Books for kids
This week’s children’s books recommendations from ReadingZone.
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S is for South Africa
By Beverley Naidoo, Prodeepta Das
Published by Frances Lincoln
Many children might be wondering about the South Africa they see on television and what lies beyond the giant football stadiums that are hosting the FIFA World Cup.
S is for South Africa draws a lively, detailed picture of the ‘Rainbow Nation’, providing a photographic alphabet of its cities and rural areas, the contrasts of wealth and poverty, and its people and landscapes. Some children will be surprised that Africa comprises modern cities and schools as well as rural villages.
Intertwined are sayings and traditions that bring the culture of South Africa to life, from the little Imbira home-crafted piano to ‘Madiba’ – Nelson Mandela, or ‘elder of the clan’.
By Eoin Colfer
Published by Puffin
Artemis Fowl won the public vote earlier this month for the ‘Puffin of Puffins’ – the nation’s favourite Puffin title published in the last 70 years.
As it is also one of our favourites, we thought it was worth highlighting for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Artemis Fowl, the young mastermind of crime who the series is named after.
Artemis isn’t your average criminal – he’s only 13 but he has his eyes set on the most audacious heist he can envisage; stealing fairy gold, and lots of it.
Get two copies for your household though, because you will be just as gripped as the younger members of your family. It’s brilliant.