Our Children's Team at Charing Cross Road have selected five of their favourite books to help keep children of all ages entertained this May Half Term. For more recommendations pop in and have a chat with them if you're in the area.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' isn't just a story of romance, friendship, a beauty pageant, or self-esteem, body image and loving who you are - it's all of these things in equal measure. The characters shout 'we may not be traditionally beautiful, but we're just as deserving of being here and being seen!' Absolutely incredible!
My Sweet Orange Tree by Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos
This Brazilian classic has been beloved by children all over the world for decades and now, finally, English children can enjoy it too. Zeze is one of the cheekiest, kindest, smartest and most unique children in all of literature and every page makes you want to laugh and cry. This is an unforgettable gem of a book. A classic for a good reason.
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David Roberts
2018 marks a century since women won the vote in the UK. Suffragette tells the story of the fantastically brave, ingenious and strong women who fought against the odds to win this right not just for themselves but for generations to come. This is an exceptionally well researched and exquisitely illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement.
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig
The only thing I love more than pizza is books about pizza. Especially about making boys into pizza. This story made Foyles' booksellers laugh out loud and it left us feeling as warm as an XL stuffed crust with extra cheese and that little pot of dippy sauce.
Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones and Sara Olgivie
Izzy Gizmo just loves to invent but her wild and wacky contraptions often go wrong and she gets easily frustrated. When Izzy rescues an injured crow and tries to make him new wings, her patience is tested to the limit. A funny, quirky story about perseverance and patience.