Kids who like to read can fly through books at an alarming pace. For such kids, books often provide transformational experiences that become significant influences during their childhood.
Books Make Me Happy: My First Reading Log by Judy Pelikan (Workman Publishing, $9.95) is a perfect present for these young readers. The journal offers a way for children to document the books that they read, and encourages them to think about the books and what they mean.
The journal contains space for the book title, author and illustrator, along with a set of questions and a place for children to draw their own pictures inspired by the book.
Each section for a book entry is introduced by an image based on children’s artwork. The author spent a summer in a small New Hampshire town with a bookstore that sponsored a bookmark competition. She was so taken with the drawings submitted by local children that she began embroidering their artwork onto white linen.
The images also inspire some of the questions that young readers can answer as they record their book consumption. One cute depiction shows a little girl reading to her dog with the caption, “I like reading to my dog. She likes books about cats.”
A set of adhesive bookplates highlighting the embroidered images also comes in the journal.