April 12th is Beverly Cleary’s birthday! Beverly is a children’s book author with many prestigious awards, including a Living Legend award by the Library of Congress
Students from Gorzycki Middle School are helping BookSpring remind kids reading can help them learn and grow. They are reminding all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books can be. These middle schoolers launched the Must Read Series for kids. These are book recommendations by kids for kids and their families.
Student Name: Ella L. Grade: 6th Grade
When I was little, my favorite book series was Ramona by Beverly Cleary. My favorite character was Ramona because she always found ways to use her imagination, and I love that about her.
My favorite quote was “But the first bite tastes best.” I like this quote because you usually only like the first couple times you do something but after you have it so many times, you start to get tired of it, and that goes for everything from food, to life.
This book taught me that it’s OK to use your imagination and have fun without going overboard with it. One of the major themes in the book was family. That no matter how much a sibling makes you angry, at the end of the day you still love each other.
I would recommend this book to a kid because it teaches so many life lessons for little kids, and it’s easy to read by yourself as a bored book, or a good book to just set aside time to read it. It would also be a good book because if a parent reads at least a chapter every night to their child, it will have the suspense of wanting to secretly read it before bedtime every night.
If another kid told me that reading wasn’t worth their time, I would tell them that you do not have to read to yourself when you’re younger, your parents can read to you, but when you get a little older, you will want to read by yourself.