#HookedOnBooks: your recommendations
Published on: 07 February 2019 Author: Robbie Hunt
When SF Said put together his list of 30 books to help find a breakthrough book for reluctant readers he asked for your recommendations too... and boy did you guys deliver.
Illustration: Erika Meza
We asked for your recommendations and you responded with a deluge of fantastic books. With contributions from authors and illustrators to teachers and parents, there is definitely at least one book amongst these lists and piles to get any reluctant reader #hookedonbooks.
So without further ado, let's get stuck in:
Some of our brilliant staff couldn't contain their excitement when asked to recomend some books (surprise, surprise).
Our resident books guru Isabel aka BOOKY THOUGHT came along with two comprehensive lists, one for older children and one for teens. Our key picks being Murder in Midwinter, Roller Girl, Booked and How I Live Now.
@jabberworks - Ten books to get kids reading, for #HookedOnBooks (as rummaged up just now in my studio).
@RashmiWriting - Agree with @whatSFSaid @Booktrust: “I believe there's a book for every single child out there: a book that will get them #HookedOnBooks”. Here are my 32 picture book picks - from factual and funny to lyrical and uplifting. Something for every child (and adult).
@ - I’ve partnered some old favourites with some of my new favourites. Just devoured NIGHT OF THE PARTY by @traceymathias & THE LAST CHANCE HOTEL by @nicki_thornton. ACCIDENTAL PIRATES by @ClaireFayers is magical, page-turning action. #hookedonbooks @Booktrust
@ - "I believe there's a book for every single child out there: a book that will get them #HookedOnBooks" - @whatSFSaid is right, EVERYONE can be a reader. Here’s my selection of 30-ish books that will definitely hook you like a lil fish on a sort of book fishing line.
@ - Totally agree with @whatSFSaid and @Booktrust that "everyone can be reader… when they find their favourite book" and here's my #HookedonBooks pile of 30 books that I'd recommend to hook a reader - plus a bonus pic of three more that might do the trick!
@EmilyGale – (cont...) Then there are the series that have pushed his reading ability without him noticing - Paladero by Steve Lochran, How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland, and The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D'Lacey. If you have a young dragon/dinosaur/animal lover at home, maybe some of these will get them hooked on books. Parents and teachers showing an interest in the books their kids enjoy is the main thing.
Recommendations from parents, teachers, librarians and others
@blackerschat - Thank you so much for putting this brilliant list together! Sharing some of our son's favourites, who got #HookedonBooks after meeting an author. We hope there is a book for someone to get 'hooked' for life
@roth_library - We have our first Hooked on Books challenge complete! Way to go!
Hounslow School Library Service just could not choose their favourite 30 and instead showed off aplethora of brilliant books.
@isabelwriting - It hasn't been a breeze getting my three sons #HookedonBooks... Or to write / draw themselveshere are some that they've formed strong attachments to past and present, that have sparked desire to collect a series or seek out all titles by a writer / illustrator...
The brilliant staff at Raines Reed School Library, came up with three piles of books that have helped their students fall in love with reading, including Kerb-Stain Boys, The Recruit and Children of Blood and Bone.
@rrouillard - These are some of the books that got my kids #HookedonBooks...plus a special mention of The Tiger Who Came to Tea - the first book my daughter remembers reading herself. @BookTrust @whatSFSaid
From the otherside of the world Megan aka NZ Book Hoarder, gave us some wonderful suggestions that have helped her dyslexic son, including Tom's Midnight Garden, A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Marvels.
@nz_book_hoarder - I spent my childhood with my nose in a book so it was a bit of a shock when my eldest son (now 14) was diagnosed with dyslexia. He still can't read a chapter book but is nonetheless #HookedonBooks! Here are some of his favourites...
Anna the Bookworm drew on both her work as a TA, as well as her enjoyment of reading books, to come up with a great batch of suggestions, including Witch Wars, Rabbit and Bear and Hamish and the Worldstoppers.
A massive thank you to everyone who got involved. Please continue the chat to help us get kids #hookedonbooks