Little Literarians Talk About Books

Luke loves the library

Luke, Preschool

Luke, Preschool

What is your favorite book?  Why do you like it?

Mickey Mouse Alphabet Soup, because he always puts in funny ingredients.  He even puts toys in it, and I like that.  [Mickey’s Alphabet Soup, Wendy Wax]

Who do you like to read with? Where is your favorite place to read?  

Mommy and Daddy at the library, and we always read mystery books every single day.

What character from a book would you want to be?

Luke Skywalker, because he fights bad guys.   [Star Wars children’s books]

What do you wish there were more books about?

I wish there was a superhero book I could read where kids fight with dinosaurs.  And a Star Wars book.

Why do you like books?

I hate books.  No!  I like books because they’re all about good characters.

What would you like to say to the people who write kid’s books?

Everybody, come to the library.

Holiday Challenge!

To all you BIG literarians, the holidays are a chance for many of you to see your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and third cousins twice removed.  I challenge you to take this time to connect with them over books.

photo via boingboing

Discussing books with young readers can give you insights into their passions, interests, and imaginations, and if you are a writer, your young relatives might appreciate bonding over something so personal to you.

You can choose whether to reserve this conversation as an intimate moment with your littlerarian or offer to share their thoughts with the world.  You can send me a transcript of your conversation and a photo or even a video here, or you can post it on your own blog and send me a link to publish.

Thank you for your participation, and enjoy the holidays!

-Laura

Harper recognizes that books give us voice

What is your favorite book?  Why do you like it?

Harper, Kindergarten

Jumanji, because of all the animals.  [Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg]

What character in a book would you want to be?

I would want to be Cat from Cat’s new book, because he made money, and I’ve never made money.  [One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money, Bonnie Worth]

Where is your favorite place to read?  Who do you like to read with?

Miss S. at Read-Aloud.  Actually, I like to read a poem with my mom.

What do you wish there were more books about?

Max and Ruby.  I have four books about them, and I wish there were more because I forgot to bring them back to the library for a really long time.  [Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells]

What would the world be like without books?

SAD.  You wouldn’t have any voice.  You wouldn’t be able to talk without words, and words are in books.

What would you like to say to the people who write kid’s books?

I would say, “Please write more books.”

‘Shark with lava above him,” by Harper

Kohl is glad that books aren’t gone forever

Kohl, 3rd Grade

What is your favorite book?  Why do you like it?

The Ranger’s Apprentice, because it has adventures in it, and Will wants to be a ranger, and rangers are archers, and his friend Horace wants to be a swordsman, and it’s just really cool. [The Ranger’s Apprentice, John Flanagan]

What character from a book would you want to be?

Optimus Prime, because he is awesome and he’s awesome.  He’s also a robot who destroys the Decepticons.  [Transformers Books]

Where is your favorite place to read?

I like to read in school at reading workshop time.

What do you wish there were more books about?

Transformers, definitely.  There’s not much books about them, and the actual movies are so good.

What would you like to say to the people who write children’s books?

To the Ranger’s Apprentice author, I’d say, “You make awesome series.”

What would the world be like without books?

It would be awesome, because then you wouldn’t have to wander everywhere, like to libraries and stuff, spending hours looking at books.  Regardless, I’m really glad that books aren’t gone forever.

Asa loves to read

What is your favorite book?  Why do you like it?  

Asa, Kindergarten

My favorite book is Big Plans, because his football team is losing and he’s trying to make plans.  So he’s commanding things.  [Big Plans, Bob Shea]

What character from a book would you want to be?

Jerry from Tom and Jerry, because he’s really smart and always doesn’t let Tom get him. [Tom and Jerry Books]

Where is your favorite place to read?  Who do you like to read with?

I like to read with my mommy, and I like to read on the couch.

What do you wish there were more books about?

Cars 2.  [Cars 2 Books]

What would you like to say to the people who write children’s books?

I love to read.

What would the world be like without books?

You wouldn’t be able to talk very good.

“Volcanoes” by Asa

Marin admires ‘big sister’ characters

What is your favorite book?

Marin, 2nd Grade

Ramona Quimby. [Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary]

What character from a book would you want to be?

Beezus (from Ramona Quimby), because she’s a big sister. [Marin is a little sister.]

Where is your favorite place to read?

At my house, in my room.

What do you wish there were more books about?

Henry Huggins. [Henry Huggins, Beverly Cleary]

“Roses” by Marin

Sebastian really loves Ninja Turtles

What’s your favorite book?  Why do you like it?

Sebastian, Kindergarten

A Ninja Turtle Book, ’cause they’re made for kung fu, and I love fighting.  [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saved By The Shell]

What book character would you want to be?

Ninja Turtle Express, because they’re awesome and they fight crime.

Where is your favorite place to read?  Who do you like to read with?

I like to read with my mom at bedtime.

What do you wish there were more books about?

I want 100 Ninja Turtle books.  I want 100 Tom and Jerry books, and 100 crazy books too.  [Tom and Jerry: Friends to the End]

What would the world be like without books?

It would be horrible.  It would be sad because I couldn’t read anymore books.

“Mountains,” by Sebastian