Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Mirabell Publishing
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
This book is a journal or review book for kids and the books they read. Reading is fun, but sometimes children do not get the full reading comprehension just from reading. By learning to retell the story or discuss it, kids can better understand each story and develop their critical thinking skills by keeping a diary of books they've read and to write reviews of each one. At the beginning is a note to the parents where it describes the book, it's purpose, and it's benefits. The book also includes a list of twenty books it recommends that children read before the age of eleven. On the list are a mix of classic and modern fiction books for children, including Charlotte's Web, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Robinson Cruse, and The Adventures of Captain Underpants, and sixteen more. There are fifty-two book journal entry sections. Each journal entry is two pages long. The entries include space to write down the name of the book, author, as well as other spaces where it asks questions and prompts: what they liked about the book, what surprised them, new words they learned, a new title they make up for it, write a letter to the author, and review the book
This reading journal is a great tool for learning and for getting kids excited about reading as well as getting them to better process what they read. It also helps to teach them how to vocalize and interpret as well as think differently about books, the author, what they like or dislike and what they would change. It takes reading books to another level and makes it a more beneficial activity. Plus, in the back of the book is a list of other types of journals the company makes, which could be fun for kids and cause a greater interest and eagerness to learn how to discuss other things. There are no pictures and no stories in this book but it would be a great addition to a child's library and reading practices. Because this book is an interactive journal, it is best suited for children ages five and up who are learning to read and write independently. It is also an excellent opportunity for parents to practice reading comprehension and writing with their child.