Yes, I know, we’re in MARCH, but I just haven’t got round to posting Oli & Soph’s top book picks for 2020! Better later than never, right? My kids are at different stages when it comes to books, naturally, and have different attention spans, but I can confidently say they both absolutely loved all 10 of these books and I find them reaching for them over and over on the shelf or in the book bin.
Sophie Johnson – Sports Superstar, Morag Hood & Ella Okstad:
Everyone’s favourite Unicorn Expert, Sophie Johnson is back for a new adventure – and this time she’s taking on the world of sports! She’s about to attempt the longest, hardest race anyone has ever tried (also known to everyone as a fun run) and she’s taking her training very seriously. This sweet book was a hit from the very first page, she is a ‘Sophie’ afterall…
Nibbles the Monster Hunt – Emily Yarlett:
Join Nibbles and chase him through the book as he causes a little bit of chaos, comes face-to-face with a dragon and makes a new friend. The kids loved lifting the flaps and looking through the peep-holes.
The Amazing Lockdown Journey – Paddy Muldoon and Benjamin Hewett:
The world is in lockdown, and Jack has been stuck at home for what feels like an eternity.
When he discovers a mysterious tunnel under his bed, an amazing adventure unfolds for Jack and his little sister, Lily. Together, they discover a magical forest, stop a powerful crystal from falling into the wrong hands, travel to the ends of the galaxy, and fight a gang of mutant hyenas. Along the way, they are joined by Winston, the Tortoise, and Dougie, a Mole whose superb tunnelling skills might just save the day. Or could the secret weapon be a stinky cheese sandwich stuffed inside a pair of underpants? Could there be a more appropriate tale? Every child needs this on their bookshelf!
My Book of Feelings – S.Couturier & M. Poignonec:
My Book of Feelings is a story about Simone’s emotions: fear, anger, jealousy, joy, shyness, pride and sadness. With beautiful illustrations, and additional advice and suggestions on the tabs and flaps, this book will take children on a journey of discovery on how to deal with each of these feelings when they experience them themselves. I’ve already spoken about our love for this book, but it deserves a spot here!
Meesha Makes Friends – Tom Percival:
Meesha loves making things . . . but there’s one thing she finds difficult to make – friends. She doesn’t know quite what to do, what to say or when to say it. A warm and affectionate look at the joys and difficulties of making and keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world. I think this book resonated with Oli more, who’s the more introverted of my two kids. Another hit from Tom Percival, this is one we’ll revisit through the year.
The World’s Worst Parents – David Walliams & Tony Ross:
Are you ready to meet the worst parents ever? Sure, some parents are embarrassing – but they’re NOTHING on this bunch. These 10 tales of the world’s most spectacularly silly mums and deliriously daft dads will leave you howling with laughter. Such a pick-me-up! The kids loved the hilarity of this book along with the epic illustrations.
She Rex – Michelle Robinson: Maisy’s brother’s Ed won’t let her play with his toys. He says, ‘Dinos are for boys!’ but Ed hasn’t met T. Rex’s BIGGER sister …Touching on gender stereotypes this book was a huge hit with both my kids, proving girls can like dinos too!
Camping Chaos – James Patterson & Steven Butler: The fifth book in the hilarious Dog Diaries series featuring Rafe Khatchadorian’s pet pooch, Junior. “I can’t wait to get to the most magical place in the world – THE WOODS! Just imagine all the adventures.
- Doggy-paddling in the lake
· Barking at raccoons
· And my quest to find the greatest stick in the universe!” I started reading this to Oli – it’s a great book for young readers – but soon Soph joined in on the fun too as we followed the adventures of Junior. This was the first book we’d read in the series and it reads absolutely fine as a stand-alone.
What We’ll Build – Oliver Jeffers:
Another hit from our favourite author, A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm. Oliver Jeffers delivers the most beautiful tale about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities and all we need to build a together future.
Quidditch Through the Ages – J.K Rowling:
We’re huge HP fans in this house, and this book is no exception. This special keepsake is a perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library. Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game’s history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh, through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans, Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.
*books #gifted to us by Jonathan Ball Publishers and Penguin Random House but all opinions are our own.