As an aspiring middle grade writer, I’m always curious about what kids are reading and why. I know what I love in middle grade books, but every once in awhile I like to check-in with someone whom I consider an authority on these matters: my 10-year old, book-devouring niece, Olivia Larsen. In honor of Middle Grade March, I asked Olivia to share some of her thoughts on middle grade books, what she’s reading now, and why she thinks reading is important.
What are some of your favorite books?
Percy Jackson, Dork Diaries, Junie B. Jones
Why do you love them?
Percy Jackson is adventurous. Dork Diaries are every day stories about the life of the characters; They are funny and I feel like I can relate. Junie B. Jones’ books are just funny and entertaining.
What do you wish authors would write more about?
True stories about kids my age that do amazing things. I also love adventure books that have a little bit of danger that helps you learn to get over fears. I also love stories with mystical creatures.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only have one book, what book would it be and why?
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. Once I start reading it, I can’t put it down. It also teaches you to have faith and courage in yourself. When I read it, I feel like I’ve escaped into the book…which would be nice if I was stranded on an Island.
Is there anything you don’t like about middle grade books?
I like when books are fun. Sometimes I start reading a book and I just get bored with it. I don’t like when a book is fun at the beginning, and then when you get to the middle it starts to get boring. I just want to stop reading it.
Do you like when there are pictures in chapter books?
Yes. Sometimes it makes it a little bit easier to figure out what’s going on.
Do you prefer fantasy stories, or real life?
Why do you love to read?
It’s something to do in my spare time that is fun. Reading takes me to different adventures.
Why is reading important?
Because it builds courage and helps you understand yourself better. I think everyone would love to read if they tried. Sometimes my friends say they don’t like to read but I think it’s because they don’t have the right books or haven’t read a good book yet. Everyone should keep reading until they find the right one.
Thank you, Olivia, for sharing with us your valuable insight.
Keep reading, and continue to encourage other kids to read too!
“Because it builds courage and helps you understand yourself better.” Truth relayed concisely and eloquently. Love it.
She is adorable. And we like the same books so… score 🙂 I think she’s absolutely right about kids who think they don’t like to read – they just haven’t found the right book yet!