Monday, March 17, 2014

Laugh-Out-Loud Books for Giggly 9-Year Olds 2014

My kiddos are prone to random fits of giggles, as I assume most children are. And the majority of their laughs come from stories about hilarious situations. The following 3 reads have been dubbed the best books for 9-year old kids that love to laugh, often. There are funny animals in silly scenarios with kooky moments galore. And there are crazy-cool youngsters that turn into everyday heroes by documenting their school-busy lives. When you combine these 2 (cute kids and awesome animals), the stories incite riotous eruptions of nothing but giggles and good times.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley has begun Middle School with no friends. Tragic, I know! His group of buddies have abandoned him to seek their personal popularities amidst clusters of “cool kids.” And Greg feels completely down on his luck.

Deciding to change his destiny, he starts relying on the (literal) throw of the dice to make his major decisions. Packed with laughs from the point-of-view of a 6th grade outcast, this book is a relatable coming-of-age story that kids (and adults) will love to read.


The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson

“Challenge the world around you!” As far as taglines go, this one is the best EVER! Encouraging children to discover, explore, and be inspired, this book has a few science experiments that are guaranteed to begin a few giggles. It’s also extremely educational, with projects like – boiling ice, floating water, and measuring gravity.

Kiddos will learn the answer to perplexing scientific questions, such as “what is inside coins?” or “can magnets ever be turned off?” and “can medicine be effective AND tasteless?” Your youngsters are sure to be science-savvy geniuses by the end!


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Comic-obsessed Flora and superhero squirrel Ulysses are an unlikely pair of super-cynic friends who, together, learn the meanings of optimism and hope. Did I mention our hero-squirrel can type poetry? Flora is his best friend, and they travel on a mental journey to learn all of the world’s wonders.

This story has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments with hilarious situations around every corner. But it’s also a heartwarming tale, as Flora and Ulysses share friendship and love with a bond as strong as family. The characters are so real, making every scenario relatable – minus the realistic option of a high-flying, poetry-writing squirrel.


To get a fun, up-to-date list of the best books for 9 year old children this year, visit:

Best Books for 9 Year Old Kids


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three Creative Books for 6-Year Old Readers 2014

The key to teaching children how to read is creativity that makes reading fun. Kiddos that view reading as a go-to hobby are more likely to do well in school because they’re teaching themselves new words, grammatical accuracy, and sentence structure with every story.

As a promoter of young readers and literacy overall, I have compiled a short-list naming 3 of the most creative, 2014 books for 6-year olds.

Each of the following stories are thought-provoking and artistic, encouraging children to look beyond the written word and use their imaginations to “see” scene:


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

BRILLIANT! I love this book because I had always wondered what crayons talked about when their box was closed. In this story, Duncan goes to draw and finds all of his crayons have gone on strike. They’re not coloring until their demands are met!

The yellow and orange are arguing over which one is the true color of sunshine, blue is overworked and tired of drawing lakes and ponds, and black wants more outlining work. The concept is hilarious and Duncan goes through a range of laugh-out-loud emotions before settling on a heart-warming solution.


Journey by Aaron Becker

In my opinion, this book is an essential must-have for adults and kiddos alike. Instead of relying on one-liners and kid-friendly laughs, this story has substance as a true literary great. The illustrations are beautifully detailed in vibrant colors, and the words are poetic with imagery and perfect allusions. Truly gripping, riveting, and awe-inspiring!

What is this story about? Well, a little girl finds a red marker, and begins drawing because she’s a budding artist. She draw doorways, magic carpets, boats, and hundreds of other entryways into fantastical realms. She explores everything around her, leaving no nook and cranny undiscovered as she traipses through one amazing world after another.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

After a newborn caterpillar begins eating his way across the pages, he cannot stop! He’s simply too hungry, and there are too many good foods to be had from one page to another. As he munches, his tummy becomes bigger and bigger, until the caterpillar has more than doubled in size. With a bellyache and high hopes, he cocoons, eventually emerging as a beautiful, vivid butterfly.

This story is awesome and timeless – it teaches youngsters about scientific metamorphosis in ways they can understand.

Check out more - Here is a fun slideshow resource for the 2014 top selling and most highly rated books for 6 year olds this year: