Monday, July 25, 2011

Great Reads for Kids - Summer Break Edition

Aside from our Smart Folders, this summer the kids have been given the chance to earn Book Bucks. They get one 'buck' for every 15 minutes they read and at the end of the summer they'll be able to cash in their book bucks for a gift card to Chapters.

They have each been busy reading and wracking up the 'bucks.' We have been combing through thrift stores, garage sales and our own shelves to find new favourites and old friends to help them earn their bucks. Here are some reviews of their favourites ...

By Mischief (for boys age 5 to 7 years old)

Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)- This book is about this kid who dresses up like a kind of monster, wild thing guy. His name is Max. He scared the dog and got into a lot of mischief so he got in trouble from his mom. He gets sent to his room without any supper. When he was there his room turned into a jungle or something and there was this boat that sailed him away to where the wild things are. He gets to be king and stuff but then he misses his family so he goes home.

I like this book because it has lots of imagination and I know all the words. I even have a Max costume. The pictures are pretty good to.

Other favourites are:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Corduroy by Don Freeman
I Can Read 'Spiderman' series by Susan Hill

By Dude (for boys age 9 to 12 years old)

100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet (Anna Claybourne)- This book tells you about 100 of the most dangerous things on the planet. It tells you about volcanoes erupting, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightening storms too. There is also a lot of information about animals and bugs too. The book is in two parts; nature stuff and human stuff. It is very interesting because it also gives you good information on how to survive these very dangerous things.

Other favourites:
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross

By Crafty (for girls age 7 to 10 years old)

Ivy and Bean (Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackwell) - These books are about two girls who become friends. They do lots of stuff to bug Bean's older sister, its kind of funny. They do stuff like play tricks on her with money and they also through worms at her. I like these books because Ivy and Bean are kind of like my best friend. These books are funny and interesting.

Other favourites:
Cam Jansen by David Alder
Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osbourne
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstien

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
~Chinese Saying

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