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!
Hello. My name is Bethany. I am nine, and I am in third grade. I am the youngest of five children. I like to play piano, ride bikes, play with friends, hold babies, knit, and play with dogs. I have a Dachshund named Dan. He likes to sunbathe, and he hates water. Here are five books that are some of my very favorites.
Orphan Journey Home by Liza Ketchum
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This book is about children who travel by wagon to their grandma. Their parents started with them and sadly died on the way. They found a tiny, cute dog during their travels. They met a lot of kind people and dangerous selfish people.
Samantha, American Girl Series by Susan S. Adler
Samantha is a friendly and playful girl who lives with her rich grandmother. Samantha’s grandmother always wants her to be ladylike. Eddie is Samantha’s naughty neighbor who is not very smart. Samantha’s best friend is Nellie, who is poor, kind, and has to work in a factory.
Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July by Barbara Seuling
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(It’s out of print so if $908 is out of your price range *wink, try your local library or thrift stores).
This book has wacky facts about the first twenty-four presidents. For example, Theodore Roosevelt was shot during one of his speeches and continued with his speech before going to the hospital. Thomas Jefferson kept live bears at the white house. The bears were gifts from Lewis and Clark.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
This book has four main characters who are all in the same candy-making contest. The first is Logan. He lives in a candy factory. Now that he’s twelve he’s entered in a candy making contest and makes the bubbletastic chocorocket. His entry turns from chocolate into gum. Miles is Logan’s best friend. He likes butterflies and sometimes talks backward. Miles is in the same contest. He loves to read, and has the weirdest allergies ever. He says he’s allergic to rowboats and the color pink. Daisy is the only girl their age that they know. She lives with her grandmother and loves riding her grandmother’s horses. She’s also in the contest, is very strong, and almost hugged a cinnamon tree. Phillip Rainsford the third is rich and rude. He’s also in the contest. He invented the harmonicandy, a candy harmonica that plays music, and he taught himself how to read musical notes and play the violin.
Harry the Homeless Puppy by Holly Webb
Harry had an owner named Beth. She had to move away and couldn’t keep Harry. He was sent to the animal shelter, and a girl named Grace took care of him. Her house was very small, so she could not keep Harry as her own even though she really loved him. Don’t you worry; this book has a happy ending.
My name is Isaac Lewis. I’m 10 years old. I’m the first of five brothers. I love to read, play sports and play piano. My favorite books are: The Hobbit, Cheaper by the Dozen, The House at Pooh Corner, Our America, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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I’m going to start out with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Besides starting with the BEST FIRST PARAGRAPH EVER, it has the perfect amount of scariness, suspense, and it keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next. Tolkien did a great job writing this classic.
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Next stop is Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. This book made me laugh through the whole entire thing. I think kids would like it because it’s about kids (a family of 12!), it’s funny and it’s easy to read.
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Next stop is House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. I like it because it’s cute and sweet and I like the poems. The quotes are great, too, like this one: “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right.” If you like that quote, I bet you’ll like this book.
Our America by A Beka
The next one is Our America by A Beka. I like this book because it goes from Columbus to modern times. I love history and if you do, too, you should read this book.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
I cheated a little bit with my last pick because it was read out loud to me, but it’s still one of the best ever: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I don’t like animal books that much but this one is my favorite. It’s sad and the writer makes me feel what the boy feels. I like reading about the dogs, mountains, and hunting. It’s my Dad’s favorite book, too. But be warned – you’re going to want a red bone coon hound by the end!