I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about children’s books that I like, which are not always the ones that kids are most drawn to. I tend to like (and have something to say about) books that are more serious or on Big Important Topics. But children’s books are not all serious or factual. There are plenty of “just for fun” books. I just don’t often have a whole post worth of stuff to say about those. ;)
So I thought I would let my focus group of one (my seven-year-old daughter) share some books that she liked and what she liked about them.
No Dogs Allowed (Series: Ready, Set, Dogs!) by Stephanie Calmenson – Best friends, dogs, and cute adventures all come together in this chapter book aimed at 2nd/3rd graders. What my daughter liked about it: Girls transforming into dogs. The whole concept made for interesting conversation and really seemed to capture her imagination.
Welcome to Normal (Series: The Quirks) by Erin Soderberg – Everybody is quirky, but nobody is quite like the Quirk family. They all have a “quirk” that makes them special and makes it hard to fit in. What my daughter liked about it: The quirks. Who wouldn’t want to imagine having some sort of special power?
Jelly Bean (Series: Shelter Pet Squad) by Cynthia Lord – This is a heartwarming story about a girl who loves animals and wants to make a difference. It is worth noting here that this is an early chapter book by an award-winning author. That’s unusual–and pretty awesome! What my daughter liked about it: Jelly Bean is sooo cute!
I guess the take-away here is that a book about cute animals or some kind of special ability is really the way to go for my kid. ;)
While I’m on the subject, I’d like to give a special shout out to Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills. Thanks to that book, my daughter has gotten really excited about math and puzzles, especially sudoku. We are looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Izzy Barr, Running Star. I hope it has a similar inspirational effect! :)
What are your kids (or students) reading?