I always love the opportunity to make another #booklist! So I appreciate this pass-it-forward invitation via HonorsGradu. Thanks Mary!
Instead of doing a picture book list, I decided to branch out. These are books I’ve read in the past year based on recommendations from A Mighty Girl website. I follow A Mighty Girl on Facebook and I love reading their posts! They share books, educational games and toys, and stories of women in history. They are one of the reasons I started the Man-Cub Mamas in History post series. So here are five junior fiction books I really enjoyed reading, so much that I have continued to think about since returning them to the library.
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Sleeping Beauty wakes up after being kissed and is horrified to find a strange man in her room. It’s been 100 years and everyone she knew and loved is dead. During that time, some strange myths were spread about her curse. The kingdom has been in civil war because she was the last heir to the throne. I really loved this take on the Sleeping Beauty myth. There is a second book, and I really want the author to write a third.
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
This book has a lot of parallels to the movie Tangled, but don’t let that fool you. It’s got it’s own twist on magic and the witch’s motivation to keeping Rapunzel locked up. Rapunzel’s quest is one of truth, as she has always been happy to stay in her tower. Now she will discover what the witch is really like, and who she really is.
The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe
This is part of a series, but it is more of a back story to the other books. I really liked how it was more of a historical-magic book. Set in the early 1900s, Mabel is more than just a witch- she is an inventor. She defies the witch stereotypes of the times and paves her own path, becoming one of the most well known witches of all time.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
The awards on this book should already give away that it is well-written. Set in California during the 1960’s, this book provides a glimpse into the Black Panther movement. I really enjoyed the way these three girls handle going to CA to visit their estranged mother for a summer. Williams-Garcia did a great job developing the relationships between the sisters and their parents to be believable.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Set during WWII in England, this is another story about the children who were sent to live in the countryside. However, the protagonist in this story wasn’t sent- she chose to go to the country to escape the walls of her apartment. This book handles a lot of tough topics like abuse, PTSD, and depression in a way that it not overwhelming to the reader.
5 bloggers nominated to add their 5!
For those I nominate that want to join in, here are the “rules:”
- Thank whoever’s nominated you and share their blog link.
- Let us know your top 5 children’s books (you can decide how to narrow down the category)
- Nominate 5 people to do the same
- Let your nominees know you nominated them
Baby Bear Outfitters: This business focuses on helping families get outside! They have a great selection of diaper bags and outdoor wear. On their Instagram account, they announced that they are doing 25 Days of Books to countdown to Christmas, so they also have a love of books.
Moonrise on Jupiter: My sister-in-law, one of my favorite writers. She loves to read, so it may be hard for her to narrow it down to five books.
Evy and Me: A mom and a baby review baby books. I love seeing the different recommendations from this website. Many of these books were ones I hadn’t heard of before.
Library Goddess: A former librarian, Valerie now blogs about books! She also teaches Children’s Literature at USC. She has awesome books recommendations and reviews.
Babies to Bookworms: This is one of my favorite children’s reading sites to follow. In addition to recommending books, they also include activities to go along with specific books. They also have great themed booklist posts.