Summer Reading Book Haul

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Some of My Favorite Books Right Now

Sew Fab Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas:
Author: Lesley Ware

ISBN-10: 178067404X
ISBN-13: 978-1780674049

Sew Fab is a great book about sewing, style, and designing. There are guides to help you pick your own style tribe, accessorize, and also how to choose your color palette. I love this book because I am really into fashion and clothes. One day I want to be able to use a sewing machine like my mom does to create pretty dresses and skirts to wear. There are also some really cool projects in the book, my favorite one is the After School Tote.

Another thing I love about the book is the illustrations. The pictures look like they are painted with watercolors and all of the girls in the book have on really cute outfits!  The colors are bright and pretty The girl on the cover has on Chuck’s and those are my favorite shoes. I sometimes use the book when my mom lets me pick my own outfits.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fashion or wants to learn more about sewing. It has helped me out a lot!

Jem and the Holograms comics :
Author: Kelly Thompson and Sophia Campbell



I love comic books!

I just  started reading the Jem and the Holograms comics a few weeks ago. I read all 4 comics in one day and have read My favorite part of comics are the illustrations because I want to be an author/illustrator one day. I have seen the Jem cartoon that my mom used to watch when she was a kid and I loved it!

In the comics the main character is Jerrica Benton but her secret identity is Jem. Jem has a girl band called Jem and the Holograms and they give concerts and help out kids with the Starlight Foundation. Jem has a computer named Synergy that helps her and her band transform and it is super cool! I like the Jem cartoons and comics because all of the stories have a lesson and a moral that I can learn.

I would recommend these comic books to anyone who likes music, brightly colored graphics, and comics. There are 11 books in the series plus a holiday special.

The Witches:
Author: Roald Dahl

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ISBN-10: 0590032496
ISBN-13: 978-0142410110

My teacher read this book to our class and I loved it so much, I had to read it myself. I want to read all of Roald Dahl’s books because the stories I have seen in movies were great, and I am sure the books are too!
The story is about 2 boys, the narrator and a boy named Bruno Jenkins, who meet some witches and get turned into mice. With the help of the narrators grandmother, they try to find away to turn back into boys and get back at the witches.
I like this book because it is very funny and creative. The funniest part of the book to me, was when the witches were at their meeting and The Grand High Witch told them all that they could remove their wigs, gloves, and shoes.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny stories.

The Jigsaw Jones Mystery Books :
Author: James Preller

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I like these stories because they are funny and there are real mysteries to be solved. I like to watch NCIS, Sherlock,  and other mystery stories with my mom, but I don’t always understand what is going on. The Jigsaw Jones books are very kid friendly and easy to understand. Another thing I like, is that I can read the books easily in one day and still remember details.

The main character is Jigsaw Jones. He loves drinking grape juice and he has a dog named Rags. The story is written like Jigsaw is an actual detective and I like that a lot. It’s not just a kid trying to solve mysteries, he actually is really good at it. The book reminds me of Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery stories.

My Child Can Read ANYTHING…or can she??

Let me just start by saying that my daughter can virtually read ANYTHING. And by ‘read’ I mean just that. She can read long multi-syllabic words by sounding them  out phonetically and she usually gets the pronunciations correct. HOWEVER…she does not always comprehend what she is reading. And by ‘always’ I mean OFTEN. Do not get my wrong, at her grade level she comprehends just fine. She is able to grasp the meaning and if there is a lesson, she pretty much is able to figure that out as well. The problem with this is that she flies through books that are at her grade level. As any other parent that is completely blown away by this, I started feeding her more and more books. In her home library she has over 100, and that is not including what is on her Kindle apps on her Ipod and Galaxy…or my Iphone. In Kindergarten, she started reading  Junie B Jones chapter books. And just last week, she got her first Harry Potter book after her constant begging for it.




As much as it prides me that my 7, soon to be 8 year old is able to pick up a dictionary and read each word with ease, it kind of worries me that 5 minutes after she reads a book she has no idea or has a hard time summarizing what happened. I felt like this was very problematic, hence her re reading Junie B Jones book 1 that she read 2 years ago. At first, I was hesitant to go back a few grade levels because I didn’t want her to get bored or to stop trying to excel at reading. I didn’t want her ultimate goal of reading “big people” books to be forgotten or abandoned. To my surprise neither of these things have happened! She still enjoys reading books like Junie B, if not more so now then when she was 5. She still flies through the book, but with the shorter chapters and larger print, it’s not as much information for her to have to process. Now when I ask her what happened, it is a lot easier for her to recall and she has a very good understanding of what happened.

Now that I think of it, she is more like me than I thought. About 3 years ago, when the first Hobbit movie was coming out, I decided to re read the book because I am ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. If there is a book to movie, it is imperative that I read the book first (this excludes books based on motion pictures). I know, I’m a snob:) Anyway, keep in mind that I have not read The Hobbit since high school. It only took me a couple days to read it…because I was reading it at work. I absolutely LOVED it! I cannot remember loving the book in high school. I don’t know if it is because I was forced to read it, or because my imagination and level of comprehension has expanded since then. Either way, the dots connected and the light bulb went off.

Seeing and understanding how this works for her now, I will continue to encourage her to read more grade level appropriate books for her level of comprehension. However, we have already made the agreement that for free reading time, she can read anything she wants. Of course, this is within reason as she is also itching to read Game of Thrones. I told her maybe in middle school. Maybe. Probably. We’ll see. 🙂

My Favorite Thing I Read This Week

Title: Officer Buckle and Gloria
Main Character(s): Officer Buckle and Gloria
Why is it your favorite book this week?  This book is very funny! Gloria was doing flips and tricks and everyone loved it. Officer Buckle didn’t even realize it. They made a great team!


Books I found at the grocery store

When Rahni and I go grocery shopping, we usually stop and look at the books to see what’s 0n sale and what’s new. Also, in our local grocery, it’s right next to one of our favorites…the frozen broccoli. On my solo trip the other day, I came across 3 very interesting looking books. The content is a bit too advanced for Rahni right now, but maybe in the near future.

As you can tell, my favorite kinds of books usually involve magic and/or mystery as I thoroughly enjoy sci fi and fantasy.  Rahni loves pretty much anything, but fantasy seems to be her favorite right now. She  is itching to read the Harry Potter series, but I have told her that she should definitely hold off until she is really able to comprehend how awesome they are.:)

From the synopsis on the covers and information that I have gathered from the inter-webs, these 3 books seem to be pretty amazing. All 3 are part of a series, which is pretty much the trend these days, and  they also have some great content on the websites. Of the 3, The Books of Elsewhere seem to be the most interesting to me. The storyline reminds me of Coraline, and the trailer for The Apothecary seems like something from Henry Selick.


Three Times Lucky

Book #1

By Sheila Turnage


In Tupelo, South Carolina, 11 year old Mo LoBeau’s best friend Dale  is a prime suspect in a town murder. Mo and Dale must clear his name. As they set out to solve the mystery of who killed old Mr Jesse, they uncover truths about their own lives.

Learn more about the book  here

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Louisville Free Public Library Ebook   Book

Audio clip from audible book



The Apothecary

Book #1

By Maile Maloy


This one is another mystery about a girl who moves from California to London with her family. She meets a boy named Benjamin, the son of an apothecary named Marcus. Marcus is kidnapped and it’s up to Benjamin and Janie to find him, and maybe even save the world.

Learn more about the book here

Check It Out!

Louisville Free Public Library Book

Read Chapter 1 here



The Books of Elsewhere

The Shadows Vol 1

By Jacqueline West


Another story of magic and mystery. 11 year old Olive and her parents move into an old house with old creepy paintings and talking cats. Olive soon finds out that she can travel into the paintings, where she learns about the dark shadows that are trying to take over.

Learn more about the books here

Check It Out!

Louisville Free Public Library Book

Audio clip for Audible



Reading mystery books can help children pay attention to details

Why didn’t I think of this?

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across this pin from Scholastic. It’s a blog post about reading strategies to get kids to pay more attention to detail while reading. The strategy is to try early chapter books that are mysteries like Cam Jensen, which Rahni and I love,  and Boxcar Children, a book that Rahni just finished reading for class.
Definitely a good post full of great tips! Here‘s the link if you’re interested.


Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Picture Day


Author: Susan Nees

Click here to get the Storia ebook

ISBN-10: 0545438519
ISBN-13: 978-0545438513

Main characters:

Missy Abigail Rose


Miss Snodgrass



Missy loves to dress up.

She is very excited about picture day.

She spends all week planning a spectacular outfit that she will wear for picture day but her mom has a different idea.

Missy is not very happy about the outfit her mom chooses

Missy’s friend, Oscar helps her to make her picture day Super Duper Royal Deluxe!

My favorite part:

I liked the part when she was trying to  get Oscar to trade his pudding for her carrots. I also like the activities on the Storia app on my Galaxy. I can click on words I don’t know and it will give me the definitions. It also had some fun questions for me to answer.

Why I like this book:

Because I like to dress up and take pictures like Missy does. It is very funny and the pictures are in color. It kind of looks like a cartoon.

My rating:


Reading difficulty:


New words for me:


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*Note from Mom: there is also a great after reading guide for parents or teachers on the tab labeled ‘Guide’ on the web page.*

Amelia Bedelia Means Business


Author: Herman Parish

Illustrator: Lynne Avril

ISBN-10: 0062094963
ISBN-13: 978-0062094964

Main Character: Amelia Bedelia


Amelia Bedelia needs to find a way to make money to buy a new bike like Suzi’s.

She gets a job as a waitress, opens a lemonade stand, and sells tarts.

Finally, Amelia Bedelia enters into a contest to try and win a new bike.

My favorite part of the story: Is how Amelia gets confused when grown ups say things like, “the bike will cost an arm and a leg.” She thinks that she really has to give somebody her arm and leg just to have a bike.

Why I like this book: I like this because Amelia Bedelia is very funny, even when she isn’t  trying to be. I also like the illustrations and seeing Amelia Bedelia as a kid, not an adult.

My rating: 5

Reading difficulty: Easy for me

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