Well the children have rummaged through the books and chosen some to read. They have been willing to have a go at my recommendations but their reactions so far suggests that the more up to date books will be winners. Understandably these are more accessible to them through the language that is used. This is a shame because it means that they are not being exposed to a wider range of experiences, language and thought processes. I obviously need to think about how to get around this.
So far the comment about Moon Pie by Simon Mason has been ‘It’s Mint!’
A Girl Called Dog by Nicola Davies has provoked some discussion.
Just William by Richmal Crompton and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes have proved more difficult for them to get into.