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30 books for kids this summer

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 04/08/2016 - 15:30

Summer is a time to have fun!

Let the kids have fun in the thrilling pages of these books. These are carefully selected books for kids this summer.


1 .Koku Baboni by Kola Onadipe

Koku Baboni calls into question a village's practice of leaving one of a set of twins to die. It introduces young readers to complex questions about human rights.

2. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Pooh, a bear of very little brain, and all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood sing their way through adventures that encompass honey, bees, bouncing, balloons, Eeyore's birthday, floods, and Pooh sticks.

3. The First Corn by Mabel Segun

Mabel Segun is one of Nigeria's best-loved children's novelists. This story of how a man first discovered corn fully engages younger readers.4

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Four children – Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund all enter Narnia – a magical world where animals talk and the White Witch who reigns as Queen makes it always winter and never Christmas. They enter at different times, but from the same place – the old Wardrobe

 5. Eze Goes to School by Onuora Nzekwu and Michael Crowder

Eze Goes to School is a must-read for Nigerian children, with its vivid portrayal of life in a typical Nigerian community and inspiring determination in the face of challenges.

7. A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Acclaimed author/illustrator Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a big, new, comfortable chair for their apartment, the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner. Into the jar also goes the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market.

 8. Without a Silver Spoon by Eddie Iroh

The story of Ure - who works as a houseboy to pay his school fees and is accused of stealing money - has taught generations of Nigerian children the importance of honesty.

9. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is the whimsical story of a brilliant young girl whose parents do not notice or care that their daughter is a genius. Things do not get much better for Matilda once she goes to school because the school Headmistress is even more cruel and absurd than her parents. Fortunately, Matilda's teacher proves herself to be an ally and when Matilda hears the charming Miss Honey's terrible life story, she uses her unique abilities to help in a way that only Matilda can.

10. Samankwe and the highway robbers by Cyprian Ewensi

Set in present day eastern Nigeria this adventure story is centered around the prevalent problems of robbery and crime.

 11. How the Leopard Got Its Claws by Chinua Achebe and John Iroaganachi

Achebe and Iroaganachi's retelling of this Igbo folktale explores issues of power, freedom, ambition, violence and justice in a way that children can easily understand.

12. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince is a fantasy about a pilot, stranded in the Sahara, who meets a small boy from another planet. The boy, who refers to himself as a prince, is on a quest for knowledge. The little prince asks questions of the pilot and tells the pilot of life on his own very small planet.

13. Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

Chike and the River is a magical tale about a boy's dream of crossing the mighty Niger River by one of Nigeria and the world's most beloved writers.

 14. The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi

The story of Akin, a blind drummer who inspires everyone with his talents, celebrates the uniqueness of the individual and how self-fulfillment can help us touch the lives of others.

15. The Jungle Bookby Rudyard Kipling

Kipling tells the story of little Mowgli, a village boy who falls into the hands of a pack of wolves who raise him as their own in the Indian jungle. As he matures he starts to understand the 'Law of the Jungle' and the book follows his many adventures alongside the myriad creatures around him.

16. Nma and Nkita by Chinwe Agbakoba

An enthralling choice for kids, Nma and Nkiti is the story of a beautiful girl, her handsome husband, and a secret uncovered by a dog.

17. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson–Burnett

The Secret Garden is a children's book about a lonely young girl who discovers a secret garden and the wonders in it.

18.  High School Stories by Tai Solarin

This collection of stories by the famous educationalist speaks to the experiences of all Nigerian students.

19. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max - following an incident with Claire his sister and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems.

20. Sugar Girl by Kola Onadipe

This gripping story centers on Raila, a young girl who goes missing from home and must overcome a wicked witch and a horrible hunter.

21. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a children's book that follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. He escapes and returns home to his mother who puts him to bed after dosing him with camomile tea.

22.  A Child with a Child by Clement Okosun

A great read for older children, A Child with a Child is the story of 17 year-old Enibo, a student too afraid to tell her family or friends that she is pregnant, and who is driven to desperate measures.

23. Coal Camp Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi

This folktale by Cyprian Ekwensi is a fantastic read for older primary school pupils.

24. Charlotte's Web by EB White

this is the story of a little pig named Wilbur who was born a runt. Mr. Arable decides to kill him for dinner food but his daughter Fern begs him to let him live.

25. Tales Out of School by Nkem Nwankwo

Another great story about a young person's first year at secondary school. The protagonist Bayo experiences a class rebellion and a challenge to the school football team during his first term at school.

 27. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A hungry caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep

28. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin.

 29. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

30. Egyptian Mythology by  Donna Jo Napol

The new National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology is a stunning tableau of Egyptian myths, including those of pharaohs, queens, the boisterous Sun God Ra, and legendary creatures like the Sphinx; and timeless ancient tales

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