E-books Your Young Reader Can Get Stuck Into

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Looking for a new book series to get your young reader stuck into?

This month we’re bringing you the best series for junior readers, available as e-books, along with some fun (and printable) activity sheets to go with them!

1. The Showtym Adventure series

Perfect for: the 7+ animal lover

Showtym Adventures

This bestselling series by Kelly Wilson is inspired by true stories from the Wilson sisters’ childhoods. Join Vicki, Kelly and Amanda as they first encounter horses in the wild and learn what it takes to make them champions.

Where should I start?

Each story works as a standalone but as the old saying goes, the beginning is a very good place to start! Book one, Dandy the Mountain Pony, is about Vicki Wilson’s first chance to tame and train her own wild pony.

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2. Roald Dahl books

Perfect for: readers of all ages who love their humour just a little bit dark

Roald Dahl series

Roald Dahl books are a must for a young reader’s bookshelves. Chances are you’ve got a few of his books around your home already, but have you read them all? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda are big fan favourites, but how about the heart-warming Danny, Champion of the World? Or The Twits (disgusting but hilarious)? Both would be worthy additions to any kid’s collection.

Where should I start?

Anywhere you like! He wrote twenty books for children (including poetry books like Revolting Rhymes) in his lifetime and they are all fantastic. But since the movie is scheduled for release later this year, why not try The Witches? Beware though, it might make your child overly suspicious of elegant looking ladies wearing gloves …

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Download and print these fun Dahl activity sheets. For more fun downloadable activities you can visit the Roald Dahl website 

3. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Perfect for: reluctant readers who love their stories with a side of hilarious comic book style art

Is your kid familiar with the trials and tribulations of Greg Heffley? If not, with fourteen books in the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series so far, there’s plenty to keep them going for a while. If yes, then have they read the wimpy kid spin off? Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is told from the perspective of Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and is just as hilarious (but don’t tell Greg we said that!).

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Where should I start?

In order to really appreciate the hilarity of Greg’s story, these books should be read in order. So best to start with book one.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Activity sheet: Download and print this Wimpy Kid activity sheet and find more fun activities at wimpykidclub.co.nz

4. Trials of Apollo series

Perfect for: 12+ readers who love mythology and adventure!

Trials of Apollo series

You might know Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, but have you heard of the Trials of Apollo? After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four thousand year old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow regain his father’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go … an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Where should I start?

Definitely at the beginning with book one- The Hidden Oracle. This is a rip roaring adventure series that needs to be read chronologically.

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The Hidden Oracle

Activity sheet: Download and print this Trials of Apollo word search and find more fun activities at rickriordan.com

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