11th January 2018

Top 10 book recommendations for kids to borrow over the school holidays break

Civica partnered with some schools and libraries to list top reading recommendations

Sydney, Australia, January 04, 2018 – With school holidays currently underway, Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and outsourcing services that help transform the way organisations work, has developed a list of top 10 book recommendations for kids to borrow and read over the summer break. The list is based on trends in borrowing and specialists’ recommendations from primary schools and libraries and using insight from the widely-used Spydus library management software.

According to Kerrin McCrum from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne, reading can help children travel to new places through imagination and creativity. She encourages parents to inspire their kids to read books as it can help them improve literacy skills, learn about different cultures, and acquire crucial communication skills.

“Holiday reading is a wonderful pastime that I hope all children indulge in over the long summer break.  It allows them to explore their own reading interests at their own leisure, with no external pressures of homework, or reading for any reason other than personal interest.  It also gives students an opportunity to re-read books they love and visit local libraries and book shops, to take a chance on a book they may otherwise not pick up,” said Kerrin.  

Books accompanied with associated movies or TV series drive a lot of interest with kids. For example, the new movie Wonder has increased interest around Raquel Jaramillo’s novel which it was based off. Other movies such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Lion, and Billionaire Boy are also book titles on top of the list. Comedies and picture books gather children’s attention as well.

“Holiday reading is a great way to renew a love of reading, and indulge in new worlds of fantasy, history or wherever the next story may take them.  It is a wonderful way for students to escape to places of their dreams at their own pace and leisure,” said Kerrin.

Reading is essential for children’s development throughout their education. According to the latest NAPLAN results, the proportion of students meeting national minimum standards in each of the five domains of reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy has declined or flatlined across most groups of Australian students.

The Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, was recently quoted as saying: "We know how vital literacy skills are to setting students up for life beyond school, so the decline in writing scores and the flatlining of reading results should act as a wake-up call that some changes are required.”

Below are the top 10 recommended by Civica and the specialists.

Top recommendations:

-          Pig Series – Anything (Blabey, A.)

-          Do not open this book (Lee, A.)

-          Hey Jack (Rippin, S.)

-          Hank Zipzer (Wrinkler, H.)

-          Mission Fox (D’Ath, J.)

-          Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Kinney, J.)

-          WeirDo (Do, A.)

-          Storey Treehouse (Griffiths, A.)

-          Goosebumps (Stine, R.L.)

-          Geronimo Stilton (Dami, E.)

-          Middle school (Paterson, J.)

-          Cherub series (Muchamore, R.)