"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." Anon.

Hi all,

Happy Easter! Whether you are going , holidaying underneath , driving to granny and grandpa's for a long weekend, or curling up on the sofa at home, we hope your kids have some great  to see them through.

Today's recommendations are from parents on the Kinfo app. We're living in a golden era for children's literature – one of these authors wrote his first multi-million bestseller aged just out of his teens. "It's the best series our child has ever read," says one parent.

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Head this way for page-turners ︎

Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different

For: Non-conformists

Not every boy wants to be a superhero. This is for the Salvador Dalís, Obamas, Beethovens and Stormzys in the world: men who dared to be different, and who feature among this compilation of stories. "Our boys needed new inspiration," says a mum of 2.

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

For: Post-Pottermania

"Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero," say the publishers. "Racing through the series," delights a mum of a Harry Potter fan. Over 55 million of these books have sold worldwide, so they've definitely hit great wizardry heights.

Raina Telgemeier Collection

For: Short haul trips

"Fun music and activities," says a mum of 2. The Ministry of Sound brand is evolving, next in their arsenal is a new members club launching soon. Tiny tots can avail themselves of the state-of-the-art sound system this weekend.


For: Departure lounges

Hunt down one of the great subscription deals or pick up a copy at the airport. Recommended by a dad of 2, who says that it's fun to get something in the post each week. And yes, Minnie the Minx, the Bash Street Kids and the Numbskulls are alive and kicking.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

For: Bashful readers

Lots of doodles and creative fonts to hook in the less eager reader. This is about a boy who likes to annoy his older sibling, which might resonate with many 7+ year olds. One mum says that his son couldn't put the books down.

The Book With No Pictures

For: Family involvement

And now a story without pictures, for ages 3+, recommended by a mum of 2. We've checked it out and it looks like a lot of fun. Take turns to read, all the family, reciting everyridonculous word (that's the rule) and then fall about laughing. Perfect for family holidays! 

Goth Girl

For: Mystery adventurers

One of our kids went to to today's (postponed) World Book Day dressed as Ada Goth, so she's a fan. A great series, beautifully illustrated, recommended twice on the app. "The twists are amusing for parents," one says.

The 1,000 Year Old Boy

For: Older kids

A new release this year. "Brave, bold, charming, moving," says a dad. A unique and uplifting tale of friendship through the eyes of a young teenage boy, Alfie Monk, who has lived, like, forever (the clue is in the title), yet remains young at heart.

What a Wonderful World

For: Younger siblings

A bright, fun book featuring the lyrics of Louis Armstrong's song, accompanied by drawings by an award-winning illustrator. "He has such a wonderful way with colour, the illustration of the rainbow will take your breath away,"  says a mum of 2. A beauty to treasure forever.

The Land of Stories

For: Everyone who loved fairytales

Glee star, Chris Colfer, wrote this first book not long after turning 20. Read up on him here. He then wrote 5 more (while acting, singing, dancing, screenwriting...) but still kids were left wanting more. "Our child is so excited about this series and updates us on the plot each day, highly recommended" says a mum of 1. Roll on the film, which Colfer will direct. 


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