Whenever I attend an event, at least one person asks me to name my favorite book. I always find this a difficult question to answer. I am not good at choosing my favorite anything: book, movie, TV show, food, vacation spot, child… Anyway, this gave me an idea for my blog.
From time to time, I will write about a book that I love. I will focus on books that my readers might enjoy (which means books for kids aged 8-13). Some of the books might be for younger kids in that category, and some might be for older, but they will all be books that I think 3rd – 7th Graders might enjoy.
I don’t know how often I will write these posts, and I am only going to write about books I love, but if you have any suggestions for me, please pass them on.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
The Charlie and Lola books are firm favorites in our household. Funny, sweet and wonderfully illustrated, they tell the story of Charlie (aged 11-ish, I think) and his little sister Lola. Every book begins with the words, “I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny.” and goes on to describe a specific episode in their lives. The books are narrated by Charlie and often focus on his attempts to help his little sister.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato describes how Charlie convinces Lola to try new foods by pretending that they are not what they seem (for example, mashed potatoes are actually cloud fluff from Mount Fuji). Although I love all of the Charlie and Lola books that I have read, I am singling out this one because it was the first one I read to my children, and also because I have two very picky eaters at home! Other great titles in the series include: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed, But Excuse Me That is My Book and I Am Too Absolutely Small For School.
These books are perfect for 3-7 year-olds, and their parents.
A Bear Called Paddington
With the immortal words, “Please Look After This Bear,” A Bear Called Paddington begins the tale of… well, a bear called Paddington.
For those of you who don’t know, Paddington is a stowaway from Peru. He has made his way to London because his Aunt Lucy had to go to the home for retired bears in Lima, and she wants him to have a better life. He is a very friendly and polite bear with a strong sense of right and wrong. He also likes marmalade. A lot.
Luckily for Paddington, he is discovered by the Brown family at Paddington station in London (which is the reason he has such an unusual name). Despite Mr. Brown’s concerns, they take Paddington under their wing, and he soon becomes one of the family.
There are a total of eleven Paddington books of which I am aware, and they are all marvelous, but I have a particular fondness for the first one. Crazy adventures surround Paddington’s first bath, his first trip on the London Underground (subway), his first time in a department store, his first outing to the seaside… everyday activities seen through the curious, innocent and often misunderstanding eyes of a bear from Peru. A Bear Called Paddington is funny, silly, filled with kindness and is one of my favorite books.