Today, and for the first time, we are featuring a kid-blogger who loves to read and write about her favorite children’s books. Sofie Lovette Chang is a homeschooler and guest-writes on her mom’s blog, as well. Check out some interesting reads you can share to your own children or bring as gifts to kids this holiday season.
6 Children’s Books to Give as Gifts this Christmas
The Secret Story of Shy Shelly
by Justine Hail
This story is about a very shy girl named Shelly. Because of her shyness, no one knows her or talks to her, so she has no friends except her pet turtle, Huey Louie. Then on the night before she will go to her new class section, Coral, she wishes on an origami paper star that she will have a real friend. Her wish comes true the following day, after meeting two chatty girls named Sophia and Patty. But then she also meets the class outcast, Vanna. She tries to spend time with them at the same time, while also dealing with bullies, Jake and Jack. As she deals with all of these she learns what it means to be a true friend. The book also has a ‘Free Journal Bubble Thoughts’ where you can answer questions like ‘How can you be a better friend?’ and ‘How do you choose your friends?’. This is a very interesting book and very nice too! I liked the illustrations and the story very much. My rating is five stars.
Shy Shelly and the Bully
by Justine Hail
This one is the second book of the Shy Shelly Series. Shelly now has a group of friends called the Secret Squad. It includes her, Vanna, Patty, Sophia and other friends that she met. The squad wants to do some nasty pranks on Jake, who is one of the school’s biggest bullies. Shelly thinks it’s horrible but the others think Jake deserves it so they attempt to pull the pranks on him – a hotdog licked by a dog, rotten cheese, soup from the toilet bowl… luckily it goes all to Jack (who is Jake’s best friend), who is even meaner than Jake. Then Shelly realizes that Jake’s older brother Tim is bullying Jake! Shelly feels bad for him and wants to help him, but when she tells the Secret Squad and shows Jake to them they don’t believe her. Shelly tries to find a way to help Jake but will have to think how. Just like the first one, it has the ‘Free Journal Bubble Thoughts’ with new questions like ‘What would you do if you have a friend who is a bully?’ and ‘Do you know someone who is being bullied at school?’. The book also has a recipe on how to make chocolate cake, a guide on sewing a hole on pants, and more. Another amazing book by Justine Hail! My rating is five stars.
The Little Prince
by Antoine De Saint – Exupery
The Little Prince tells a story about a pilot who crashed in the middle of the desert. Upon crashing he meets a young boy, who refuses to answer questions and is quite mysterious. The pilot learns about the prince’s tale – He had lived on an asteroid called Asteroid B-612, had a fair rose, visited other asteroids, and how he came upon the earth. The prince had not returned to his planet and wonders what has happened to his dear rose. On the day the pilot has finally repaired his plane he catches the boy talking to a snake. The prince tells the pilot that he shall return to his planet, and to do that the snake will bite him and he will return to his rose. The pilot is sad and shocked by this, and wants to accompany the boy but the snake may bite him for fun, and he would die. So they say their goodbyes and the snake bites the prince, leaving the pilot on his plane. The pilot, of course, finds his way back home. This is a nice classic book, my mom says that it has many lessons and morals in it, which I also agree. It has very nice illustrations and it’s a beautiful story indeed. My rating is four stars.
Code Your Own Space Adventure
by Max Wainewright
This book was my first coding book, and I found out a lot about coding. First, you have to go to a free website called Scratch. After searching it, press ‘TRY IT OUT’. There will be your coding workplace. Instead of typing, you connect blocks together that have code in them. There are many kinds of code blocks like Sound and Motion. In the book, you get to make a space adventure using the blocks! You get to help Major Kate save the planet, Zyskinar from hostile aliens by making a ship, putting the code blocks together, and more fun things to do. I recommend trying Scratch if you want to learn how to code. It is easy to start in Scratch, and free too! My rating is five stars.
Code Your Own Jungle Adventure
by Max Wainewright
Just like the Code Your Own Space Adventure book, you get to code with Captain Maria in the jungle. You and Maria have to find the City of Gold, find some treasures, and go through the jungle safely. Go to Scratch, press ‘TRY IT OUT’, and then use the book to survive the jungle. You get to repair a hot air balloon, find food, explore the jungle, go through a spikey cave, avoid sneaky snakes, get past a grumpy monkey, run away from ghosts, and grab your treasure! Another fun coding book! My rating is four stars.
How to Draw People
by Igloo Books
How to Draw People shows you how to draw people better and nicer. It has some tips on drawing, suggestions on what you can use to draw, and tutorials on drawing which are broken down into easy steps. It teaches you how to draw People, Sports, and Manga. In People, you can learn how to draw a young boy, a teenage girl, and a man. Sports shows you how to do a racer, a basketball player, a cheerleader, a football player and a surfer that you can transform into a dare-devil snowboarder. Manga has a spy, a muscled hero, an astronaut, and a superhero called Miss Velocity. The book has improved my way of drawing, which is why I like this book very much. My rating is five stars.
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About the Author:
Hi, my name is Sofie, also known as Sofie Sunday from my mom’s blog, Momsweettezil.com. I like to read, do arts and crafts, and drawing. I have a brother who likes to read with me and four furry cats that snuggle with me as I doodle. At home, I am surrounded with books that I love! I also make my own stories in the blog called “The Adventures of Margie Mouse”, and more! I am also a proud homeschooler!
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