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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Eleven Plus Books

“Dear, this is the school holidays. Don’t you think that you should read one of those new books you were given for your birthday?”

“But Mum, I don’t really enjoy reading. Anyway the books I was given don’t appeal to me. I like a different kind of books.”

“Well dear, where can we go to get them?”

“I know what I like. The books I was given for my birthday are not good to read. I don’t know, where to get these books. What about the internet?”
“We are always told go to the library and ask the children’s librarian to suggest books. Why don’t you write down the titles and authors of your books and we can take them to the librarian who may be able to tell you more about the books and the authors?”

We can surmise that the most popular books will be those that children recommend to each other. It is also likely that these books are by authors who have written more than one book. The most popular books are possibly those written in a series. Your typical popular children’s book has at the very least:

A strong plot

Clear characterisation

An unsophisticated style

Not all books that are recommended by children can have these three key ingredients – but it could help! A glance at the shelves of some of the major bookstores appears to make it obvious that many children’s books are written for the 9 – 12 year old market. Within this collection of books there must always be books that are read by generation after generation.

Luckily there will always be new authors, new books, new themes and new markets being opened up. Hopefully your child will find something to read.

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