It is that time of year when we start to reflect on the year that has passed, Sky Sports show 100 greatest goals and Sunday supplements run their Top 10 list of stuff!
I am going to share my Top 10 books of 2017; however, not all of these books were first published in 2017, but I first read them this year. Some people would have called this blog Top 10 Children's books of the year, but these books are not just for children. I have enjoyed them as much as I have 'books for adults.' If I was to add an 'adult book' to this list, then it would be A column of fire by Ken Follett.
The list below is in no particular order. (Click the book covers for additional details)
The first time I saw this book it was being read on Cbeebies story time and at the end my little boy asked why my eyes were wet. Syd and his Grandad are best friends. Their houses face each other and they go on adventures in Grandad's attic. One day they go to a magical island but this time Syd returns home alone and his Grandad stays there. The next day, Syd returns to his Grandad's attic alone and feels lonely until a bird arrives, tapping on his window with a message from his Grandad. Younger children will take the story at face value but older children will understand the allegorical message.
The book consists of 'spell poems' which, when read aloud, will summon the missing language for children. The copy in our house has been pored over again and again and again by a 'nature mad' 7- year-old.
The Observer sums it up quite eloquently "Sumptuous...a book combining meticulous wordcraft with exquisite illustrations deftly restores language describing the natural world to the children's lexicon... The Lost Words is a beautiful book and an important one."
Do you have a favourite book that you have read for the first time in 2017? Please share them in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading! Rob