WSIRN Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading with Lucy Bogel.

WSIRN Ep 21: The books that made you fall in love with reading with Lucy Bogel.

It's not Tuesday, but today we have a special Friday bonus episode of What Should I Read Next!

For today’s bonus episode we have a very special guest: my 8 year old daughter Lucy. Lucy lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her mom (me!) and her dad and her three siblings (two older, one younger). She’s a third grader who loves music, sports, and all kinds of animals, and her picks today are going to remind you about all the books that made YOU first fall in love with reading.

Lucy and family

Books discussed in this episode: 

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The Mother Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary
The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick
Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Also mentioned in this episode:

12 terrific books for tween girls



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  1. Loved this episode! I have several book recommendations for Lucy. If she likes books on survival (like Island of the Blue Dolphin) then I recommend My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Another one by Jean Craighead George is Water Sky about Whales and Alaska. Another good one about Alaska is The Year of Miss Agnes. (I know you didn’t say you liked books about Alaska but this one is a book that could have happened and it involves children of multiple ages). I loved the Carolyn Haywood books when I was 8-9 years old (B is for Betsy, etc). I’ll stop there (although I could totally keep going.)

    • Kristina Mullen says:

      I was surprised Anne didn’t pick-up on (or maybe just didn’t mention) that all of Lucy’s picks were survival, competition, and adapting to new environments. All of the recommendations seemed to revolve around friendship, where Lucy seems to prefer individualism and “grit.” I would recommend Lucy read Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George because of the survivalist aspect. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, Opal is 10 years old and gets a new dog, this book is funny and heart-warming. My last pick for Lucy would be How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, personally I think it is hilarious and it has a similar feel to Muggie Maggie with the teasing and humor. Happy Reading!!

  2. Lisa K. says:

    So thrilled when Lucy started talking about Island of the Blue Dolphins! That was my favorite book when I was a child. Another one I remember loving and which I associate with it because of the strong sense of a child’s independence and self-reliance was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. Lucy might like that one. I have loved every episode of the podcast. Great format.

  3. Britten says:

    If she likes adventure, a bit of adversity, younger children protagonists and stories that could potentially happen in real life, I’d recommend: The Boxcar Children series, A Little Princess and From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler…Happy reading!

  4. Sarah Silvester says:

    Hi Lucy! I loved listening to you on the podcast 🙂 I have a girl who turns 8 in less than a month, so this was very helpful. We just discovered the Squishy Mcfluff books, have you seen those? Squishy mcfluff is the invisible cat of a girl called Ava. They are written in verse and are very funny! The author is Pip Jones. I’m glad your mum recommended Roller Girl, because I was about to buy that authors next book for my girl’s birthday. It’s called “the great pet escape” and it’s about all the class pets at an elementary school escaping and having adventures. It’s a graphic novel too. Thanks for being on the podcast!

  5. Ginger says:

    I thought I couldn’t love a podcast voice any more than Anne’s, but Lucy’s sweet eight-year old (and very well-spoken) voice, might rival. So enjoyed this one! Great mother-daughter dynamic.

  6. Susan C says:

    Some of the books I liked when I was younger:
    The Great Brain by John D Fitzgerald
    All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
    Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
    Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

  7. Sara K says:

    Loved listening to Lucy talk books with her mom! I had my 10 year old listen in to this episode and she loved discussing books right along with you. My daughter likes the Whatever After books which are certainly not realistic fiction, but they are fun.

  8. Hilary says:

    I listened to this with my 8 y.o. 3rd grader while I was cooking dinner. She is not a ‘natural reader’ so it was nice to have her listen to a kid her own age talk about books. I literally went to the library and picked up as many as I could that you two mentioned in this episode.

  9. Erin in CA says:

    Just wanted to chime in and say that Betsy-Tacy is one of my DD’s favorite audio books. It is read by Sutton Foster and it is FANTASTIC. I love when DD is re-listening to her favorite sections and I get to hear them playing in her room! I mourned when I found out that they only made the first book into an audio book.

  10. Sara K says:

    We thought of a book for Lucy! My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder. It’s about a girl, maybe 12, who goes to Paris with her mom and brother and follows clues left by her grandmother all around the city. My 10 year old loved this book and didn’t want it to end!

  11. I so enjoyed this episode. Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favourites when I was young. My daughter had to read it for school a few years ago, so I decided to re-read it and was pleased to find that it still held up for me.
    I have a recommendation for Lucy. Shooting the Moon, by Frances Dowell is a charming story, and if she likes it, she should check out more by the author. She has many great titles, my favourite was Falling In, but I didn’t suggest that one because of Lucy’s preference for realism.
    Thanks for the podcast, I look forward to every single episode!

  12. Deirdre says:

    What a fun episode and great comments!
    My 8 yr old son asked if we could drive around the block to keep listening and learn which books were recommended. He wants me to recommend El Deafo, which is about a young girl who is deaf and her friendships. It’s a graphic novel and the characters are rabbits…sort of. I resisted, myself, but my son Nolan insisted I read it and he was right—it’s brilliant!

    Also, at Lucy’s age I loved Enid Boyton’s Famous Five series, which usually involves the sea as well.

  13. Angela says:

    Loved this episode! Listened with my kids and they loved the new book selections and hearing from a reader around their ages. Would love more episodes featuring kids!

  14. Katy says:

    I’m a few days late to the party, but I’d like to add Nick Sullivan’s The Seventh Princess to the list. Even though there are princesses in it, it’s not a typical girly princess story. The main character falls asleep on the school bus and wakes up in a different world where she has to save herself and several princesses from being turned into harpies. Action and adventure and I think the girl is maybe just a bit older than eight? I really enjoyed this episode, by the way. Your daughter is very well spoken and cute.

  15. Lynne Janssen Brooks says:

    Dear Lucy,
    My grown sister gave me the Anne of Green Gables series & it took me years to finally read it, but then I fell in love with all the characters! Then it took me what felt like years to convince my daughter to read the series, but then she adored it. Now she has it in her 5th grade classroom library & recommends it to everyone, even boys! 😉 Happy reading, lovely young lady!

  16. Shana says:

    I have no book recommendations but I wanted to comment that this is officially my favorite episode. Lucy was fantastic!

  17. Meg Longley says:

    Hi Lucy! You might like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. I don’t remember exactly how old the girls are, but it’s a great adventure! Happy reading. Loved the show!

  18. How fun! I love helping my own kids connect with books, so it’s always great to hear from a youngster. I want to recommend a book for her that is similar to Island of the Blue Dolphins, as far as a girl taking care of herself. It was one of my FAVORITE books of all time, and I couldn’t wait to share it with my own daughter, and I was so happy she liked it. It’s called Mandy, and it’s by Julie Andrews Edwards. Mandy is 10 and lives in an orphanage in England and finds an abandoned cottage, which she makes a place of her own.

  19. Megan says:

    Please reconsider your recommendation of Rollergirl – we got this from the library for my 8 yo based on the show (we listened together) and eeeeeeek. Way way way too mature for our family – the social dynamics/difficulties include accusing one girl of being on drugs and calling a girl named Astrid “Ass Turd” 😮

    Had to explain that to my 8 yo before promptly returning to the library.

  20. Jocelyn says:

    Oh this episode is so cute! I think I would love reading with Lucy. I think Lucy would love Caddie Woodlawn, Swallows and Amazons and Babe: The Gallant Pig.

  21. Julie says:

    I’m behind on my listening, but just had to say thank you so much for this episode! I’m a huge fan of yours and avid reader, but after listening to this, I was so excited to share it with my 8 year old son (who also loves to read). He truly enjoyed listening to it and immediately asked me to create a ‘Want to read’ list for him… and the first book on the list is ‘Island of the Blue Dolphins’. 🙂

  22. Paula says:

    I love your podcast and was so excited to share this one with my oldest daughter (and 11 year old avid reader)! She would like to request that your oldest daughter be featured in the next “kid reader” episode : ) Thanks for all you do!

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