As I mentioned in Part 1, there are many gift guides for books this time of year (here’s another). But it can help to know what kind of kid a book will appeal to. In Part 1, we looked at the The Young Science Geek, The Budding Military Strategist, and the Soft Hearted Free Thinker.
Now see if you know any of these kids …
The Little Professor
Do you have a child under 8 who devours books like other kids consume Halloween candy? Whose advanced reading skills have already given them a vocabulary most adults would envy? Who uses those big words with abandon, but still plays with Power Rangers and My Little Pony, because they’re barely out of Kindergarten? These books will challenge their reading skills without robbing them of those tender childhood years:
- Harry Potter, Book 1 (RL 5.5) – with a fifth grade reading level, but innocent wizarding fun, the first book is perfect for Great Little Minds. Just beware the temptation to move up in the series.
- Little House on the Prairie (RL 4.9-5.8) – these higher reading level books are also innocent adventures, especially for little minds interested in old-fashioned living on the prairie.
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (RL 5.1) – high reading level, adorable little mouse, sweet adventures. This series of books can be read again, and again, and again.
The Adventure Reader
Do you have a child who uses their own allowance to buy that new Commander Cody costume, because it’s different than the old Commander Cody costume available last year? Who dresses as Indiana Jones, Princess Jasmine, or some morphed combination ninja-trooper-wizard, just because it’s Tuesday? Whose imagination can turn a spatula into the most powerful wand in existence and a pot-lid into the Shield That Deflects Everything? These books will give them the adventure and colorful characters that fuel their imagination:
- Artemis Fowl – Rocket powered fairies, codes written in gnomish, and an evil 12 year old mastermind. What could be better?
- The Lightning Thief – Half-god children, Furies, Minotaurs, and satyrs. The mythical creatures abound in this hilarious adventure book.
- Dark Life – Fantastical underwater creatures, Wild West adventure, and a boy that is part fish. Coolness.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events – These books are creepy good fun, with sinister plots and evil caretakers. Look out for the Lachrymose Leeches!
- The Spiderwick Chronicles – Creepy creatures, fiendish fairies, and all manner of slinky things out to get you. Beware the Boggart!