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Last updated 10:56 AM on 15 September 2011

24 June 2011

Encouraging your kids to pick up a few good books during the holidays is a great way to keep their hard-earned reading skills from slipping. Here are some suggestions.

Books for young kids

For boys and girls in Kindergarten to Year 2:

  • The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky
  • Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Libby Gleeson.

For boys and girls in Years 3 and 4:

  • Ballroom Bonanza - Nina Rycroft (a fabulous rhyming alphabetical picture book)
  • The Adventures of a Late-Night Swearer - Nette Hilton
  • The Walk Right in Detective Agency series - Moya Simons (heaps of humour and a quirky appeal).

Books for tweens

For girls in Years 5 and 6:

  • Pearl Verses the World - Sally Murphy.

Boys in Years 5 and 6:

  • Schooling Around series - Andy Griffith.

Girls in Years 7 to 9:

  • Lucy Zeezou's Goal - Liz Deep-Jones (great for fashion-conscious and/or soccer-playing girls).

Boys in Years 7 to 9

  • Ranger's Apprentice series - John Flanagan
  • Australian Backyard Explorer - Peter Macinnis.

Books for teenagers

  • Siggy and Amber - Doug MacLeod (Siggy learns the perils of drinking alcohol at too young an age)
  • Surf Ache - Gerry Bobsien (a surfing, ballet-dancing chick copes in a new town)
  • Nancy Wake and Tobruk – both by Peter FitzSimons (includes some mature content and strong language but are well-researched books about great Australian heroes).

More reading ideas

Visit the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge website, which lists great books that are available in bookshops. The books are listed in age-challenge levels with lots of detail to check out. (Remember they are just a guide so if you have a child in Year 3 who is a good reader, you may like to look at the challenge level 5-6 booklist.)

Check out school holiday programs run through your local public library.