Saturday, December 22, 2012

I usually profile picture book that we read together on my blog. In addition to the books that we read together, Anna reads a lot of longer books on her own. I wanted to dedicate one of the last book posts of this year to her favorite book series of this year (they are not necessarily written this year though).

Magical Holiday Set

I tried to read Anna books from The Rainbow Fairies series when she was about 4, but she found the concept of conflict in the magical world too scary at the moment. Finally earlier in the year she got into the books on her own and read steadily through every book from the series that our library had on its bookshelves. We also have a couple of sets in our own home library and she rereads them from time to time. It’s not necessarily a very “high quality” literature, considering that every book has the same “recipe” of search and recovery of some sort of an object, but it’s a good series for early readers, especially for girls.

Humphrey SetI got the first Humphrey by Betty G. Birney from the library at random, mostly because the cover looked very cute, and Anna immediately fell in love with the story and its characters. Unlike all the other series she liked the year, Humphrey stories are set in modern times and the only unusual twist is that the narrator happens to be a hamster. She gave the series outstanding 6 stars (she is a tough critic!) and hopes that Betty G. Birney will continue writing more Humphrey books.

Secrets of Droon3

It’s hard for me to comment on The Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott, since I didn’t even look through the books. I was excited that daughter plunged into them with abandon and read through 40+ books over the summer. From what I gathered from Anna’s retellings, the story is pretty involved, not built on a single recipe and actually includes a long story arc with some characters changing sides and developing their powers. From what I could tell, it’s a good fantasy stories for kids who read at about third grade level or higher.

Boxcar Children Mysteries

The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner is our first series on Kindle. We got 12 books on Cyber Monday sale for $6, which was quite a steal! This is a series Anna is working through now and loves every book. In fact, she chose another Boxcar Children Mystery as her Christmas present from her teacher (her teacher let every kid pick a book from the class library extras to take home).

9 comments:

Kelly said...

It's wonderful that she is such an avid reader. These look like great chapter books.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Ticia said...

I've been curious about the Secret of Droon books.

We need to try the kids on Boxcar Kids as their next chapter books to read......

Joyful Learner said...

K just got the Humprey book for Christmas but she doesn't know it yet! I have a feeling she is going to love it! K hasn't read the Boxcar Children's series yet even though I have a few copies. She's read through so many series and we're running out of appropriate series. We may try that next after looking into the Wizard of Oz series (someone recently told me they existed). Some series that I would recommend is Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, Judy Moody, books by Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Gooney Bird series, Fairy Realm series, The Puppy Place series, The Magic School Bus series, Judy Moody series, The 39 Clues, and books by Brian P. Cleary. There's also Horrible Harry series by Suzy Kline, Blast to the Past series, Jigsaw Jones Mysteries, and A to Z Mysteries. Father's Dragon is only a short series but fun.

Joyful Learner said...

K also loved http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0440431808/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1356252439&sr=8-1&pi=SL75

Joyful Learner said...

K also loved The Secrets of Droon but stopped towards the end of the series because it got too scary.

Even in Australia said...

My daughter also loves Humphrey. She's also been racing through the Katie Kazoo books, Weird School series, Piper Reed books, The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, Clementine and Ramona.

Momand Kiddo said...

I also highly recommend Clementine! Kiddo read one of the Humphrey books. He liked it but didn't read the others. Right now he is much more into sports (ugh) books than chapter books.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I need to introduce Emma to that Humphrey series, I think.

Julie said...

I am so very far behind on things, but I had to comment on this one. I've been reading the Rainbow Magic books to M and she loves them. I'm looking forward to when she can read them herself though! And C absolutely loved the Secrets of Droon books. Glad to hear she's found some fun series to read!