Friday, August 29, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse: Best Book of August

Today I'm participating in the monthly meeting of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, where we sign up to write about the best book we've read this month.



It seems I'm always surrounded by books I have to read when this meeting rolls around. This month I've been tasked with reading chapter books to work on a book for younger readers. I searched far and wide for good chapter books.

I downloaded sample after sample to my Kindle and read, read, read. Most of the time, I only made it a few pages in before I knew I couldn't read any more.



Where are the good chapter books?



Then...just as I was starting to lose hope...there it was. The light at the end of the tunnel! I found this book series:



It was like home! I loved this series from the first word of the first book. It had everything I love in a book. Nail polish, spunky young characters, young girls trying to fit in... Did I mention nail polish?




So I have a request of you all. More books like this! Can anyone recommend books for readers around the age of 6-9 years old that are girly like this one (or like Clementine, Junie B. Jones, etc.)? Even Amazon doesn't seem to be able to help. 

Did you read a good book this month? If so, join in on the Cephalopod Coffehouse by entering your link below and posting a blog about it.

82 comments:

  1. Not my kind of book, but glad you enjoyed it.
    A tree died needlessly - hilarious!

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  2. Sorry Stephanie, I cannot recommend one. But hope you get the best recommendations from others and choose the best of the best one. Thanks

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  3. Wait? That book is trying to make lil' 6 year girls into the future slaves of cosmetic industry who would obsess about nail polish and make up? Only in America.....

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  4. haha I can't say I know of any, the cat is stumped too.

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  5. That series looks cute! Too cute! But I'm worried about the message its giving, playing with make up is fun but it could be easily misinterpreted for something like superficiality? I don't have recommendations either, sorry!

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  6. Wow! Talk about perseverance to find a suitable MG chapter book. I can't help but admire your dedication because I would have given up long before you did. And, did you say nail polish!? :D

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  7. I've never read a chapter book but your post makes me want to.

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  8. The last group of books I ever recommended in children's books was a bit out of the age range, Goosebumps. Not even sure why, but I think it's because I enjoyed the covers. lol

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  9. There are quite a few tween books that center around spas, salons, baking cupcakes, etc. Young girls are attracted to these types of books. However, I want to clarify that just because a book is set in a nail salon or bakery, doesn't mean that's the only message. It is simply the setting. The book mentioned in the blog, for instance, features young girls who open their own salon and learn quite a few lessons along the way about running a business, responsibility, etc.

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  10. This is perfect - my niece is right in this age range, and I'm always trying to find books for her, ones I think she'll like. I made a note of Sparkle Spa. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  11. I obviously can't think of any.

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  12. I don't read books for that age group so I'm afraid I don't have any recommendations :(

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  13. I'm afraid I don't read widely for that age range, so I don't have any recommendations, but the last book I read that I got lost in was a YA titled IceFall, by Matthew Kirby. Absolutely wonderful! :)

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  14. Yes, you mentioned nail polish... But aren't they, you know, six?

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  15. That's the challenge...this is characterized as for ages 7-10 but one of the main characters is 12. The other is younger--9 or 10? I'm not sure. I'm on book 3. Kids read up? It's on that cusp between chapter book and middle grade. Chapter books go from Junie B. Jones, which is about a kindergartner/first grader and VERY young, to this one, which is older chapter book/tween... There are a lot that fall in between, but most are about kids thinking they're superheroes.

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  16. I used to read a lot of them when I was younger, but can't remember the names of them, haha.

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  17. I just found this one. Looks cute for anyone interested:

    http://www.candyfairies.com/

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  18. My kids have aged out of this category so I can't help either, but I sure did love Junie B. Jones. Was so sad when the author died recently, of ovarian cancer.

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  19. My girls loved the younger version of The Babysitters Club. I think it was the Little Sister series? I think there's a younger version of Nancy Drew books now?

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  20. I've a book I'm reading all the time. Finish one and have another one to read. I'm an avid reader. I love thrillers though.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  21. Someone pointed out that the main character in Sparkle Spa is younger than 12. She's in 5th grade...so 9 or 10. Even 6 or 7 isn't too young for a pretty manicure, though!

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  22. I read a number of good books this month, and my favorite is on my blog. I read a good chapter book, but it's yet to be published. I hope it gets picked up because I'm sure kids will love it. I loved it.

    Love,
    Janie

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  23. Whooboy, I don't think I read those type of books even when I was the appropriate age. Goosebumps were more my style.

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  24. That e-card. LOL! I haven't read too many books in that age range or for that target audience. But that cover sure is ADORABLE! :)

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  25. Sorry, can't help you there. The niece is now into YA (has been for a couple years). Only the eldest nephew is in the right age range.

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  26. My daughter loved Goddess Girls. There are those Pet Detective ones by Laurie Anderson. My son loved Geronimo Stilton.

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  27. I LOVE this quote: "A bad book means a tree died pointlessly." Ha! So glad you found something that you enjoy. This isn't a genre that I read but I certainly hope you're able to find many more books that you love!

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  28. Thank you for the book tips, Theresa! I'm off to look those up.

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  29. Keep on encouraging the younger readers.
    It is a wonderful habit to acquire and I am so grateful that my parents gave me books for every significant occasion. Education, entertainment, escape, delight...

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  30. I am disappointed by a lot of the books available these days for young readers and it's always wonderful to find some really good ones. I read to my grandson as much as possible and of course he reads on his own. We tend to go for classics a lot, but he's also into more current ones, but with a boy slant, of course.:-)I'm afraid his reading list wouldn't appeal to your tween girls! :-)

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  31. Oh it's cute! I didn't know this one but it looks really sweet.

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  32. I didn't even read books for that age group when I *was* that age, so I won't be any help. :-) I'm glad you finally found something you liked and hope you get some good recs.

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  33. Glad you found a good one! I was reading Nancy Drew at that age. Have a lovely weekend. :)

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  34. I am going to look for these books for Valentina, they sound like a great little series for her, she is becoming girly, girly :)

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  35. I have an 8 year old grand niece; I should ask what she is reading if I remember the next time I see her. I was telling Megan on her blog that I got "sucked" into this series of books I've been devouring this past month. The first one I got free through BookBub and I've been buying the others through Amazon Kindle, only $2.99. I'm on book 6 of 7, I have to see what's happening, but its not the best of story lines so I'm almost embarrassed to say what it is, but that's pretty much what I've been reading through August :)

    betty

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  36. I'm reading a good book right now...about a Scottish girl coming to Texas in the 1800s. A fictional story but still keeps me turning the pages.

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  37. I daughter loved the Rainbow Fairies, Color Fairies, Pet Fairies, etc. at that age. I can't stand them but I am not a 6-9 year-old girl.

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  38. I'm going to second what The Armchair Squid said. My daughter loves that fairies series.

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  39. When my girls were young they read Anne Of Green Gable, The hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and such books and then graduated to Aghata Christie and some other classic books.

    They were not the nail polish and mascara kind of girls and neither were their friends.

    Sorry, I can't suggest any books other than those old books. They were fun and full of intrigue.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  40. My favorite books for kids that age are books like Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Superfudge." They're funny, so kids love them. Same for the "Dr. Doolittle" books. And "The Secret Garden," although I can't remember the author's name offhand. I loved that book when I was a kid, and to my delight, my kids loved it when I read it to them, too. (Then again, they would have loved it if I read the newspaper to them... which I did when they were infants... HA!)

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  41. Unfortunately I don't know what a 'chapter book' is. I don't have children in that age group anymore so don't know what they would be reading these days. Most girls though like to experiment with glitter and sparkly things and I don't see anything wrong in that.

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  42. One of my students told me about a flower fairy series, and a ballerina series (for aged 8 & thereabout). Not my kind of story but I might have loved them when I was her age, too!

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  43. you had me at nail polish. Wish I knew of something girly for that age range but I can't think of a single one!

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  44. Learn something new everyday. Why don't they make books out of dead trees or bug kill? Hmm. The comments are hilarious!

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  45. I have been reading some magazines and have been so busy that I am(aghast!) behind in reading!!I think many trees have died for pointless books. All one has to see is the latest bio on Justin Bieberhead or Khardashiass (sorry can't help myself). That quote was hilarious. I used to read The Little House on the prairie books and mystery books like "The Green Ghost"-A bunch of kids look into spooky stories (nope not Scooby Doo:)) When you mentioned nail polish I looked at my bright royal blue toes:)

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  46. That sounds like a cute book for girls!

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  47. Sorry I don't have a recommendation for a book that fits those parameters. Will a color of nail polish work? Happy reading!

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  48. Glad you found the perfect book;)

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  49. My son loved the Magic Tree House books and my daughter was into the judy Blume Fudge books. Then Dear Dumb Diary. And she read and re-read the 11, 12, and 13 books over and over last year (but that was age 11)
    And I have to tell you- I have been completely sucked into 30 Days No Gossip. I am ahead of my daughter and I can't believe how tough Vi is making it on poor Maddie...of course the last time I got my hands on it, Vi was crying, so I'm sure a change is a brewing!!!

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  50. Yay, Lisa! Thank you! Yes, I hate torturing my characters. I just want them to drift along happily. I have to make myself throw obstacles at them.

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  51. Awww...this sounds like such a sweet book! I'm so glad to know people still write light, girly books for young people. Sometimes I'm depressed when I see all of the dark, witch-vampire-zombie literature geared toward the youth.

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  52. Oh...and I LOVE the Magic Tree House series. The author of that was a genius. Win over both the kids AND their history teachers!

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  53. Yeah, Megan, I don't think of these books so much as girly as they are FUN and positive. Plus they provide an opportunity to work a lesson into a setting that girls connect to. It's like those cookbooks that teach parents to cook vegetables into food and disguise them. You have to bake the lesson into a fun, yummy book that kids want to read!

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  54. Loved your memes. And, I agree! Fun chapter books for girls (and boys!)

    I have a friend releasing a book in October: REALITY NATALIE by Kathryn Sparks which might be a good one to look into. It's about Natalie who wishes to become a reality TV star. And, there's a competition at her school for a co-host post!. Naturally, her BFF wants the part. DRAMA!

    Anywho, thanks for sharing.
    Veronica

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  55. Yay! Awesome. That sounds like a book I'd definitely read, whether it's chapter book or middle grade.

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  56. I read an amazing book this month 'Shatter me'. Wish no one says that a tree died needlessly for my book :(

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  57. I do love girly stuff! I do recall liking the Babysitters Club when I was a girl. I can't think of any other girly books. I was more of a Judy Blume kind of kid.

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  58. This sounds like a very cute story! One of my favorite books growing up was Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary. Since it was written even before my time, it might not be sophisticated enough for young girls today, but it's worth a try. Great line about the tree!

    Julie

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  59. No good books for me this month. I started Snowblind and the beginning was amazing with a good dose of suspense, but it has become a drag to read because nothing happens anymore after that great start.

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  60. Thank you so much for the visit. I am amazed you found mom and I way over there in the Cat Blogasphere. But very happy you did.

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  61. BY the way, I LOVED the very few books in the genre when I was a young girl. But there were few. Just looking at the cover on this one made me smile.

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  62. Hi Stephanie, I don’t read many new books so it’s difficult to suggest something. Have you tried http://www.booktrust.org.uk/
    they often do lists of the best 50 books for certain age groups?
    I’m afraid I’m still stuck in the Enid Blyton/Malcolm malcolm saville era, and I like adventure rather than nail polish ;-)

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  63. Not sure I can recommend one like this. My Birthstone Unicorns might, but sadly it isn't published yet (hopefully one day)
    Happy reading :)

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  65. I started reading a bit late, around nine I think. And started with Gulliver's Travels...so no nail polish in that!

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  66. Hi Stephanie,

    No, I don't know of a chapter book either.

    I can see how some would think a book like this sends the wrong message, but I would have loved it as a girl and I think most young girls would. It doesn't mean the book can't teach some life lessons. What girl doesn't like nail polish, or fixing their hair?

    This is an interesting post and great idea. I may try it next month.

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  67. So now I'm wonering... how come men don't wear nail polish?

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  68. They do, Blue Grumpster! I think men who do that are called hipsters, though, right? I see it all the time. Usually they're wearing black nail polish.

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  69. Isabel Allende (im sure you know) has amazing book for kids too.
    The last we read (and my daugther)
    The ripper play you know she lives in US and all her books are in English and spanish !
    I read too and is fun!

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  70. When I was 6-9, I was still reading the How and Why Childcraft Library. :)

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  71. Thanks for visiting me and the comment! I've brought you a slice of peach pie! ;)

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  72. What a great idea The Cephaloped Coffeehound is. Never a girly girl as far as books went, I was never into nail polish, glittery or not, but I know my niece would have loved this.

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  73. I love the idea of this Coffeehound get together every month. Some day I may join ~ for now let me just say that among the many good books I read last month, I really, really liked The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. It was so nice of you to visit and leave a comment. Some day I may find enough energy again to write about the books I read and love.

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  74. All that glitters sounds like the perfect children's novel! And the cover is pretty as well :)

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  75. Great post, makes me want to read this book.

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  76. Looks absolutely girly.

    You might like Joan MacPhail Knight's "Charlotte" series. They're historical with a female MC.

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  77. Hmm, all I know is when I was younger that I loved the Ramona and Superfudge series.

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  78. This sounds like an adorable read! I bet my youngest would love it.

    I think Heir of Fire was my favorite read for August. I just adore the series.

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  79. Enjoy what's left of your Labor Day:)

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  80. I'm afraid I can't recommend a book, but I enjoyed this post.

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  81. Like that one about a Bad Book.

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  82. I can't tell you how many books have made me feel that "a tree died needlessly" in my lifetime. I love that line, truly awesome.
    I don't have any good recommendations for 6-9 year olds. My son is going through an only reads comic books outside of school phase and my daughter reads chapter books about comic book characters. Though I will have to show her these, she is nail polish obsessed and a book involving nail polish may tickle her fancy.

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