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Kids TBR piles

We do a monthly reading round up, but what’s in the kids’ TBR piles at the moment?

Bearing in mind that some of the books in these piles have been there for quite a while, there still quite tall. Mine is less substantial and, besides, mostly on my Kindle. There’s no pretending we aren’t all book addicts.

Large boy

For background, large boy is ten and a half and a total bookworm. He’s read all the Cressida Cowells and is on his last two Rick Riordans. I’m horrified as I have no idea what new author he’ll find to occupy him next.

Yes that’s ridiculous isn’t it. He might have splurged a bit at the last couple of Sunday morning carboots. He’s got:

  • Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
  • The World’s Worst Pets by David Walliams
  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
  • The World of Norm May Need Rebooting by Jonathan Meres
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Twenty-one Balloons by William Pene du Bois
  • Jack Stalwart China, Australia and Italy by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
  • Sebastian Darke Prince of Fools and Prince of Explorers by Philip Caveney
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
  • What’s For Dinner Mr Gumm by Andy Stanton
  • The Return of Death Eric by Sam Llewellyn
  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Oh and there’s a copy of The Hobbit floating about somewhere that he’s intending to have a go at in the summer.

Small boy

Small boy is very nearly seven and his reading has exploded in the last eighteen months. He’s gone from simple school reading books onto full novels and his reading age is over 10. That means it’s a little tricky finding things that will challenge him but that are age-appropriate.

Between hand me downs from large boy, random gifts from my mum, and more carboot finds, he’s got:

  • Daisy and the Problem with Maggots and Daisy and the Problem with Life by Kes Gray
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith
  • Space, Stars and Slimy Aliens by Nick Arnold
  • Violent Volcanoes by Anita Ganeri
  • Toto the Ninja Cat by Dermot O’Leary
  • Bob’s Lunar Adventures by Simon Bartram
  • The Invisible Boy by Sally Gardner
  • The 65 Storey Treehouse and The 91 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  • How to Train Your Dragon, How to Break a Dragon’s Heart and How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell

How about you?

What’s on your kids reading list? What recommendations have you got for my pair? Small boy’s stack will keep him quiet for a while but large boy’s might last him a month or maybe two if I’m lucky. Help!

Love from Smell xxx

23 thoughts on “Kids TBR piles”

  1. It makes me smile to see a few of my childhood favorites in these piles – like Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Oh my heavens, I loved that book! And so much YES to The Hobbit (and anything Tolkien). I’ve actually been making my way through Percy Jackson recently as well. I’m late to the game (as the first one came out during my first year of middle school) but they’re so much fun!

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  2. My 5 is a total bookworm too, we’re making our way through David Walliams books at the minute and she’s reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhanban with her Dad too. Will definitely keepnsome of these in mind.

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  3. God, I wish I had kids who read! I love getting lost in the book world. Your boys definitely are wide readers. My daughter used to love books and reading until she got to about 9 and then switched off. Very impressed with their piles!

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  4. I wish that my T read like your boys. I myself am a huge reader but he could care neither her nor there. I have tried to tempt him to no avail. It is hard to find books for kids who are way above their reading level. My mom signed for an adult library card for me when I was 11. I cannot think of anything at the moment that I might be able to recommend. I did find Piers Anthony Xanax (I know that is the spelling for the med but it is really close to that) was a good one. More for the elder. Have you looked at Roland Dahl for your younger? I know these are old names but timeless. Shel Silverstein as well is a terrific read. Poetry.
    Have a fabulous day. I intend to spend my time reading. 🙂

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    1. Ah I’m sorry your son hasn’t been bitten by the reading bug yet. I hope he find something that just sucks him in one day.

      We have a box set of the Roald Dahls and I think small boy will get to them soon. I’ll look up the other one for large boy, thanks so much for the recommendations.


  5. Wow, those are two awesome stacks of books! I hope your kids enjoy both tbr piles~ Has your LB read the Hamish series by Danny Wallace? Or the Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gdiwitz? Or The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West? Oh and for your SB, Wings & Co series by Sally Gardner or the books by Philip Reeve x Sarah McIntyre (they got a whole bunch of fun kids books). Oh boy, I could probably keep on giving recs, I love reading kids books so much~

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    1. You’re a total mine of authors to discover. I’m going to have to write a list of everyone’s suggestions and then see what large boy approves of. Small boy hadn’t yet discovered that he can pick and choose rather than just work through the pile mum provides.

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      1. You’re welcome! Let me know if you want more and I can dig into my books some more. 🙂 Haha, that is adorable, will be fun when he discovers that he can also pick things~

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  6. Has your LB read the Skullduggery Pleasant series (Derek Landry)? My son loved these books and liked many of the same authors that your LB is reading. I’d double check on age appropriateness as I don’t recall when my son actually read them.

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