Book Talk: Juvenile Fiction

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good


I recently read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time ever and am currently reading Ella Enchanted. Every so often I get on a juvenile fiction kick, and I really enjoyed both of these. As I have been reading I’ve thought that both of these books would be excellent read-alouds for young kids. (I can’t wait to start reading chapter books aloud to my kids before bedtime!)

Both of these books have also been made into movies. A Wrinkle in Time was definitely a better book, but that is to be expected. I haven’t yet seen Ella Enchanted, but I’m sure it’s also good.

Reading a book and then watching the movie with your kids is great – you can discuss the differences in the story and characters. I’d recommend reading the book first.

What are some of your favorite juvenile fiction titles???


1 Dawna W September 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

One of my all time favorites is “Tuck Everlasting”. Have you read it? If not, I would definitely recommend it!

2 Jen T September 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

The Ella Enchanted movie is so different from the book. We did not like the movie at all after reading the book and loving it. If I was Gail Carson Levine, and somebody took my book and made a movie like that I would be insulted.

3 Gina Loggins September 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

My all time favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows. Bring a box of tissue though, it’s a tear jerker! Another tear jerker is Stone Fox and is one I read to my 3rd grade class every year. They cry, too!

4 Denise September 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

I love anything by Margarite Peterson Haddux…”Running Out of Time” is fantastic, though eerily similar to “The Village”. Makes me wonder if The Village guy read the book first. Anyway…she is also the author of the “Among the Hidden” series. My 12 yo ds loved those. And I actually enjoyed reading the Artemis Fowl series as well.

5 Tanya September 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

I just finished reading Fairest by Gail Carson Levine !! I also love the Fudge series by Judy Blume. As a kid I loved the Ramona series and Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH.

6 Annette W September 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

Narnia series (like many, I liked before they were popular)
Anne of Green Gables (great on audio too)

7 Michelle September 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

You *must* read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tale of Despereaux, both by Kate DiCamillo. So so good, you’ll be sad when they’re over! You laugh and shed tears, too, the best kind of book. I also like Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat. Seems like all I read is juvenile fiction these days!

8 Molly A. September 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

When I was little I really enjoyed reading “The Phantom Tollbooth”. I recently reread it and found that I still love it and it seemed even funnier to me now than it did before. It’s really witty and actually has an easy to figure out moral, which I find rare in books (not to mention movies) these days.

9 Sarah Kate September 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I am a middle school teacher. I frequently read Juvenile fiction because it is so much easier to listen to in the car. I often find that I will tune out adult books in the car and not realize that I haven’t been listening for the past 10 min. Doesn’t happen as much with juvenile books and when it does you don’t get completely lost. Some of my favorites were Rules, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Eggs, and The Edge Chronicles. The Edge Chronicles are better read in book form. They are highly imaginative and have great illustrations.

10 Trish September 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm

A Wrinkle in Time was my first Madeleine L’Engle book and I read that in my 20s. I have really enjoyed almost all of L’Engle’s other juvenile fiction books too. I agree w/ another comment, I love the Anne of Green Gables series and the Chronicles of Narnia. My son is almost 5 and I should start reading some chapter books aloud to him soon. Thanks for the reminder. :)

11 Night Owl Mama September 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I’m not much of a reader but I do love the Movies Haven’t seen either one of these but I’ve seen good previews so they are on my list to watch

12 Sue D September 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

I read the Narnia series of books to my kids. Later on they read them themselves and then went on to Tolkien’s books.

13 Kris from Rochester, NY September 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Two all time favorites (Newbery Honor book & Newbery Medal winner) are A Long Way from Chicago & A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. I would read them to my 5th graders every year and they were always favorites (and I never got tired of reading them, either!)

14 Betty October 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Nice Blog. My daughter especially liked reading the A Wrinkle In Time. I’m reading Runt Farm: Under New Management by Amanda Lorenzo to my younger kids now. It’s a new book about a bunch of smart and funny animal characters that band together for an interesting adventure. It also has a lot of good topics for conversations with your kids. We’re enjoying it alot!

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