Five exciting children’s and youth book tips for the holidays

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Hooray, finally summer vacation. What could be better than reading an exciting book in a hammock, in the garden, by the sea, on the balcony? Five tips for good children’s and youth books.

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The summer holidays are finally here. Long-awaited. No more lessons. Laze, swim in the pool and maybe play a game or two. Reading is always a good way to immerse yourself in other worlds. Feel into the characters undergoing adventure. The following five book tips should be a few introductory suggestions. For adults, here is a list of great books for the summer.

Micaela Chirif: “The Sea”

“The Sea” by Micaela Chirif © Baobab Books

Is the sea a space, a surface or a line? Where does the squid sleep when it is tired? And does he dream of a whale? And while we’re at it, does the whale weigh as much as water? The fish are also at home in the ocean. They always travel from one country to another, from one sea to another, without luggage and without a ticket. But it is not only the fish in the sea, but also the fisherman who throws his net. The whale shares its world with the mermaid. And without the sky, the clouds and the stars, there would probably be no sea. Or is it just the other way around?

For some, summer vacation is associated with a trip to the ocean. Crystal clear, blue, cooling. It promises the cool water. But who lives in the sea? And from the sea? If we only stay on the surface, we will not discover the big picture. This lovingly designed picture book from South America takes parents and little explorers from the age of 5 into the fascination of the ocean. The combination of image and text makes it a book that you will want to pick up over and over again.

Micaela Chirif “The Sea”

A picture book from South America, from 5 years

2022, Baobab Books ISBN-13 978-3-907-27711-9

Price: 18.50 €, 40 pages – order now (promotional link)

Jan Paul Schutten: “Wonderful forest”

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Jan Paul Schutten “Wunderwelt Wald” © Gerstenberg Verlag

Let’s dive into the woods! There is always something to discover here. But much is also hidden from us – because it is very small, lies underground or will not be seen at all. The hidden pages of the book hide animals and secrets that can only be found if one looks very closely. Then we walk through the forest in a completely different way – and experience our “green miracle”! With fantastic facts, lifelike illustrations and captivating hidden objects, Jan Paul Schutten and Mery Oberendorff take us into a fascinating world of wonders – which is very close and accessible to all. With black and white hidden object pages to search and be surprised. With many colored illustrations of animals and plants in the forest. With tips to protect the forest.

Into the green. in the shadows Right now, in the hot weeks of the year, we all long to be cooled down. What could be more welcome than the forest? If we think of books on the subject of “Forest”, titles by Peter Wohlleben come to mind. The book by Jan Paul Schutten is refreshingly new in the true sense. Visually, the book comes with fantastic hidden object pages. It makes you want to immerse yourself in the world of the forest. The Dutch author’s tone is always entertaining, without waving his finger. The lyrics are full of excitement and encourage you to think for yourself.

Jan Paul Schutten “Wonderful forest”

2022, Gerstenberg Verlag, ISBN-13 978-3-836-96138-7

From 8 years

Price: Hardcover, 22 €, 76 pages – order now (promotional link) K

Katja Brandis: “Seawalkers – In the sights of the Python”

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Katja Brandis: “Seawalkers – In the Sights of the Python”, volume 6 © Arena

New Shapeshifter Friendships and a Big Showdown – Are You Ready for the Seawalkers Finals? School trip to California! Shark changer Tiago, girl dolphin Shari and their friends from Blue Reef High can not wait to meet the sharks on the Pacific coast. Only the Python converter Ella is not allowed to ride and is even supposed to leave school completely! Is her mother, the unscrupulous lawyer Lydia Lennox, planning a new attack? When they arrived at Redcliff High in California, the Seawalkers realized that not everyone was looking forward to the guests there. The snowy owl girl Avery and her crew of windwalkers set the tone in school and make life miserable for those who do not have wings in any other form.

If you have teenage children, you can not avoid the series “Skovgangere” and “Søvandre” by Katja Brandis. It is right at the top of the young people’s wish list, and once the title comes out, they always have a place on the podium of bestselling books for young people. This is also the case with the sixth volume now available and the season finale of the “Seawalkers” series. The chapters are intertwined in an interesting way. A must for fans of animal fantasy and exciting adventures. “Seawalkers” can be read without knowledge of the “Woodwalkers” series. But I bet that the young people will feel like reading the other books as well.

Katja Brandis “Seawalkers – In the Sights of the Python”, volume 6

2022, Arena ISBN-13 978-3-401-60530-2

From 10 years onwards

Price: Hardcover 16 €, 428 pages – order now (promotional link)

Jens Baumeister: “Joscha & Marie and the question of how to save your parents without triggering a big bang”

Front page for the child magician
Jens Baumeister: “Joscha & Marie and the question of how to save your parents without triggering a big bang” © Planet

Joscha and Marie are peers, but otherwise completely different. Joscha loves sports, Marie programs and experiments with passion. Josha has friends. Marie does not. In return, she is a kind of female Sherlock Holmes. Good for Joscha, for Marie there is the day his parents are kidnapped. It is clear as chlorine water that joint investigations are properly responsible for explosives. Will they still be able to save Joscha’s parents without triggering a big bang?

This title is nominated for the Glauser Prize 2022 in the category “Child crime”. And it’s not random. Jens Baumeister writes the story and paints the characters in a witty and sensuous way. It’s a page turner for young readers, which should also be fun for us adults: Concentrated action and great main characters.

Jens Baumeister: “Joscha & Marie and the question of how to save your parents without triggering a big bang”

2021, Verlag Planet (Thienemann) ISBN-13 978-3-522-50690-8

From 10 years onwards

Price: 11 €, 176 pages – order now (promotional link)

Lena Kiefer: “The Stars Will Fall – Ophelia Scale, Volume 3”

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Lena Kiefer “The stars will fall” © cbt

Can their love defy hatred and overcome death? Ophelia is now finally between the fronts. Pro-government anti-tech and the resistance group ReVerse fight each other in all necessary ways. The latter is now led by the royal family’s most powerful opponent. When the mood of the people threatens to change, the king must put everything on one card. And Ophelia must decide what she is willing to sacrifice if she wants to save the love of her life and her country.

The third volume of Lena Kiefer’s Young Adult Fantasy draws young readers directly into the action of more than 500 pages. Lena Kiefer skillfully constructs the story of 18-year-old Ophelia Scale. Ophelia, who is interested in technology, joins a resistance movement. As an agent for the royal intelligence service, she will sneak into the royal castle and plan an attack on the king, as the royal house has banned the use of any technology. If you have read the first two volumes, you will not be able to avoid the third.

Lena Kiefer “The Stars Will Fall – Ophelia Scale, Volume 3”

2022, cbt ISBN-13 978-3-570-31460-9

Price: hardcover 18 €, paperback 11.99 €, e-book 8.99 €, 510 pages (other format) – Order now (promotional link)

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