Recent Kids Reads

Here’s my latest list of Recent Kids Reads from the past few weeks!

And if you haven’t checked out The Summer Book Hook yet, please do! I’ve been busy posting weekly kid-approved book recommendations with the goal to inspire even the most reluctant reader to get hooked on reading this summer.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Publisher: Walden Pond Press, 2012

Recommended Age: 8 & up

In a Nutshell: Four Prince Charmings: Fredric, Liam, Gustav, Duncan from the beloved fairy tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White, have teamed together to save their kingdoms and themselves in a fantastical and comical adventure. Separated they are misfits, but together they surpass odds, triumph over evil, and find friendship along the way.

Perfect For: The How To Train Your Dragon fans.

Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from There’s a Book!

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007

Recommended Age: 8 & up

In a Nutshell: Do not read my review of this book. Since you’ve obviously overlooked the warning and are now reading the second sentence of this review, I suppose I can reveal this much… The Name of This Book is Secret has mystery, adventure, evil organizations, friendship, magic, and immortality. Cass and her friend Max-Earnest come across an usual book and a peculiar box of smells, launching the reader into a page-turner full of twists and revolving around one BIG SECRET.

Perfect For: Thrill seekers and mystery lovers; especially kids who enjoyed reading Chasing Vermeer or The Series of Unfortunate Events.

Who is Pseudonymous Bosch? video:

Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from Story Snoops.

Marty McQuire by Kate Messner, illustrations by Brian Floca

Publisher: Scholastic, 2011

Recommended Age: 7 & up

In a Nutshell: This book is just perfect. Perfect, I say! For the girls that aren’t looking for girly-girl princess books with glittery pink book covers, this one’s for you. Main character, Marty, doesn’t mind getting dirty, but she does mind when her best friend starts hanging out with the clique of girls who only seem interested in girly-girl activities. But when Marty is cast in the third grade play as the main character, she has to search deep down inside for her own princess (with a few of her own twists, of course).

Perfect For: The tomboy, free spirits, and the Clementine devotees.

Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from Watch. Connect. Read.

Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger

Publisher: Amulet Books, 2011

Recommended Age: 8 & up

In a Nutshell: One part mystery, one part comedy, this Jane Austen-esque spoof for kids all begins with a particularly uncomfortable piece of underwear. M’Lady Luggertuck decides one curious morning that she does not desire her corset to be quite as tight as it usually is, and in this action the whole world in Smugwick Manor is turned upside down. Theft, mischief, pirates, and (gasp!) love. Once again, another enjoyable read for kids of all ages from Tom Angleberger.

Perfect For: A reader who enjoys historical fiction with dashes (or handfuls) of screw-ball comedy.


Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from This Kid Reviews Books

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011

Recommended Age: 10 & up

In a Nutshell: When youngest sister Katherine (Kat) finds out her mother was once a witch and that she has inherited those magical talents, she does everything in her power to save her sister from a dreadful marriage to the unfavorable Sir Neville – a man whose plans for her family are anything but well-intended. Think L.M. Montgomary’s Anne of Green Gables and then add fantasy and whimsey.

Perfect For: The girl who has dressed up as a witch for seven Halloweens in a row (I was this girl once).


Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from Wrighty’s Reads


Earwig the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones

Publisher: Greenwillow Books, 2012

Recommended Age: 8 & up

In a Nutshell: Yeah, yeah, another witch book. What can I say… witches and wizards live more exciting lives than the rest of us. Earwig and orphan since she was a wee babe and was left at an orphanage that, if it were up to her, she’d never want to leave. It so happens it isn’t up to her (it rarely is, no?) and a shadowy couple scoops her up to a home like none she has ever imagined.

Perfect For: Young readers not ready to take the leap into reading the long Diana Wynne Jones beloved classics like Howl’s Moving Castle.

Don’t Take My Word For It: Review from Random Musings of a Bibliophile

Moving forward, the plan is to start posting each “Recent Kids Reads” book individually. I can hardly remember what happened 15 minutes ago, let alone what I read 2 weeks ago… So, that will be a new venture. I’m currently reading Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage which will make the first solo appearance.




2 Responses to “Recent Kids Reads”

  1. Sarah says:

    We have the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” collection read by Gweneth Paltrow. She does a nice job as well.


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