Many eight year olds have sung the praises of the Judy Moody Series to me, making it an ace gift for that young girl in your gift bracket that has recently discovered the joys of reading. The series follows Judy Moody, an adventuress third grader, on her daily undertakings of dealing with parents, annoying relatives, and best friends. The series includes hilarious drawings, which is terrific in keeping young readers engaged in the story. - Stephanie
Dory wants to play with her older brother and sister, but they think she's too young and annoying--even to play the baby during make-believe. Instead, Dory hangs out with her imaginary monster friend Mary. When the evil Mrs. Gobble Gracker comes to kidnap Dory and eat her for dinner, Dory and Mary must get creative in order to save themselves! Dory Fantasmagory is hilarious and filled with awesome illustrations. Perfect for a beginning chapter-book reader!
Call me old-fashioned, but I grew up on the Magic School Bus. You think that’s far-fetched? I’ll tell you what’s far-fetched – a magic tree house! But Mary Pope Osborne pulls it off with aplomb, in easy, graceful prose perfect for ages 4-8, transporting kids on adventures throughout history through the eyes of Jack and Annie. Vivid black-and-white illustrations accompany every narrative. By the end of the series, your child will have encountered practically every climate, culture, and historical era!
Who Was ? is a wonderful children’s’ series that focuses on informing kids about famous, important individuals in an approachable, engaging manner. Personal favorites of mine include Who Was Albert Einstein? and Who Was Abe Lincoln? A great go-to for school research projects or for that young kid who simply loves history and biography (aka me at age eight.) Also an ideal tool to use in helping along in the learning-to-read process. - Stephanie
A paean to garbage trucks! A fanciful romp through a garbage trucks’ gustatory adventures a night, where it chomps on refuse beginning with every letter of the alphabet – and in a devil-may-care attitude that’s sure to delight your young rapscallion.