Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Kids' Favorite Books of 2017

This is the third year that I've had the girls tell me about their five favorite books they've read this year. You can go back and see their lists from 2015 and 2016 if you'd like. I love hearing about the books that have sparked their interests the most, and seeing their personalities come through in their choices and the things they remember about the books. Being in "real school" this year has been different for all of us, and they haven't had nearly as much time to read since August. Thankfully they still enjoy reading on the weekend.

JJ is making his debut on this list this year. He is in kindergarten, and is already quite a good reader for his age. I love to see a love of reading blooming in another of my kids. I hope you enjoy their book reviews in their own words.

Haylee (almost 10 years old)

I So Don’t do Mysteries by Barrie Summy
This book is about a girl whose mom died, and she lives with her brother and dad. She meets her mom as a ghost, and her mom tells her that she needs to do a special task to find out who is killing all the rhinos. She and her best friend find out and solve the mystery. One reason I like it is because it is a mystery, and I love mysteries. The other reason is because it’s a fun book and has many adventures.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
This book is about a boy whose dad is a sea god, and he goes to a special camp where he meets some friends named Anna Beth and Grover. While at camp, he learns about his dad and why he’s never seen him. I have two reasons of why it’s my favorite. First, it’s about the Greek gods, and I like the Greek gods. Second, it’s an exciting story!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
I love this book! I love all the Harry Potter books, but this is my favorite. It’s my favorite because he meets his Godfather, who’s in hiding! Another reason it’s my favorite is because it’s very exciting and makes you wonder what’s going to happen next. I won’t spoil it for you.

Animal Inn #2 A Kid’s Best Friend by Virginia Vail
Animal Inn is about a girl whose dad is a vet, and they have an animal family. Everyone in their family loves animals and has a pet. Her dad drives in with a hurt collie dog. He’s really hurt, because he got run over, and they try to figure out who ran him over. I thought I wouldn’t like this book, but I did! One reason I like it is because it’s about a girl who loves animals like me! Another reason I like it is because it has a happy ending!

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
This book is about two swans who have five baby swans. One of the baby swans couldn’t talk. His name was Louis, and his father gets him a trumpet so he can make the noise that all the other swans do. He meets a boy, and the boy is named Sam, and he lives with his dad. Sam and his dad like animals. Louis and Sam become friends. I like this book because it’s very fun! This book has a happy ending.

Those are 5 good books you need to read!

Taylah (newly 8 years old)
Fairy Tales on Stage by Julie Meighan
It’s just about all these different fairy tales, and says the characters’ names, and where the people are going to be on stage. There’s Little Red Riding Hood, the Little Red Hen, and a few others. I like this book because the fairy tales are written as plays! That’s why it’s called Fairy Tales on Stage. My favorite one was The Magic Porridge Pot, because the little girl named Daisy got a magic porridge pot, and whenever you wanted some porridge, you just said, “boil pot! Boil pot!” I liked it because I wish I had a pot like that.

Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen
I like this book because it’s about this girl named Cassie whose glasses turn into fairy eyeglasses and she sees fairies.

The Magic School Bus The Wild Whale Watch by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle has her class in her classroom, and they just look at what she’s wearing and they know what field trip they’re going on, because they go on a field trip every day. In all the books, they go on a field trip. Their magic school bus can change into anything, and it changed into a boat. They watched the whales from their boat. Arnold doesn’t like to go on field trips. He’s always scared of the stuff, so he was scared of the whales. It’s funny because Arnold always says funny stuff.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Mama read this book to Haylee and me. In it we found out who the half-blood prince is. I was surprised that it wasn’t Albus Dumbledore. I like all of the Harry Potter books, because they are all really interesting.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (This is an abridged junior version)
Tom Sawyer is this little boy, and he makes a lot of trouble. And one time he snuck into the jam when his aunt was looking right at him. He runs away, and then his aunt makes him paint the fence. Then he asks someone else to do it for him. His aunt was surprised that he was done, but really he asked someone else to do it.

I love reading, and you should too!

JJ (5.5 years old)
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne- Daddy read this book to the boys at bedtime. Winnie the Pooh found a boat to cross the river, because he couldn’t swim, which his UMBRELLA was his boat. Christopher Robin was actually on an island, and helped piglet in the flood. On the cover his feet looks like he doesn’t have toes at all. I liked it because Winnie the Pooh makes up songs.

Pepin the Not Big by Ty Fischer- I read this book at school. My teacher has sticks that all have our names on them, and whose ever stick she picks up, that’s who reads the page. Pepin becomes the top man, which is another word for king. He’s not big, and his son is BIGGER than Pepin the Not Big.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary- I read this book at home. Daddy read it to the boys at bedtime. It's about Keith, and he talks to Ralph, and he’s the one who gave Ralph his motorcycle, and he drove into a pillowcase, and he couldn’t get out. It’s funny that toy motorcycles can’t really ride on their own, and Ralph could make his drive without using his feet.

The BFG by Roald Dahl- I read the BFG here. Mama read it to me. The nice giant steals a human bean, but doesn’t eat her. He takes her on adventures, and Sophie stays in her nightie. The BFG has a black coat that he can hide in the dark. It was funny when they drank the fizzpopper and it made them fart.

Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman - I’ve read this one a bunch of times. Haylee and Taylah and myself have all read it. It is about taking a bath. Well, I don’t know if they really fly in the tub. My favorite part about it was that the kangaroo wants a ride, but the tub goes whooshing by the kangaroo.

Me: What would you say to little boys who don't like to read?
JJ: Are you sure? These are fun books!

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