The summer library challenge - I am doing it too, recommendations needed

(36 Posts)
mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 28-Jun-13 12:55:41

This summer I am doing the library challenge with my DC, the theme is creepy and magical so I need a six book short list. I like classics and know I can find a good few gothic novels amongst them but also want to try something different - I have never read Stephen King for example.

All ideas greatly received to be added to my already huge to read list.

We have never done it before, how will the DC know what they can pick from? Is there a special section etc?

Periwinkle007 Fri 28-Jun-13 13:37:57

we did it last year - they just pick whatever they want as far as I am aware. We didn't sign up until there was only a week to go (I had forgotten about it) so they just did their books in 1 week and they just picked anything. they are only small though so perhaps as they get older they are supposed to follow the theme but I don't think so.

Cookie804 Fri 28-Jun-13 13:45:13

Terry Pratchett does books for adults and younger readers, although I've also read them as well.

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents
The Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
I Shall Wear Midnight

These are part of the Disc World Series which could lead your DC onto a whole series of books.

Cookie804 Fri 28-Jun-13 13:45:56

Might also be a way of encouraging as you could both read the same author.

NumTumDeDum Fri 28-Jun-13 13:52:21

Dianna wynne jones does some great books in this genre.

fuzzpig Fri 28-Jun-13 13:59:57

Hello, I work in a library smile

DCs can read any 6 books they want - all they need to do is give a brief description or say what they liked about each book (unless there are huge queues in which case they may not have time). It can be non fiction if that's what they prefer, graphic novels, picture books etc. My DD did it last year before she could really read, so we did it for books I'd read at bedtime. Anyway, there's no special set or theme to choose from (though libraries may 'promote' particular series etc, but that would only be to give children ideas IYSWIM)

One fun idea if you like classics could be to read one while your DC read a child's version of it (usborne do loads of these). It's lovely that you are doing this alongside them smile

I am currently reading The Beetle by Richard Marsh, he was a contemporary of Bram Stoker and at the time his book outsold Dracula.

iseenodust Fri 28-Jun-13 14:09:18

Wilkie Collins - take your pick !
The Water Babies

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 28-Jun-13 14:26:30

Fuzzpig that is a good idea.

I also like the idea of Reading the same books too as mentioned re: Pratchett.

Thanks all.

Periwinkle007 Fri 28-Jun-13 16:06:24

thats a good idea about doing the classic version and the child doing a simplified version of it.

fuzzpig Fri 28-Jun-13 16:17:12

I only thought of it as I recently read DD an Usborne version of Frankenstein (because she has a Lego Minifigure of Frankenstein's Monster, and another of a mad scientist who she has named Frankenstein) - I think she missed the point of it though, as she found it quite funny in places hmm

I was planning to read Dracula after finishing the Beetle but I can't face the thought of ploughing through it so I might read the children's version grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 28-Jun-13 19:14:45

Dracula is brilliant though, I really enjoyed it.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 29-Jun-13 08:19:44

Can appreciate that you want to read books on the theme but I wouldn't expect my DC to. Dd is only 5, she will turn 6 during the challenge, I will just be pleased that she is doing it at all. Last year our lovely library let her take part knowing that I would be reading the books to her.

Was going to suggest Wilkie Collins too.
How about James Herbert?

mixedmamameansbusiness Sat 29-Jun-13 08:38:22

It won't be the end of the world if they don't stick to theme, but they do enjoy theme related things and it will guide them to read things they haven't before/different genres.

NumTumDeDum Sat 29-Jun-13 08:41:11

Try The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 29-Jun-13 08:45:04

Its good if it encourages them to read other things then. My DS is a good reader but has always been very specific about what he will and won't read.

A couple of years ago he theme was circus, think I would have struggled getting him to read 6 books on that theme smile

fuzzpig Sat 29-Jun-13 09:20:35

We (as in the library I work in) are a bit worried that younger readers may be too scared by the Creepy House theme this year! We are having spooky events but not in the main part of the building so hopefully we will be ok...

My DCs aren't on chapter books yet but IIRC Holly Webb writes some magical themed books. Oh and there's a 'Midnight Library' series by Nick Shadow which is quite popular.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 29-Jun-13 09:35:32

Thanks for those suggestions fuzz, will mention them to DS. He's just started reading a series of unfortunate events so think that might be most of the reading challenge accounted

MadeOfStarDust Sat 29-Jun-13 09:40:59

For adults - creepy and magical - I would second James Herbert, also Dean R Koontz - wouldn't let the kids anywhere near them though grin

fuzzpig Sat 29-Jun-13 09:45:35

Oh I loved the Series of Unfortunate Events. Started reading them when I was, um, 18 or so? DH got into them too and from about book 4 onwards we actually read them to each other.

(PS - the film version is an abomination angry)

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Jul-13 17:42:24

Never seen the film, thankfully. DS asked me tonight when the reading challenge starts and said "think I'll read all the Lemony Snicket book and a couple of maths books". He's such a predictable geek boy grin

fuzzpig Wed 03-Jul-13 17:46:16

He sounds awesome grin

mixedmamameansbusiness Wed 03-Jul-13 17:48:39

That's lovely.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Jul-13 20:28:11


JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 04-Jul-13 21:43:49

We have been to the library tonight. Dd has chosen 2 books. When we got home dd told me she is going to start reading them now, then register on Saturday. She wants to take the 2 books in next Minday and be ahead of the game. Is it worrying that she is so competitive? She's 5....

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 05-Jul-13 18:55:51

Haha, I wouldn't worry, it sounds lovely.

It's not really meant to be a competitive scheme. One of the aims of it is to keep children attending the library throughout the summer holidays. Defeating the object to race through it as fast as you can.

The Garlic stickers truly stink btw! grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 06-Jul-13 07:57:54

I know Bear but you try explaining that one to my dd smile.

mixedmamameansbusiness Thu 11-Jul-13 20:09:15

Haha, looking forward to the smelly stickers.

Try telling my three it's not a race! Dd1 read a Wimpy kid diary in the car on a trip today. Ds insisted on reading one of his in the car and on the beach today. Hard work as although he can blend he forgets lots of the sounds, he's very motivated. Dd2 not started but we only got them this morning!

Need to find some harder books for dd1.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Jul-13 10:07:03

Hi everyone,

The Reading Agency will be running a twitter competition with us, whereby you could win one of three buddles of children's books for ages 4-6, 7-9 or 10-11years. For more information about the competition, or to find out more about the cause, then check out our Summer Reading Challenge page.

Rowgtfc72 Wed 17-Jul-13 19:52:20

This will be the third year dd has done the summer reading scheme, the first year she was three and I read to her, this year is chapter books Our library is also doing a Creepy house Quiz and a Creepy house puppet thing but Im a bit miffed this is only for age seven and upwards.

Blatherskite Wed 17-Jul-13 22:30:08

This sounds perfect for DS. He can read but it takes motivation. I'll take him to our library next week when he breaks up and get him signed up smile

Blatherskite Wed 17-Jul-13 22:32:25

How do we enter the competition LaraMumsnet?

The Summer reading challenge page says "To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you're following @mumsnetbookclub and @readingagency using #SummerReadingChallenge"

Should that be 'and tweet using #SummerReadingChallenge'??

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Jul-13 15:36:02


How do we enter the competition LaraMumsnet?

The Summer reading challenge page says "To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you're following @mumsnetbookclub and @readingagency using #SummerReadingChallenge"

Should that be 'and tweet using #SummerReadingChallenge'??

Hi Blatherskite,

Sorry if the instructions weren't clear, basically @mumsnetbookclub will tweet using the hashtag #SummerReadingChallenege announcing what bundle we're giving away, and all you have to do is RT

DeeKirkby Wed 31-Jul-13 11:07:56

It's so nice to find another adult doing this! I'm doing Summer Reading Challenge because I am a Patron of Reading at a primary academy. So far I have read The Grunts in Trouble (MG) and Winter Town (YA).

DeWe Thu 01-Aug-13 21:28:42

It used to give you a list of authors at each point. Although it was sometimes a hassle finding them, I preferred that as it encouraged them to try books they wouldn't otherwise look at.

As it stands my younger pair are doing it, but they'd read 6+ books easily (last year we did it within a week) anyway, so it doesn't really do much for them.

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