About a month ago, I posted my first “Recent Favorites from a Second Grader” book recommendation post — and you all loved it! Turns out I’m not the only one who can’t keep up with what my independent reader is reading and loving. Many of you also have readers who are also moving into reading more and more chapter books independently.
So, every month or so, I’ll have our older daughter (a seven-year-old second grader) tell you about 4 or 5 of her favorite books lately. These might be books she’s read independently, family read alouds, or audiobooks. I’ll transcribe her reasons for why she loves these books, and add a few of my own thoughts if I have anything important to add.
Up today, we’ve got five of her favorite recent reads from October!
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Zoey and Sassafras: Bips and Roses by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay — “Pip, the frog, is really funny! Zoey, Sassafras, and Pip save the roses for the baby hippogriffs. Zoey is a good scientist and she’s always trying to help the magical animals and never gives up.”
*** My thoughts: We read this in just a few days as our most recent family read aloud. Both of our girls absolutely adore each and every Zoey and Sassafras book, so I knew this was going to be a big hit! You can read my full review of the Zoey and Sassafras series here. A big thank you to Innovation Press for sharing this book with our family. All thoughts and opinions of this book are my daughter’s honest thoughts.
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson, illustrated by Frank Morrison — “It was really funny! In this book, Keena’s class goes on a field trip the U. S. Capitol Building. But she trips and knocks a Congressman down the stairs! Now my mom and I are reading Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up together.”
*** My thoughts: You can read our older daughter’s thoughts on the first Keena Ford book, Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up here.
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series by Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell — “In The Maple Festival, Sophie Mouse helps her mom at the bake stand. When her brother gets lost in Looking for Winston, she helps look for Winston. And in Winter’s No Time to Sleep, she makes a new friend that she’s never seen before. She gets her to come out and play with them. I like them because Sophie Mouse is a good friend.”
*** My thoughts: We own the first eight books in the Sophie Mouse series, and I’d guess my daughter has read all eight by now. We read the first one together as a read-aloud, to get her interested in it, and we read The Maple Festival last fall. I brought it to the front of her bookshelf this fall to remind her of it, and it obviously reminded her how much she loves the series, because she’s reread most of the eight in the last few weeks. If you don’t know Sophie Mouse, it’s an absolutely delightful early chapter book series (fairly large print and illustrations on each page).
The Caroline (American Girl) series by Kathleen Ernst — “She’s brave. The British tried to steal her father and she never gave up trying to find him. They fight the British and they won, and then Papa comes home.”
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez — “Lola Levine scares her brother. She likes to scare a lot of people. Once, she tries to scare her best friends, but she ends up ruining their Halloweens instead. She does a good apology of action to make it better, and then they all go trick-or-treating.”
*** My thoughts: This was our family’s Halloween read-aloud, and it’s just delightful! You can read a bit more about it on our Halloween booklist.
What have your independent readers been loving lately?