Junie B. Jones. I have had a love/hate relationship with homegirl for years now. Back when I used to write curriculum for early elementary students, Junie B. Jones certainly didn’t do me any favors. That little girl can really jack up some words! From her wretched grammar and spelling to her sassy commentary, it took her awhile to grow on me. Every student I had loved her from their first introduction, though. Why wouldn’t they? She said the things that a lot of them would get a time out for if it came out of their mouths. Her bold attitude and fearlessness really gives her street cred with the 7 and under crowd!
My Ayva was introduced to Junie B. Jones by her kindergarten teachers. Now that she’s a rising first grader who adores reading, Junie B. Jones is to her like Twilight is to teenagers. She’s addicted. Of course, being the proud mom that I am, when I saw how excited she was to share what Junie B. had done in the chapter that they’d read in school each day, I knew I had to purchase the series so she could have it in her library at home.
I’m so glad I did.
Really, who cares about grammar and spelling? My baby girl loves reading these books! Every since they came in the mail, she’s been reading them over and over again. She even acts out characters, changing her voice up and everything. Junie B. Jones is the first book she picks up every morning and the last one she puts down every night before bed. I can’t deny the positive influence they have on her. At this point, she could ask me to let her read Flowers In The Attic and I’d be okay with it. As long as she’s reading, right?
If you have a young reader in your home, check out Junie B. Jones and let me know what you think! What other funny, engaging books would you recommend for a rising first grader?
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