by Jeanne Birdsall
“The characters are four sisters. I like it because there’s a birthday party and his name is Jeffrey and he turns eleven years old. Mrs. Tifton has a boyfriend.”
by Raina Telgemeier
“I think that children will like this book because it has a romance. It is a graphic novel. The characters are Callie, Bonnie, and Mark. Callie wants to help with the school production Moon Over Mississippi. Callie also wants to help with the theater and she wants to act out.”
by R.J. Palacio
“The main character is Auggie and he has a deformed face. He has had a lot of surgeries. Auggie is funny and smart. I thought about myself was Auggie has disabilities and I do too. I thought how his Grands died compared to my Great-Grandmother who died. I like Wonder because at the end of the book Auggie gets a big award.”
11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel
by Wendy Mass
“I like it because Amanda and Leo keep having their birthday over and over and over again. It is a mysterious book and active. Leo and Amanda sneak out of Amanda’s house.”
by Sydney Taylor
“The book All of a Kind Family is about five kids who are all girls who live in New York City. They have a new librarian. They celebrate Passover because they are Jewish. I like the chapter ‘the Fourth of July’ because Charlie comes and celebrates with the kids.”
Beany and the Dreaded Wedding
by Susan Wojciechowski
Penny is currently obsessed with weddings. She recently looked up weddings on the computer at the library and found a host of books. This one is her current favorite because, “I love weddings and because Beany’s Aunt Amy looks like Cinderella when she gets married.”
Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
“I like it because there are a lot of signposts in it. It’s about a character named Ally and a teacher in a classroom. It’s very interesting because Ally can’t really read and write yet but Mr. Daniels helps her.”
by Derrick Barnes
This fun story of a 3rd grader and her family reminds me of Ramona Quimby. Light, entertaining, and fun. Penny says, “Ruby went to a new school and her best friend came in the same classroom. I like it because a miracle happens.”
by E.L. Konigsburg
I love it. It’s my favorite book because Claudia and Jamie run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And they get to visit Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler in Farmington.
by Kate DiCamillo
I liked it because I liked when India Opal found Winn Dixie. The litmus lozenge part made me feel a little sad because I thought about May May and Nana Nana dying.” We read this book as a family and every one of us loved it. Penny–who often has trouble expressing “negative” emotions like sadness–particularly resonated with it because each character in the book expressed an area of sorrow, which prompted her to talk about the sorrow of her great-grandmothers’ deaths last year.
by Mary Casanova
This book is one of the American Girl books, and it centers on a girl who does gymnastics. Penny says she likes it because “McKenna helps Josie go to the riding center and Josie is a tutor to McKenna because McKenna has trouble with reading comprehension.”
by Judy Blume
I liked it because there was a girl named Sheila and Libby and there was a spider on the ceiling in Sheila’s room and she woke up her mom and she worked hard to put her face in the water when swimming in the pool. I felt similar to Sheila because Sheila is a happy person and she wants to be a fun and gentle person and she just wants to be fun and experienced. Sheila is the main character and Libby is her sister who is also a main character. Libby does gymnastics and she likes to do flips into the pool on the high diving board. And she really likes to live in the same place as Sheila and Sheila does not like Jennifer the dog and Jennifer the dog’s friend Jennifer, another dog.
by Judy Bloom
Penny’s favorite books are social in nature–kids at school going through pretty typical travails, like Peter with his frustrating little brother in this series, or Ramona in Beverly Cleary’s classics.
by Barbara Park (much to her mother’s chagrin!)