The Children Who Loved Books By Peter Carnavas


The Children Who Loved Books


The Children Who Loved Books is a simple and charming story about the beauty and importance of books and family.


Angus and Lucy live with their parents in a tiny caravan. They don’t have a television or a car or anything particularly fancy, but they have books – hundreds of them! Everything is blissful in their lives until the books start to overtake the space and they just have to go! But without them, nothing is quite the same…

Why I love it:

I think by now it’s fairly obvious that I love books, and honestly, I cannot imagine a life without them. When asked the three items I would take to a desert island, a book has always been one of the items; so I love the idea of this story – that a home is really not a home without books. I also love anything that promotes the idea of reading and the joy of a library. Another positive of this story is the idea that you do not need lots of money, or fancy possessions in order to be happy: books and family will pretty much tick all boxes!

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • The idea of ‘less is more’
  • The beauty of books and reading
  • The importance of family
  • Needs versus wants
  • Joy
  • Contentment

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:

  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Use one adjective to describe how you think the characters on the cover are feeling.
  • Are you a child who loves books? Why/why not?

After reading:

  • This family really loved books! Can you think of two reasons books were so important to them? Discuss.
  • What was the problem that arose in this story?
  • What was the solution to the problem?
  • If you were living in a caravan, with no television and no car etc. what is one item you could not live without?
  • What happened to the different family members when all the books were gone? How did the absence of books change the relationships between the family members?
  • When they discovered the library, what happened?
  • How did the family relationships change again?
  • The last line of the book is: ‘Angus and Lucy didn’t have very much, but they had all they would ever need.’ What do you think this line means?
  • What do you think is the overall message of this story?

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