Authors I Loved in Elementary School

For a large portion of my childhood I would find an author I loved, and then read every book they ever wrote. So a lot of these authors I have read a large majority of their books, except those that came out after elementary school. 🙂 Looking back I’m not sure if I would like all of their styles now, but I certainly enjoyed them when I was reading them.

I put the authors in alphabetical order (by last name), so I don’t have to try and put them in order from least favorite to most favorite. I’ve included pictures to four of my favorites from each author.

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Andrew Clements

If you haven’t read any of his books, you should, even if you’re an adult. They’re great! Frindle is probably his most famous, but The Report Card is my favorite. (The Janitor’s Boy comes in at a close second.)

   

Sharon Creech

Her books are quirky, and often told in uncommon formats. For example, Love That Dog is written in poems.
   

Roald Dahl

How can you make it through childhood without reading at least one of his books? They were so unique and fantastical. The only book of his I didn’t enjoy was his auto-biography. My favorites of his are The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
   

Gordon Korman

His Dive series is the first series I remember eagerly anticipating the release of the next book. Each of his books were short, but detailed, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As a child I read his Everest, Dive, Island, and On the Run series. When I got older I read Son of the Mob, and now as an adult I’m trying to catch up on the other books of his that I missed.

   

Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter’s Little Sister series were the first chapter books I ever read. I know I read at least the first 100 in the series before I got too old for it. Then I just moved on to The Babysitter’s Club.

   
Donald Sobol

His Encyclopedia Brown series is another favorite of mine. They contain short little mysteries that you as the reader can solve. I swear I remember a non-Encyclopedia Brown book of his too, but I can’t for the life of me find it. 😦

What were your favorite authors in elementary school? I loved taking a trip down memory lane, and I’m very tempted to pick up more books by these authors.

❤ AnnetteElementary Books

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Book Review: Asi Es Josefina (Meet Josefina) by Valerie Tripp

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Josefina lives with her sisters on a ranch outside of Santa Fe. In this book we get to see a snapshot of her life as her grandfather comes back from his trip to Mexico City. And with him comes special visitor!

What I Liked

  • It was fun to learn some of the history of the Santa Fe area. I’ve been there, but never considered much of its past. Learning about the Camino Real was also pretty cool.
  • It was a great way for me to practice my Spanish. (I read it in Spanish.)
  • Overall this was a pretty cute story. It’s hard for me to imagine what life was like even two hundred years ago, so it was cool to jump into a snippet of it.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Because it was written for a younger age, it wasn’t as enthralling for me. The story line was fairly simple, and the main antagonist was a goat.

In Conclusion

If you want to practice your Spanish, you’ll enjoy this book. If you’re an elementary school reader, you’ll probably enjoy it too.

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Book Review: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Siblings Evan (10) and Jessie (8) have always been close. But after squabbles and misunderstandings intensify, they end up in an all-out war! Whoever can sell the most lemonade by the end of summer gets to keep the loser’s lemonade earnings as well. Evan is great with people, and uses this to help him earn more money. Jessie is great with numbers and business, and she uses this to help her earn more money.

What I Liked

  • The characters are really well developed. Each had specific strengths and weaknesses, and they complimented each other really well. I enjoyed reading from their different views.
  • This book does a great job of introducing mathematical and business concepts, in ways I haven’t seen before. It includes basic math, like “how much do I have to sell to make $100?”, and well as more complex math like calculating profit for sale. They also introduce marketing, franchising, sales permits and more. It was awesome.
  • This was just a overall great book. I picked it up to help fulfill my 100 books for 2017, but I’m really glad I did! I can’t wait to read more of Jessie and Evan in the next book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • The only reasons this book didn’t get five stars was because it didn’t have a “wow” factor. But overall, a great book!

In Conclusion

This book is great for those in elementary school who want to learn a little more about business.

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Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

This is another installment of The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. Today we are sharing ten books we want our children (or future children) to read.

Most of the books below are listed because I enjoyed them so much as a child that I want my children to have the same experience.

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I loved this book when I first read it in fifth grade. I loved how the author played with words like “jumping to conclusions” and “on the tip of your tongue”. It was just such a magical world.

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Both of my parents would read these stories to me as a child. I think my favorite was Little Critter’s These Are My Pets. I even had the treasury to read from as I got older. Little Critter has such a wide variety of experiences, it’s fantastic.

Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye

This book is such a great mystery adventure. I think it’s really undersold – I’ve never seen anyone recommend it. Which is a shame, because it’s a great book!

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is another book that I loooved as a child. It’s about a girl who thinks she is living in the 1840s, but soon finds out that she lives in modern day. Because the people who run the 1840s society won’t hand out medicine, she must embark on a journey to save them from diphtheria.

Holes by Louis Sachar

This was the first children’s book I remember reading that had a lot of moving pieces that pulled together perfectly in the end. This fascinated me.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Most of Roald Dahl’s stories are magical. This is no exception.


School Story by Andrew Clements

Another great story.


Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I would be remiss if I didn’t include this on my list! I read the first book in the series when I was in third grade and Harry Potter grew up as I grew up.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

This is a great picture book series about someone named Amelia Bedelia who takes everything literally. For example, when playing baseball, if someone yells “Go home!”, she’ll run to her house instead of home base.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert

Skit skat skoodle-doot, flip flop flee! I’ll race you to the top of the coconut tree!

What books would you add to this list?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Scooby-Doo y el Monstruo de las Nieves (Scooby-Doo and the Snow Monster)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 3 of the Scooby Doo! Mysteries

I read books in Spanish to improve my Spanish vocabulary. (I mean… it’s how I learned or reinforced a lot of my English vocabulary so….) As you can guess by the title of this book, I’m still at a child’s reading level in Spanish.

This book follows Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and the rest of the “gang” as they go on vacation at a ski resort. Unfortunately, there is a snow monster terrorizing the guests of the resort! After it bothers the crew one too many times, they decide to figure out who is behind the monster.

This book gets four stars. It was a little bit less predictable than the usual Scooby-Doo story, but still followed the basic pattern. In an effort to not make the culprit super obvious, the author introduced quite a few characters. If I was reading in my native language this might not have been a problem, but it was confusing to me as it was, and I suspect it would be confusing to a beginning reader as well.

Spanish words I learned/reinforced with this book:

Albergue – Cabin
Escalera – Ladder
Cobertizo – Shed
Furgoneta – Van

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