Top 5 Books for the Easter Break

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Mar 252016
 

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You’d think our kids would be excited about the prospect of no school for two weeks, but they’re actually a little sad. They very much enjoy school and they particularly love our (almost daily) visits to the library. If your kids are avid readers too make sure you pick up some great new reads to keep them entertained during the holidays.

Here are our top 5 books for the Easter break:

Tiny TimmyNot a day goes by where our 7-year old son doesn’t read a book or two, he is known to even read a book while walking to school! He also loves to kick the footy with his friends so Tim Cahill’s latest book Tiny Timmy Makes the Grade! (RRP $12.99) really is the best of both worlds. If your sporty kid needs a bit of encouragement to open a book this is an excellent pick that is sure to win them over.

Tim is determined to make it onto the famous rep team, but first he will have prove his worth on the field. Earning a spot in the school squad is not easy so he better put his best foot (and his head!) forward if he wants to succeed. It’s a great story about teamwork, perseverance, doing your best and of course being active, something all kids can learn a lot from.  Featuring a fun, appealing font and filled with cool illustrations this Tiny Timmy adventure reads very easily, even the most stubborn reader will read his way through all 124 pages without realising.

Room on the BroomLearning to read is a tricky job and can be quite exhausting too so our miss 5 is not always in the mood to do her reading before bed. We find the best way to keep her focussed is by choosing a book about something she already knows and loves, it makes the story much more fun and real. She has seen Room on the Broom (RRP $14.95) on TV before and thinks it is terribly funny (and a little scary too!) so this is a real winner!

Written by Julia Donaldson (creator of The Gruffalo) this gorgeous book is a joy to read and listen to. It tells the story of a witch on a flying broomstick, who picks up a bunch of interesting passengers on her way. The text flows beautifully and rhymes, which invites young listeners to join in and ‘guess’ the next word. The pictures are colourful and detailed so there is lots to look at and spot on every page.

Pig the PugNext up is miss Sybbie (3), our little busy-bee who struggles to sit still. She recently spotted Pig the Pug (RRP $16.99) at the ‘big school’ so she thinks it is pretty awesome that we now have it in our own ‘library’ at home as well. We have read Aaron Blabey’s hilarious book ‘The Brothers Quibble’ over and over again and his writing style is so appealing to kids, he really knows how to engage young children.

This interesting looking character is called Pig the Pug, a round and wrinkly dog who hates sharing his food or toys with anyone. Then Trevor, a friendly sausage dog, comes along… will Pig learn to share and play together after all?

Dear ZooRight now she’s more into chewing books than reading them but, if she is anything like her siblings, I am sure it won’t be long until baby Harriet falls in love with reading too. Dear Zoo (RRP $14.99) by Rod Campbell is a great choice for the smallest family members, this sturdy board book introduces children to different animals and their characteristics through a fun game of lift-the-flap. Can you guess what animal is behind the flap?

If I Were The Easter BunnyJust in time for Easter we can’t go past If I were the Easter Bunny (RRP $14.99) by Louise Gardner, a colourful hardcover picture book about an exciting egg hunt, scrumptious chocolate eggs, fun and games in the park, pretty handmade bonnets and of course the Easter parade, after all the best Easter is one spent with friends. What would this weekend look like if you were the Easter bunny?

The book experts at Dymocks are here to help you stock your bookshelf in time for the upcoming school holidays with this awesome book deal: Buy 3 picture books for just $30! There are more than 30 great titles to choose from, offer ends end of April.

To find out more about Dymocks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.dymocks.com.au.

Dork Diaries

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Dec 072013
 

Dork Diaries

Some days I feel like dealing with two 5-year olds is tricky, but I’m sure it’s a piece of cake compared to what’s ahead of me when they hit the tween stage. By now we know all about Wimpy Kid but when you’re a tween girl you may not be too interested in stinky trainers and basketbal practice, it’s all about finding the right BFF, knowing the latest gossip and surviving lunch at school without major embarrassments. Join the lovable Nikki Maxwell as she attempts to ditch her dorky ways in the Dork Diaries:

Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries 5New York Times best selling series Dork Diaries has hit the right note with tweens all around the globe. The easy-to-read diary concept covers all the first-world problems ordinary teens battle with, from holiday crushes to disastrous wardrobe malfunctions and everything in between. Aa a mum of two girls author Rachel Renee Russell knows first hand what really matters when you’re a so called dorky teen trying to find your way in high school.

Dork Diaries Box SetThe Dork Diaries series currently consists of eight titles, six of them are Nikki’s ‘real’ diaries and the other two titles encourage the reader to get active and work on a Dork Diary of her own. With Christmas just weeks away why not grab your daughter or nieces one of the Dork Diaries? (You may want to have a sneaky read yourself too, your daughter obviously doesn’t want you to read her diary but there is nothing stopping you from having a flick through Nikki’s. You might discover some valuable tips!)

Dork Diaries

The Dork Diaries are available at Dymocks stores across Australia and online and can be purchased individually ($14.99-$16.99 each, paperback) or in great value box sets.