Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Kids' Favorite Books of 2018

For the past several years, I’ve had the kids tell me about their favorite books they’ve read that year. I love getting a glimpse into which books stuck with them, and looking back at their favorites in years past. Hopefully they also serve as some recommendations for parents with similar aged kids. As you'll see, Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton were big favorites in this house this year.

This is JJ’s second year participating, and I have to say that I’m really proud of the quality of books he chose. I typed as he told me about his favorites. The girls typed their own lists.

JJ (6 years old, 3 months shy of 7)

Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl
Daddy read this to me at bedtime. It’s about World War II and about Roald Dahl’s life. The funny part was because he said he didn’t want to go to Egypt, and then finally on Going Solo, he DID go to Egypt! I remember the snake stories, and I’m glad we stopped reading about those. My favorite part was when he got the JU88, which is a plane that can actually explode your airplane, but a regular airplane just makes holes in a JU88.

Those were all questions I didn’t know, and I really enjoyed reading what they are instead of asking you a BILLION questions. (Mama note: I had this book as a kid and LOVED it. It’s all questions and answers about odd things that most people don’t know the answer to, like why cowboy boots have heels. I found an old copy for the kids a while back, and they’ve all enjoyed it as much as I did.)

Peter Pan by JM Barrie
This one Mama just finished reading to me not that long ago. (Mama’s note: Peter Pan is best as a read-aloud so you can edit Tink’s tendency to call people silly donkeys.) It was when Peter flew into the nursery, and Wendy sewed his shadow back on, and they went to Neverland where they never grow up. And then when they got there, there was Captain Hook and it said why Hook had a claw instead of a hand there. It was because Peter Pan cut his hand off and threw it to a crocodile, and a lot of times it would try to come and eat him. I don’t have a favorite part, I just like the whole book.

It was about a library that was very neat, but it also sounded like it looked like it was haunted. They tried looking for the person who had locked some of the doors so they couldn’t get through, and they had to crawl through windows.

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
It’s about a boy who is a farmer, named Almanzo. He took a man named Tom’s money back to him when he found it. One time they made a candy when their parents were gone, and Almanzo decided to give some to his little pig, and the next morning her teeth were stuck together. She couldn’t squeal when they were chasing her, and finally Royal got her and got the candy off her teeth, and she went squealing to her pen.

Taylah (just turned 9)

Matilida by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a book about a 5-year-old girl- Matilda- who is very smart.
It is so hilariously funny! I think that everyone would love reading it.
Matilda lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, and her big brother Michael.
Her parents are very mean. I don’t know how Matilda ever even survived. 
If I was her, I would not care how badly my parents were treating, and I would try to get back at them. I just would hate living like Matilda did.

The Naughtiest Girl #1 by Enid Blyton
The Naughtiest Girl is a book about a very naughty girl. I mean VERY, VERY, VERY naughty!!!!!!!!
Her name is Elizabeth Allen. She is so naughty, that at her school, Whyteleafe School, no one likes her at all!! She didn’t even have one friend! She always gets told on, and there are almost always people complaining about her. I would’t want to be Elizabeth’s friend. She’s so naughty and mean, I’d tell on her too! She loses her temper often and very easily. I would find it hard to teach her. I would get vey mad at her.

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins is about two children who get a very strict baby-sitter.
VERY, VERY, strict. The children find it quite hard to like her. Her name is Mary Poppins.
When they do grow to like her, the next day she’s gone!!!!!!! Will she ever come back?
I hope so, and can’t wait to read more Mary Poppins books. I wonder how many more there are? I want to get all of them- on my kindle. I wouldn’t want a baby-sitter like Mary.
Just imagine if I did! I’d be miserable. Wouldn’t you be? I know the next book is Mary Poppins Comes Back.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
The Lemonade War is about 2 siblings who get in a fight and do lemonade stands to
see who earns the most money. I really want to get the rest of these books.
I love, love, love, LOVED this book! But that also might happen to be because I love to read- so does my sister!!!!!! There is barely any room on our book-shelf to put anymore books, we have so many. Every time we go shopping, we just keep on buying more books.

The Worst Thing About My Sister is about 2 sisters who are very different from each other.
One is more girlish, while the other’s a tom-boy. They fight a lot, like most siblings. 
1: The older one, Melissa, never sticks up for her younger sister Martina.
2: Melissa tells on them every time they get in a fight.
3: Melissa stole Martina’s special night with their father, even though everyone knows
that Martina loves to eat popcorn while watching Toy Story 3.
4: She’s always wearing makeup.
I’m more like Melissa, I think. If you have a different opinion, then fine.

Haylee (turning 11 in 2 weeks)

Matilda by Roald Dahl
This book is about a girl named Matilda, who is SUPER smart and talented. I mean, she could talk and knew all words grown ups know when she was 1!! Matilda’s parents think she is useless. When Matilda goes to school her teacher thinks she is amazing! I wish I was as smart as Matilda. Do you? I won’t tell you any more so I won’t spoil anything. Read this book, you’ll never regret it!

This book is AMAZING!!!!!  It is about a girl who everyone thinks is a freak, who finds out she’s a princess! She isn’t very happy about it, especially when she has to have princess lessons with her grandmother. I’ve alredy bought the second of this series. 

The Famous Five 1 by Enid Blyton
This series is great! The books are very adventurous, so if you like adventures read this series! Three children, Julian, Dick, and Anne go to visit their tom-boy cousin at  Kirrin Cottage. Their cousin shows them her island and they find some exiting discoveries. These books are so good I have read the second and third books in this series.    

The Naughtiest Girl #1 by Enid Blyton
This is a hilarious book. Elizabeth Allen is a VERY NAUGHTY girl. When her mother sends her to school she plans to be so naughty Whyteleafe School will kick her out. I enjoyed this book a lot, and so will you!! 

This is my favorite book of all time!!! A boy named Harry finds out by a giant named Hagrid, that he is a wizard and his parents were killed by the evil Lord Voldemort. He goes to a school for wizards and witches and finds himself in adventures he never thought he’d be in. I read this book with my mom and sister and it took us two years to read the whole series. There are seven books. I’ve reread all the books three times already this year!

If you’d like to see their lists from previous years, you can click on the years to check out their 2017, 2016, and 2015 lists.

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