After a recent flurry of well-received book suggestions, I realised how much joy I find in recommending books to children. I get a chocolate sprinkle of smug satisfaction when children read and love the books I have suggested.
In order to get more of these moments (greedy, I know) I am thinking of starting a Personalised Book Recommendation service. My dream job would be to read books all day so I can recommend the right story to the right child and make happy readers out of all children.
I’m going to need a little practice at this before I can convince the world that this should be my job. It’s one thing writing book reviews for all to read but another to pinpoint which story will capture a specific child’s imagination; all books are different and all children are unique.
So, I need your help. If you would like some book ideas for a child this Christmas then please email me the answers to the below questions and I will use this information to recommend suitable and inviting books for them to enjoy. You can then tell me how well I did, or didn’t, do!
1 Please list 1 – 3 books your child recently enjoyed
2. What are their interests? e.g. football, music, horse-riding, baking, dance, science
3. Briefly describe the child in terms of their reading preferences.
To help with this last request I have given examples for each of my three children below:
Child One – believes in magic, loves a good adventure story and loves animals.
Child Two – dislikes any magical fantasy or science fiction, interested in what makes people tick and loves James Bond or dystopian type adventures.
Child Three – loves fantasy, being made to laugh and enjoys getting stuck into a series.
Please email your answers, along with the child’s age and school year, to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will reply within three days with five book recommendations.