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CP Tips | Top Book Choices By Age: 5-16 Years

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Nurture your child’s love of reading by encouraging them to read fun and challenging books throughout their youth. – Jessica Wright


Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
A modern classic which tells the story of Handa, who is part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. This is a delightful and funny book that lends itself to many discussions on maths, animals, food and culture.

Cinnamon – Neil Gaiman

A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India. This stunning book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike.



The Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine

An unique and entertaining story told from the viewpoint of Tuffy the sarcastic cat as he embarks on various adventures. It’s a hilarious read with lighthearted illustrations.


The World According to Humphrey – Betty G. Birney

Each weekend this classroom hamster gets to sleep over with a different student. With lots of friends to help and adventures to enjoy, Humphrey’s life is almost perfect.


Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo

A heartwarming classic story of Bertie and his beautiful white lion. This short book deals with loneliness, love, loyalty, courage and success against all the odds set against the backdrop of the Great War.


I Know What You Did Last Wednesday – Anthony Horowitz
The Diamond Brothers receive an invitation to a school reunion but Nick’s got a bad feeling. When he meets their fellow guests, the feeling only gets worse!



Holes – Louis Sachar

A modern classic that tells the story of Stanley Yelnats who is under a curse and unjustly sent to a detention centre. There Stanley tries to uncover what secret the camp is hiding. A beautiful tale of friendship, hope, inner strength and persistence.


War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero’s journey. In 1914, Joey, a red foal is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. 2




The Alex Rider Series – Anthony Horowitz

A series of spy novels about a 14 year old MI6 spy called Alex Rider. This action-packed James Bond-style adventure will thrill young readers!

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume

Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic novel beloved by millions. This is a fantastic book which details the thoughts and feelings girls experience as they begin to make the transition to adolescence.




Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee

A charming memoir full of vivid descriptions of Laurie Lee’s childhood in a remote Cotswold village, before the arrival of the modern world. A warm, lovely and at times very funny read.


The Twilight Saga – Stephanie Meyer

A series of bestselling vampire-themed fantasy romance novels. The first book introduces Bella and Edward, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires.


Still want to learn more?

Try our article on Encouraging a Love of Reading and our Guide to Cayman’s Public Libraries.


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