Monday, December 26, 2016

My 7 and 8 Year Old Girls' Favorite Books of 2016

Last year I asked the girls to tell me about their 5 favorite books that they'd read during the year, and we all three really enjoyed that little project. My oldest reminded me of that today as she devoured in a couple of hours a book that she was given for Christmas, and so I asked them to write again this year about their favorite books. 

I'm a huge fan of traditions that mark the passage of time, and if we are able to keep it up, this is another one that will be fun for us to look back on as they grow.

I explained in the post last year about the ways in which we emphasize reading in our home, so I won't belabor that again. I will say, since Taylah's list this year includes two abridged classics, that abridged versions of classic books are a bit controversial. Purists believe that only the original is worth reading, but with my girls I have found the abridged versions of classics to be an great way to introduce them to the stories, and when they get older they will be more ready to enjoy the original. That's just my opinion, take it for what it's worth.

I also think it's interesting that both last year and this year, more than one of these abridged classics made it onto their top 5 lists. Also, Pinocchio was on Haylee's list last year and Taylah's list this year, so they're clearly enjoying them.

Without further ado, we'll start with Taylah.

Taylah, 7 years old (She just turned 7 a couple of weeks ago):

My most favorite book that I read this year was Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (ours is an abridged junior reader's version by W.T. Robinson). I liked it because he is a puppet and he is kind of funny. I think it's funny that he stayed with the fox and the cat instead of going back home to his father, because I wouldn't have chosen to do that. 

My second favorite book is Double Fudge by Judy Blume. Fudge is SO FUNNY. He swallowed a turtle, and that's weird. He was only two when he did it. The things he says are funny, too. 

My third favorite book is The Adventure of the Buried Treasure by Nancy McArthur. The dog's name is Puddles and the cat's name is Fluffo, and they're funny because Fluffo goes up a tree and then Puddles tries to jump up the tree to get Fluffo, but he couldn't even get up the tree. 

My fourth favorite book is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (another abridged junior reader's edition). It's about a poor orphan named Oliver, and he likes Rose who is Mrs. Maylie's niece. I like that he gets to stay with Nancy. 

My fifth favorite book is The Baby-Sitters Club #32: Kristy and the Secret of Susan by Ann M. Martin. I like it because Susan is autistic like Jude. 

Haylee, 8 years old (She will be 9 in a couple of weeks):

My 1st favorite book of the year is The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer. I love mysteries, and I like how it starts, too. It starts so mysteriously. Priscilla Shirer makes the best mystery books ever! 

My 2nd favorite book of the year is Animal Inn #2, A Kids Best Friend by Virginia Vail. I love this book because when I grow up I want to be a vet, and the family in this book are vets, and I love animals! It also gets very sad. The sadness in this book is about a very good collie. Enjoy! 

My 3rd favorite book of the year is Adventures of the Greek Heroes by Mollie McLean & Anne Wiseman. I love it because I like reading about the gods. My favorite story in the book is the adventure of the club bearer and about the foot washer. I also love reading about the old times and history! 

My 4th favorite book of the year is Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. I love it because I love reading about people's lives, and I also love books by Roald Dahl. 

My 5th favorite book of the year is Choose Your Own Adventure: The Forbidden Castle by Edward Packard. I love it because I like choosing my own adventures, and I like to read books where they go on a journey (especially in the woods). And I love reading about kings and such. 

Enjoy all of these books if you have them, or get them!

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