Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best of Summer Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

By Mary Sutton / @mary_sutton73

It's finally happened. Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Depending on whether you are a kid or a parent, this could be good or bad.

For me, summer always meant two things: time at the pool, and time to read - not just books my teachers told me to read, but anything I wanted to read! Of course, many of those paperbacks went to the pool with me (I mean, a kid has to do something during periods of "adult only swim," right?). But I spent just as many hours hiding from those pesky younger siblings, up a tree or in the woods of the house across the street, losing myself in the adventures of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or journeying along with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Of course, back to school means getting back into the reading habit. Or maybe you're lucky, and your kids never got out of it. In any event, there will be opportunities for "what did you do this summer" essays and "pick a book" free reading book reports. So hopefully you got some good reads in over the last few months.

And if you didn't, no worries! The bloggers below, assembled by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews, are more than willing to share their summer reading expertise.





Tell me: What's the best kid's book you've read (or your kids have read) this summer? One lucky commenter can win $25 Paypal case (open to US and international residents.

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103 comments:

  1. The Emerald Atlas is my middle grade suggestion XD

    An awesome read =]

    And thanks for the giveaway =]]]

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  2. The Bully Book is a great read.
    Thanks for the chance! :)

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  3. I'm enjoying reading The Secret Zoo to my 5 year old son at the moment! Thanks.

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  4. OH, I wish it was summer here, lol. The best 3 kids books we have read are Bear Snores On, The Monstore, Boy + Bot.
    They are so fantastic.
    Thanks so much for joining us on the hop. Cheers Julie

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    1. You must be in the Southern hemisphere. I can't wait for it NOT to be summer here! I'm tired of it being hot.

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  5. I suggest a YA series, The Kitty Irish series, by Tessa Grant. The first in the series is Trajectories. High suspense with werewolf hunts and teen age angst.

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  6. The one I'm recommending is This War We're In by Renee Prawlish.

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  7. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards Andrews.

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    1. I think I'd pick up this one based on title alone!

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  8. I love your description of summer - The Penderwicks, for me, is the ultimate summer book - we loved the Little Critter books for a picture book rec!

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  9. The best kids series I've ever read is Harry Potter. I would highly recommend the Ranger's Apprentice series.

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    1. I am in the middle of my latest re(re-re-re-re-etc)-read of Harry Potter. It seems like I revisit the series at least once a year.

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  10. The best book we've read this summer, has been "Goodnight, Little Monster." Such a cute read.

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  11. Ah good old Nancy Drew, she, like Marple, could never just go on holiday.

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    1. Oh and a good read, A series of Unfortunate events.

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    2. Another staple of my youth - Miss Marple. Christie in general, really. Poirot couldn't go on vacation either (or even to a friend's for Christmas!).

      I have never read A Series of Unfortunate Events, but my 13-year old has. She said they're a little creepy, but good (she likes creepy).

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  12. Dragons Love Tacos! My kids love this book.

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  13. My daughter loves reading The Dork Diary series. Fun, easy reads that include sketches.

    Les Johnson

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  14. My daughter has loved reading the "Max" books by James Patterson. She is just starting 4th grade (school for her just started 8/26). michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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    1. In the other half of my writing life, I write crime fiction so I primarily associate James Patterson with thrillers. I still struggle to equate him with middle-grade and perhaps I need to fix that!

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  15. Goodnight Moon is still a loved classic in my house! My almost 2 year old son reads it (or has us read it lol) every night!

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    1. Oh my yes! If I had a dollar for every time I read Goodnight Moon when my kids were that young, I'd be a very rich woman indeed!

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  16. I'll vote for Return to Cardamom by Julie Grasso. But if you've got classics in mind, I think The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald has low exposure but is much loved by all who remember it!

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    1. I'm hearing a lot of buzz about Return to Cardamom. I'll have to make time to look it up.

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  17. Our favorite has been "Fireman Small". It's for preschool/early elementary schoolers and it ROCKS!

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    1. So many good titles are coming out for that age now that my kids are too old. LOL

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  18. I have to go with any Berenstein Bears book

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    1. I read those as a kid lo these many years ago. What kid doesn't like the Berenstein Bears, right?

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  19. I have to pick just one? I would have to say Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'Brien.

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    1. Oh, list as many as you'd like! I can never pick just one either. =)

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  20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my toddler's favorite!

    eg kaufman

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    1. Ah, another favorite from my kids' early years.

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  21. I read Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket a few months ago. Excellent MG noir! (Yes, noir. You read that right.)

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    1. I can believe it! I read a bit of "Unfortunate Events" - not the whole thing, but a snippet. Noir is a good description; they are definitely not lighthearted romps!

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  22. My favorite children's book was "Charlotte's Web". Definitely a classic!

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    1. I think I still have my (very tattered) copy of that somewhere. Another that I read multiple times in middle school.

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  23. I'd go with anything by Shannon Hale. I love her books! I also love Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.
    Thanks for being part of the giveaway! I want to invite you to participate in Booknificent Thursday, my all-things book-related link-up party every Thursday at mommynificent.com anytime you have a chance! We'd love to have you join our little reading community!
    Tina

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    1. Tina, thanks for the suggestions and the invite! I'm always looking to connect with readers, so I will definitely check it out.

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  24. I've got to say there are two books that really made an impact for me this summer. They are titled: "If I Stay" and "Where She Went" by Gayle Forman. Phenomenal reads. Probably better suited for the upper YA Middle Grade Market. :)

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  25. I'd recommend How to Be a Pirate for the younger kids. I read this with my son at night and he loves it. Thank you!

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  26. "But I spent just as many hours hiding from those pesky younger siblings, up a tree..." or on the roof, to lose myself like you did!! And I loved it for I read wherever I could and loved being alone with my book! Thanks for the delightful memory.

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    1. Oops! Forgot to recommend a book: I love the picture books these days and will recommend "A Sick Day for Amos McGee" by Philip and Erin Stead.

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    2. I once tried to hide in the crawlspace (our roof was not good for sitting), but after my brother shut me in, I gave up on that location. =)

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  27. The Donalisa Hensley books are magnificent for kids ages 3 to 12

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  28. Only one? I just read Finn Throws a Fit to my kids and laughed and laughed because it is precisely the way my daughter throws a fit!

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  29. I still love the Little House books, even as an adult.
    Wendy Clark
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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    1. I had a full, box set of trade paperbacks for that series. I gave it to my daughter - and my son (then 2) drew all over some of them. We were both so mad!

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  30. The Janitors series, it is actually about a Janitor with special powers.

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  31. Die for Me series by Amy Plum is a good YA series.

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  32. Harry Potter series. I really like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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    1. Ooo, that's my favorite too! I just finished Goblet of Fire last night; I'm sure I'll be picking up Order of the Phoenix here soon. I seem to go back to these books ever 12-18 months or so.

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  33. Any of the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson .

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  34. The treehouse series is my favorite :)

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  35. The Hobbit, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are classics :) For toddlers, The Clumsy Crab is a cute story and great introduction to animals under the ocean, so you can talk about the beach. Or The Berenstain Bears go to the Beach.

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    1. I recommended The Hobbit to a non-reading student of mine years ago (mandatory reading project - if he didn't read something, he was going to be suspended from the football team). He really enjoyed it.

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  36. The Man Who Loved Clowns has always been one of my favorites. I used to read it to my 4th grade class.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  37. I think that The Boxcar Children series is a great summer read for kids.
    Jennelle J

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  38. I would recommend Shug by Jenny Han and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler :)

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  39. I love the Harry Potter series.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  40. I recommend YA book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia.

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  41. My daughter loves the Little House books. We have always watched the shows.

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  42. Sorry for the delay over the holiday (I was trying to stay offline). So many great recommendations - and a lot of Harry Potter fans!

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  43. The Penderwicks is my favorite summer read!
    Thanks for participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!

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  44. Anne of Green Gables never stops being a classic.

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    1. Loved Anne! I have a hard-cover omnibus edition of all three. I've tried to get my daughter to read it a bunch of times, but she keeps fighting me on it.

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  45. Our kids favorite is Midnight Fairies

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  46. Love the James Patterson books for the young.. he truly is an amazing author of great talent.

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    1. That's it - I must get one of these and find out what's the deal!

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  47. little house on the prarie amy c

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  48. The books written by James Patterson or 'Harry Potter'.

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    1. Wow, lots of votes for Patterson and Potter!

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  49. For a children's book, I highly recommend Madeline :)

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    1. Oh, I remember Madeline! Fun. She seemed (to young me) to be such a rebel. =)

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  50. I read a ton while on maternity leave this summer, but one that stands out is Cry For The Moon by William Woodall. It was a different take on the teen paranormal genre and a great coming if age story.

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  51. Friends of Liberty was a nice read highlighting what life was like in the late 1700s in Boston. I really enjoyed this children’s historical fiction book because the story encompassed great facts, realistic portrayals of the time period, and a story that could allow children to make connections.

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    1. I love books like this, that connect kids to something that might be considering "boring" such as history or classical mythology. When my son started reading Rick Riordan, he got so jazzed to read Greek/Roman mythology. He really blew his teacher away with his knowledge, too.

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  52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic

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  53. I picked up "I'll Follow the Stars" by Stephanie Lisa Tara for one of my grandchildren for Christmas. The illustrations drew me to the book & my love of sea turtles. This book is a must have. It is a book of hope, promise & life. Everyone needs to read this. So inspiring.

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    1. The world needs more books like that, agreed!

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  54. Oh my! Where to begin with that question. There have been a few. I've only read children's books all summer believe it or not! I really enjoyed Quests of Shadowind by L.A. Miller and The Firestone Crystal (review forthcoming). Tough choice! Thanks for joining us in the Hop. :)

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    1. Thanks for having me along! I hope folks got some great ideas from the recommendations posted here.

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  55. Matilda has always been a favorite of mine

    Amanda Sakovitz on rafflecopter

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  56. I love The Hobbit. But my kids love just about any book. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More and Those Darn Squirrels are current favorites!
    (amanda j h on rc)

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  57. I can really just recommend YA books; I've never read a children's book in English. So I'm gonna say Wings by Aprilynne Pike (:

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  58. My daughter is enjoying the percy jackson books by Rick Riordan

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    1. My son (and I) love those! He's re-reading MARK OF ATHENA for the umpteenth time and we are anxiously awaiting HOUSE OF HADES this fall.

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  59. My kids like the Berenstein Bears books

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  60. My kids love Chicka Chicka BoomBoom

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    1. One of mine got that as a freebie in a cereal box or something. Wore. It. Out. Great rhymes.

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  61. We love the American Girl Naya books!

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  62. We loved Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. It's an easy read for children and has a real lesson about sharing. We also got the stuffed bunny with it and she loved it so much it has been to a lot of places that we go. Everyone asks about the bunny and she tells them the story in her words of course. It's an enjoyable book a must read for all children.

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  63. i know it's old fashioned but the "mrs. piggle wiggle" books can still teach so much.

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    1. I serial read those when I was young - and then I read them again, and again. Fun!

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  64. I think Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great summer (or anytime) reading book for kids

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  65. I think Percy Jackson is a good MG book.

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    1. We are big Rick Riordan fans. Looking forward to House of Hades in a month.

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  66. Thanks everybody for stopping and commenting. The winner for the giveaway is Aubree Faunce. Congratulations, Aubree! I'll be contacting you via email soon!

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