Monday, 6 April 2009

Katie Waters: Recommended Easter Reads

Katie Waters, Childrens Bookseller at Waterstone's in Edinburgh (West End), drops by to give us her recommended reads for the Easter Holiday.

Spring is not just about Easter bunnies and chocolate - it is also an exciting time of year for children's books! Right now at Waterstone's we are absolutely swamped with new titles so to make life easier for you, here are a few of my recent favourites to help keep you out of mischief over the Easter holidays!

'Smile!' by Leigh Hodgkinson is a stunning new picture book for the under 6s. Just how do you find a lost smile? First things first, check down the back of the sofa. Or how about the dog basket? With Hodgkinson's quirky illustrations you'll find more than just a smile inside this colourful treasure trove.

Vampires have taken teenage books by storm recently,and now they're sneaking into books for younger kids too! 'Meet the Kreeps' by Kiki Thorpe is the first in a new series of spooky tales all about the sinister Kreep family who have just moved into Polly's street. Perfect for little horrors aged 6-8!

For confident readers and animal lovers aged 8+ 'The Underneath' by American author Kathi Appelt is ideal. I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the cover was what made me pick this one up! This brand new and brilliantly written animal adventure is sure to become a modern classic. A cosy book for when spring showers keep you indoors.

I'm a big fan of historical fiction for teenagers and I'm currently reading 'Scatterheart' by Lili Wilkinson. Set in 1814, this is the story of spoilt-little-rich-girl, Hannah Cheshire and her attempts to fend for herself after the mysterious disappearance of her father. Written a fairytale-like style fans of Shannon Hale and Celia Rees, like me, will adore this atmospheric read. And now I'm off to finish reading it!

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