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Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend by Holly Anna
The Daisy Dreamer series is written for beginning chapter book readers. Each chapter is short and there are illustrations on almost every page. Daisy is a dreamer and a story writer. In the first book, onne of the pictures she draws comes to life and she has an imaginary friend, Posey. In the second book, Daisy and Posey travel to the world of make-believe. These books are filled with fantasy, magic, and fun imaginary creatures.
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
This is the first in another book series for those readers transitioning to chapter books. Jasmine will be a character early chapter book readers will love. She is determined and shows that you can achieve something if you put your mind to it. Readers can also learn about mochi, a Japanese treat, including how to make it with the recipe in the back of the book. Read more of my thoughts about the book here.
Hero Dog!: Hilde Cracks the Case #1 by Hilde Lysiak and Matthew Lysiak
This is the newest series in Scholastic's Branches line of early reader chapter books. Hilde is a nine-year-old reporter investigating a neighborhood break-in. The clues she follows, along with her sister, seem to indicate that someone is trying to sabotage the annual bake-off. This book will give readers an introduction to the mystery genre and news reporting. The author, who co-wrote the book with her father, began writing her own newspaper when she was seven. The link to her newspaper is included at the end of the book.
The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid by Kara LaReau
This is the second book about the Ratso brothers. They were a delight in their first book and continue to charm readers in this one. In their first book they wanted to be tough and in this one they want to tackle their fears. Their dad, Big Lou, offers them great advice. The Ratso brothers, Louie and Ralphie are brave, funny, and sweet. Read my review of this book here. This book will be available in September.
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
This is a book about a boy who is struggling with challenges related to friendship, bullying, and school that many middle grade readers will find familiar. Andrew loves reading so he starts a reading club called the Losers Club, but running the club gets a little complicated. This book spoke to my heart as a book lover. This is another Andrew Clements novel that I think middle grade readers will really enjoy and it might even give them some ideas about what to read next. You can read my review here.
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
Shelby Holmes is very smart and she knows it. She has an uncanny ability to figure things out based on her observations and uses this skill to solve mysteries. John Watson has recently moved in next door to Shelby and has become her assistant. Shelby and John go undercover to solve a new case, but John is keeeping this a secret from his mom, who does not approve of Shelby's super sleuthing. There are a few twists that keep the mystery interesting. Shelby and John are interesting, as well, and their friendship is heart-warming. They are two kids with very different personalities, but they prove to be supportive and loyal to one another. I have many readers who request mysteries, so this and the first one in the series, The Great Shelby Holmes, will be books I recommend. The book publishes in September.
Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos
This guide to creative writing for kids is informative and entertaining. Gantos gives useful advice about journal writing, finding ideas, crafting a story, and revising. Throughout the book, Gantos has integrated humor with stories of his own life and those who have inspired his characters. With the examples he provides in the book, Gantos gives inspiration to those young readers who strive to be writers. Gantos's words also serve as encouragement for those who might not believe they are writers. This is a book written for kids, but as a teacher of writing I learned some things as well.