Books for April

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

Reading is at the heart of life-long and successful learning.

It improves mental health and wellbeing, but most of all is a fun and enjoyable experience. Reading together for just ten minutes a day will further encourage a love of reading in your child.

By providing your child with the right environment and support for reading at home, you will be giving your child the essential tools for success in school and later life. 

Here are some easy and effective tips to encourage and support the reading habit.

Jersey Library book recommendations for different age groups of children

We are delighted to team up with Jersey Library who will be making book recommendations each month.

The library has plenty to offer for children and adults alike.

You can find out what's on at the library here.

Ages three to five

At this age, children are really curious about books and love listening to stories.
Schools will be focusing on encouraging a love of stories, developing vocabulary and reading aloud to children.
Your children will learn the sounds of alphabets and blending them together to read simple words. 

You can help by:

  • reading with your child every day. 
  • rereading books and talking about the story and the pictures
  • encouraging and praising independent attempts to read 

Here are three books that Jersey Library recommends for your April reading:

Hi Slug! and Hug Bug by Rebecca Colby and Beatrice Tinarelli

When it begins to bug slug that his mummy doesn’t hug him, he leaves home to find out why.
Kitten suggests he should be furrier, so he puts on a woolly hat, while Bird suggests he needs a beak.
Soon, Slug has a new look, will his mummy hug him now?
Slug's mummy doesn’t have any arms so, of course, she can’t hug, she can only kiss which she does.
Told in rhyme, this heart warming, interesting and easy to read book turns from a sad story into a happy one.

I Miss Rabbitt and Put It Up by Jenny Moore and Ramona Bruno

Meg can't find her pet rabbit.
Where could he have disappeared?
The meerkats need his help to put paintings up because they can't reach up so high.
With delightful illustrations, the Early Reader Pink Band Structure of books have story lines that are fun and familiar.
Repetitive sentences using familiar, natural language and artwork for slightly difficult words makes these books ideal for your little ones.

Gom's Pet and Cat Fun by Rebecca Colby and Letizia Rizzo

Gom wants a pet.
His parents get him a cat.
Gom and his cat have lots of fun.
Would you like to find out what all they do?
With vibrant illustrations and fun, familiar story-lines, these books are sure to keep your little ones hooked to their reading.
The Early Reader Red Book band series of books have 60-90 words per story with two stories per book.
There is an information page before the start of each story.

Ages five to seven

At this age, children are rapidly developing their reading skills.
They learn to decode words using their developing phonic skills. They also read for meaning and are becoming fluent and expressive. They may even write and tell their own stories.

You can help by:

  • listening to your child reading every day
  • encouraging more independent reading, whilst supporting when necessary
  • asking them questions to check whether they understand what they read

Here are three books that Jersey Library recommends for your April reading:

Mischief on the Moors by Stephen Davies and Marta Dorado

Daisy and Liberty are two bored sisters living in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Dartmoor.
The most adventure they ever have is riding their BMX bikes around the local abandoned quarry until until one day they come across a mysterious creature.
Their world then turns upside down!
This is a laugh-out-loud, magical adventure immersed in local Dartmoor legend.
It has wonderful black-and-white illustrations by Marta Dorado.
This book is part of the Bloomsbury Readers series of books which are designed to support children in Key Stage 2 as they start reading independently.

No Pets Allowed by Chitra Soundar and Fay Austin

Keva loves helping out at Grandpa's pet adoption centre.
When Grandpa is admitted in hospital, she knows that his best friend, Atlas the tortoise, is just the thing to cheer him up.
It's not so easy though as the rude hospital manager, Mr Sallow, has banned all pets from the ward.
Keva hatches a plan that she hopes will change his mind.
This warm, funny and uplifting tale about family and the healing power of pets is brought to life by lively black-and-white illustrations by Fay Austin.


Ada Rue and the Banished by Kereen Getten and Simone Douglas

Ada and her parents have moved from the city to a small town for her mum's new job.
When they arrive, it's obvious to Ada that something is not quite right around her new home.
Ada is a reserved child who lacks confidence so her dad encourages her to start a newspaper round.
That's when she discovers the Banished, magical people who have been exiled from the town by the sinister mayor because they are 'different'.
Ada's courage, determination and acceptance of the Banished leads to triumph of good over evil.
This magical adventure story is about moving to a new home and finding your inner strength to stand up for your beliefs.
Black-and-white illustrations by Simone Douglas help base this fantasy in reality.
The themes that run within the book provide parents and children with lots of opportunity for discussion.

Ages seven to eleven

At this age, most children have developed good decoding and comprehension skills.
The focus is now on developing more complex skills such as inference which is reading between the lines, identifying and explaining themes and making comparisons between books.

You can help by:

  • encouraging daily reading
  • helping with fluency and expression, sometimes by modelling the reading
  • discussing the book or text, asking questions and asking for a summary 

Here are three books that Jersey Library recommends for your April reading:

Batpig, Too Pig to Fail by Rob Harrell

Gary Yorkshire is a happy-go-lucky pig leading an ordinary life.
His life is turned upside down when a bite on the nose from a radioactive bat turns him into a batpig!
His best friends, Brooklyn the bat and Carl the fish, help him slowly get a handle on the whole superhero business.
Gary now has to face even bigger bullies, harder fights and scariest of all, meeting his super-hero idol.
He also has to battle against time itself, when a janitor slows down the clock so much that a math class never ever ends!
This hilarious and action-packed graphic novel with its theme of friendship is sure to keep you engaged and entertained.

Emerald and the Ocean Parade by Harriet Muncaster

This new series from the world of Isadora Moon introduces Isadora's mermaid friend, Emerald.
Emerald is learning how to be a mermaid princess after her mum marries King Auster.
Emerald and her adorable pet octopus Inkibelle find adjusting to their new lives in the palace, difficult.
Emerald's not very good at waving to crowds and royal headdresses just aren't her thing and also the annual Ocean Parade is coming up.
When her step-dad King Auster sees her having a tough time, he sits her down and tells her that the most important thing in life is to be yourself.
Will Emerald be brave enough to be a mermaid princess but do it her own, special way?
This heart-warming story has lovely messages about being true to yourself, celebrating who you are and speaking up when you’re in an uncomfortable situation.

Moonlight Riders Sea Foal by Linda Chapman

The Moonlight Stables friends are a group of young girls who love horses and horse riding.
They decide to go on a horse riding summer holiday which involves rides along the beach and swimming in the sea.
It's just a shame that a rival group of girls, Zara and the evil Night Riders are also at the same summer camp.
Then Amara and her friends, from the Moonlight Stables group, find an injured foal on the beach.
This foal is not like other ponies, she's a magic one!
It's up to the friends to conceal her magical secret from the rest of pony camp and the Night Riders.
They also want to help the lost sea foal find a home of her own.
This delightful adventure touches upon the themes of rivalry, teamwork and friendship.
Although the fourth one in the popular Moonlight Rider series, it certainly can be read on its own.

Age 11 plus

By this age, most young people are independent readers.
The focus in secondary schools is on reading, discussing and responding to a wide variety of texts, both orally and in essay type formats.
These skills are vital for exams in KS4.
You can help by:

  • encouraging your child to continue to read regularly, from a range of different genres
  • discussing the book or text and asking questions
  • talking about your personal reading choices, both as a teenager and as an adult.

Here are three books that Jersey Library recommends for your April reading:

Swimming on the Moon by Brian Conaghan

Twins Anna and Anto's parents are going through a rough patch.
Anna and Anto know that only one thing really matters to them: they must never be split up.
Anna sees a solution in sight.
It involves getting the whole family on a plane to Italy as her parents have always been happiest on holiday.
Does her plan work?
Author Brian Conaghan tells a wise and warm-hearted story about the beautiful bond between a compassionate twelve-year-old girl and her nonverbal autistic twin brother.
He sensitively explores how it feels to fear the breakdown of a family in this realistic and moving book.

Wilder by Penny Chrimes

A half-wild child, who cannot speak, emerges from the wilderness.
She is odd and seems to have an unnatural bond with animals – especially the falcon, who is always circling above her.
The Wise-Woman takes her in, and names her Rhodd, but the rest of the villagers remain suspicious.
Over the years, the river that runs through the village and connects them to the wider world, begins to die.
Eventually a dark sickness begins to spread across the village.
The villagers turn their suspicion on Rhodd and her falcon not realising that is it she, in fact, who will be able to save them.
Author Penny Chrimes's book is a beautiful and enthralling adventure about love, belonging, the delicate balance of nature  and the wildness within us all.

The Monkey Who Fell From The Future by Ross Welford

Thomas Reeve and his cousin Kylie create a genius invention- the Time Tablet.
Their aim is to communicate with the inhabitants of the future to see how life has changed.
But things go terribly wrong!
The Time Tablet malfunctions live on television and Thomas and Kylie are sucked into the year 2425.
As if that wasn't chaotic enough, the reverse happens.
25th century resident Ocean and her monkey companion, Pierre, are plunged into 2023 because they have just dug up a 400 year-old tablet computer.
There are now just 24 hours to put things right and save the future of humanity.
This hilarious, moving and adventure-packed novel by Ross Welford is sure to set you thinking about time travel, its consequences and what it means to be home.