Category: Books

Summer Reading: My 4 year old’s summer reading list!

A few weeks ago, I posted my eight-year-old son’s choices for summer reading.  Not to be left out, his four and a half-year-old (that half year is VERY important!) sister pulled out her favorite books that we are reading this summer.

Little A loves books and spends a lot of time choosing what to read every night. I hope you enjoy her top summer books as much as we do!

Summer Reading List Chosen by My Four-Year-Old Daughter

  1. Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska

This is by far Little A’s favorite book! We both love it so much that it tops our birthday gift list too. We have gifted this gorgeous book to most of her friends. What makes it unique are the characters. The first two pages introduce you to a varied cast of colorful characters that you follow through the rest of the book. There are no words beyond a brief description of each character. Kids make up the story based upon the illustrations that flow together through the pages. So it’s a combination of a find-it book and a make your own story. Little A requests this book and its sequel, The World of Mamoko in the Year 3000, every night.

  1. Disney Storybook Collection by Disney Book Group

This is Little A’s second most requested book. We are a Disney-loving family. We’ve been three times in the past five years, we’ve seen every Disney movie at least 100 times, and we went to Disney on Ice twice recently. So it’s not surprising that one of her favorites is a collection of Disney stories. This book is great because each story is just the right length for a bedtime story and the pictures are bright and glossy.

  1. Biscuit (My First I Can Read)  by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

There are several Biscuit books! Little A gets excited every time we find a new one.  This series is about an adorable little girl, her equally cute dog, Biscuit, and their adventures together. It’s an early reader book so I can usually convince Little A to sound out a word or two. She also loves to jump in to read Biscuit’s lines, “Woof, Woof!”

  1. Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

My little ballerina loves reading about Angelina and her dancing adventures. Both Little A and Angelina dance through the house in pink tutus on a daily basis.

  1. OLD MACDONALD’S FARM (Poke-A-Dot!)by InnovativeKids

Little A loves this book because it involves interactive counting. I have to admit popping the poppers is addictive. I bring this book along when we go to restaurants because it keeps her attention for quite a while.

4 year old's summer reading list!

This is Little A’s list of her favorite books this summer! What are your favorite children’s books?

My 8 year old's picks to read this summer: Summer Reading

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My eight-year-old son, William, was not an early reader.  We weren’t worried, he wasn’t behind in school, but he didn’t learn to read at the age of three or four or even five.  In kindergarten and first grade, I struggled to find books he wanted to read and then bribed him to alternate reading sentences, pages and then chapters.

I admit it. This book loving Mom was disappointed. I’ve dreamed of sharing my love of reading with my kids. I envisioned all of us curled up on cold winter nights each engrossed in our own books. A Reading still isn’t my son’s favorite thing to do, but he does now request books to read.  And this summer he made a list of both his favorite books he wants to re-read and new books he wants to try. For my reluctant reader, this is a huge. I hope this list inspires your reader too!

My 8-year old’s Summer Reading List

  1. The 13-Story Treehouse series by Andy GriffinsThe 13-Story Treehouse series
  2. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer HuntSecret Agent Jack Stalwart Book #1
  3. The Yeti Files seriesby Kevin SherryMeet the Bigfeet (The Yeti Files #1)
  4. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler WarnerBoxcar Children
  5. Amulet Series by Kazu KibuishiAmulet
  6. Dog Man series by Dav PikeyDog Man
  7. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John DoughertyStinkbomb and Ketchup Face
  8. Book Scavenger series  by Jennifer Chambliss BertmanBook Scavanger
  9. The Adventures of Captain Underpants series by Dav PikeyThe Adventures of Captain Underpants
  10. Hardy Boys: The Secret Files by Franklin W. Dixon


As you can see, his preference is for silly, adventurous, or graphic books. I’ve vetted all of these series and find them to be various levels of complexity but all suitable for second through fourth grade. My personal favorites are Book Scavenger and Boxcar Children. I like the Jack Stalwart books the least because they are repetitive. William doesn’t care though and flew through the whole series. I even caught him reading them by flashlight in his room, in the middle of the night. I was so happy! Toss one into the pool bag or take one on your next beach vacation for your eight-year-old to enjoy.

What are your children’s favorites? What is on their summer reading list? Let me know in the comments below!

Eight Year Old's Summer Reading List

Book Review: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Book Review: Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

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I love to read. Growing up, I was that girl who walked through the school hallways with a book in front of her face.  Thankfully, I developed a sixth sense for obstacles that was handy since I often went so deep into a story I wasn’t aware of my surroundings.

With two kids, reading time is precious. I read before going to bed regardless of how late it is, I read in the doctor’s office, my lunch breaks, and while making dinner. The advent of electronic reading has been my salvation as I can keep my books on all my devices to sneak in some reading wherever I am.

I will also read anything. I go through romances, mysteries, political thrillers, biographies, travel guides, cookbooks, classics, and young adult novels the way some people go through chocolate. (Yum chocolate!) Some weeks I spend more on books than I do on groceries.

All this to say, when I decided to start a blog I knew it would include book reviews. Reading is too much a part of me to not feature books on a site dedicated to everything that interests me. But choosing that first book to review was HARD. Do I choose the biography on Alexander Hamilton thus establishing myself as a “serious” reader? Do I chose the latest Nora Roberts romance novel because she is one of my favorite authors and establish myself in the romance reader community? In the end, I chose Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington. Why? Because I enjoyed it. It was fun, romantic, and made me laugh. Trickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

Trickery, the first book in the five-book Curse of the Gods series, is a young adult, reverse harem, fantasy novel. (Reverse harem, for those of you who don’t read romance novels obsessively, is one girl pursued by several guys.) In terms of heat, there is a lot of flirting, kissing, and innuendo but it stops there, making it suitable for an older teenager.


Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve created a rich and detailed world named Minatsol.  There are three levels of society in Minatsol: Gods, Sols who have the potential to someday be Gods, and Dwellers who are servant/slaves.

The main character is Willa Knight, a clumsy but plucky dweller who lives in a remote village where sols and gods are distant beings. All this changes when Willa is mistakenly awarded a position at the prestigious Sol academy, Blesswood.  Upon her arrival at Blesswood, Willa is assigned to serve the five most feared Sols at Blesswood, the Abcurse brothers.  The Abcurse brothers are arrogant, powerful, and completely fascinated with the recalcitrant Willa. Willa knows they keep secrets but discovering the truth of the Abcurses could be either her downfall or her salvation.

My Review

A good book must have a combination of decent writing and an engaging story.  Nothing is more distracting to me than blatant grammatical mistakes or poorly structured sentences.  Thankfully, Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve are wonderful writers so I was able to sink into the story without off-putting errors.

The story itself is excellent! Jane and Jaymin have created a vivid, believable world. Willa is hilariously outspoken. Her internal monologue had me laughing.  Her endearing fumbling and clumsiness put her in dangerous and interesting situations. She is optimistic, brave, and resourceful. All great attributes for the main character especially a female one.  The Abcurse brothers as a whole are equally interesting. They develop through the book from jerks willing to humiliate others for their own amusement to heroes who have moments of vulnerability and the ability to care for at least one dweller-Willa. I look forward to more individual character development as the series goes on, to get to know their individual quirks and thoughts rather than merely their differences in powers. I think the authors can delve a little deeper into their individual personalities in future novels.

There are some minor inconsistencies in the book that do not detract from the story. For example, time is measured in clicks, rotations, and sun-cycles instead of seconds, minutes, and hours.  The glossary indicates that a click is a second, but several times in the book, clicks are used to indicate a minute.  (Note: In the second book, Persuasion, one click is one minute.) It makes keeping track of the timeline a little difficult for me.

Overall, I really love this book. It’s a perfect light, fun, romantic summer read. I highly recommend Trickery and Persuasion. I can’t wait for the third book, Seduction!

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