A girl with crazy thoughts … magic wands and fairies … dogs, dogs, and more dogs …

by Stephanie Greene on May 1, 2013

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Ellie and Natalie are sisters who live in Colorado and who love to read. They recommend several books  for the summer.

First up, Ellie, age 8:


I recommend the “Dear Dumb Diary” series by Jim Benton. Jaime Kelly is the main character and she thinks a lot of crazy thoughts. She wishes animals would attack Angeline (the popular girl at school), who even Jaime’s mean aunt is nice to. Other kids will like that there are funny parts like her mom’s cooking is terrible (so is the school’s meatloaf). Jaime gets in trouble a lot but it usually works out in the end.

nellieI also really like the “Dog Diaries” series by Kate Klimo. These are newer books that are told from the life of the dog. Each book follows a puppy, like the first book is about a Golden Retriever, the second book is Buddy, a German Shepherd, who was the first seeing-eye dog and the third is about a Saint Bernard named Barry, who rescues people from the Alps. I like these books because I love animals and like to hear them tell their own stories.

Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure

Here are some books that Natalie, age 6, thinks readers will like:

I like the Princess Posey books by Stephanie Greene. I like how she has a pink tutu and how she pretends to have a magic veil and a magic wand she thinks is magical. I just really like it and that is really all. My favorite is Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure because Posey has to stand up for herself and tell Miss Lee that she really likes Poinky and that Miss Lee took it away unfairly.

Penelope Crumb by Shawn StoutRainbow FairiesI like all the Rainbow Magic Fairy books because I like that Rachel and Kirsty have the secret that they are friends with the fairies and they have to go to Fairyland because the mean goblins and their master, Jack Frost, steal the magic things that they need. My favorite in the series are the Days of the Week fairies.

I liked Penelope Crumb (by Shawn K. Stout) because Penelope is looking for her grandpa and she goes on these journeys with her friend. My favorite part is the end when she finds Grandpa Felix.

Lily, age 5, who lives in Connecticut, wanted to recommend two books:The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnettlemons

Lemons are Not Red, a unique concept book by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – “…because I can read it by myself,” and The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett, the classic story about a lonely girl, a sick boy, and the hidden garden they bring back to life together, because – “I knew someone was crying!”

Thanks so much to our avid readers in Colorado – Ellie and Natalie – and Lily, in Connecticut! If any other young readers care to recommend books they love, please leave a comment below.

Shawn K Stout May 2, 2013 at 5:29 am

These are fantastic recommendations! Ellie and Natalie, I like your taste in books!

Shawn K Stout May 2, 2013 at 6:18 am

Oh, and Lily, too!!!!

Ann Jacobus May 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

I think Ellie, Natalie and Lily have a future in book reviewing. Thank you very much for your thoughtful recommendations for fun summer reading!

Kit Grady May 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

Thanks Stephanie, I’m after them…

Lucia Greene Connolly May 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

Beautiful reviews, Lily, Ellie and Natalie. Hope lots of ReaderKidz follow your
leads and pick out some great books to read this summer.

Lorrie Mawhinney May 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thanks to these little ladies for sharing some terrific books! My kids are adding a few of these titles to their list so we can search for them at the library!

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