Recommended Reads this Christmas

Reading and books are loved by all ages, so here’s a selection of books with something to suit everyone, as recommended by Waterstones Amersham.

SquashSqueezeFOR 0 – 5 YEARS:

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

A short story about an old woman living in a cottage that she believes is a ‘squash and a squeeze’, she asks a wise old man what she should do about it and he tells her to take in her animals which makes the house even smaller. This is a funny and clever look at the moral ‘appreciate what you have’.

FloraFOR 5 – 8 YEARS:

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

This is a charming and funny story about a girl named Flora who loves comic books and a squirrel dubbed Ulysses after he is sucked up by vacuum cleaner of the same name. A surreal but entertaining story it is aimed at confident readers in the 5 – 8 age range.



FOR 9 – 12 YEARS:

Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A simply enchanting book full of magic, wizards and demons. Sophie is the eldest of three sisters and believes that because she is the eldest she is doomed to fail; following this idea the emphasis of the story is on seeing the value in yourself. The story is not aimed at any particular gender despite it have a female protagonist so boys will enjoy this one as well.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

A coming-of-age story centring on a boy named Miles going to high school away from home. It is not only hilarious and clever but a serious tearjerker too. Miles is surrounded with engaging, interesting and well written characters that enrich the story to no end. It contains some mature content so it’s not one for under fifteens. A definite ‘must read’ for teens.




The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The book follows fifteen year old Christopher who suffers from asperser’s syndrome. He finds his neighbour’s dog murdered with a pitch fork, he sets out to find out who killed the dog any why. This story is a murder mystery like no other.
A humorous and painful story praised for its accurate portrayal of autism, certainly one to add to your ‘must read’ list.