In TAS, we love books. Because we love books, we love to see children whisked into a world of stories. Choosing a good book that engages children helps them to want to read more. Since there are some parents that want to know which books are good to get for their children, we thought we would start recommending some for our TAS students.
The books that we recommend have 3 main ingredients – interesting plots and good vocabulary usage as well as varied sentence structures. The plots will help engage children and make them want to read more. The vocabulary and varied sentence structure will hopefully translate to better writing for the children.
An example of a good book:
Gone by Michael Grant
It is about a town that experiences a very strange phenomena. One day, in class while the main character (Sam) was having his lessons, the teacher disappeared. Of course, everyone was rejoicing at first. However, panic struck the children when they realised that every teacher was gone and that their parents could not be contacted. Later on, they found out that everyone above the age of 14 was gone. They had to help rescue some of the babies and children who were crying at home. There was instances of accidents that occurred when the drivers disappeared. Later on, 2 main leaders emerge to help the rest make sense of their world that had gone horribly wrong.
This book is very gripping and interesting especially for upper primary kids.
Extract from the book:
One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There.
No 'poof'. No flash of light. No explosion.
Sam Temple was sitting in third-period history class staring blankly at the blackboard but far away in his head. In his head, he was down at the beach, he and Quinn. Down at the beach with their boards, yelling, bracing for that first plunge into cold Pacific water.
For a moment, he thought he had imagine it, the teacher disappearing...
More reviews of books specially curated for children will be up every week, and we hope to get your children hooked on reading!
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