Getting into Reading May 20, 2016 – Posted in: Book News – Tags: ,

This week we’ve been looking at books that can bridge the gap between picture books and young fiction. For some children stepping up to young fiction can seem a slightly daunting proposition whereas others may be either reluctant readers or want to dive into something more challenging. In recent years, there has been a number of titles published, that try to address these issues through skilful writing and innovative illustration and book design.

claude 500pxClaude: Going for Gold is the latest in the wonderful series by Alex T.Smith and sees Claude and his long-suffering friend Sir Bobblysock discover a Very Exciting Sports Competition at their local sports centre. With a whole host of massive sporting events this summer, including the Olympic games in Rio and the European Cup, this book will spark the interest of any child with a love of sports. The humorous illustrations and text are ideal for developing readers.

1Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane is the first book in a very funny series by mother and daughter team Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy. Dixie and Percy are always getting into adventures and they enter theAll-Day Car Race little knowing what is ahead of them! Dixie and Percy run into all sorts of peril, as does their arch enemy, Lou Ella. But who will win? These beautifully designed books have short, sharp chapters that are perfect for young readers and the lovely little details on each page make for repeat readings.

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Rabbit and Bear is the debut children’s book by playwright Julian Gough, with illustrations by Roald Dahl FunnyPrize Winner Jim Field. This hilarious tale of a Rabbit who likes to eat poo and an eternally optimistic Bear is reminiscent of the work of A.A Milne and like many of the tales of Winnie the Pooh, it touches on the subject of friendship and trying to be yourself.

1Polly and the Puffin is the debut children’s book by best-selling novelist Jenny Colgan.This unique story of friendship between a girl and an injured puffin is full of beautiful retro illustrations by Thomas Doherty, the story has a sweet and charming narrative that introduces a character in Neil the Puffin, that everyone will fall in love with. There is also nice touch at the end with some activities, jokes, and recipes.



For slightly longer or more challenging stories see our list for year 3 includingblue moon

Blue Moon by Jenny Oldfield is the story of Anna, whose mum Kerry gets sick and faces big hospital bills, her dad
Rex says they need to sell off their most valuable horses. Anna knows her own horse Blue Moon is the best on the ranch, so she decides to hide him in an abandoned barn. A poignant text with beautiful pencil illustrations by Gary Blythe. As with all Barrington Stoke books, this book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface, and paper stock and has been edited to a reading age of 8.

jolly rogersThe Jolley-Rogers and the Monster’s Gold is the third book in the series by Jonny Duddle, author and illustrator of the Award Winning ‘The Pirates Next Door’. When Jim Lad and his Dad discover a treasure map inside an old bottle, they set sail to find the mysterious island. Only to end up in the belly of the dastardly Pirate Cruncher! We love the exuberance and inventiveness of Jonny Duddles’ books, and this one, in particular, is a non-stop action packed adventure and a great introduction to chapter books.