Posted: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
International Children’s Book Day took place yesterday, April 2, to mark the birthday of the famous author Hans Christian Anderson, who is well-known for his children’s stories such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. The day is celebrated to help promote children’s books and most importantly, to inspire children to read more. To celebrate the day, we’ve put together some top Easter reads for your little ones to get lost in and they are all available to download for free from Hertfordshire Libraries BorrowBox service.
1) Spotty Powder and other Splendiferous Secrets by Roald Dahl
A treasure trove of Dahl! Amazing facts - some funny, some silly - and an original chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory make this a splendiferous, surprising and delicious treat from the wonderful world of Roald Dahl!
2) Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers.
Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country - but there's more to the gift than meets the eye.
3) I Swapped My Brother on the Internet! by Jo Simmons
Everyone has dreamed of being able to get rid of their brother or sister at one time or another – but for Jonny, the dream is about to become a reality with SiblingSwap.com! What could be better than someone awesome to replace Ted, Jonny's obnoxious older brother.
But finding the perfect brother isn't easy, as Jonny discovers when Sibling Swap sends him a line of increasingly bizarre replacements: first a merboy, then a brother raised by meerkats, and then the ghost of Henry the Eighth! What's coming next?! Suddenly old Ted isn't looking so bad. But can Jonny ever get him back?
4) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
5) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Inspired by the original Hogwart’s textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay, marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.
A feat of imagination and featuring a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition for any film lover or reader’s bookshelf.
For more information on the BorrowBox service to find reads this Easter, please click on this link.