I usually profile picture book that we read together on my blog. In addition to the books that we read together, Smarty 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).
I tried to read Smarty 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.
I got the first Humphrey by Betty G. Birney from the library at random, mostly because the cover looked very cute, and Smarty 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.
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 Smarty'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.
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 Smarty 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).