The latest of these, titled ‘The Mystery of Wickworth Manor’, has been critically acclaimed.
Neil Gaiman writes comic books and novels for all ages. His work is always well received whether on the page or on screen. Parents could do a lot worse than introduce his fantastic books to their offspring. His zany tales include ‘The Dangerous Alphabet’ and ‘The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish’.
All of these authors have plenty of other books to choose from so if your child loves their newest work, it should be easy enough to find another novel which they will love just as much.
About the Author:
Louis Sharman is an avid blogger and writes for a plethora of subjects ranging from book reviews to suggesting the importance of e-books in modern culture. He lives in London, UK and enjoys reviewing the most recent books of sports. He is also an amateur photographer and has a great collection of photography books. You can connect him on Google+
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