Most of the titles we read nowadays were written in the last two to three decades. I’m happy the younger generation has so many more books to choose from! It’s the “world is your oyster” for kids of all ages, and it’s inspiring to see them interested in different titles and authors.
As the children’s books buyer in our The Hague and Leidschendam stores, I am recommending the following titles because they make me want to read them—even as a grown-up. While I enjoy them immensely, I especially enjoy watching my young customers get super excited about a new book from a series or discovering a new author.
Here is the list of books – mostly series – I would have loved to read while growing up. I divided them into two groups: books for 5 to 9-year-olds and those for 8 to 12-year-olds. They are interchangeable, depending on where children are in their reading and development and where their interests lie. Regardless, they’re all great vacation reads.
One exception is My Sweet Orange Tree, by José Vasconcelos. This is actually a Brazilian author translated years later into English, and I enjoyed it immensely in Portuguese.
I hope you enjoy this book list as much as I enjoyed curating it!