Reading is SO important. It helps improve vocabulary and reduce stress. Most importantly though, it takes you to new worlds which inspire your imagination and stimulate your creativity.
It was International Literacy Day on the 8th September. To celebrate the day, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite books — full of gripping tales of action and adventure. Let’s dive in!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Difficulty ***
Harry Potter is a classic story loved by millions around the globe. It follows the story of Harry, a boy who finds out he’s a wizard and goes to Hogwarts, a wizarding school. He has many adventures fighting the evil Voldemort, which makes for a very entertaining book that’s hard to put down! And if you yearn for more when you finish the book (of course you will!) there are another 6 books after this one!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Difficulty **
This is a classic tale by C.S Lewis that is over 60 years old! It is the first of the series ‘the Chronicles of Narnia.’ Have you watched the film? It starts in War-torn London, where 5 kids are sent to a house in the countryside to protect them from bombings. One day, a game of hide-and-seek takes the kids through an unsuspecting closet into the magical world of Narnia.
War Horse: Difficulty *
Joey, a red-bay colt horse, is sold to an English farmer, whose son, Albert, raises the horse and teaches him to work their family farm. The horse is taken into World War 1 where he has to carry riders into battle and pull artillery cannons. It’s a gripping, bittersweet tale which is great for learning about the devastating effects of war, not just on the lives of humans but on animals’ lives too.
Matilda: Difficulty **
One of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories, this book tells the tale of a girl and her family; the Wormwoods. Her father is a crook who cheats people on car sales, her mother barely acknowledges her existence, and her brother is mean to her. She does to a school where the headmistress, the infamous Trunchbull, rules with an iron fist. One day, Matilda discovers she has special powers, and she uses them to help the good people in her life and prevent bad people from hurting them. It’s a very funny, entertaining book! If you could pick any super power, what would it be? Let us know in the comments section below!
*Challenge yourself* The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring: Difficulty *****
This is a very tough read, but it is also very rewarding. The lord of the rings spans 3 books, which follow the journey of Frodo, a Hobbit who must journey into the frightful land of Mordor to destroy a ring of evil which has fallen into his possession. The ring, forged by the dark lord Sauron, is of great importance to many different characters, who all try to take the ring off Frodo. It’s a long journey to Mordor, so hopefully he packed some Munchables for the road!
How this relates to who we are and what we do?
At Munchachos HQ, we believe that creativity is one of the most (if not the most) important skill to have in the modern world. The creativity of people has produced famous artworks, songs and films. It has brought our species to the deepest point on Earth and to the Moon and back. Creativity will play an even more important role as our world becomes more and more complicated. We believe that curiosity leads to greater creativity – we even wrote about it here.
Books are a fantastic way to inspire the imagination, so by providing a list of some of our favourite books, we hope our Munchachos around the world can hone their creativity and get inspiration.