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Books our visitors read

Now the ‘Lights Out’ visitors are gone, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of the children’s books that they liked reading undercover, and the ones they thought they’d like reading if they were reading after lights out today. So here’s a list! (Some of them might be out of print, but libraries will often have a copy of books that are out of print. Check your school library or your local public library. Ask your librarian!)

  • The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds
  • Swallows & Amazons series,
  • Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  • The Queen’s Music
  • Deb Abela’s ‘Max Remy’ series
  • Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven series The Famous Five series, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair series.
  • The Nancy Drew Mysteries
  • Roald Dahl books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG
  • The Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren
  • Dr. Suess, in particular Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hears a Who, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are
  • Whiteoaks of Jalna Chronicles’ by Mazo de la Roche
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • The Shark in Charlie’s Window
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Thai-riffic by Oliver Phommavanh
  • Zac Power
  • Specky Magee
  • Bonnie and Sam
  • Captain Underpants
  • CS Lewis’s Narnia series, including The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Jaguar Warrior by Sandy Fussell
  • Silver Curlew by Eleanor Farjeon
  • David Grimstone’s Gladiator Boy series
  • Little Women
  • Black Beauty
  • What Katy Did
  • Heidi
  • My Friend Flicka
  • Thunderhead
  • Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace, the adventures of a young teen in 1907.
  • The Works of Lewis Carroll
  • Hardy Boys
  • Nancy Drew
  • Nine True Dolphin Stories by Margaret Davidson
  • Fast-talking Dolphin by Carson Davidson
  • Mrs Piggle Wiggle books

What about you? Do you have any books you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments!

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Join our Junior Reviewers Club!

Have you heard that Alphabet Soup magazine is starting a Junior Reviewers Club for kids aged 6 to 12?

You can write reviews of books you love, and go on our list of club members who would like to receive free books to review. Your reviews will be published in the Write On section of Alphabet Soup magazine, or occasionally here on Soup Blog.

Membership to the Junior Reviewers Club is free, and club members can be individual children, or a primary school class. (In the case of a class, we will send one book for the class to read together, and class members can write a collaborative review, or individual reviews).

While club membership is open to Australian and overseas children, currently we can only send review copies to Australian addresses due to the high cost of postage. (But members outside Australia are welcome to submit reviews of their own books, and receive the members’ newsletter.)

Parents and teachers can request an application pack by emailing the editor or  download the application pack from the homepage of the Alphabet Soup website.


How a Book is Made

Have you ever wondered:Reading a finished book

  • what happens to a story before you buy it as a book?
  • who are the people involved in publishing a book?
  • how long it takes for a book to be published?

You can find the answers to all these questions (and more!) by visiting ‘How a Book is Made‘ on the Penguin website. The step-by-step drawings take you through a book’s journey from author’s desk to bookstore shelves. There’s also a glossary so you can look up words from the world of publishing (like ‘page proofs’ and ‘manuscript’). If you’re hoping to be a published author some day, you might like some insider info!