Book Talk: SSYRA Jr books for Primary

Last week I shared three of my favorite SSYRA books for intermediate grades. I am planning to share all 15 of the primary books over the next few weeks. Clicking on book covers will take you to Amazon using my affiliate link. Enjoy!

1. Thunder Boy, Jr.

If you are thinking you've heard the name of the author, Sherman Alexie, before you probably have. He is known for The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. That is a book I had on my to-be-read list for a long time and finally got to it this summer (I loved it).

This book is Alexie's first picture book. The story is wonderful and the illustrations absolutely make it a must see. The story is of a little boy who is named after his Dad, which frustrates him. He makes his case for having a name all his own. In the end, he and his Dad pick the perfect name (I'm not giving it away!)

2. We Forgot Brock!

This is a fantastic "imaginary friend" story! Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone sees Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock. When Phillip's family goes to a Fair the unthinkable happens. Phillip falls asleep and when he gets home he finds that Brock has been left behind. Apparently even imaginary friends can get lost. How these two find their way back to each other makes a wonderful story that is different from any other imaginary friend stories I have read. Five Stars!

3. The Storybook Knight

Even dragons love a good story, and so do I. I'm a sucker for picture books about reading and this is a wonderful one. Leo is a knight, and "while other knights liked fighting, Leo loved to sit and read. . ." When his parents sent him off to fight a dragon he took his shield and sword -- and pile of favorite books. Of course, books can save you life. If you love books you will enjoy this story.


  1. Oh, boy, good books for different reasons– I try to maximize books whose characters are children of color, imaginary friend books hold a special niche, and I LOVE dragons– have them around the room and in a whole collection of books. Good thing I don't have to choose just one! Thanks for sharing, Julie. See you around. Kathleen

  2. Those things push my buttons, too! I'll be sharing another one later that also talks about reading.



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