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Bedtime Stories and Reviews

Reading is one of my favorite things to do and so it is only natural that I try to instill the same love for books and escape in our daughter. We read nightly and I’ve been considering for a long time to talk a bit about the different books we read on here. 

I will likely do a weekly post with a few books at a time so that you can see what we’re reading and maybe a little insight on whether your child might like it, too.

Jazlynn is 7 and she is beginning 2nd grade, so with that said many of the books will be in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade reading level (maybe younger at times, too). Of course as we continue the school year, her interests may change.

In addition to reviews on here, I wanted to share that I do have a Goodreads profile, on which I share what we’re currently reading so you can follow me on there if you want and we can be friends 🙂

Week 1 

Book: Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger

Estimated reading time: 20 minutes (team read).

Jazlynn’s Rating: 8/10 (she noted there wasn’t anything she disliked, but didn’t give it a 10)

Review: I chose this book at the library because it had second grade in the title, which is where Jazzy is heading this school year. It’s about a teacher’s new rule to keep desks tidy and a girl’s attempt to keep that rule. It’s sweet and I think it appealed to Jazlynn mostly because she could relate to the situation of trying to keep a neat desk.

Book: Tristeza Es… Sad Is… by Cheyenne Nichols

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes (parent read).

Jazlynn’s Rating: 5/10 (she said it was said and not so fun)

Review: I chose this book at the library because it is bilingual and I always try to expose Jazlynn to Spanish. It’s unfortunate, but we don’t speak Spanish to her often enough for her to understand it. I think this book is a good idea for a child that is going through a tough time, maybe being grumpy and not talking about it. Maybe unsure of how to express their feelings. Reading it kinda made us feel down, so keep this in mind. I do think it does a great job at illustrating that sadness is normal and something that eventually gets better.

Book: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle

Estimated reading time: 15 minutes (team read).

Jazlynn’s Rating: 10/10 (she thought it was funny)

Review: When things like green beans are used to create funny personification, it’s also really fun.  The illustrations by Mark Fearing are super colorful and jump out at you so that is kind of a plus. The story is about a girl who learns that green foods can be dangerous and that sometimes a girls got to do what a girls got to do.

So those are our reviews for the first week of this 🙂

Please note: I may not review all of the books we read each week because that might be a bit much (we typically read 8-10 books per week unless we are working on a chapter book together like The BFG).

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this post. All opinions are my own (and Jazzy’s). We were not compensated to share about these titles. 

Have you read any of these stories with your child? What do you think of them? 



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