Have you ever noticed that children’s books are mostly reviewed by adults? Have you ever wondered what kids would say if they were asked to review books? Or what books would be their favorites? Well, we asked a few of our junior book lovers to help us out and to tell us what books they’d want to tell other kids not to pass up!
Hi, my name is Jenny Smith. I’m 10 years old. I like drawing, reading, and playing the piano. My favorite kind of books are stories about animals and history books.
Ronia the Robbers Daughter by Astrid Lindgren
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My sister told me to read this book because she thought it was great, at first I wasn’t so sure but I really liked it! I liked that it was about two best friends. They spend a lot of time together in the woods and I love the way the book talks about nature. There are a few scary parts but I didn’t think they were too scary. This book is special to me because we bought it at the Astrid Lindgren Museum in Sweden.
Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Edition) by Daniel James Brown
I liked this book because it’s a true story! I really like the main characters of this book, Joe and Joyce because they seemed so nice. There is some really interesting parts. I learned a lot about rowing! There are some sad parts too. Probably the thing I liked the best about this book is that it has real pictures!
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy is a great book! I love Almonso’s family, his sisters Eliza Jane, Emily and his older brother Royal are great characters. Sometimes I think it would be so fun to live on a farm like Almonso did, I know it would be a lot of work but it would be so fun to have all the animals. I liked that the book had illustrations.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is a really fun book about a gorilla who lives at a circus with some other animals. Ivan can’t talk to people but he can talk to all the other animals. Some parts are really funny but there are some really sad parts. When Ivan’s friend elephant died I wanted to cry and cry. It’s a good book but it might be a bit too sad for little kids.
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
At first I didn’t want to read this book because I thought it would be for little kids. Little kids will like it but older kids will like it too! Even my brother liked it! it has cute illustrations and I love the part where Pooh and Piglet build Eeyore a house. I love Pooh’s rhymes! It’s probably my favorite book I’ve read so far this year.
Hi! My name is Elijah and I’m almost 9. I like sports, board games and reading. I have lots and lots of favorite books, but here are my 5 favorite:
The Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 1 & 2) by Lemony Snicket
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These books are scary, funny and sad. The story is very interesting and if someone close to you has died, then you know exactly how those kids feel. I think most kids would like these books a lot.
Skeleton Island – Sam Silver Undercover Pirate by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler
This one is funny, too. It’s a pirate adventure story and you never know what will happen next. I like to picture what I would do if I was the boy in the story. Plus, everyone likes reading pirate stories!
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
I know these books are not for bigger kids but these are the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s hilarious how she causes and gets into so much trouble, just because she messes up the things she’s supposed to do! I mean, if someone says, “draw the curtains”, I don’t know what that means either! But I wouldn’t draw them on paper and then make a pie and think I did it right! She’s so funny and I love how she always finds a sweet way to say ‘sorry’ for ruining people’s houses and food and stuff.
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
This is a fun book because it’s about a family with all boys (like my family) stuck on an island because their boat crashed. They get to live in a tree house, which I think is awesome. There is fighting and practical jokes and they even race on animals! I’m glad I don’t live on an island, but it’s still fun to read about and pretend.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Read aloud to me by Mom)
This book makes me laugh so hard but it’s also scary and mysterious. I love trying to solve the puzzles and trying to figure out what’s going on and all the surprises. It’s a great book, but it’s very long so maybe not very good for little little kids.