Friday, July 30, 2010

Review: Books Make Me Happy by Judy Pelikan

I have to share this with you.

A few weeks ago, I was in Target wandering around, picking up last minute items for our vacation.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spot this book...see the cover to your left?  It's cute, right?  Books make ME happy, as you all well know, so I picked it up.

It's a reading journal for kids!

I'm blessed with an avid reader...but my avid reader doesn't really like to write so much.  Apparently, this is common, especially with early readers.  So, I thought that this would be a good guide for him to write about the books he's reading.

Inside the book are spaces for each book's title, author, and illustrator.  Each log entry asks the same "My favorite part of the book was:"  "I will recommend this book to a friend because:" and asks for a drawing inspired by the book.  After that, the questions are changed up throughout the journal.  Your child will answer questions like, "Name one book that made you so happy you wanted to read it again and again," or "What is your favorite place to read a book?" or "Does your Mom have a favorite book?  Ask her to write about it here." 

This book is supposed to encourage reading...but I would have to say that it also encourages writing with engaging questions and a simple format.

I'm sure this isn't the first book of its kind, but it's the first one in our home, and we love it.  Now that he has a format, I expect the Kid's Reviews to be rolling in!  Stay tuned!

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (November 26, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076115597X
ISBN-13: 978-0761155973

About the Author:
Judy Pelikan is the author of the bestselling Grandmother Remembers: A Written Heirloom for My Grandchild, as well as numerous other illustrated gift books such as The Heart's Journey and The Music of Wild Birds. She lives in the north country of New Hampshire.


KyleeJ said...

Wow! I'm going to have to pick this up. My 4yo and I read together quite a bit. She tries to read (makes up a story or repeats her version of the book if she knows it) while flipping the pages of her books. Another couple of years and she'll be able to use this. =)

Jan von Harz said...

What a great find. I use reading response journals in my classroom with my 8th graders and have great success with it. I a going to look for this book for my grandsons, one of which loves to read and the other struggles. Thanks.

bermudaonion said...

What a great idea! I wish I had a little one to buy it for.

IntrovertedJen said...

What a cute idea! I'll have to pick it up for my two young cousins, both of who are avid readers. I'll be looking forward to the Kid Reviews!

Girlinbetween said...

that is a cute, brilliant idea! Should pick it up for my younger brother!

Susan said...

How cute! My 8-year-old would love this since she adores both reading and writing. Fun, fun, fun.

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